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Date: 11/19/12 12:58 PM

Hello! I am trying to figure out the name of a particular stitch. The stitch is often used on flat felled seams on denim. It looks like a normal straight stitch from the right-side but looks like a braided pattern from the wrong-side. Can anyone tell me what type of stitch this is? What are the benefits of it? Do you need a special machine to do this? Thanks!

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Date: 11/19/12 1:31 PM

That sounds like the stitch produced by a coverstitch machine.

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Date: 11/19/12 1:33 PM

Coverstitch.

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Date: 11/19/12 1:41 PM

Is it the chain stitch?

Chain stitching with a sewing machine

Home coverstitch machines like the Janome CoverPro and the Brother 2340 machine will make this stitch as well.

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Date: 11/19/12 1:43 PM

Here's a link for the Brother machine that shows pictures of the various stitches the 2340 can do:

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Date: 11/19/12 5:22 PM

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Can anyone tell me what type of stitch this is? What are the benefits of it? Do you need a special machine to do this? Thanks!

It's a chain stitch. Benefits? Very easy to rip out. For the manufacturer, it saves time and uses less thread (no bobbin thread). Special machine? A coverstitch machine that does chainstitching, a Singer Touch and Sew 600 and 700 series. I use this stitch for basting seams while making muslins.

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Date: 11/19/12 6:47 PM

You can get the same appearance on front and back from a twin needle with any average sewing machine. You will be using two top threads, one through each needle, and one thread underneath. It will be difficult to find twin needles thicker than 90 though, so you might not be able to use it for your jeans project.

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Date: 11/22/12 2:43 PM

You might be referring to a Type 401 Stitch.



That takes a machine not normally found in the home. One major advantage to manufacturers is the lack of a bobbin thread. They can run the machine from two giant thread spools, and not run out of bobbin thread all the time.

If you are referring to the jean stitch with two lines of stitching showing on top, and threads woven back and forth across on the bottom, that's a different kind of stitch, but uses looper threads on the bottom similar to the one in the picture.

The picture above is clipped from astm-d6193-97 Stitches and Seams.pdf, which is an amazing document of about 140 pages, describing hundreds of stitches with drawings like that above, and descriptive text. No one would think it was possible to have that many different kinds of stitches and the seams that can be made with them. This does not include stitch patterns that are purely decorative, such as many of those on modern home sewing machines.
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