Serger vs Cover Stitch Machine

Serger vs Cover Stitch Machine

In this post examines in detail the main differences between a serger and coverstitch machine. Serger vs cover stitch machine.

Serger vs Cover Stitch Machine, view 1

The coverstitch machine is very similar to a serger. But this is a false impression. In fact they are two different sewing machines.
The first difference: Working area of coverstitch machine is much more than the overlock.

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Working area of overlock is located only on the left side.

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Second difference: The coverstitch machine has only one looper.

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This is threading diagram for coverstitch machine.

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The serger has two looper.
The third important difference: The serger has knife for cutting edges of fabrics.

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This is threading diagram for overlock sewing machine.

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The overlock sewing machine and coverstitch machine have same number of threads.

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This is the only thing that makes them look like.

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The fourth difference: The cover stitch machine has three needles.

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The overlock sewing machine has two needles.

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There are other common options that have both sewing machines: the differential feed mechanism and knob to adjust its value

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and the knob to adjust the stitch length.

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This model serger has these both knobs on the right hand side.

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For overlock you need use special sewing needles.

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The size and length of needles are indicated in the instructions or on the housing.

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Note: For the coverstitch machine need use only special sewing needles and threads.

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For sewing knitted fabrics the needle of coverstitch machine must have a special form of the needle tip.

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The threads of coverstitch machine and serger need to insert in top holes as shown.

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The threads should be thin, firm and elastic. These two parameters influence the quality of the stitching.

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The coverstitch machine often is used for hemming the sleeves and bottom of the garments made of knitted fabrics.

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Overclock sewing machine is used only to serge the edges of the fabrics. This is the main and most important difference.

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The coverstitch machine can perform various kinds of stitches, using 8, 6, 4 and two threads.

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So looks stitch of coverstitch machine on the backside. This is the last difference.

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