We’re thrilled about this video! As we’ve been working on our Made to Measure Leggings Class, some of our other media has been put on hold- but we made this detailed video especially for those of you with a Coverstitch machine. We’re using the Baby Lock Ovation in this video, but the technique should work for most machines.
You can watch this video ad-free in our Made to Measure Leggings Class! I’ve also written out the process below, to accommodate all kinds of learners.
Trim Your Starting Thread Tails
As you approach your previous stitching, trim your thread tails close to your fabric. Continue to stitch and stitch over your starting stitch by a few stitches.
Secure Your Coverstitch
There is no back-stitch function on a coverstitch machine, so we re-stitch over our last few stitches. Raise your needles to the highest position, raise your presser foot, and then gently pull the fabric toward you. Lower your presser foot and take a couple of stitches. This re-stitching should keep your ends secure.
Create Thread Tails
This is the magic part. Your stitch is secure, but let’s avoid getting out the hand sewing needles, shall we?
Raise your needles to the highest position, and raise your presser foot. Slide a pin between your threads and the front of your needles, bring a few inches of thread slack toward you. This will only work if your foot and needles are UP. Then, gently pull your fabric away from your presser foot, to your left. This will take up the slack that you brought down from above the eye of your needles.
When you fabric is clear of the foot, lower the foot and chain off, pinching the area of the fabric where you back stitched.
Identify and Trim Threads
You should see two straight threads on top of your project, those are your needle threads. Below the project, you’ll see those two needle threads are also looped- that’s the slack that you took from above the eye of the needle. You’ll also see your Cover/Chain looper thread under your project.
Trim the two threads on top only, freeing them from the chain that was made by your machine (there’s not always a chain with the coverstitch- you might just have straight threads coming out from underneath your foot).
Turn your work over, and pull the loops (needle threads) to the back. Trim both the looper thread and the two needle threads close to the fabric.
Voila! Your stitches are secured, and you didn’t touch a hand sewing needle!
Quick Tips on the Technique
This takes a bit of practice. I’d say by try number 3, I was pretty good, and then by try number 5 I was a pro. Now, I don’t hesitate to coverstitch anything- because I don’t dread tying off any ends.
If you are doing a decorative application for the coverstitch, where the looper threads are showing on the right side of the fabric, don’t bring your needle threads through! Just secure them by “re-stitching”. Both Zede and I have done this and had a good laugh at our own expense!