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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Ending a cover stitch ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Subject: Locking a cover stitch Date: 1/19/13 9:53 PM

I like to use my Babylock Evolve to make a cover stitch hem on both knits and wovens. However, often the hem pulls out - like a chain stitch pulls out when you pull from the correct end. I've searched this forum, Google and Debbie Cook's blog, but I haven't found any information on locking a cover stitch. So, what is the technique for locking a cover stitch?
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Date: 1/19/13 10:23 PM

Pull the top threads to the back from where you started and finished. I do one additional thing and that is to give a bit of a stretch (on knits) to the hem from both sides of the beginning and ending point. That seems to relax the thread in the hem. I also leave a thread tail of about 1/4". I haven't had a hem come out since doing it this way.

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Date: 1/19/13 11:00 PM

I do that too, but I also tie the threads on the back side of the hem. I just leave several inches of thread when ending the stitch (per Debbie Cook's method) - enough to be able to tie them together very close to the stitching, and then I snip the tails. Always works to keep the hem from coming out.

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Date: 1/19/13 11:22 PM

I knot the threads at the end, as close to the stitching as possible. Using a double-eyed needle, I weave the thread tail into the stitching for about 4 full stitches. Then, I stip off any excess thread.

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Date: 1/20/13 2:33 AM

Sew your hem; when you come to the end, turn the handwheel so the needles are raised. (Turn forwards as if beginning to take another stitch...do NOT turn the handwheel backwards as if sewing a stitch in reverse!)

Raise the presser foot; this automatically releases thread tension on the BL.

Take a thin object such as a sylus, and sweep it underneath the presser foot, from back to front, catching the needle threads. Pull the loop of needle threads towards you for a few inches, and then cut the loops.

Pull the fabric straight back until the cut needle threads are pulled to the back of the fabric.

Cut the looper thread.

Your stitches are now pulled to the back of the fabric and are locked. HTH!



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Date: 1/20/13 6:47 PM

I've had the same question. So far, all I've been able to get to work is to reduce the stitch length to 1 when I get near where I will stop and put in 3to 5 short stitches. then when I stop, I pull out the release knob for the looper, change all tension knobs to 0 (but have to remember to restore the settings before the next stitching) and then carefully pull all threads so there is some slack and cut them before I take the fabric out from under the presser foot. Then VERY CAREFULLY remove the fabric, holding on to the last stitched part so the loops can't ravel out. I flip the stitched fabric to the underside and look for the loose loops and see which thread can be pulled through the loose loop/s so they can't pull out. Sometimes I have pretty good luck with this and then I can make sure the thread tails are on the back or at the edge of the fabric and then tie them together. Next I put the rest of the thread tails through a needle with a super large eye and run them in under the looped threads on the back of the stitched aread.

The challenge with all of this is to get the stitched fabric away from the machine without inadvertently pulling out some stitching before I can do the fixes.

Another way to work with this is to stitch onto a scrap of washaway stabilizer when you get to the edge of the fabric. That will give you a little distance that is a buffer, so to speak, if a few threads pull out before you can snag the loops and stop the ravelling out.

It partly depends on whether you are stopping on a hem in the middle of fabric or whether you are coming right to the edge as I do sometimes with top stitching where that edge will be covered by facing or another seam or turned under.

Where an edge will be sufficiently enclosed to prevent pulling out, one could leave the washaway stabilizer in until that part is enclosed. Of course, that will only work on somelthing that you can wash or at least moisten enough to remove the stabilizer. On second thought, it may be possible to use a tearaway stabilizer that tears easily and remove that without damaging the stitching.

Hopefully someone else out there will have an even better idea that means less fuss and bother.

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Date: 1/20/13 7:42 PM

Try the instructions in my post above. Very easy no-fuss method.

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Date: 1/20/13 8:07 PM

Thank you for the tip Lynn. One question though, I might be doing something wrong. When I finish the stitch the way you describe I end up with two threads on right side of the fabric and one on the wrong side. How do you do it so all threads are on the same side?

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Date: 1/20/13 8:57 PM

If you clip the top threads the way Lynn describes, then pull the garment toward the back of the machine, then cut the bottom thread, the top threads should already be pulled to the back.

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Date: 1/20/13 10:17 PM

Make sure after you cut the needle threads that you pull the fabric straight back until the needle threads are completely pulled down undeneth the fabric before cutting the looper thread. It's the still-attached looper thread that pulls the needle threads underneath to the back of the fabric.

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