Chainstitch on Brother Coverstitch Machine

April 17, 2018By Angela WolfMachines, Serger, Tips & Tricks 5 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Have you ever used the chainstitch on one of the Brother coverstitch machines? This stitch is easy to set up and quick to sew. I have included a video showing how to thread the coverstitch machine for the chainstitch, how to stitch and chain off, and how to quickly tear out the stitches. The chainstitch is great for sewing, hemming, and decorative stitching!

Note: I am using the Brother CV3550, this stitch is also available on the Brother CV3440 and 2340CV

Chainstitch with a Coverstitch

  • The chainstitch uses the lower looper and center needle. I will thread mine with different color threads, so you can see where each thread ends up in the stitch.

Chainstitch with a Coverstitch

  • Remove the tops coverstitch attachments. Remove the left and right needle. Be sure to tighten the needle screws back up to prevent them from falling out while stitching.

Chainstitch with a Coverstitch

  • Thread the lower looper first, following the guides as shown.

Chainstitch with a Coverstitch

  • Thread the center needle. That’s it! You are ready to stitch. Lift the presser foot and place your fabric under the foot. Lower the presser foot and press the foot pedal. When you get to the end of a seam, simply chain off. Be sure you don’t pull the threads, just chain off and cut the threads.

Chainstitch with a Coverstitch

Chainstitch with a Coverstitch

  • Take a look at the stitch. There is a straight stitch along the topside of the fabric and the backside has a “chain” stitch. If you need to remove this stitch, turn to the back of the fabric. Use scissors or a seam ripper to cut into the chainstitch. Gently pull the thread until you see it start to unwind (it might take a few tries to get to the right thread). Then you pull away and the entire stitch comes out! Watch the video below for more details.
  • This stitch can be used in many applications; you might recognize it in the seam of your jeans, securing the seam allowance on a t-shirt, or securing elastic in a waistband. The list goes on, but those are a few ideas to get you started chainstitching 😊

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  • Buenos días, muchas gracias por todos los tutoriales, me encantaría fueran en español, un abrazo

    • Hola Myriam,

      ¡Muchas gracias! ¡Estamos contentos de que te gusten los tutoriales! Si bien no tenemos nada en el lugar para convertir nuestros blogs al español, sin duda haré mención de esto. Gracias de nuevo y Happy Sewing!

  • I need help
    I’m trying to buy a cover stitch chane stitch machine
    I have look a different ones like Janome2000cpx$588
    and haskylock s21 $779
    a brothercv2340$399
    can somebady tell me wish one is best the lower the price the better but to do a good job I already have a Serger Machine

  • Is it possible to chain stitch using top stitching weight thread? If so, what settings do you recommend. I have a Brother CV3550.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      In regards to your thread question, the answer is Yes. Now for the settings, there are two things to figure out. First, it depends on the fabric you are using. Second, try a lighter tension. For example, if you are at 4, try 3.75 and go from there.

      Hope this helps!

      Happy CoverStitching!

      The Brother Sews Team

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