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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Hating the coverstitch or ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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WHY DOES IT TAKE LONGER TO COVER THAN TO CUT AND SEW??
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Date: 4/7/13 7:03 PM

Hi fellow sewing friends
I have spent more time today using and ripping out the coverstitching than I did to pin cut, and serge the t-shirt.
I have the brother CS and it has taken me 6 knit shirts to learn how to use it and today it is being a beast. I have skipped stitches and no stitching and last but not least a balding head from all the hair pulling. I am using onionskin knit. I have glued the hem, sleeves and neckline so it all stabilized. It seems that the machine is now possessed. I got on here to see if there was anything similar to what I am experiencing. I think I am going to switch out the needles and see if that will help. Wish me luck...and lots of patience.
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Date: 4/7/13 7:07 PM

I was wondering why it took me longer to thread my (old school) serger than it did to cut and sew a pair of yoga pants this morning.

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Date: 4/7/13 7:24 PM

I don't have one of these so I am hoping that someone will chime in here who uses this. I am wondering about changing needles, adjusting foot pressure and adjusting differential? With sewing thin fabrics these are the things I would adjust first.

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Date: 4/7/13 7:43 PM

Changing the needles seems to be critical, and depending on how you "glued" your hems, you might need to clean the needles with a little alcohol on a paper towel, to make sure they aren't gunked up. If that doesn't work, pour alcohol into a stemmed goblet and consume. Good luck!

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Date: 4/7/13 9:07 PM

I have problems sewing over glue in anything sometimes, even if it was some kind of real sewing kind of glue. If the glue is real sticky, and then it sticks to your needle in something, then the thing you are sewing on, tends to ride up and down actually on to and with the needle when the needle tries to pull out of it, then your fabric is no longer held close to your stitch plate, but more up in the air right then and there instead, and much more likely to get skipped stitches. Have not noticed that on a serger coverstitch before, but never used any glue there either, but have on sewing machines, and I think same thing could happen on a coverstitch kind of stitch too.

If you think it's that, and everything all ready glued and kind of just stuck with the glue on there, maybe even putting and dipping a qtip into something like liquid goo be gone or alcohol and sewing a little bit, wiping off the needle, and just doing that over and over again might make it sew a bit bit better.

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Date: 4/7/13 10:52 PM

I am not near the needle for ID but my Bernina dealer showed me the difference between standard needle and a certain one they keep for cover stitch.....can't remember what makes it different....Titanium?

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Date: 4/7/13 11:16 PM

I just got my first combo machine. Have yet to take the class. I'm going to see how far I get on my own (gulp!) until then.

Do you have to glue? Or will pins or clips do? I don't need to go fast. My new Juki MO 735 takes regular needles for serging, but has these black JL needles included. I assume these are for coverstitching.

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Date: 4/7/13 11:44 PM

I have the Brother 2340 and have only had a problem once. Changing out the needle for a stretch needle made all the difference. I don't glue but use fusible web or wash away wonder tape on thin knits. I also wonder what kind of glue you used and if that affected your success. I hope that is all it was because you could wash out the glue and try again using fusible web.

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Date: 4/8/13 1:00 AM

I never use glue. I have had complete success using Emma Seabrooke's tapes on my knits; she also has them for wovens, check here:

Emma's fusible tapes

I use the Extremely Fine Knit Fusible Stay Tape and it comes in various widths. Not sticky at all, does not change the hand of the fabric, will hold a wrap neckline from stretching and support a delicate flutter-sleeve hem made in a translucent knit. You may have seen her products as SewKeysE. Emma designs her tapes based in her many years of sewing. They are manufactured to her specifications. Since she sells them directly, I find them to be well priced. HTH.

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Date: 4/8/13 1:42 AM

Spray starch may help too. Not sure what onionskin is but if it's anything like rayon, spray starch should help quite a bit. More than one layer too.

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