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Making a neckline casing for elastic using coverstitch
Elastic casing, coverstitch
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Date: 8/1/12 6:10 PM

Sewing a very simple pattern using lightweight very stretchy fabric. This is the first time I'm attempting the cover stitch feature on Baby Lock Evolution. I have serged shoulders and side seams per pattern instructions. Next step is to create a casing for elastic to complete the neckline. On a regular sewing machine, I would turn neckline seam allowance to the wrong side and turn under 1/4", then sew. Question: using cover lock, should I make a narrow cover stitch to the left and then thread the elastic through the fold of the fabric? Or should I use a wide cover stitch and thread the elastic through the center of the stitches? I wish I was more familiar with this machine/technique (ugh!)

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Date: 8/2/12 0:04 AM

Normally I would probably just think to do your #1 thought on it, but your #2 thought on it is kind of interesting. I have never even thought of that or even tried that second one. But that does not mean it might not work good, test sample and see! Maybe you can even invent something new that way! Or maybe a buch of other people doing it, but I just never heard of it?

But I do think the second idea might work for somethings, but only if the elastic threaded though, was though two layers of the real fabric and not just between one layer of fabric and just the overlocking looper threads on the back, as I don't think just those threads would be strong enough to hold it maybe.

Also depending on the knit fabric, it might gather different with each way too. But experimenting is a good way to see, and sometimes you can even find a neat way to do something that maybe most people do not. So if you just got some left over scraps of knit, maybe just try both ways on that and see how you like it. You would not even have to use up or cut any elastic to just test both. You could just string some though there, with a safety pin on the end as a test sample, even uncut, and just pull it out later. `

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Date: 8/2/12 7:01 AM

Yes I'm tempted to see if my second idea works, too. But with no experience using cover stitch, I was curious if there was a standard way to make the casing. I will let you know the results of my experiment. Thanks for your reply.

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Date: 8/2/12 9:06 PM

Just an update....the wide cover stitch was not quite wide enough to accommodate the 1/4 inch elastic, so I went back to narrow left and threaded the elastic between stitching and fabric fold. I'll post pics over the weekend. Again, thanks for taking time to reply.

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Date: 8/2/12 9:06 PM

Just an update....the wide cover stitch was not quite wide enough to accommodate the 1/4 inch elastic, so I went back to narrow left and threaded the elastic between stitching and fabric fold. I'll post pics over the weekend. Again, thanks for taking time to reply.
-- Edited on 8/3/12 7:42 AM --

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