How to Use the Coverstitch Machine

How to use the coverstitch machine

The coverstitch machine (flatlock sewing machine) is most used for sewing the clothing made from knit jersey fabrics. Here you find a tutorial how to use the coverstitch machine and some cover stitch machine tips and techniques.
If you need to sew t-shirts or children's clothes from knitted fabrics you need have the serger coverstitch. It is a very useful sewing machine for sewing such fabrics. The serger coverstitch is special sewing machine that is used for attaching hem of t-shirt. The cover stitch machines are used also for flat seaming where the raw edges can be finished in the same operation as forming the seam.

How to use the coverstitch machine

Cover stitch is formed by special way. Every cover stitch machine has two or more needles and only one looper. Every serger has two loopers. This is the main difference from overlock and coverstitch machine. The industrial flatlock sewing machines can have two loopers and more than ten needles.

How to use the coverstitch machine

The coverstitch machine for home uses four or five thread.

How to use the coverstitch machine

This is a diagram how to thread the coverstitch machine Merrylock 009.

How to use the coverstitch machine

Three needles of the coverstitch machine Merrylock 009 cover stitch simultaneously. The needle threads form parallel stitches, while the looper threads cross back and forth all the needle rows.

How to use the coverstitch machine

With this knob you can stretch or gather the fabric. What is it for? Knitted fabrics are very stretchable fabrics and therefore you need to adjust this option before sewing. N - Normal.

How to use the coverstitch machine

If you need to increase foot pressure on the fabric use this handle.

How to use the coverstitch machine

This knob is used for adjustment stitch length.

How to use the coverstitch machine

Note: Rotation of the overlocks and coverstitch machines going in the opposite side from you. But some models of coverstitch machines are rotated to you, like a regular sewing machine.

How to use the coverstitch machine

This photo shows main kinds of stitches that are used in coverstitch machines for home. The coverstitch machines can use only two threads. In this case a coverstitch machine will make the chain stitch.

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