I purchased my first coverstitch machine about a year ago. The Janome 1000cpx. It is a fantastic machine but I could not fall in love with it like others have. It sure sewed a mean hem but every time I tried to do anything more than 2 layers of fabric, I always prepared myself for skipped stitches or uneven feeding. I was lucky enough to take home the Babylock BLCS-2 coverstitch machine to play with and have been so impressed with how it sews. I already have the Imagine, which is the best non-industrial serger in the world in my biased opinion, so moving over to the Coverstitch was a breeze.
I was able to take home a binder attachment to try out and decided to do a video of just how easy it is to apply binding to the edge of a knit garment. There are many other binder accessories available for this machine but I thought I’d start slow. The one thing I love about the Babylock vs the Janome is I did not need a special adapter plate to mount the binder to and the Babylock machine actually also comes with the necessary mounting screws.
I am illustrating the 10mm knit/woven double fold bias binder. 10mm is the finished width of the binding and is about 3/8″. The instructions call for cutting your binding strip 36mm which is about 1-3/8″ wide. The instructions call for cutting knit on the crosswise grain (perpendicular to the selvage as one would normally cut knit) and on the bias for woven (cutting woven on the bias produces the most stretch which is important when using a woven to bind around curves).
This by no means is a definitive “how to” because I am still figuring this out but I was so excited I wanted to share. Please feel free to comment on this post or the video if you have great tips or tricks for binding attachments and what accessory you can’t live without.
Thank you to Sew Vac of Boulder for allowing me to play!