Member since 10/18/13
Date: 1/23/14 10:32 PM
I just started serging elastic into leotards instead of zig zagging them. I'm having a bit of trouble trying to figure out what stitch to use. I'm using the four thread overlock stitch to the wrong side of the leo. After, I use my coverstitch machine to finish the top side of the elastic. It seems as if I have a lot of bulky stiches and my Janome machine gets stuck where the elastic meets and I have a big mess. Please help?
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Date: 1/23/14 10:58 PM
That is how I made my very first item on a overlocker and it was a swim suit. It worked, but I sort of had the same kind of issues.
If I use the overlocker to do that, now I don't even bother to use a 4 thread stitch there for that anymore, for just that part, as that is just one more thread in there, (that I don't really need for anything) that does not really have to be in the elastic for any reason, then or later, as it's just going to have the cover stitch on top of and over it in the end anyways. So if I want to do it that way, and not even using the sewing machine to attach the elastic first to something, I use a 3 thread overlock first, and at a pretty large stitch length to get way less stitches jammed into there, all at the same time, and not a 4 thread one. And then cover stitch afterwards.
Also it's a whole lot less bulky, if your elastic is never, ever over lapping it's self anyplace. Even if that does work just fine for some other kinds of sewing stuff when just stringing some elastic through a casing on something someplace often. If the elastic is more in the round and just abutting up to it's self, and not even overlapping it's self at all, however you want to make that happen, as in sewing it to it's self or even putting a little bridge of a cheater piece of fabric under it there too, then things are just a lot less bulky.
You could try both of those and see if you like any of those things any better.
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