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Date: 4/17/12 7:45 PM

I've been trying to teach myself to use my serger to its fullest and just today set up my machine for the chainstitch ( after using the coverstitch option). I've learned here that some members have been using it as a basting stitch..what a good idea. I seem to need to baste all the time and I'm excited to use this stitch...it's so good looking and easy to do!

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Date: 4/17/12 11:49 PM

What a great tip. Thanks for sharing.

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Date: 4/18/12 1:46 AM

I agree! I've got a new Evolution and yesterday realized chain stitch is great basting. It's secure and at the same time can be unraveled when you want to. I couldn't find instructions, but messed around. If I snip where the stitching ends and pull the underneath chain thread- zip, zip it's freed.

I also used the chain stitch to topstitch a delicate knit neckline with piping. I wasn't sure what would look best for the stitch distance from the edge. I was able to try things and rip them back without manhandling the neckline. When I made my final pass, the neck curve had stayed in shape without stretching out.

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Date: 4/19/12 8:24 AM

I love this feature. You have to get the knack of which thread to pull, then it's quick-quick!

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Date: 4/19/12 10:03 AM

Basting, topstitching and sewing darts in knits.

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Date: 4/19/12 10:07 AM

One thing I've noticed with this stitch is that by changing the weight of the thread you can get a completely new look.
I do wish that the stitch could be made a lot longer, though.

I really need lessons on my BL but I don't have a proper dealer where I live. For the time being, I'm picking up some books on serger usage.

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Date: 4/19/12 11:54 AM

Threads wrote an article on how to remove different stitches, coverstitch among them. I still have issues with getting the right thread which is why I don't bother with the chainstitch for basting. When I get the thread going it's great, otherwise it's a pita.

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Date: 4/19/12 12:52 PM

I have a new Evolution and am at the start of the learning curve too. Feel fortunate to have a local gem of a dealer. And, it is so helpful to follow all the posts here.

Have you seen Nancy Zieman's Serger with Confidence? She represents BL, so the book, while for all sergers, shows off BL features. Have you checked out the BL Yahoo group? I just joined up and found immediately helpful people devoted to all things BL.

I also posted about having trouble using a particular thread- Coats Metallic. It was snapping like crazy for cover and chain stitch on a sheer, delicate knit. I got some good suggestions here. On BL Yahoo I was directed to Superior Threads; they have a Thread holder used for cones and spools and can be threaded several ways to solve problems like mine and more. I have one on order and will review when I test it. Their site has some good educational videos- go see.

My local dealer had the perfect diagnosis for the thread snapping. I had set the needle tension as recommended for generic fabrics 5 - 6. She had me go to 3 max and I went a tad below. Bingo!

Another thing helped the stitching on such a filmy fabric- Knit fuse strip from Emma Seabrooke. It gave the stitch something to bite into, stabilized but barely changed the fabric hand. Hope all this helps.

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