Video: Threading the Brother CV3550

March 22, 2018By Angela WolfDIY, Tutorial, Video 2 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

I was so excited to see this new Brother CV3550 Double-Sided Cover Stitch Machine and I can think of so many applications for these decorative stitches including sportswear, decorative stitching, chainstitch, hemming knit, and so much more! I am going to start our tutorials with the top cover stitch machine by showing you an in-depth look at threading the machine, including the top cover thread. At first it might look intimidating, but threading is quite simple.

Start by taking you machine out of the box. Remove the packaging tape and plug in the machine.

Coverstitch CV3550

If your machine already has the top cover stitch threaders attached it will look like the photo below. If not, the video will show you how to remove and reattach these parts.

Coverstitch CV3550

You will need 5 spools of serger thread to thread the entire machine (I am going to use different colors so you can see a little better). When threading the CV3550, start with the looper which is the spool on the far-right side. You will then move onto threading the needles. For this demonstration I am using all three needles.

Coverstitch CV3550

Important Notes:

  • Before threading the top coverstitch thread, stitch a few stitches with just the coverstitch set up.
  • Make sure the needle threads are behind the metal bar or they can get caught when using the top threader.

Coverstitch CV3550

After you have a few stitches on the fabric, thread the top coverstitch. The video shows a close up of this process.

Coverstitch CV3550
Coverstitch CV3550

When stitching with the top coverstitch you will have nice finish on both sides of the fabric. Here is the front:

Coverstitch CV3550

Here is the back:

Coverstitch CV3550

The video below shows the entire threading tutorial. Leave a comment below and let me know what you plan on using this machine for. The next videos will walk you through trouble shooting the stitches and some creative project ideas :😊

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Be sure to share photos using #angelawolf and #brothersews, we always love to see what you are working on!



  • I absolutely enjoyed this video. now I can fully enjoy my machine. I just have a quick question, when changing the threads, can I tie the threads on the previous spools of threads and pull through, like with a serger? or do I need to rethread the entire machine?

    thank you.

  • I saw you in Arlington had a broken foot at the time and I think you are great . I have been teaching for a lot more years than I would like to admit. Started sewing when I was 8 fixing to turn 76. Still teach at Francistuttle body tech here in okla city . Had another health problem and kept me from getting back to you . You gave me your personal number but I have had other people in my sewing room my embroidery Business in my home is my money job my teaching is my fun job . Although I do love to embroidery to just not what I really make good money on . Lol anyway you were going to come out with a Evelyn for us big people just wanting to know if you did and would like to know how to order it and your jean fabric . And if you carry them jean snaps and studs

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