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Old 02-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Overcast stitching diapers and soakers

I have been playing around with my new machine (a Janome Magnolia 7330), and I decided to use the overcast stitch on a soaker pad in the training pants I am making. I really like the results. It looks a lot like a serged edge. Is there a reason no one really suggests doing an overcast stitch? Most fitted diaper patterns I've seen say either to serge the edges or turn and top stitch, but no mention of overcast stitch. If I made a fitted with overcast stitch, would it hold up like a serged edge?

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Overcast stitch is SLOW! I have several garments I made using overcast stitch before I owned a serger. You could probably turn and top stitch MUCH faster than using the overcast (at least I know I can).

That said, the overcast stitch will work just fine.
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Thanks for the reply! Yes you are right, I did notice it was pretty slow. But the result was just so pretty lol. I think I will keep overcasting the edges of soakers and turn and top stitch the diaper bodies since those are so much bigger. Someday I might get a serger, but the sewing machine was a necessary purchase since my old one was about to go flying out the window.
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Re: Overcast stitching diapers and soakers

Out of interest which stitch did you use? I also have a Janome and I love it. I haven't tried overcasting on it but I am looking at the picture of your machine on the web and I have all those stitches. Did you use 11 or 12? I'd like to give it a try for some things.
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Re: Overcast stitching diapers and soakers

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Out of interest which stitch did you use? I also have a Janome and I love it. I haven't tried overcasting on it but I am looking at the picture of your machine on the web and I have all those stitches. Did you use 11 or 12? I'd like to give it a try for some things.
I actually used number 10 because it looked like the simplest and I had never done an overcast stitch before. I am going to try 11 and 12 next and see which one is my favorite. But I want to get an overcast foot first. Glad to hear you love you Janome, too. I really liked my mom's old Kenmore made by Janome, but she wanted it back so I had to get my own lol.
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I plan on making some newborn fitteds using an overcast stitch. I also bought a special overcast foot, which I'm not sure if it helps or not. I've practiced on a few wipes and I'm happy with the results. I just can't justify buying a serger for what little use I'll get out of it.
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Re: Overcast stitching diapers and soakers

Noted! I, too, can't justify a serger, but I'd sure love one!
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Thanks! It did look nice! I also discovered I have an overcast foot! The only thing I found was that it stretched out the fabric a bit, but i was only using 2 layers of stretchy fleece. Maybe adjust the tension down??
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I've used my Janome to overlock a ton a baby wrap, wipes, inserts and some mama cloth. I've loved the results every time and it holds up well. I know it's slower than a serger, but it doesn't bother me a all!
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:25 AM   #10
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I have an overlock stitch on my singer which I loved for a sewn in soaker but didn't care for when I made my flannel wipes. I felt it wouldn't stop the flannel from fraying very well. So I ended up using a triple zig-zag stitch (which was slow) and found it great for finishing a raw edge. I guess it's all about playing around with our new machines.
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