We get asked all the time, “what machine sews this stitch?” as they point lớn the hem of their T-shirt. This stitch on store bought garments is called a coverstitch. A coverstitch is a professional looking hem that looks like two rows of stitching on the top and a serger like stitch on the baông chồng. The benefit of a coverstitch is its stretchability & the covering of the raw edge all in one pass. A coverstitch stretches the maximum stretch of the fabric – think aerobic wear, fleece, sweatshirt fabric, lycra & super stretchy knit fabric.

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Coverstitch machines lượt thích the Viking Huskyloông chồng S-21 & the Viking Huskyloông xã S-25 sergers offer utility stitches for those of you who want everything lớn look awesome all the time! A coverstitch can be sewn with two needles for a double stitched look or three needles for a triple needle finish.

For most people, the easiest way lớn achieve a coverstitch is with a serger/coverstitch combination serger. You get TWO machines in one!

For a coverstitch only machine, check out the Bernette B42 Coverstitch Only machine. If you already own a serger, the Bernette B42 is the perfect companion machine. The Bernette B42 will always be set up for coverstitching & the serger is always set up lớn serge. The ultimate time saver!


When coverstitching with two needles the coverstitch can be either narrow or wide. A narrow coverstitch is igiảm giá for lighter weight fabrics and will keep the fabric from tunneling. A wide coverstitch setting is the preferred setting for a bit sturdier or thicker fabrics. It really all depends on the final look desired.

A side benefit of a coverstitch is that if you sew a seam và it is not correct, there is a loop on the bachồng that can be pulled & the stitch practically removes itself! (Don’t worry, there is a secret way khổng lồ loông chồng this stitch so it will stay put when its perfect).

Of course, if only one needle is used in the coverstitch mode it creates the perfect 2-thread chainstitch! Watch this đoạn Clip khổng lồ see the chainstitch in action.

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Sara’s Time Saving Tip:

When sewing a project or a handful of similar projects, get all the sections sewn lớn the same step & then switch the serger to coverstitch for an afternoon of coverstitching. This is a much better use of your time than switching baông xã and forth for a coverstitch seam here or there.

Coverstitch machines and stitches are not glamorous. Coverstitch machines at least are 10x easier to operate than when they first arrived for trang chủ users.

Not Using the Coverstitch Machine You Own?

If you already own a coverstitch machine and are not using it, we highly recommkết thúc the online Craftsy class “Coverstitch: Basics & Beyond” with Gail Yellen.


Lessons include getting familiar with your coverstitch machines, differences between all the hems options, working with bulky seams, coverstitching on difficult fabrics, coverstitching zippers & adding decorative threads lớn the coverstitch and chainstitch stitches.


This power packed class will guarantee you will master the coverstitch portion of your serger and remind you why and where to lớn use the coverstitch stitches.

Over at SewingMastery.com we have completed videos on three models of serger và coverstitch combination sergers. These video can help you decide which Mã Sản Phẩm would be right for you!

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