Can You Cover Stitch on an Overlocker?

While cover stitching is traditionally associated with coverlock machines, such as the Janome CoverPro family, there are options available to perform cover stitching on an overlocker as well. One key component to achieving excellent cover stitching results on an overlocker is the choice of thread.

Can I Do a Coverstitch on My Sewing Machine?

The process of coverstitching on a sewing machine isn’t as straightforward as you might expect.

The double needle will allow you to create parallel lines of stitching, similar to a coverstitch. The zigzag stitch setting will give the stitches some stretch, which is essential for creating a secure and flexible seam.

When using a double needle, it’s important to use a thread that’s strong and durable. Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread is an excellent choice for this purpose. This thread is specifically designed for use with sergers and overlock machines, offering excellent stitch quality and lasting durability. It’s made of 100% core-spun polyester, which provides strength and resilience, even after frequent washing or strain.

If you’re using a Janome CoverPro machine, you’ll have even more options for achieving a coverstitch-like finish. Janome CoverPro machines are equipped with multiple needles and a specialized coverstitch function. These machines are specifically designed for coverstitching, making them the perfect choice for professional-looking results.

Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread is a reliable and durable option for creating strong coverstitch-like seams.

Tips for Using a Double Needle for Coverstitching on a Regular Sewing Machine

  • Make sure your sewing machine is compatible with a double needle and that you’ve the correct size and type for your project.
  • Thread both needles with the same color thread or choose two different colors for a decorative effect.
  • Adjust the tension settings on your sewing machine to accommodate the double needle.
  • Test the stitch width and length on a scrap fabric to ensure that the needles are properly aligned and the stitches are balanced.
  • When coverstitching, guide the fabric evenly with both hands to prevent any puckering or stretching.
  • Be careful not to sew over pins or zippers as the double needle may break or bend.
  • Clean your sewing machine regularly, removing any build-up of lint or thread that can interfere with the double needle’s performance.
  • Practice patience and take your time to achieve the desired professional finish with your double needle coverstitch.

In order to achieve a professional and secure hem on your cover stitch, using the right thread is crucial. Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread is a highly recommended option due to it’s durability and reliability. Made from 100% core-spun polyester, this thread is specifically designed for use with sergers/overlock and coverlock machines, such as the Janome CoverPro family of machines. It’s high-quality construction ensures that your hems will withstand frequent washes and strains, making it the ideal choice for any sewing project. Now, let’s explore the step-by-step process of creating a hem using a cover stitch.

How to Do a Hem on a Cover Stitch?

Cover stitching is a popular technique used in sewing to create professional-looking hems on garments. It’s commonly done using a cover stitch machine, which is specifically designed for this purpose. However, many people wonder if it’s possible to achieve similar results using an overlocker machine.

The answer is yes, you can cover stitch on an overlocker, but it requires a few extra steps. The first thing you need to do is set up your overlocker for cover stitching. This typically involves changing the needles and adjusting the tension settings. Make sure to consult your machines manual for specific instructions.

Once your machine is set up, you can start working on the hem. Start by folding the fabric twice to create a narrow hem. Pin it in place to secure it. Then, align the folded edge of the fabric with the needles of your overlocker, making sure to position it to the left of the cutting knife. This will allow the needles to stitch right along the folded edge without cutting into the fabric.

When you start sewing, the needles will create a series of straight stitches on the top side of the fabric, while the looper threads will form a zigzag pattern on the underside. This results in a secure and stretchy hem that’s commonly used on stretchy fabrics such as knits.

To achieve the best results, it’s recommended to use a high-quality thread, such as Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread. This thread is specifically designed for use with overlock and coverlock machines. Made of 100% core-spun polyester, it’s excellent strength and durability, ensuring that your cover stitches will last through frequent washes and strain.

By following the steps outlined above and using a top-quality thread like Madeira Aerolock, you can create professional-looking hems that are strong and long-lasting. So go ahead and give it a try, and youll be amazed at the results you can achieve.

Different Types of Stitches That Can Be Achieved With a Cover Stitch Machine

  • Straight stitch
  • Zigzag stitch
  • Triple cover stitch
  • Double cover stitch
  • Chain stitch
  • Mock safety stitch
  • Wide cover stitch
  • Narrow cover stitch
  • Flatlock stitch
  • Two-thread overlock stitch

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So, if you're looking to achieve professional-looking cover stitching on your projects, consider investing in a coverlock machine and the right thread to get the job done efficiently and effectively.

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