I really enjoyed this tutorial on faux cover stitching - that is, using a regular machine to simulate a "professional" cover stitched knit hem (like the double row ones you find on RTW T shirts):
The instructor is a textile designer and sewist I'd never heard of before - Patty Young - who also happens to be an excellent technical instructor. I just found her blog, which (I can assure you) I will be reviewing carefully over the next few days.
My research is a propos of my weekend adventure - T shirt construction. I actually discovered her by Googling the search term "cover stitch" - my latest sewing obsession. Ms. Young has another delightful tutorial on constructing the same type of hem with the machine actually designed to undertake the task as the professionals do. I think the one she uses is a Baby Lock - my (and everybody else's) brand of choice.
Peeps, what is it about me? Why do I seem to hanker after a new fancy sewing appliance every few months? How many more are there to purchase? Y'all know the Baby Lock cover stitch - a machine that performs precisely 2 stitches - is going to set me back some serious green.
Note: I'm not buying till I can find one at a very good price. In fact, I've just decided to approach my serger vendor with a request that he hold the next discounted) floor model for me (he changes these up every 2 months so as not to wear out any one machine). I think I'm going to set a price - a very affordable one - and see if he's willing to match it. After all, it's not like I'm not ready to wait a while.