So I'm finally having a decent go with my coverstitch machine.
The tension seems to be hard to get right. Do you always have to test on scrap fabric before starting, and fiddle around numerous times before getting it right? Or is it something you instinctively learn after a while?
I've just sewn a merino L/S top, and it seems great (if you don't look too closely at the coverstitching because of above tension issues, LOL)
(though haven't done the neckline yet
My question...... I coverstitched the hem and sleeve hems first, then overlocked the sides after. How do I finish off the overlocked edges/ends/chain or whatever you call it? I just am not quite sure how to tidily finish it so that it looks good and doesn't unravel. I think I would usually have hemmed last, then the overlocked bit is hemmed up anyway. But I remember you guys saying to do it this way, and actually I really like constructing it this way! Just need to know some of the tricks.
While I'm here, with the neckline, easiest way is to cut a strip (do I have to cut this on the bias or just acrossways - most stretch....) less than the circumference of the circle (about 3/4?) Sew short ends so I have a circle, fold, sew/overlock(which is best? Presumably sew - easier to unpick if I get it wrong!) right sides together stretching to fit, then turn and coverstitch to finish it?? Have I got this right?
Thanks for your patience and help, much appreciated!