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How Do You End the Coverstitch?
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Date: 3/19/08 11:26 AM

I'm just getting the hang of coverstitching with my Elna 744. It's working nicely, but I'm confused about locking the stitches when I'm finished stitching "in the round" (the neck/arms of a swimsuit). I read Debbie Cook's "How to End a Coverstitch" which is mostly for flat coverstitches. She mentions the stitches are locked, but then adds that the tails can be finished with fray check, knotting, etc. Is that necessary? Can't I just clip the threads after I stitch an inch or two on top of the beginning stitches or do I have to knot them? I'm so confused...
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Date: 3/19/08 11:32 AM

I use Debbie's method for ending the coverstitch when I stitch in the round and it works beautifully. I've never had the stitches pull out. I cut off the threads on the front of the garment and then tie a knot with the four threads on the wrong side. You can also thread a needle with the front threads and pull them through to the back and then knot all the threads together. HTH.

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Date: 3/19/08 11:55 AM

Sport, another method you might try comes from Diane E. She lowers the stitch length for the last inch or so of coverstitch that overlaps the beginning of the line of stitching. She says that she hasn't had pull-outs with this method.

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Date: 3/19/08 12:55 PM

These are good! Thanks.

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Date: 3/19/08 1:02 PM

Quote: sport
I read Debbie Cook's "How to End a Coverstitch" which is mostly for flat coverstitches.

No it's not. It's for ending any type of coverstitch, in the flat or in the round.

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She mentions the stitches are locked, but then adds that the tails can be finished with fray check, knotting, etc. Is that necessary?


No, it's not absolutely necessary but some people like to finish the thread tails someway. Personally, I like to thread the tails through the hem allowance, pull them a little tight, and clip them so they stay buried in the hem and don't pop out as "loose threads." It's not necessary, but it's more visually pleasing to me. I also pull the starting threads to the back before I stitch over them and bury them at the same time as the ending threads, so I don't have threads poking up on the right side.

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Date: 3/21/08 8:49 AM

Thanks everyone. I think I've got it now

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