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Date: 4/26/14 2:53 AM

I just ordered a Coverpro 1000cpx last week and I am looking wondering if there is a gathering foot, not an elastic gathering foot, out there that would fit. I make lots of ruffled skirts and I have one for my Janome overlocker and use it all the time. I am looking for something similar to this babylock one, where there is a piece of metal between the lower, gathered fabric and the upper un gathered fabric.
http://www.babylock.com.au/accessories/gathering-foot-for-blcs-coverstitch
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Date: 4/26/14 4:34 PM

Probably not on purpose, as I don't think anyone would ever want to try to use a coverstitch for gathering fabric just like that, in that way. Just because people don't normally seam garments with a cover stitch at all.

Though I guess you could seam your garments, particular a knit T shirt maybe, in a pinch with the cover stitch part , (as it would not be any better or worse than a fake overlock stitch on sewing machine instead possibly) if you were just stuck with no other overlocker or even sewing machine someplace at all.

If you want a sewing machine that only does chain stitch and has a ruffler or gatherer kind of attachment, then there are some of those, like an old Wilcox and Gibbs or something like that.

If you want to gather something though, and you sew a cover stitch on the fabric first, you could then take a safety pin, or large needle or a bodkin threaded up with a string maybe and just thread it through the back looper side of the cover stitch and then when you manually draw that up, you would have some gathers.

So what you are looking at, is a mistake on Babylock's web page there if you think the larger bolder cover stitch wording there, even lets a Babylock cover stitch machine only use that foot for coverstitch. Just since notice it really says right underneath it, for 8 thread machines and they still don't expect any one with one of those to try to use a cover stitch while doing that at all either.

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Date: 4/27/14 7:16 AM

Well I was at a BL serger event last Nov and am fairly certain she demonstrated the serger gathering foot that you describe. I was making a knit gathered waist on a self drafted XL nightie and decided to do gathering on the serger and change the differential like she explained- for those that didn't have the foot. It went much quicker than the sewing machine ruffler foot. But I was thinking if I had that serger ruffler foot I could have made them a bit deeper. Mine came out a very soft ruffle and then I did a second serge to attach it.

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Oh- you are asking about a CS not an OL. I was using an Evolution in OL mode, not CS mode.
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Date: 4/28/14 7:35 AM

Babylock make a gathering foot for their cover stitch machine. Janome do not.

But you can gather with your Coverpro machine. I did it recently at a class. The teacher said the beauty of gathering with the CS machine is that you can do it down the MIDDLE of a strip of fabric. Your serger can only do the edge.

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Date: 4/28/14 7:47 PM

That's what I wanted to do! And gather and sew into the middle of the item in one moveBut if they're not available I can't have one :(

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Date: 4/29/14 3:24 AM

You should give it a go! Crank the stitch length up to 4 and the DF down to about 1 and just sew. It should gather reasonably light weight (quilting cotton) fabric & lighter. Not sure about heavy stuff though.

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