Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Baby Steps with the Coverstitch

You should see the wreck my sewing room has become! After the GCGSW, I ended up with even MORE fabric that I haven't put away yet, and my machines are sitting around's just a mess. Last night I vowed to spend 30 minutes up there, and realized I hadn't sewn on 2 patches to my Scout shirt (yes, I'm a nerdy uniform-wearing Scout parent, but I'm the Popcorn Kernel, so I'm supposed to!). Well that forced me to clean up enough space to plug in my Brother for 10 minutes of sewing. Well today I went BACK up there to put away fabric, and guess what I found? This Burda shirt, stuck in the back of a drawer with some other muslins and stuff needing repair.

I loved this shirt and wore it a bunch, but this is what happened with my Brother twin needle stitching...

Aha - there's a Janome coverstitch for that! (Get it - there's an app for that - see what I did there?) I spent 20 minutes threading and setting it all up, and voila!

No, I didn't use matching thread, I just grabbed 2 spools of similar blue, and a third one for the looper. Check out that awesome stretchy wrong side!

Now see my Jalie shirt?

Well, the same thing happened to it...or this may be the Betzina pattern with this same fabric, but I used wooly nylon in the bobbin for supposedly better elasticity, and look what happened.

The WN just stretched itself to death and broke, I guess, because it's no longer present!

Janome coverstitch to the rescue!

Okay, I may need to work on my tension when switching between knits, but I love this thing!

Check out the wrong side - this sucker's not breaking! Okay, off to check on homework, head over to my mom's to eat some delicious enchiladas she and my niece have made, then hopefully back home to sew some more!


BeckyW said...

What a great job on the hems. I know you will love your coverstitch.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Ooh, I do, Becky! I saved 3 more shirts today where the hems had popped when I stretched them. Thank you so much for showing me how to end the seam and that trick about sticking the needle at the beginning of the seam to bring the top threads to the bottom - priceless tip! Did you post pictures of your skirt yet?

Sheila said...

You did a great job with the cs hems. I must admit my first couple of tries were a disaster. Cute tops.

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Anonymous said...

You are doing great with the new machine!!!


Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Sheila!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Robbie! Got my Sewing Expo brochure in the mail and got all excited again!