Flat lock look a like Stitch

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I had a brain storm moment last night as I was dropping off to sleep as  
is often the case with me, and realised I could use the fake flat lock  
overlocker stitch to hem my T shirts. My usual T shirt supplier has  not  
had the sizes/ styles I use for  a while now, so I was thinking about  
having to make T shirts again and how much I don't like the  normal hems  
as they look home-made to me. Any how today I had a go and here is a  
link to my Facebook page picture of the 1st attempt. I have a skipped  
stitch on the neckband I'm not sure why, it's not unravelling or  
anything so I will leave well alone .

  What do you think about the general look?

https://www.facebook.com/108807385836211/photos/pcb.930208677029407/930208613696080/?type=1&theater

I think I am 95% happy that's happy enough to put the outfit up for sale  
even though I only made it as a trail run, but other opinions are always  
welcome.
--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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I had a brain storm moment last night as I was dropping off to sleep as
is often the case with me, and realised I could use the fake flat lock
overlocker stitch to hem my T shirts. My usual T shirt supplier has  not
had the sizes/ styles I use for  a while now, so I was thinking about
having to make T shirts again and how much I don't like the  normal hems
as they look home-made to me. Any how today I had a go and here is a
link to my Facebook page picture of the 1st attempt. I have a skipped
stitch on the neckband I'm not sure why, it's not unravelling or
anything so I will leave well alone .

  What do you think about the general look?

https://www.facebook.com/108807385836211/photos/pcb.930208677029407/930208613696080/?type=1&theater

I think I am 95% happy that's happy enough to put the outfit up for sale
even though I only made it as a trail run, but other opinions are always
welcome.
--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr


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Thank you Bobbie I have done another one this afternoon. I now have make  
the rest of my patterns.

--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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On Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8:21:23 AM UTC-5, Claire in France wrote:
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I'm having a hard time making out what the stitch actually looks like.  When I hem T shift sleeves I use a twin needle.  Is that what you are doing?


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On the right side it's like a  vertical line on the inside/ wrong side  
it's an overlocked edge. I found the tutorial here  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OIwoMqWOIE

However I have adjusted the setting to my  own spec plus she puts the  
blade out of commission but I leave it working as I find it neater.
--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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On Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:52:48 PM UTC-5, Claire in France wrote:
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 When I hem T shift sleeves I use a twin needle.  Is that what you are doin
g?
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I don't have a serger, wouldn't know where to begin to use one as I don't d
o sewing that calls for the use of one.  The video was pretty much Greek to
 me and I've never seen a T shirt with a hem like she showed.  T shirts I b
uy in the store have a twin needle look to them on the outside of the fabri
c.  

Sorry, it's just not getting through to me.


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"ItsJoanNotJoann"  wrote in message  

On Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:52:48 PM UTC-5, Claire in France wrote:
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I don't have a serger, wouldn't know where to begin to use one as I don't do  
sewing that calls for the use of one.  The video was pretty much Greek to me  
and I've never seen a T shirt with a hem like she showed.  T shirts I buy in  
the store have a twin needle look to them on the outside of the fabric.

Joan, before I got my serger I would just simply double fold the hem and sew  
it down once, then from the right side I would sew a second line on the hem,  
using the width of the foot foot as a guide.
Hope this helps!
Barbara in SC

Sorry, it's just not getting through to me.  



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On Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:34:55 PM UTC-5, Bobbie Sews More wrote:
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I mastered the twin needle feature on my machine, but first I had to keep t
elling myself "sew on the RIGHT side of the fabric, sew on the RIGHT side o
f the fabric."  I forgot once and it certainly looked nice until I got read
y to put it on and realized I had sewn on the wrong side.   :-O  

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I haven't has the courage to try a twin needles, I don't know why I find  
them scarry.

--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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On Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:30:48 AM UTC-5, Claire in France wrote:
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ep telling myself "sew on the RIGHT side of the fabric, sew on the RIGHT si
de of the fabric."  I forgot once and it certainly looked nice until I got  
ready to put it on and realized I had sewn on the wrong side.   :-O
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It took me a few tries to get it pretty much mastered, tension was what I h
ad to get right and remembering which side to sew on.  Thank goodness for s
crap material to try out these new stitches.   :-))     I will admit those  
finished stitches were rather weird looking.  But I still look at the manua
l that came with my machine as I made notes in it for tension and such.


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Yes the twin needle effect is a coverstich finish. What I am doing is  
using the serger to make a look-a-like type stitch.
Take a look here to see the two sides of the look-a-like stitch the 1st  
picture is the Right Side.

http://gotosew.com/2013/11/guide-to-flatlocking-on-your-serger/


--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:
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The RTW Tee-Shirt hems are made using a Coverstitch machine:
http://creativelyspeaking.net/Ebay_Graphics/Coverstitch.JPG

Since it has a looper thread on the wrong side, it has much more  
"give" than a double-needle on a lockstitch machine.

Claire is very cleverly using a feature on her serger to replicate  
the look.

Beverly


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On the right side it's like a  vertical line on the inside/ wrong side
it's an overlocked edge. I found the tutorial here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OIwoMqWOIE

However I have adjusted the setting to my  own spec plus she puts the
blade out of commission but I leave it working as I find it neater.
--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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Claire in France wrote:

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Claire, I have tested using the flat-lock feature on a serger, I  
have not been completely satisfied.  I ended up buying a stand-alone  
coverstitch machine.
http://babylock.com/sergers/cover-stitch/

It is temperamental, but I use it a lot for hems on knits.

Beverly


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Claire in France wrote:

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Yikes! You risk cutting the folded edge.

I also found if difficult to get just the right amount of threads  
falling off the edge for the serger-faux-coverstitch to work.

B  


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I tried it with the blade out of the way but I didn't like the way that  
the edge rolled itself into the stitching and I felt the  joined edge  
was too bulky without the  cut edge.

Yes I risk cutting the folded edge It a  balancing act!! Watch me  
stress. The more I do it the better I get .

A coverstich machine is on my wish list. I am hesitating between a stand  
alone coverstitch machine or a serger/ coverstitch machine. I am veering  
towards stand alone  as it would probably give me  more choice  leaving  
the serger threaded up in another colour.

--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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Claire in France wrote:

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Claire, I have the Huskylock 936 serger which converts to sew  
coverstitch. I thought it would be very handy, having all the cones  
threaded, serging stuff, converting to coverstitch and hemming.  But  
honestly, the conversion is a PITA!  I now leave the 936 converted  
for coverstitch all the time. I also have the Babylock CS  
(coverstitch) and three other sergers. One is a Huskylock 930, two  
of them are older Bernette MO 2-3-4 without differential feed.  
However, I much prefer the Bernettes for rolled hems, even though  
the conversion for that is also a PITA, but the blade is much closer  
to the needles, so narrow hemming >curves< is actually doable.  I  
have not been able to successfully narrow hem a curve on either the  
Huskylock 930 serger or the 936.

YMMV

And in case anyone thinks I have too many machines, nuh uh!  One of  
my sergers (a Bernette) is on permanent loan to my DGD, who has one  
of my three Singer 401As as well.  I plan to gift her one of my two  
Singer Quantum XL6000 embroidery machines when she graduates from  
Juilliard.

With the exception of my original Singer 401A (bought new in 1962),  
the first XL6000 (bought new in 2004), and the Huskylock 936 (first  
prize at the 2005 Oregon State Fair), ALL my machines were bought  
used, either at local sewing machine stores (well serviced  
trade-ins) or eBay.

I really think that with the lovely products you make for sale, a  
dedicated coverstitch machine would be invaluable.  I use both of  
mine a LOT. (Younger DD is short, and I alter almost all of her RTW  
T-shirts)

They can be fairly cranky about needles, so if you get one be sure  
you buy a large supply of the recommended needles, and change them  
often. Skipped stitches, GRRRR.....

Beverly



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Personally, and this is just me, I don't like the look of flatlock  
for hems.  Just too much exposed thread, imho.  I'm not even too  
fond of serger blindhemming, because it isn't very "blind" (see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdwlJmfmJ1s


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCMIXOG
)  

If I don't have access to a coverstitch machine, I'm more likely
to use one of the decorative stretch stitches on my machine for  
hemming knits.

But if it sells for you, by all means do it!

Kay


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That's exactly why I asked Kay.

My ideal finish would be a twin line of stitching as per the  
cover-stitch machine but I think the Flat lock hem is better than my old  
version of overcast edge and 2 lines of stitching which never quite  
looked professional enough. Perhaps that finish would look right if I  
had the courage to try twin needle stitching but  I have a mental block  
on twin needles  , they scare me.

I will take the 2 sets I have done out with me this weekend and see what  
the responses are like. Fingers crossed.
--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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That's exactly why I asked Kay.

My ideal finish would be a twin line of stitching as per the
cover-stitch machine but I think the Flat lock hem is better than my old
version of overcast edge and 2 lines of stitching which never quite
looked professional enough. Perhaps that finish would look right if I
had the courage to try twin needle stitching but  I have a mental block
on twin needles  , they scare me.

I will take the 2 sets I have done out with me this weekend and see what
the responses are like. Fingers crossed.
--  
Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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