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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Getting very frustrated ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 6/10/13 3:32 PM

I finally did it and got myself a coverstitch machine. Thanks to all you great enablers (I read the entire 17 page thread about the Brother 2340CV) I got my machine last Thursday.

It is beautiful, it sews perfect stitches, and I have no problems removing the fabric. What I'm having a problem with, and it drives me nuts, is I can't seem to sew a straight line. I'm all over the place. I never had this problem with my sewing machine or serger. It might have to do with the speed. I've been practising and don't seem to get any better.

Another thing, when you sew a seam on the sewing machine you sew on the wrong side of the fabric with the seam line facing you which makes it easy. Here, you sew on the right side of the fabric with the seam turned under without any reference where to stitch. Do you just stitch on top and then trim the access fabric? There are no books out there that I'm aware of that answer these questions and the manual that came with the machine is practically worthless.

I bought the machine because I have several knit tops that need shortening, and I wanted to make myself some more tops, but that won't be happening the way I'm going.

Like I said, I can't say anything bad about the machine. The stitches are perfect, I just can't seem to get the hang of it.

Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 6/10/13 4:32 PM

I don't know about the straight stitches - I have a Janome and I've never had a problem. Maybe the pressure foot tension? I think some people measure carefully, put a tape marker on the bed of the machine and stitch using the tape guide. I am too lazy to do that, so I just eyeball it. Having a little extra fabric outside the hem doesn't bother me.

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Date: 6/10/13 5:08 PM

Check out this great tutorial by Debbie Cook. This method really helped me. Your mileage may vary.

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Date: 6/10/13 5:47 PM

I use a pad of Post-It-Notes as a guide, also. Much better than trying to eyeball a line or the edge of the presser foot.

I've used them on my sewing machine for ages. Also, I go very slowly as much as possible.

It takes practice.

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Date: 6/11/13 6:23 AM

Thank you thank you for this link. I printed it out. I didn't have any post-its so I eyeballed it and it went much better. I will get some today. I have a feeling this is really going to make a difference.

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Date: 6/11/13 6:27 AM

Going slow does work better, but that will take some time getting used to it.

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Date: 6/11/13 10:54 AM

I know I need to lighten up but have spent much of my life as a perfectionist. It drives me nuts to spend time to trim, pin and press the exact hem allowance under so that my CS will catch the entire hem. I am praying all the while that it doesn't skip an area where the hem is too short under where I can't see.
I am off to watch that tutorial link.

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Date: 6/12/13 3:21 PM

Hope it helps you as it did me!

Debbie Cook gets the credit -- her tutorials are really helpful. We are lucky to have her in our community.

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Date: 6/12/13 5:04 PM

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Debbie Cook gets the credit -- her tutorials are really helpful. We are lucky to have her in our community.

I recently asked about Debbie on another thread.

On her home page Debbie is asking for prayers as she says she lost the best job ever. It was dated April 13th. I felt bad for her reading that. She's had no comments since on her blog or here.

I don't know what her best job ever was but does anyone know if she found another job or is OK?

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