Beginner’s Guide to Janome Coverstitching

See those two rows of stitches on your T-shirt hem? They are not just for looks — but they do look kind of cool! – they allow the garment to stretch without breaking stitches.

Fancy meeting the machine behind these stitches?

Coverstitch machines are primarily used to create professional-looking hems to garments. It has the dual function of covering raw edges of a fabric and also retaining fabric stretchability. This is especially handy for people who like to make clothes from knit fabrics or require seams that retain stretch – think active wear, bathers, children’s clothing, etc.

You will commonly find coverstitch on sleeves hem, pants hem and necklines.

I already own a serger, why do I need a Coverstitch machine?

Well, the short answer is they are really two different machines and do two different things altogether.

With sergers (or overlockers), it’s main purpose is to tidy up seams and prevent fraying. Your serger will trim excess seam allowance and at the same time sew a run of neat stitches over the edge.

A coverstitch or coverhem machine on the other hand, has a looper like a serger but doesn’t have a blade. Its job is simply to hem your finished garment edges or do decorative chainstitching.

Coverstitching works well on woven fabrics by keeping them from unravelling. They are especially useful for hemming knit fabrics. The stitch it makes maintains the stretch in the fabric and doesn’t pucker as is the case when you sew stretchy fabrics with a sewing machine.

How many needles do I need?

Janome coverstitch machines have the capability to sew with one, two or three needles, plus a looper underneath.

Used with just 1 needle, a coverstitch machine will knit a chainstitch, which is a beautiful stretchy seam.


Single needle coverstitch produces the straight line stitching seen on a garment’s outside and a braided chain stitch on the garment’s inside.

If three needles are used, then three lines of parallel stitching appears on the right side of the fabric.


A triple needle coverstitch offers both strength and stretch.

By far the most common arrangement is to use two needles to achieve a classic double needle coverstitch.


Typically, you’ll see two top threads on the right side of the fabric.

As there are three needle positions, you can either choose to remove the left or right needle for twin rows of stitches, which are fairly close together. The narrow coverstitch is ideal for lighter weight fabrics or when sewing smaller garments such as children’s clothing.

You can also choose to remove the central needle to create a wider set of stitches. This is the preferred setting for adult clothing and sturdier fabrics. But it really all depends on the final look you desire.

If you’re an avid dressmaker or already own a serger, a quality, stand-alone coverstitch machine such as the Janome CoverPro 2000CPX will be an ideal addition to your lineup. This way you can have dedicated machines all set up and ready to do their jobs.

Janome Canada also offers the 1000CP and 900CP models. Your local Janome dealer will be happy to explain the differences in these 3 coverhem models.

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Coverhem Information courtesy of Janome Australia.

About Janome Canada

For over 100 years, Janome has been the brand of choice for sewing, embroidery, longarm quilting, sergers, coverhem machines - and MORE! Our Janome Canada head office; our Janome HQ, is the Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON. Be sure to follow us here on Janome Life blog, as well as our other Janome Canada social media so you get the most from your Janome machine! @janomehq @janomecanada Janome HQ Facebook, Janome Canada Facebook Janome HQ You Tube channel, Janome Life You Tube channel
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3 Responses to Beginner’s Guide to Janome Coverstitching

  1. Katherine Quinn says:

    I haven’t been receiving your e mails since this one March 25. I miss them. I am wondering if there is a problem or is it because of covid19?

    Sent from my iPad



    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Katherine,
      You are not the only person who has told me this. We made absolutely NO changes to any Word press settings on our end. Not sure where the problem lies- the world has been tuned upside down so anything is possible. LOL. But just try to FOLLOW us again. If it tells you you are already following, then let me know and I’ll investigate further.



    • lizafrica says:

      I suddenly had a thought: I think we started publishing a post every day instead of approx 3 times weekly about a a week before 25th March. I wonder if your spam software is identifying the Janomelife post alerts as spam due to the increased frequency and therefore has put it into your spam folder? Could be. I think you should check and then make changes to your software so it knows you wish to receive emails from us and not to move them to spam. If it is this, we cannot help you as this is on your end. OK?



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