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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > new to coverstitch ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 8/18/13 10:37 PM

I'm a newbie at using my Babylock Evolution for coverstitch. I was hemming some pants today. My stitches looked OK, but when done and I pulled my work off the machine there was a bunch of extra thread (instead of just the two needle threads and the chain looper thread) and while the needle threads were easy to pull out (with the presser foot up) the chain looper and these mysterious extra threads were tough to pull out. Once out, the extra threads weren't really attached to anything, IE they were just pieces of thread and not attached to the needles or the looper, which were still threaded.

Any ideas what I might be doing wrong, or should I take it in?

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Date: 8/19/13 2:58 AM

I have had this happen on my Evolution. Not sure why. I suspect that it has to do with the needle position when trying to remove the item from the stitch fingers.
I always have to review that process and sometimes I dont take the time.

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Date: 8/19/13 6:12 AM

I think that 'extra thread' is perhaps the lower thread, which is a factor of the meshing/knitting/stitching process. (If you think of how you tie your shoes... when you gently untie the knot, the loop of the bow may look like two threads, but is simply one thread swooping around - is this clear as mud?)

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Date: 8/19/13 9:35 AM

I created a quick video on how I end the coverstitch on my Evolution.
Hopefully, it will be of some help.

Video Link

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Date: 8/19/13 12:48 PM

Thank you for the video and explanation. It sounds simple to do. I don't have an Evolution, but a Baby Lock Coverstitch machine. Will give it a try next time.

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Date: 8/19/13 5:17 PM

I also have a couple of coverstitch machines. This technique works equally well on all of them.

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Date: 8/19/13 9:57 PM

Curtis, that is a super video - thanks!

It would be great if your link had it's own thread and then we could all ask to have that thread pinned. The question of how to handle those coverstitch threads comes up often. (Pinning would keep your post at the top of the Serger section and easy to locate.).

Sorry to be so forward, but folks would be delighted if your video was easy to find.

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Date: 8/19/13 11:44 PM

are you raising the needles by turning the wheel on the right side of the machine? Or is there some secret "needle up" button like on my sewing machine that I haven't found yet?

Thanks

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Date: 8/20/13 0:40 AM

I am turning the wheel to raise the needle manually.

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Date: 8/20/13 3:36 PM

I gave it a try but all the threads underneath the presser foot were so tight I couldn't get a seam ripper or tweezers squeezed together under....

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