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Lindy Ann
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Date: 6/4/13 12:37 PM

I just bought a Brother 2340 Coverstitch machine, with 6 attachments (from Ken's Sewing). I've had a Brother 1040 serger for 2 years and have used it a lot.

It took me about 30 minutes to figure out the threading and basic adjustments on the coverstitch machine. I used it successfully to hem some T shirts. But the instructions that came with the machine only tell me how to set up and adjust. They don't tell me anything about what kinds of projects it's good for. Two binders came with it, but I can't see what use they're appropriate for. The nearest Brother dealer is almost 100 miles away, so I can't really get lessons there. That's why I bought online.

I'd really like to do more with knits, but I'm puzzled about how to best use this machine. There doesn't seem to be a book on the subject, just a page or two in most of the serger books. I found only basic information on YouTube.

If you use your coverstitch beyond hemming, please tell me what you like to do with it and what applications there are for the attachments. I'd really like pictures -- if you know of any tutorials, diagrams, etc, that would be great.

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Date: 6/4/13 1:02 PM

Lindy, here is a great tutorial on the coverstitch by Debbie Cook..
I have one too and I only use it to hem...I would love to know what else to do with one as well.

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Date: 6/4/13 2:55 PM

I recently posted this tip for using your coverstitch to attach ruffles

Another really cool thing to do is create plaids (or any designs you like) on your fabric before cutting it using the coverstitch. You put the loopy side of the coverstitch on the right side of the fabric. It is especially pretty if you use metallic or any of the pretty threads that abound today.

Also, I love this idea for adding a chainstitch right at the hemline She shows this in the video right at the end. Advance to about 8 minutes, 30 seconds to see this. It's so pretty.

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Date: 6/4/13 3:45 PM

I think the best printed book with pictures I have seen with uses of cover stitch probably was "Serger Secrets". So maybe go get the book. It looks like this:




But, if you have two pieces of fabric laid down with empty air between them on your stitch plate, and catching both of them into it, the cover stitch can turn into machine sewn decorative insertion or faggoting just by its threads, sewn out on the air there. If you really had no serger and only a straight stitch sewing machine, or no sewing machine, you could even garment construct items with it, that still stretched, just using the cover stitch for knit seaming even, and then just cut off the edge afterwards, it would probably be no better but no worse than using a "fake overlock stitch" on a sewing machine instead for that. You could use just one needle, and just do a chain stitch on anything. Since it's got spaced needles, you could use it, to apply some elastic, or braid or ribbon on top of anything and get two rows of stitches at once. Or your binding. You can sew on something wrong side up, so the covering stitches on the bottom, are are top of the fabric.

It's really not going to do a whole lot more with knits though, than what is just sort of obvious when you look at it, and it's function, just since it's made to be and getting kind of single purpose in creation for use, except for just all those sort of obvious things. So just kind of way more limited and getting towards more single purpose than a sewing machine or a overlocker.



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Date: 6/4/13 6:07 PM

I use Coverstitch to attach decorative and fold-over elastic on necklines, waistbands and undies.
also good for sewing on ribbon and trims.

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Date: 6/4/13 6:21 PM

I piddled around with an exploratory garment made with a thin poly that gets its stretch from the twist set in the yarn. The stretch is similar to a lightweight rayon/Lycra.

Decided, on a whim, to put the back neckline zipper in with the coverstitch machine. Yes, that means there is extra thread exposed on the outside of the garment - didn't matter on this one and wasn't particularly visible on the print.

Love the result! Since the zipper had no stretch I didn't expect the coverstitch to have any real construction value - but I still wanted to try. Using the extremely stretchy cover stitch to add the non-stretchy zipper to the very stretchy fabric made a perfect bridge between stretchy and non-stretchy. No ripples, ridges, bumps......the coverstitch acts like a buffer zone. Try it on some scraps; one side of the zipper with the cover stitch, one side with a regular straight stitch. You'll see what I mean. This was a regular zipper and the seam allowance was turned under as in a standard zipper application.

I'll be doing this again.

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Date: 6/5/13 1:19 AM

Angela Wolf has a class on Sergers on Craftsy.com and she shows different techniques with a coversitch too. I highly recommend the class. Wait until they have a sale and sign up for it. She has some great ideas and uses both the Brother Serger and Coverstitch machine. She is an excellent teacher!

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Date: 6/5/13 11:25 AM

Definitely look at that tutorial mentioned above. I use my coverstitch machine exclusively for hemming knits and it's worth the price just for that one use if you sew lots of knit garments. I tried every trick in the book for making hems in knits with a straight stitch machine and twin needles and while I eventually ended up getting something that looked right, hems didn't FEEL right on my body until I got the coverstitch because of the way it stretches.

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Date: 6/5/13 2:14 PM

Quote: Carol Mendoza
Lindy, here is a great tutorial on the coverstitch by Debbie Cook..

I have one too and I only use it to hem...I would love to know what else to do with one as well.

Thought I'd look over Debbie's site as she's mentioned on PR so often. When the page loads by clicking on the above link Debbie is asking for prayers as she lost the best job ever. I felt bad for her reading that but it was posted April 13th.

I don't know what her best job ever was but does anyone know if she found another job or is OK?

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Date: 6/7/13 8:18 AM

Thank you everyone for all the bright ideas and the suggestions of resources. I see that I can look at YouTube videos for other brands of coverstitch machines and most of the information will apply to my Brother. I'm going to try the Craftsy class too.

The ability to hem knits makes the coverstitch worth it's price, I think, but I know it can do more. Now I just need to experiment. Thanks, everyone.

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