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Coverstitch machine

user-7623717 | Posted in Sewing Machines & Sergers on

Considering the purchase of a coverstitch machine. Is it really necessary? Which machine do you recommend?

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  1. user-1123543645 | | #1

    My coverstitch machine upgrades nearly every garment I make with a lovely hem, both in woven fabrics and in knits [mostly knits]. My sleeves stretch perfectly with the cover stitch, which does not break. I've had mine for nearly 10 years now and use it constantly. I did some good research on which brand to buy, as I am a Bernina loyalist, but for this machine I chose the Babylock BLCS2 because it reportedly never skipped a stitch --mine has never skipped, even over intersecting seams. It also has a triple-needle option and adjustable double-needle positions [which at that time Bernina did not have], and jet-air threading of the looper. It does have an automatic needle threader but I seldom use it because it is so easy to do it myself. I LOVE IT and it seems to love me.

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    beth_silva | | #2

    Not necessary, but it could be useful.

    I have one - Pfaff inherited from my mom - but have not used it in many years.
    Still I used it successfully for for garment making and various sewing projects: knits, tshirts, sweatshirts/pants, swimsuits, etc. While I don't use it as much as I did when i was sewing for my family, I'm still glad i have it.

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    IreneT | | #3

    A coverstitch/serger will make a huge difference to your finishing, especially with fabrics which easily fray. I would be lost without my Babylock. It is also very useful to whizz along the cut ends of newly purchased fabric before pre-washing to stop fraying. Go for a 4 thread machine if you can.

  4. elewis28 | | #4

    I have a Babylock Ovation -- combination serger and coverstitch machine. Would not be without it. Coverstitch finishes are superior to twin needles IMHO.

  5. kakie | | #5

    I do not have a cover stitch machine (but have seen scarf edges beautifully finished with one). I do not have a serger either. I have a 20-year-old Viking Rose sewing/embroidery machine (but haven’t used the embroidery unit for years). I’d like to hear from people who have both the cover stitch and serger in addition to a sewing machine as to why I should consider buying them. I have not, as I think it would be difficult to alter a seam for fit after using a serger, and the sewing machine has overlock stitches - wouldn’t that do the job of the serger? Thank you for your input!

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    caroline1234 | | #6

    I have a Huskylock S25 that serges and converts to a Coverstitch.

    I love this machine and I use it all the time not only to serge seams on garments but also for some construction of garments and quilts as well. It saves lots of time and everything always look very professional.

    When using for garment construction start with a larger seam allowance first to allow for alterations in case you need to make adjustments.

    It is amazing how much you can do with a serger/coverstitch machine. Although I still love my Janome for sewing as well.

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    Heather_wing | | #7

    My quilting friends have convinced me that I really should have a serger. I have resisted this purchase... well, and I'm pretty happy that I gave up finally. I bought a Babylock serger and have been very pleased with it. I use the cover-stitch feature all the time to shorten pants, etc. for my family. It is perfect for when you want a stretchy nice-looking hem on stretchy fabrics. Takes about 15 minutes, from pinning the hem in place to trimming it after the cover-stitch.

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