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« on: July 23, 2008 09:01:58 PM »

If you look at the bottom hem or sleeve hem of a tee shirt, you see the double topstitch.  Underneath it looks serged.  I got a serger for Mother's Day and have loved learning to use it, but this is something that I thought I was going to be able to do with it and was really looking forward to.  So...  is it serged and then just a double topstitch with a sewing machine, or is it a function on the serger that I may not have???  Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2008 02:16:21 AM »

It's called coverstitch. Some higher end overlockers can do it, but most can't, and you can also get a coverstitch machine that only does coverstitch.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2008 09:15:40 AM »

You can get something similar with a sewing machine, you use a double needle, it will look like the double stitching on the top side, but on the "serged" side it looks like a zig-zag stitch.

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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2008 09:48:34 AM »

I just finished reading Sew U - Home Stretch.  It's one of those Built by Wendy books, but specifically about knits.  I learned ALOT about sergers and overlock in a way that made more sense than the manual or other books I've looked at.  Very conversational tone - I had it as bedside reading for a few nights.  I'd recommend taking a look at it.

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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2008 10:03:07 AM »

Like Taniquel said, it's a coverstitch. I'm not sure if there is a way to get an attachment for a serger that would do a coverstitch. There may be, & if not, there probably will be at some point. Coverstitch machines can get pretty pricey, & I'm not well-versed in those. I usually serge the bottom of my garment if it'll fray & then turn it over & topstitch it clean. If it's the bottom of a t-shirt made from a knit that's going to stretch a little, I'd recommend a zig zag stitch so it has less chance of breaking in wear. And if you don't want to serge it first, you can always just double turn it!

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