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Date: 1/18/13 9:55 PM

I've been perusing the reviews for a serger that I've got my eye on, and I noticed the common complaint that it lacks a coverstitch. What are they talking about?

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Date: 1/18/13 10:01 PM

The hem featured on t- shirts.

Visit a babylock dealer for a demo, then go to other dealers and see if their serger/coverstitch machines are as easy to thread.
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Date: 1/19/13 0:54 AM

Once you use it, you won't want to be without it. It's great!

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Date: 1/19/13 8:20 AM

I can rethread my 4-thread Juki serger in less than 5 minutes.

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Date: 1/19/13 9:10 AM

I personally prefer separate serger and coverstitch machines. Constantly changing needles and threads back and forth can get tiresome if you have to switch back and forth often within a project.

Take a look at your purchased t-shirt; the seams are done with a serger. The two rows of stitching you see on the right side of the top's hems are a coverstitch.

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Date: 1/19/13 10:04 AM

Good question! Would you all mind if I asked what is the difference between coverstitch and flatlock?

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Date: 1/19/13 10:13 AM

Thanks for the help! Is it worth it to own a third machine for just the one stitch? Or how much else does it do?

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Good question! Would you all mind if I asked what is the difference between coverstitch and flatlock?


Why on earth would I mind? Ask away!
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Date: 1/19/13 10:15 AM

Here are examples: Flatlock and Coverstitch.

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Date: 1/19/13 10:24 AM

It is also worth noting that you can get a very nice double-stitched hem on knits simply by using a double needle in your regular sewing machine. I suspect the final product (hem) is not as perfect as with a cover stitch machine, but I have gotten very nice results, and it is far cheaper. in addition, I personally don't want another machine, when I already have a sewing machine and serger.

(I'm not dissing cover stitch machines; just pointing out another option.)

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Date: 1/19/13 12:34 PM

I went back and forth on the issue. Once you are familiar with how to change your serger from a serging stitch to a coverstitch (CS) or flatlock or chain , etc it will take about 3 min to do that. If you want to save sewing room space, table surface space, outlet space, thread spools, needles, $$$, etc it is a good feature to have. If you do lots of hems needing a CS, have space and money want to save the 3 minutes then consider getting a separate machine to CS. If your serger lacks a CS then hem with a sewing machine. Most have specialized stretch stitches to put hems in knits.

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