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Posted on: 11/11/08 9:44 AM
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I bought my coverstitch for looks, I had no clue that it would make my sewing MUCH quicker. Combine it with large Kai scissors to make cutting out faster and I'm making clothes quicker than I ever have before. I don't have much time to dedicate to personal sewing(although, I teach how to sew all day) so I must make the most of the little time I have. When I was a SAHM, I didn't emphasize speed as there was a little more time (not much energy with chasing little children around all day). SO if you need a good reason to get a coverstich (buy one cheap from Ken's Sewing Center online), this is it.
Yesterday morning, I thought I would see how long it took to make a simple tank top. I took a tee that fit well, put it on and used pins to redesign where I wanted the neckline to end and where I wanted the shoulder line. I cut out out the tank and between my serger and coverstich I sewed it up in less than 10 minutes. It took 10 minutes to figure out where to cut and then to cut it out. The time saving was due to being able to quickly coverstich the armhole, neckline and hemline. The machine is the simpliest to thread, like no other machine.
I'll eventually post the tank so you can see it. It looks so professional.

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carolrv said... (6/26/10 7:40 AM) Reply
I live in an RV but I brought my sewing machine, serger and coverstitch machine! I severely edited my other possessions. Thanks for the tank top information. I had only thought of hemming the sleeves and bottom hems with the coverstitch, not as a neckline and armhole finish. Can't wait to try it1
Norbs said... (12/21/08 11:54 AM) Reply
I have a Juki MO735
jls1981 said... (12/3/08 4:13 PM) Reply
What type of serger do you have?
Norbs said... (11/27/08 4:25 PM) Reply
Could you tell me how to coverstitch over seams? I keep jamming it up?
CShelley said... (11/11/08 7:14 PM) Reply
I bought a Janome 900 from Ken's but I haven't used it yet. I need to get a larger table to hold all my machines - I hate being disorganized or having to swap machines in and out due to space issues. Thanks for motivating me though - can't wait to give it a try!
ryansmumAria said... (11/11/08 2:21 PM) Reply
I have the 900 janome but love it so much, I think I will now get the 1000. I use it all the time since I prefer working with knits. No, I really don't think you need a class but if one is available I would certainly take it to learn all the little tips. I learned from Debbie Cook's wonderful blog and I read the 300 page coverstitch thread. Great info. Next week, I will have more time so I will get some pictures posted. You probably have seen this stitch on ready-to-wear knits. On the front side of the garment you see double topstitching and on the back you see type of zigzag. There is alot of stretch in the stitch. It's beautiful!
j222b said... (11/11/08 12:51 PM) Reply
What brand/model coverstitch do you have? Simple threading seems a PLUS. Seems like you think local purchasing of a coverstitch with lessons is unnecessary? Are the coverstitch THAT easy to figure out? I'd love to see your tank top review-I'm not even totally sure what the coverstitch does. RYANSMUM: Thanks. You're a great teacher!
 
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