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Created by: LeeAnn Eyssens
Project

coverstitch project

I followed Gail Yellen's lessons. This was my first attempt with my new coverstitch machine. I was very happy with the result.

You Can Make This

LeeAnn Eyssens made coverstitch project with:

Coverstitch: Basics & Beyond

Online Class

Coverstitch: Basics & Beyond

with Gail Yellen

Project Description

I followed Gail Yellen's lessons. This was my first attempt with my new coverstitch machine. I was very happy with the result.

Q&A with LeeAnn Eyssens

rkosaka10665163 asked:
Can I. Use a basic serger for this class?
LeeAnn Eyssens answered:
No, sorry.
Brenda52411 asked:
What is the difference between a coverstitch machine and a serger? I looked at Amazon.com for a "coverstitch machine" and they look like sergers to me. How do I know what to buy for this class? I already have a serger. HELP and thank you.
LeeAnn Eyssens answered:
They do look somewhat similar. What I did was take the class, see all the things that a coverstitch machine is capable of, and then decided if I needed or wanted one. I also have a stand alone serger. I liked the idea of the two separate machines, rather than fiddling around converting a serger/coverstitch combo machine. With a combo machine, one has to convert between serging and doing a coverstitch several times, just making a t-shirt.
Brenda52411 asked:
Thank you. I have a serger, but I didn't buy the model that changes into a coverstitch machine. The dealer that I had gone to, had their machine set up to be a serger, but it would turn into a coverstitch machine. When they went to turn it into a coverstitch machine for me, they realized they had lost all the parts to do that. I decided if THEY couldn't keep track of the parts, I wouldn't be able to keep track of them either. Do you know if Pfaff makes a coverstitch machine? I normally buy everything Pfaff. I think I will buy this class and watch the class, and see if I can figure out how one would use the coverstitch machine. I still have never used the serger, because I have never figured out when I would use a serger. I thought I wanted one, but so far, everything I want to sew, I use my sewing machine and don't need a serger. Oh well.
LeeAnn Eyssens answered:
I primarily sew garments. Even though I am able to sew and serge the seams in one application, I generally sew the seam first on my Pfaff sewing machine, and then finish off the seam with the serger. Just in case I need to make an adjustment, is my reasoning for this method. Some sergers are easier than others to thread. I bought a Jenome Coverstitch 2. It is easy to thread, and has an open arm. it has been my experience in 50 years of sewing that you need to test various makes of machines to find the ones that you are most comfortable with. If you don't bond with it, you won't use it.
Brenda52411 asked:
What is the difference between a coverstitch machine and an overlock machine? I am now looking at coverstitch machines. I guess this is why I have stayed a quilter, and only a quilter, for about 40 years. When I was in high school, I made all my own clothes, but sewing machines were in a different world than they are today. Thanks for your help. Brenda
LeeAnn Eyssens answered:
An overlock machine, also known as a serger, will sew a seam and overcast it in one operation. Or you can just use for example a 3 stitch and overcast raw edges. A coverstitch is more of a specialty machine. If you look at the bottom of knit shirts or the hem of t-shirts, you will invariably see a line of two parallel rows on the right side, and on the inside of the shirt, the raw edge has been overcast. This is done in one operation. Technically you can achieve a similar seam without a coverstitch machine by first overcasting the raw edge, turning up the hem and use a twin needle in your sewing machine. Not quite as smooth an effect, but doable. The coverstitch will also do a chain stitch, which can be used decoratively. Also by reversing a regular coverstitch, by that I mean stitching over a seam on the wrong side of the garment, you will get a more decorative finish on the right side of the garment. This technique has been used extensively on ready-to-wear garments recently.
Brenda52411 asked:
Thank you so very much. I am looking online right now, so if I go to a machine shop, hopefully I will know the right questions to ask. I see that Janome makes a couple different models of coverstitch machines. Is there much of a difference between different models? Thank you again. Brenda
LeeAnn Eyssens answered:
The dealer would be a better person to ask than I am. I like the feature of an open arm. And a machine that is easy to thread. While you are at the dealers thread both machines, a couple of times yourself. And ask yourself if you can do this successfully on your own, at home. Run the machines, how do they sound? Bring along some test fabrics, fabrics that you tend to use the most. There are some excellent u-tube videos as well on the machines.

Skill Level

Beginner