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Message Board > Sewing Machines > How to use the elastic gathering foot on the Janome Coverpro ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 6/14/08 7:35 AM

I am interested in using the foot that came with my machine with the coverstitch and I am not sure exactly how it works and what it can really do. The video that came with the machine has no explanation really. It shows someone putting elastic in the middle of a piece of material. I have tried making a quick casing as described in SERGER SECRETS and that worked out ok but I didn't need the elastic foot for that. I have lots of lounge pants and boxer shorts to make and was hoping that the elastic gathering foot would help with all that elastic. Anyone with experience with this foot? I checked Debbie's tutorials which have been indespensible for learning this machine, but find nothing.

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Date: 6/14/08 2:06 PM

This is a description of one for another brand, but I think the principle is the same:

Use Multipurpose Foot C with elastic gathering guide to sew elastic tape and elastic thread.

Set machine for 3-thread overedge wide or 4-thread overedge seam.

Select Elastic Gathering Guide based on size of elastic. Attach guide onto Multipurpose Foot C.

Loosen screw on top of Elastic Gathering Guide and insert elastic into slot. Pull elastic under foot, extending beyond back of foot.

Tighten screw on Elastic Gathering Guide to set gathering ratio.

Position adjustable guide so that elastic is in line with needles.

Place fabric under elastic. Sew first stitches by hand, using handwheel. Continue sewing at medium speed.

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Date: 6/14/08 3:36 PM

I guess I figured out that. I guess what I mean is how to make real use of that feature. Do you have an already finished edge if you are using this in a waist band? If you have to fold the fabric and stitch it again (third line of stitching) if you want the elastic to be covered. My problem with doing the quick casing from SERGER SECRETS (page 106)is that I don't have the elastic foot for my serger and I have broken needles trying to stretch out the elastic while I serged the elastic on. This happens mostly when I have to reposition my hands or when I am trying to get more gather with the elastic. I was hoping that I could accomplish something similar with my coverstitch since the elastic foot came with it. I guess I could get the elastic foot for my serger.

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Date: 6/14/08 3:44 PM

I don't have that book so can't help. Post your question on that thread that is over 200 pages long. I don't believe your question has been addressed yet over there and even if it was, they are pretty nice about repeating answers due to the overwhelming amount of info. I googled the message boards looking for the info and could not find it. Good luck.

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Date: 6/21/08 0:32 AM

i know that i can't answer your quesiton, but i am curious which machine you purchased. i've been eyeing the janome 900 on ebay for some time i think it comes some sort of elastic foot but since they're throwing those in the deal, i'm wondering if there's any real benefit to having them and whether their video will show me much at all about how to use it?! thanks! kim

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Date: 6/21/08 7:36 AM

I have the Coverpro 900. I haven't used the elastic foot yet, 2 came with the machine. The instruction manual is cursory at best. The DVD whets your interest but doesn't really give you much info. It is like "This is the elastic gathering foot" and then you watch as some one uses the foot in complete silence. Some oral description would have been very helpful. The DVD that came with my Brother 1034D serger was much more help as it explained the settings to use for different processes. I have been pleased with my machine so far, but I would have been lost without Debbie's tutorials and some info I have gleaned from SERGER SECRETS. I don't have the book beside me right now or I would give you the author. I am now on a quest to figure to find other accessories that I believe my partner and I will be able to use to our advantage.

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