I was also lucky enough to be given this lovely machine. As you know, I have been attempting to learn to sew with knits this year. I'm now getting there, and I said to myself, when you are getting the hang of knits, then, and only then, will you buy a coverstitch machine. It's no good buying a machine if you are not serious about using it. I mentioned my thoughts to DH, and he decided he wanted to buy me one. So I said it had to be a combined birthday and xmas gift, because they are not cheap. I was presented with this a few weeks ago, because DH thought there might be a learning curve involved and that I might want to get started. And for other reasons, which I shall share later...(mystery!!)
The machine is a little tricky to thread, but the tension settings are all shown on the right. The machine can do 3 thread coverstitch, but I removed on needle to do a 2 thread coverstitch. I had to learn to thread it, and to get the tension right. Tensions are all shown on the right hand side of the machine, if you look at the picture above.
Below is a picture of the inside looper - it's really quite fascinating:
I got skipped stitches of course - see the bottom row of these pictures. So I re-threaded the machine, adjusted the tension ( I could feel the skipped stitches sample was too tight) and presto, perfect coverstitching!
Bye for now,
Sarah Liz :)