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What is a Coverstitch?

When you first start sewing garments, it can be very daunting. There are so many different things you need to do and everyone calls them something slightly different.

You need a sewing machine, you need an overlocker and some people say you need a Coverstitch.

Hang on, I know that a sewing machine sews and if I am making garments then I just sew in a straight line and that is how I create my seams.

Then I have an overlocker which I use to neaten the raw edges of my fabric so that it doesn’t fray and the seam sits nice and flat. Got all that, but what does a coverstitch machine do.

If you are wearing a t-shirt  have a look at the bottom of your shirt and you will most likely see 2 lines of stitching around the bottom, that is a 2 needle coverstitch. Two Needle Narrow Coverstitch

Also have a look at the collar, the ribbing of the collar will have been attached and stitch all in one go with a coverstitch.

Why would most people who sew at home need a coverstitch?

The main reason would be to get a professional hem.

The other added benefit of a coverstitch machine, is that it saves you time when you are hemming!

The reason that it saves you time is that you don’t have to overlock the raw edge before you hem it, you don’t have to do any fancy folds to hide the raw edge or any of that nonsense.

With a coverstitch you can just turn your hem up, just one fold, set the guide on the coverstitch so that the left most needle in the machine, just drops onto the raw edge underneath and hem. It will hem and stop your fabric from farying etc. all in one easy to use seam.

Janome have 2 machines available which do a coverstitch. You can get the Janome CoverPro 1000CPX, which is a dedicated coverstitch machine, doing a 2/3 thread coverstitch and also a chain stitch.

They also have the Janome 1200D Professional Overlocker, which will do a 2,3,4,5 thread overlock, Chain stitch, 2,3 needle coverstitch and top cover hem (as seen on fitted active/sports wear).