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Artemisia Moltabocca
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Date: 7/19/11 2:47 PM

I'm going to purchase the Brother 2340CV machine, but am confused about the foot accessories.

There are 6 optional feet I can get with this machine. As some of you may know, these are quite expensive. I saw a video on Youtube showing the each sewing foot in action. For the life of me, I can't find the big differences between them all. I think I need only one or two, but if each foot is really that different I'd like to purchase them all at once at a discount.

Can anyone explain the real differences between the different feet? This is what I can come up with by seeing them in action:

1. Hemming set: Doesn't the machine hem already? How does this foot help? What does it really do?
2. Bias tape folder: Stitches tape flat on fabric.
3. Belt loop guide: Stitches bias tape to itself.
4. Bias tape binding set: Stitches prefolded bias tape.
5. Double fold binder: Folds and stitches strips of fabric as double fold bias tape to fabric in one step. Good for those who make their own bias tape. I like this foot!
6. Top stitching foot set: Doesn't the machine to this already? How does this foot help? What does it really do?

This is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKyHlCBfqJI

Thanks!

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Date: 7/19/11 7:26 PM

1. Hemming set: Doesn't the machine hem already?
Rather than measuring and pressing the hem up manually yourself, this foot folds the fabric under a set width. IMHO not really necessary with the Brother and doesn't work on a lot of stretch fabrics anyway. Best on wovens and stable knits.

2. Bias tape folder: Stitches tape flat on fabric.
Good if you like to put say a stripe down the side of sweatsuit pants, that sort of thing. IMHO not necessary.

3. Belt loop guide: Stitches bias tape to itself.
Makes belt loops. Nice but again IMHO not necessary. It's not hard to make belt loops without this attachment. You'd want to make a lot of belt loops for the price.

4. Bias tape binding set: Stitches prefolded bias tape.
Used with purchased or pre-folded, woven bias binding. Binds the edges of fabric with woven bias binding. Think of a quilt, however who wants a coverstitch on the back of a quilt? I use my sewing machine if I want to bind anything with bias binding.

5. Double fold binder: Folds and stitches strips of fabric as double fold bias tape to fabric in one step.
This has two parts. A binder and a foot. Super expensive but super good!! This is the attachment you use to bind necklines on knit and stretch fabrics. What everyone on PR wants. It works with knit or stretch binding, stretching the binding as it's applied to the edge of the fabric. It only comes in one width 1/2" and is double fold which means it can be a bit bulky. Single fold I find is better for necklines/armholes, etc.

You can buy generic binders which are a LOT much cheaper. (Think 10% of the price) but the Brother binder does work best. Not that the generic binders aren't good. I use and love them, just the Brother binder is easiest to use and works best.

The foot that comes with this set is worth it's weight in gold. When using any binder (Brother or generic) they are designed to be used with a special foot that levels the foot. Binding is bulky and a standard flat foot can slip off the binding as you sew making it hard to keep your stitching on the edge of the binding. The rudder foot levels the foot and stops it from doing this making it a LOT easier to sew straight on the edge of the binding and also encase the underside neatly with the looper thread. With the generic binders there is a separate foot available but it doesn't fit any of the home coverstitch machines. So if you want this foot you have to buy this set. It can't be bought separately.

6. Top stitching foot set: Doesn't the machine to this already? How does this foot help? What does it really do?
This is actually two feet and another must have IMHO. The Brother does come with a small foot which is great for topstitching but it still relies on your skill to stitch straight on the edge of a seam. The two topstitching feet have a groove under the foot. You place the seam edge in the groove and your topstitching will always be straight. The other thing it's good for is stitching in the ditch.

You can live without all of these feet but if I had buy something I'd buy numbers 5 & 6. Of course your mileage may vary.

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Date: 7/20/11 0:46 AM

I was actually wondering about these feet myself. Thanks a lot for your detailed explanation, Sew4Fun!

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Date: 7/20/11 12:34 PM

Thank you so much for the detailed explanation Sew4Fun!

I like the double fold foot too. Didn't know the topstitch can be used as stitch-in-the-ditch...that is one of my favorite feet on my regular sewing machine.

I found a website where I can buy the topstitch and double fold foot separately. The price for both feet is $125.00. The price for the double fold is $90. I could buy the entire set (all 6 feet) for $100 if I purchase the machine with the feet. Guess I'm buying the entire set.

I visited your website, and read your post about the generic double fold. It's a good back up foot, in case something happens to the Brother double fold.

Okay then, off to find a good deal on my new machine. Thank you so much! :)

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Date: 12/5/11 10:55 PM

I have a question for sew 4 fun. Does the double fold binding foot work for doing a single fold binding along a neckline? You mention that the double fold is bulky for necklines, so do you use a different foot for doing knit necklines?

I'm really not sure what the coverstitch machine does and how to work it. My local sewing shop does not sell them. The nearest shop that does is over an hour away, so I've never seen a demo. I'm trying to make sure it does what I would want to do.

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Date: 12/6/11 0:01 AM

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Does the double fold binding foot work for doing a single fold binding along a neckline?

No, you need the different single fold binder for this. Brother doesn't make one, but there are generics available in various widths that work with this machine. The only issue is how to attach them to the machine. You need tocome up with something that works for you. I use Blu-Tac (aka sticky tack). You could also use a wing nut and washer set-up. HTH

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Date: 1/23/12 10:27 AM

hi artemesia!

is the set you were referring to the one available from allbrands for $499?

brother 2340cv with six coverstitch feet

i will be making the jump to buy a brother 2340cv this week and this is what i had my eye on. did you end up purchasing this combo? any regrets?

thank you sew much!
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Date: 1/23/12 2:21 PM

That is what i did. I bought the entire set with the machine. I turned around and sold it. I didn't like the small harp. It sew beautifully though.

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Date: 1/26/12 3:04 AM

I bought the double fold binder, never used, at a good price. Unfortunately the description is missing. I am wondering if someone of you could scan and email it to me, not the whole sheet, but only the part written in English?

email is ttnpdst at gmail. com

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Date: 1/30/12 3:39 AM

I am desperate. Pleease the owners of Brother's double fold binder for 2340CV coverstitch machine, would you mind to scan and email the description (english part of it) coming with the binder on:
ttnpdst @ gmail. com ( three intervals are to be removed)
I would like to learn first before I start experimenting with it.

I also have Brothers' bias binding set and belt loop guide, both with descriptions, the copies of them I could email if you are interested.
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