How to Use a Cover Stitch Machine?

Last Updated on February 2, 2020

How to Use a Cover Stitch Machine

Sewing is an age-old tradition. And therefore, various sewing machines are available for sewing easily. Cover stitch machines are professional type machines and contain one, two, or three needles as well as a looper underneath.

It made for professional parallel stitches such as t-shirt hemstitches, and you will get a high-quality finishing if you use this machine correctly. To do you have to know how to use this machine correctly and to help you, we’re providing some simple steps to follow.

1. Needle

You have to make sure that the needle you have is right before you start stitching. You will find the best needles set on the market or online comparing with prices. Then you can fit the needles in the needle bar. The number of the needle you’re going to put is your choice as the machine got three needle positions.

Before threading the machine, you must know which thread is preferable for your project. If you want to create a hemline on light fabric, then a light thread with a narrow cover-stitch is ideal. But if you are stitching on thick and heavy fabric like jeans or denim, you need thicker thread. To make threading easy, you can use big cone spool, and you can match the color of the upper and looper thread.

2. Thread the machine

Before using the machine, the cover stitch machine also requires to be threaded like the other regular sewing machine. But you don’t need bobbin threading; instead of that, you have to use separate spool as a looper thread.

For every needle, you can install different thread spool that has been fitted into the needle bar while threading the upper machine, and you can finish the threading through the needle’s eye. You have to remember to release the tension phase and have to lift the presser foot before thread.

3. Try out samples

Before using the cover stitch machine onto any projects, you can try out some examples to make sure that the needle and threading have installed correctly. It is essential to make sure the necessary adjustments tension adjustment, stitch length adjustment, etc. have been made accurately.

Thread tensioning is vital to balance the stitch. It the stitch gets tight or loose, it will not sit tightly on the material. Another essential setting of this machine is the adjustment of the stitch length. You can adjust the length of the stitch by using a length adjustment knob located on the side of the machine.

According to the types of your project, you can take longer your stitch length to make it stretchier and loose or shorten the stitch to get a tight and rigid stitch. You can also adjust the differential feed and presser foot pressure to get a perfect result.

4. Secure the thread in end

After sewing, stitches need to secure. As most machines do not have a built-in reverse function, you need to do it manually. By sewing manually using a handwheel where needles will be in the highest position. Then raise the presser foot, you can cut the threads by crochet hook and pull the fabric backward to leftwards.

The needle thread will be removed in reverse and secure the stitch automatically. You can also manually turn the handwheel to lower the needles where you will hear a clicking sound.

Then release the thread rotating the wheel backward. Lift the presser foot and then by pulling the threads, cut them with scissors, and use a hand sewing needle to lock the end.

Final Words

All these steps will be helpful for you. For a beginner, these steps will make it easy to use a cover stitch machine. Though the cover stitch machine is slightly different than a regular machine, you can sew any fabric without any worries. With the user guide, you will be able to handle your machine properly.


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