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Date: 9/23/13 12:56 PM

As I mentioned on another thread, I bought a pre-owned Babylock Evolve over the weekend. I am chomping at the bit to try it out and play with its features.

I was thinking that a good project to play with some of the features would be to make a t-shirt or two for my daughter.

I have the threading guide, but was wondering if someone could point me towards a good tutorial (blog or video) on how to do a knit neck binding on the Evolve or other coverstitch?

We actually threaded the coverstitch and did a hem when I was trying out the machine at the dealer, but I'm having trouble wrapping my head around how to do the binding technique without a visual aid. (Yes, my purchase came with lessons, but I'm impatient and want to play with my toy NOW.)

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Date: 9/23/13 3:24 PM

I've had one for over a decade. Most times I just sew on with a 4 thread overlock a knit strip and turn it under and coverlock stitch over it if that is what you mean. If you mean you got some binders and folders and are missing the little white instruction pages that came with them in their packages, I saw reprints of those on the Babylock website under accessories there, so you can just re-print those off yourself. I think you might be way better off just going to the Public library and checking out a whole bunch of serger/overlock garment sewing construction technique books actually, just since those all have pretty good photo's of things in them. I have not found my evolve to be actually very unique at all for just sewing overlocker constuction techniques, it's all about the same no matter what overlocker you might use.

When I got mine, it actually came with a VCR that I even still have, that said baby lock Instructional Video VHS 65 min BLV-BLE8 on the video, maybe you could find that someplace? I think there was some extra work book for it too, but I did not buy that, just since I think it was something like $80 extra, and I felt like I did not really need that, but maybe they still have that too?
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Date: 9/23/13 4:53 PM

I had to do some searching, but the wonderful Debbie Cook has some info on her blog (of course.)
Binder setup
and adjustments
If you just go to her blog, and look on the left hand side and click on coverstitch, you'll find a bunch of entries. I thought they used to be under tutorials, but I think she has changed her blog a bit, so they are no longer there. The info is still there, though!
She is a wonder!
ETA: found the post with all the links
all the coverstitch stuff
judy
-- Edited on 9/23/13 5:00 PM --

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Date: 9/23/13 4:59 PM

Just like beauturbo posted. I sew the binding on with my serger then flip the binding to the back, press then use the coverstitch machine to sew the binding down.
You can sew it down with both stitching lines to the outside of the seam or one stitching line above the seam and one below the seam. When I try keeping the seam in-between the needles I get really crocked stitching so I gave up on that one.

Did you get the binder attachment?

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Date: 9/23/13 5:13 PM

Quote: novicesewist
I had to do some searching, but the wonderful Debbie Cook has some info on her blog (of course.)

Binder setup

and adjustments

If you just go to her blog, and look on the left hand side and click on coverstitch, you'll find a bunch of entries. I thought they used to be under tutorials, but I think she has changed her blog a bit, so they are no longer there. The info is still there, though!

She is a wonder!

ETA: found the post with all the links

all the coverstitch stuff

judy
-- Edited on 9/23/13 5:00 PM --

Thanks! I had looked on Debbie's site, thinking that she had something like this somewhere, but hadn't found it on my first pass through. These were what I was looking for.

I don't have a binder attachment (yet). They showed me the two step method that Ada described in the shop, but I could have sworn that I had read that you could do everything in one step. Looks like I was right--I'll just need to pick up a binder attachment at some point.

Thanks everyone!

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2014 Fabric OUT: 88 yards
2014 Fabric Sewn: 38 yards
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Date: 9/23/13 5:54 PM

Just to clarify, a *binding* is different than a neckband (or hem band, etc.). The binding wraps around the edge and is applied with a binding attachment in one pass. A band sits behind the neckline edge and is usually applied as Ada described, and then CS'd over the top.

There's actually a "Coverstitch Stuff" button at the very top of my blog so you shouldn't have to go searching for everything.


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Date: 9/24/13 4:58 AM

Dont waste money on the foot binder unleass you are doing jeans belt loops or handyman apron ties. It only handles stiff or starched cotton/wovens.
I only use the CS for hemming- especially with kids sizes. It is too tight for getting in the neck area. I OL the neck binding and finish off with my sewing machine. Not only for kids but also for adult V necks. The OL is fast but does not have the finesse of a sewing machine.

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Date: 9/24/13 5:01 AM

Oh for the neck band I fold it in half and OL it in place. I guess I confused the terms but regardless I have never attached the neck piece in CS mode.
I use Sarah Vs technique:
http://touch.dailymotion.com/video/xwvobk_a-neckline-binding-for-knits_lifestyle
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Date: 9/24/13 1:07 PM

Thank you everyone! I am really looking forward to trying these techniques out--it's going to be so nice to have this option instead of doing a double-needle hem on my knits now.

I printed off a PDF knit top pattern (yay, instant gratification!) for my daughter yesterday--it should be a super quick and easy way for me to try these things out.

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2014 Fabric IN: 153.13 yards
2014 Fabric OUT: 88 yards
2014 Fabric Sewn: 38 yards
2014 Fabric Donated: 50 yards
pre-2014 Stash patterns used in 2014: 7

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Date: 9/25/13 1:05 AM

BeauTurbo and AdaH: Do you use this technique for ALL your knit bindings? Like for a tank top or scoopneck for example?

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