Cover Hem Sewing on a Serger

Don’t be intimidated by your Baby Lock serger? Sue Green Baker has put together some amazing technique videos to grow your confidence with your serger! Sit back and watch as she demonstrates the tricky part of the Cover Hem.

What is a Cover Hem and when would you use this stitch?

A cover hem is a professional-style “serged” hem that traditionally has two to three lines of parallel stitching on the right side and a looper stitch which covers the raw edge of the fabric on the back side. It’s the type of hem commonly found on most ready-to-wear knit garments (and many woven ready-to-wear items as well) as it has plenty of stretch and so will not distort the hem. It’s also very fast and clean!

Baby Lock sergers, such as the Triumph, Ovation, and Enlighten are combo serger machines. This means, they can threaded for either an overlock stitch OR a cover hem! The cover hem is all about making professional, high-end-looking hems. Most folks use them for garments, although there’s no reason you couldn’t also use this type of hem on home décor items, especially items with lots of length to hem, such as tablecloths and curtains.

What’s Sue Green Baker’s tip?

Sewing around a cuff has its challenges. Especially ending the stitch so that no one can tell where you started or finished. In this video, Sue teaches us a technique that helps you start and end your stitches in the same place, avoiding the run-off stitch that adds extra work. By pulling the needle threads out of the way and then pulling them to the back and tying a knot, you can create a perfect loop of stitches.

Baby Lock Clear Foot

Visit one of our B-Sew Inn locations and ask about the Clear Foot for your Baby Lock Serger. The clear foot provides better visibility when attaching ribbon and lace, or guiding lightweight decorative stitching. The raised guidelines on the foot ensure that you stitch with accuracy. This foot is perfect for decorative construction.

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