CoverPro Embellished Tee

Created By: Nancy Fiedler
Skill Level: Intermediate
Patterns Available +/-
Pattern for inset of embellished tee website project.

We used decorative thread in the CoverPro 1000 to add style to a plain t-shirt pattern. Follow the tips below to give your knitwear the detailing found in upscale department stores. You can also use any Janome serger.

Janome Supplies Required
  • CoverPro 1000CP or 900CP Cover Hem Machines
  • Janome CoverPro needles EL x 705 size 90/14
  • Any Janome Serger
  • Janome Size 80/12 needles
  • 4 cones - Janome 60 weight serger thread to match fabric
  • 3 cones - Janome 60 weight serger thread to match contrasting fabric (CoverPro900CP)
  • 4 cones - Janome 60 weight serger thread to match contrasting fabric (CoverPro1000CP)
Fabric and Notions Required


  • Stretch & Sew #310 (Picot Tee)
  • Knit fabric according to pattern
  • 1/2 yd contrast knit for modification as shown in the sample
  • 4 squares per inch graph paper
  • 1" grid pattern tracing paper
  • Fabric marker

Pattern Preparation:

  • Download the pattern piece for the colored inset as a PDF, using the link at the top of this page. Print the pattern on 4 squares per inch graph paper. Then trace the lines on 1" grid pattern tracing paper.
  • Trace the Picot Tee pattern pieces for View A, in the appropriate size, on the pattern tracing paper.
  • Cut out all the pattern pieces.
  • Lay the insert pattern piece on the front pattern piece. Trace the lines for the insert. Remove the insert pattern piece. Add 1/4" seam allowance to the inside of the lines drawn. Cut out.
  • Cut the insert piece from the contrast knit and the other pattern pieces from the main color knit.

At the Sergers
Note: You will be serging the tee-shirt together using a balanced 4 thread overcast serge stitch and embellishing with a Cover Stitch on the CoverPro 900CP or 1000CP. The serger thread should match the main knit color. The CoverPro thread should match the insert knit color. Always serge a test stitch on the project fabric with the serger and CoverPro to adjust the tensions, if necessary, for a perfect stitch.

  • Serge the insert piece to the top and bottom front pieces with an overcast stitch. Press the seams towards the main color.
  • At the CoverPro, with the right side up, serge a cover stitch to hold the pressed seam allowances in place.
  • At the serger, serge the shoulder seams. Press the seams to the back.
  • At the CoverPro, with the right side up, serge a cover stitch to hold the pressed seam allowance in place.
  • At the serger, serge the sleeves. Press the seams toward the body.
  • At the CoverPro, with right side up, serge a cover stitch to hold the press seam allowance in place.
  • Serge the French Trim™ binding to the neckline as directed in the pattern using the cover stitch in the final step to hold the binding in place.
  • At the serger, serge the side seams. Press the seams towards the body.
  • Press the bottom hem and sleeve hem according to the pattern instructions.
  • With right side up, serge the bottom hem and sleeve hem in place with a cover stitch. Note: Remove the extension table on the CoverPro to access the free arm to make hemming the sleeves a snap.
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