What kind of stitch is this and can I do this on my home sewing machine?

What kind of stitch is this and can I do this on my home sewing machine?

What kind of stitch is this and can I do this on my home sewing machine?

What kind of stitch, coverstitch
What kind of stitch, coverstitch

Probably the most common question I see on the sewing groups on Facebook, it is a ready to wear coverstitch on a retail garment.

There is be 50 comments that say. Coverstitch, NO.   That is not very helpful to someone just starting out sewing.

Let’s see if we can help these people out a bit, yes it is a coverstich, and your home sewing machine cannot do this stitch, but if the alternative that can look and perform very similar to it.

You can also purchase a coverstich machine, starting at about $350 and up, leave that for another day.

Been practicing and experimenting for a few hours this morning and this is a method that I have come up with the look similar and function about the same at the retail coverstitch.

Home sewing machine alternative to a retail coverstitch
Home sewing machine alternative to a retail coverstitch

The final method I found that resembles a coverstich seam, is to over cast the raw edge of fabric with a wide zigzag width 7, lenght 2.

Then iron set stitches, then press over to the hem you want, then take back to the sewing machine, and use the triple stretch stitch (available on most sewing machines), and do two row of stitches and you can sew from the inside of the garment.

The first row is edge stitch the hem on the raw edge, then another row on the other edge of the zigzag, so the entire stitch looks like it in all connected.

stitch looks like is was done all as one stitch on machine.
Stitch looks like it was done all as one stitch on the machine.

I did many different overcasts, zigzag, blind hem, decorative, utility stitches, then one that came out the best was the simple zigzag, below are just a few of the best looking failures.

Your machine may have a different outcome and one of the other stitches may work better than the zigzag, so try them out and see.

The machine I used was an inexpensive Walmart edition from the Project Runway series, a CE1100.

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