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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Hemming knit sleeves in the round? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 3/2/09 9:29 AM

Is it possible to hem knit sleeves in the round with a coverstitch machine? I've already sewn up the sleeves. Otherwise, what's the procedure - mark the hem on the unstitched sleeve, hem with cs machine then sew the sleeve up? Should I just twin needle this one and forget about it?

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Date: 3/2/09 9:42 AM

Eme, I prefer to CS sleeve hems in the round.
Turn the hem up and either pin, hand baste or glue with temporary adhesive spray or office glu stik.
Turn sleeve inside out and work from the inside. ie stitch around the sleeve on the right side of the sleeve.
It will be a fairly tight circle, stitch slowly and keep moving the sleeve around.
I might not be describing this well..it's very late here on Oz.
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Date: 3/2/09 10:08 AM

That made perfect sense, Vonne - thank you very much. It sounds like it's a matter of a little practice, plus some of the tips you offered. I should be in good shape now, thank you! I think I have just found my tnt t-shirt pattern so I'm anxious to finish the hems and show it off to PR! :)

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Date: 3/2/09 10:13 AM

Like Vonne, I also like to coverstitch my sleeves in the round. You do have to go a bit more slowly and adjust the fabric as you go, but the end result is better than when you hem first and then finish the sleeve seam. The end of the sleeve seam never looks as nice at the wrist when that seam is closed last.

Forgot to say that I always use something like Steam a Seam 2 Light on the edge of sleeve and lower hems to hold them in place and give them a little stabilization before coverstitching.
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Date: 3/2/09 11:32 AM

I just used my coverstitch for the first time, hemming sleeves in the round. What I didn't count on though, was when I got to the end, then what? I couldn't continue sewing and *run out the thread* as when serging. I had a heck of a time getting the fabric out from under the needle. What's the trick to that?

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Date: 3/2/09 12:09 PM

Take a look at Debbie Cook's tutorial on How to end a coverstitch.

Most on PR would agree that, while it takes a little practice at first, it works just beautifully each time.

In fact, poke around on this page of Debbie's website, as she offers lots of other great information on coverstitching there as well.

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Date: 3/2/09 12:10 PM

Hi Rhoda, here is a link that will be helpful to you Coverstitch info Each coverstich machine is a little different. I have Pfaff serger coverstyle that does a coverhem. I have to stop with the needles in the fabric and slowly turn the hand wheel till i hear two clicks - this releases the tension on the treads so you can pull your material out. It is a little tricky for me. But when it works it works like a charm. HTH's coleen

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Date: 3/2/09 12:30 PM

I've lost track of which machine everyone has.....I have the Brother, and found Belinda's instructions absolutely perfect: Go here and scroll down to the post about removing the fabric from the machine.

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Date: 3/3/09 8:55 AM

Thanks everyone for your help - I remember seeing Debbie's some time ago and had forgotten about it. I believe it was before I got my new serger, Elna 744, w/coverstitch 2 yrs ago. I'll definitely check out the links. Debbie and Belinda do have some very helpful tips to share.

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Date: 3/3/09 10:49 AM

You would use this method if you had a sewing machine without a free arm, ie did this years ago when I had my old Singer without a freearm. My Janome CS does have a free arm but it is a bit tight on tight sleeves. This method is perfect.
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