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In my review of the Diana I told you about the coverstitch function that I was so excited about. This is the main reason I wanted this machine! The coverstitch is such a professional way to finish an edge. It looks awesome! And since a big part of making ruffles is finishing the edges, I thought this would be a perfect time to practice using the coverstitch.
The back of the coverstitch is like a serged edge, so you the coverstitch does two things at once: finishes the fabric edge and the hem. Brilliant!
The machine has to be changed from serger to coverstitch function by changing the needle positions, rethreading, lowering the knife and putting on the seam guide plate.
When you’re ready to go here’s what to do:
First press under your seam edge. I pressed under 1/2″ .
Use the seam guide plate to keep your fabric straight. You have to do the coverstitch with the right side of the fabric up. The guide will help you make sure you are coverstitching right over the seam edge on the back.
Run it through and you have a double stitch on the front! Then you can make your strip into a ruffle by gathering to the top. I used a sewing machine for this.
Then pin the ruffles onto your raglan front piece. You’ll pin the first ruffle parrallel to the neckline curve, about 2.5″ down.
Then pin the second one right at the neckline.
Finish the raglan normally. And there you have a ruffle raglan!
I used the coverstitch to finish the bottom hem and also the sleeve hems. It was super fast and looks so professional!
I added a cute little handmade label to the back of the raglan! I used