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jelchis2
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Date: 7/2/12 11:32 PM

Hi everyone :)

I've been using a 6mm twin needle with woolly nylon in the bobbin to hem knits, and I've been very happy with the results - it took some tinkering, but when I use stabilizer and get the tension just right, it doesn't 'tunnel', and will stretch along with the fabric. (This is for things like sleeve and pant hems that aren't being stretched by a huge amount.)

Now I'm sewing a long, straight-cut knit dress, and relying on the stretch of the fabric for 'walkability' at the bottom hem. It works fine with the twin needle (no interference with the stretch), except that it will 'tunnel' when the fabric has been stretched significantly, and will stay 'tunnelled' even after the fabric has returned to its original width. I've never had that problem before, so I suppose it's because the fabric is being stretched more.

Would I still have that problem with a coverstitch machine? I'm thinking about buying one, but since I'm happy with the twin-needle method otherwise, I don't want to spend the money if it will do the same thing when the fabric is stretched more than 25% or so.

Thanks in advance! :D

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Date: 7/3/12 8:20 AM

I've never had tunneling with a CS machine on any fabric, as long as the tensions are properly set.

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Date: 7/3/12 2:25 PM

Lynn - which CS do you own?

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Date: 7/3/12 8:14 PM

Mine is a Babylock. Love love love it to bits.

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Date: 7/3/12 9:11 PM

My understanding is that you will never get this with a coverstitch machine. If you sew a lot of knnits, I'd go for it!

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Date: 7/3/12 9:22 PM

I have a Coverpro 900 and as Lynn said as long as the tensions are set right tunnelling is never a problem no matter how much I stretch the hem.

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Date: 7/4/12 8:19 PM

I have a Babylock coverstitch as well, totally love it as well and have never had the tunneling problem either. LOVE having a CS to sew knits on.

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