Master the Coverstitch Machine: The complete coverstitch sewing guide

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Master the coverstitch machine

The complete coverstitch sewing guide

Get ready to take your coverstitch machine skills to the next level! Learn all the necessary techniques you need in order to create professional-looking garments that will rival ready-to-wear.
Master the Coverstitch Machine will guide you through the best practices needed for successful coverstitching, with easy to understand, illustrated, step-by-step instructions.

158 pages

Hem garments like a pro

Learn all the professional hemming techniques with detailed, illustrated instructions.

Binding, ribbing and other neckline finishes

Half a dozen fully illustrated step-by-step tutorials for how to finish necklines and sleeve openings with a coverstitch machine.

Troubleshooting guides

Learn how to troubleshoot and fix coverstitch issues

Jeans making techniques

Tutorials on how to sew jeans using your coverstitch machine using garment industry techniques.

Techniques for swimwear, activewear and underwear

Comprehensive coverstitch tutorials for a result that will rival ready-to-wear.

Coverstitch buyer's guide

How to buy the coverstitch machine that best fits your needs.

Attachments and accessories

How to use different presser feet, attachments and other accessories for maximum results

Stitch decorative seams

Learn how to use the coverstitch machine to create beautiful decorative stitching, including reverse coverstitching and mock flat-lock seams.

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Content: Master the Coverstitch Machine

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Coverstitch models • Coverstitch buyer’s guide • Parts of a coverstitch • Coverstitch maintenance

Machine accessories • Speciality presser feet • Coverstitch attachments • Needles • Thread

Set-up and seams
Threading the machine • Coverstitch settings • Coverstitch seams • Coverstitch tension guide • Troubleshooting guide  

Hemming: In the round • Hemming: Flat assembly • Securing the seams • How to remove a seam  • Stitched down seams • Reverse coverstitching  

Projects (fully illustrated tutorials)
Attaching stretch lace • Fold-over elastic • Elastic openings • Lingerie elastic • Folded and stitched neckline • Binding methods with and without an attachment • Belt loops  • Chainstitched jeans hem • Ribbing cuffs and neckband • Sweatshirt V-applique  • Decorative side pocket  

Expert interviews
Gail Patrice Yellen • Kicci Johansson • Yvonne Karlsson  •  Industrial coverstitch operators Oili Saikkonen and Jasna Caktas

About the author

Johanna Lundström is a sewing veteran whose specialities includes sewing knits and activewear. Previous books include Sewing Activewear: How to make your own professional-looking athletic wear and she also has a popular sewing YouTube-channel. Learn more about Johanna at

I don’t own a coverstitch yet. Will the book still be useful?

100%! In fact, I wish I had something like this book available when I bought my first machine 15 years ago. This book will help you make a very informed purchase, and the first section in the book is actually a buyer’s guide where I describe all the different types of machines out there and what you need to consider before taking the plunge. Also, the tutorials in the second half of the book will help you decide on what type of machine you want (for instance a 2-needle vs a 3-needle or a combo vs a regular).

I’m a more experienced coverstitch user. Is there something in the book for me?

There could be! The book moves from beginner to more advanced, RTW-inspired, techniques. So if that’s your jam, I think you’ll find useful information in the book. Plus, it’s always good to brush up on the foundation stuff too from time to time, and there is a lot of information on things like thread, needles, settings and even a section about industrial coverstitching. That said, if you are an experienced/advanced coverstitch user you have probably already figured out the techniques I describe in this book.

I have an XYZ brand coverstitch machine, will the content in the book be useful?

Yes! This book is not done for a particular coverstitch brand, the content is applicable to every coverstitch machine out there. Because apart from threading and an occasional extra settings knob, all coverstitch machines work the same and the tutorials I show in the book can be done on pretty much on any coverstitch machine.

I do have some tutorials that use attachments, but I consciously picked attachments that are readily available for several brands and models, such as binder attachments. So that you can use the book, regardless of the machine.

Can I get the print book in my country?

Check your local on-line book stores! More and more on-line book sellers around the world have begun selling my book, such as Amazon, Book Depository, Adlibris (Sweden), Barnes & Nobles, several ones in Australia and the UK, and I’m sure there are plenty more shops too.

What is print-on-demand?

It means that the book is printed after the order is placed or that it’s printed only in small batches to accommodate the current demand. Normally books are printed in batches of many 1000s using a slightly different printing technique , but POD allows self-published authors the ability to offer printed books in both paperback and hardback. My sewing books are paperbacks with a soft matte cover that looks super nice! 

What does local VAT mean?

It means that sometimes local VAT is added when purchasing the book. For instance, the EU now has an internal digital goods tax that caused quite an uproar in the sewing community when it happened, since it hits things like pdf-patterns and ebooks. I use a service called Gumroad for my patterns and ebook, and they add VAT when applicable depending on your location.

I have no power over this, I just want to follow the rules and avoid going to jail for tax evasion! The money is automatically transferred to the local ruling authority by Gumroad so that I don’t have to deal with the tax issue (again I’m very afraid of getting the taxes wrong, at least the Swedish authorities are super diligent with this stuff!).

Why no Kindle ebook?

Because Kindle thinks I have too many photos! Yes, sad but true. The current standard flowing Kindle format doesn’t support a picture heavy book, and my book has a very specific illustrated step-by-step layout. And also the book file is too big for them to distribute.

Plus I want you guys to have the full book experience, regardless of format, hence why my ebook is in pdf-format instead.

Can I buy the print book directly from you?

No, everything print book related is done via printers and distribution locations around the world. I even have to order my own copies from the UK. And if I would send out books from my (tiny) apartment in Sweden, the shipping cost would be huge, because international shipping from Sweden is crazy expensive, and trackable shipping would cost even more than the actual book.

Much better to rely on companies such as Amazon, who have a streamlined system with lower shipping costs for you guys.

Will you translate the book to Swedish (or any other languages)?

A Swedish version is on my someday list since it’s a pretty popular machine here and it would be fun to do a book in my own language. But it will not happen in the foreseeable future since I have another sewing book I want to write first.

As for other languages, my hope is that publishers would get in contact with me, so I could do a licensing translation deal, for instance with a German publisher. Fingers crossed!


$ 19
  • Beautifully designed and interactive pdf ebook that can be read on any device. Direct download after purchase. *Local VAT might be added in compliance with tax regulations.
Master the coverstitch machine_mockup_cover


$ 27
  • Full colour paperback (print-on-demand). *List price, actual Amazon price might vary.

*Buy button contains an Amazon affiliate link