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Posted on: 12/16/04 7:15 PM
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I love the look of coverstitched seams, but there won't be a coverstitch machine in my life any time soon, so in one of those lightbulb moments that change your life, I came up with this. (Apologies to anyone else who thought of it years ago! ).
First I sew the seam with the pieces wrong sides together, then open them out, and topstitch down the protruding overlocked seam with matching thread as closely as possible to the edge.
It's very quick, easy and neat, and looks great on sporty garments and fabrics, like the velour top I photographed it on.

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Aless said...
Fabulous for we coverstitch deprived sewing nuts!
12/16/04 10:25 PM
Astrostitcher said...
I'm in the same boat - would love one of those machines. Thanks for the tip and the great photo!
12/17/04 2:22 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Nice suggestion. I do have a coverstitch on my serger but sometimes it is so fiddly to get it right. I will give this a try.
12/17/04 5:46 AM
Karla Kizer said...
I saw this idea in a serger book many years ago, before coverstitch machines were available to us home-sewing types. It works very well and looks great. Thanks so much for reminding me about it. One reminder: because the front and the back of a serged seam look different, think very carefully about which direction to sew in so that you and push the seam in the right direction when you topstitch. Example: to do it on pants sideseams, you'd have to stitch one side top to bottom and one side bottom to top so you can press both seam allowances toward the back before you topstitch and have the finished seams look identical. And doing the topstitching with invisible thread is an option, too.
12/19/04 7:21 AM
katieb said...
great idea and photo, thanks for the extra tips Karla.
12/19/04 2:35 PM
moushka said...
Judy, that looks very professional. When you write "sew the seam with the pieces wrong sides together," do you mean serge/overlock the seam with a three-thread serger seam? I'm assuming you are using a serger for the initial seam? TIA
5/25/05 7:28 AM
Judy Williment said...
Moushka, sorry I wasn't clear enough! I should have said that I stitch the seam with a four thread overlock first, then topstitch with a regular straight stitch on the sewing machine, slightly stretching as I go.
2/3/06 11:29 PM
Lorna C. Newman said...
do you have to loosen the tension to open the seam up like this? I have never tried this ... maybe a new tecnique for the contest!
2/4/06 1:16 PM
pacificprincess said...
I too love the look of coverstitched seams, however, am not as innovative as you. Way to go! I will definitely try this.
1/22/07 1:20 AM
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