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What do you coverstitch? Knits only?
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NuMommy

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Date: 2/13/13 12:13 PM

I have sewn knits on my serger and Brother CS machine. I use the binder attachment some. Still new with that.
I have recently purchased a Babylock Sofia. Do I keep on with the CS machine for adding bindings to armhole and necklines on wovens, or see what Sofia can do in this area?
I am really a beginner in sewing machine land. I sewed on a regular machine for about 7-8 projects and then (for various reasons- mostly the machine turned out to be a lemon coupled w my wanting to do knits = frustration) used the serger and CS for the last 3 years almost exclusively. If it couldn't be made on that it did not get made.
Anyway, do I stick with the sm and learn learn learn? Or is the CS the better option for certain aspects of woven garment construction?
I want the best result with the least amount of frustration.

Thanks,
BTW it is a dress for my daughter, cotton woven material, not bought yet- so suggestions on a better option are welcome too. ---ALL--- advice is welcome, tbh.
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Date: 2/13/13 12:17 PM

I've used my coverstitch machine on wovens as well as knits. One of my favorite quick projects is to whip up a pair of pj pants on the serger and then coverstitch the hems.

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Date: 2/13/13 1:20 PM

Yes keep c/stitch I use mine on both knits and wovens also used binder with bias woven to trim edges. I use all 3 types of machines in most of my sewing projects

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Date: 2/13/13 4:41 PM

Coverstitch is great for quickly adding elastic to any fabric, and it gives a nicer finish than zigzag.

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Date: 2/13/13 4:57 PM

I use my machine to topstitch seams, one needle on each side of the seam, after I press the seam open. This helps reduce ironing requirements after the garment is washed, and I think it looks nice, even with tone-on-tone thread.

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Date: 2/13/13 7:05 PM

It's super easy to baste with a long single-needle chainstitch!

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Date: 2/14/13 0:45 AM

Yes to all the things mentioned already, especially basting. Super easy to rip out quickly. You have to start ripping at the end where you finish, not the starting end.

Also- put decorative thread in your looper to make decorative stitching. Put the face of the fabric down so the deco-chain forms on the right side. You can do gentle curves.

The chain stitch is super strong- look inside the leg seams of your jeans.

I find it has just a touch of stretch. I've used it on wrap necklines to hold the shape, but have a tad of give for movement.

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Date: 2/14/13 0:46 AM

Woops! Duplicate.
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-- Edited on 2/14/13 0:47 AM --

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Date: 2/14/13 0:48 AM

Hmmm . . . Previous post duplicated and not editing, or so it seems. Sorry.

As Rosanna Danna said- It's always something!
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Date: 2/14/13 11:13 AM

You can coverstitch whatever fabric type you want to, knits or wovens.

The CS and serger are not "in place of" a sewing machine, and vice versa. Each does different jobs. IMO, you want all 3 in your sewing space!

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Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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