Thursday, September 2, 2010
For months now, my frustrations with hemming knits (using the stretch stitches on my Bernina 930) have grown. Even though the stitches stretch, they do not stretch very much. And, to me, they don’t look like they belong on the outside of a garment. The last straw was not being able to produce a decent-looking hem on the Ottobre raglan t-shirt. I began shopping for a coverstitch machine soon after it was completed.
I have never sewn on a coverstitch machine before and will need to take some time to get acquainted with it. The most notable thing for me, so far, is the stretchiness of the stitching. I have stretched and stretched the coverstitch samples and haven’t been able to break the threads.
With this purchase, I feel as if I am leaving 1980’s sewing, even though my scissors still need to be replaced with a rotary cutter and a huge cutting mat. Hey, don’t laugh. It could happen…