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From: st13031
Date: 08-03-2007, 11:25 PM (1 of 4)
I am reading my fancy new sewing machine's :-) owners manual about when to use the different stitches and alot of the stitches, (the zig zags for example) say for OVercasting....etc.
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User: st13031
Member since: 02-27-2007
Total posts: 35
From: MartySews2
Date: 08-03-2007, 11:35 PM (2 of 4)
Overcasting is a method of keeping your edges of fabric from fraying. If you don't have a serger, it's a great way to secure your fabric edges.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: DorothyL
Date: 08-04-2007, 09:26 AM (3 of 4)
If you put those stitches on the edge of the fabric they will cover the raw edges.
You can finish the edges of fabric that frays a lot before you start sewing or finish the edges of the seams after you sew them.

User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: craftedbybeth
Date: 08-09-2007, 08:20 AM (4 of 4)
:smile: Hopefully you'll have a special foot included that works great in keeping your fabric in place. I used my overcast/overedge stitches a lot before I got a serger. Have fun with your fancy new machine.:smile:
User: craftedbybeth
Member since: 07-22-2007
Total posts: 6
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