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Date: 7/11/13 7:12 PM

I started using my CS machine today and it did a great job. My question is an easy one I think if I could just figure out how to write it down.
I's finished stitching and need to pull the fabric out from underneath the foot. I lift the foot and now need to get the thread to let go so I can pull the fabric out.
I pinched the fabric where I stopped stitching and then pulled really hard and it came away but I had a number of threads coming from the throat plate (?). I sniped the threads then pull on all those thread sticking out of the throat plate till all that was left was the main one. Is that normal? Is there an easier way to do this?

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Date: 7/11/13 8:15 PM

Go to Debbie Cook blog:Stiches and seams. She has a wonderful tutorial.

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Date: 7/11/13 9:53 PM

I agree. Once I tried the easy method shown by Debbie Cook, I never looked back. Works perfectly every time. BTW, Debbie gets and deserves lots of credit for posting this method on her website, and she is a terrific seamstress who kindly shares what she knows. But she has generously mentioned more than once that this coverstitch ending idea originally came from someone else. Anyone remember who that was?
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Date: 7/12/13 11:51 AM

Read Debbie Cook or Vonno's on her Janome CP - you need to pull the needle thraeds forward and then once you have done this pull your project backwards - you'll have to move the hand wheel a bit to get it to slide out easily.

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Date: 7/13/13 0:28 AM

The dealer I got my BL coverstitch machine from said to raise the needles to their highest position, then lower them into the fabric to the lowest position, and then turn the handwheel in the opposite direction (clockwise, or front edge of wheel going up) to raise the needles again. When you raise the presser foot, it releases the tension on the thread and releases the chain stitch on the bottom side and you can pull the fabric right out, just like you'd do on a regular sewing machine. No need to pull threads forward or anything else. (I don't know if this works on any brand except Baby Lock) It's nearly as easy as removing the fabric from a regular sewing machine.

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Date: 7/13/13 8:39 AM

nitsel, that did it. So simple once you know how

Thanks for all your help. I have not sewn with knits in a long while so have not used my CS machine since I bought it. It is working really well and I have not had any missed stitches and threading was not bad. I need to read the manual and see if I have to add oil?

Definitely need to buy more thread.

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Date: 7/13/13 1:59 PM

Nitsel, thank you, you saved me a call or a trip (2 hours each way) to my dealer.

Ada, thank you for asking.

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Date: 7/14/13 10:45 AM

This is the method I was taught and works on many brands of cover stitch machines. Two issues I came across sometimes the cover stitch needles don't release properly and get jammed resulting in a need to rethread. Second issue, the end thread tails are still on the outside of fabric and if not secured the hem will unravel. With the technique that's discussed (Debbie Cook) the end thread tails get pulled to the backside as the material's released from the machine. I preffer to tie a small knot on the back to keep from unravelling.

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Date: 7/14/13 11:10 AM

It seems that's one of the best aspects of Debbie Cook's directions. Pulling those threads to the back secures them. I never have problems with unravelling.

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Date: 7/14/13 5:37 PM

Stop with needles down in the fabric. Turn the handwheel FORWARD to raise the needles.

Take a long thin object and swipe it underneath the raised presser foot from BACK TO FRONT, catching a loop of the needle threads.

Pull loop forward towards you for a few inches, then snip the loop.

Pull fabric STRAIGHT BACK until the needle threads are pulled underneath to bottom of the fabric.

Cut the looper thread and that's it...your stitches are locked and will not unravel, and your machine is ready for the next item.




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