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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Please help!! Problems loving PFAFF Coverlock 3.0 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Please help!! Problems loving PFAFF Coverlock 3.0
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Date: 4/17/12 11:59 AM

I received this serger (Pfaff Coverlock3.0) for Christmas, 2010. I've taken classes, had sessions with the dealer, practiced and read books. Still, more often than not, using it is a frustrating exercise. At this point, I am considering trading it in. I follow the serger discussions on PR and I have noticed this model is not mentioned much if at all. Has anyone had good luck with this model? Maybe I just need to keep trying? I have sewed for most of my life, but this is my first serger.

Thanks for any help/ suggestions you can offer.

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Date: 4/17/12 12:07 PM

*Sigh* I have this serger/coverstitch machine too (you can see my review here on PR). There are things I really like about the machine (my first serger) and some definite frustrations. Regular overlocking and rolled hems work great, but I have not gotten results that I like in using the coverstitch. Are there any specific issues that you're having, or are you just finding this machine "hard to love"?
Personally, if I could do it over again, would have purchased a 4-thread overlocker and a separate coverstitch machine, like the CoverPro.

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Date: 4/17/12 12:16 PM

I had a Pfaff 4874, predecessor of Coverlock 4 I think. It was hard to learn, I only had it a year, I sold it. It took too much "Learning" to enjoy it.
I so relate!
Babylocks are easy and fun. You can serge right out of the box! I have Jukis which are a little more threading time, but are also less complicated than the Pfaff.
I thought I wanted the Pfaff because it could do a boatload of fun coverstitches and decirative stitches, but it was a pain to try to relearn it every time I sat down with it. I haven't missed it in the least.

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Date: 4/17/12 2:35 PM

I have a Babylock serger and CS, I don't *love* either of them. They are both easy to thread and I've sewn a ton on both of them. My CS is hard to control. I used them both yesterday to help a friend finish a swimsuit. I finally realized I don't love them! They frustrate me constantly, especially the CS. I don't like doing swimsuits anymore because of them.

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Date: 4/17/12 7:41 PM

It's ok not to love them! I felt the same way about my babylocks. I do however love my Bernina 1300:).

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Date: 4/17/12 8:44 PM

Are there specific things that you don't like about the machine or find hard to do? Pfaff released a clear foot for doing the cover stitch. This foot makes it so much easier to see the stitches on hems. The bottom of your foot control has two sets of arrows, if you find the machine's too fast to control you can slow it down. I find the combo machines (wider feed dogs & presser foot) harder to do smaller tighter curves. This is why so many of us have more than 1 machine.

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Date: 4/18/12 0:40 AM

I have the Pfaff 4862 Coverlock which I bought to do both overlocking (serging) and coverstitch. It works great as an overlocker - I never have to worry about tensions but as a coverstitch conversion it was never quite right.

I ended up buying a Brother Coverstitch machine which I love and just leave the Pfaff set up for serging. If I'd done this in the first instance I would have saved a LOT of money - knowing what I know now, I would have bought a Bernina serger and a Brother Coverstitch machine. The two machines combined would have cost less than the combined Pfaff.

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Date: 4/18/12 1:30 AM

jander, I'm so sorry you are having problems with your serger. Sergers can be so much fun but certainly not fun when they are problematic. They can take a bit of practice though and some models require much more practice than others and some models are much more frustrating than others.

I sold sergers back in the day when they first came into home use and I really have not used a serger that I did not like in some way or another though I did grit my teeth when sitting to give a class on models that were more fussy.
One model that I owned and gave to a family member was noisy, required a lot of oil but was dependable and did a fine job. My old Babylock was another model that I owned..that was almost silent when it sewed and never needed to be oiled. One model of another brand had many stitches that were so perfect also needed the most adjustment of tensions etc.

I have to say though that the easiest serger that I have owned is my Elna 744 that is only a 4 thread, has auto tensions and can do 3 coverhems and chainstitch. It does not need a plate or a foot change or thread cone change when converting to cover hem and a clear foot came with my machine if needed but mostly needed for chain stitching over a drawn patterns for deco work. It requires oil in only one place from time to time.
Even models in the same brand are very different. I tried out another Elna (not a combo) prior to the purchase of my Elna 744 and it vibrated the entire table when in use.
My Elna is very dependable, heavy duty and solid and gives great stitches on all that it does. I love the ease of use..just dial the stitch you want and it sets the tensions on it's own but they can be changed if needed. I think the only time I changed a tension was on the lower looper to a higher position to get a tighter roll on a rolled hem.

I suggest to maybe give it a try to keep on practicing with your serger a bit and if you are still frustrated then maybe trade in for another model. I hope someday that you can also say that serging is so much fun.


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Date: 4/18/12 9:56 AM

Life is short ... trade in or sell your Pfaff Coverlock. There's no need to make yourself suffer with it and it may be happier with someone else too. Then make a list of what you really want in a serger and go on a shopping trip. Try all the brands to see what they have to offer up close and personal and be sure to bring your own fabric to sew with. Then buy the one that just makes your heart sing.

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Date: 4/18/12 11:48 AM

Thanks so much for all your comments and suggestions. Thinking back, I remember problems with many different stitches. I will spend a fair amount of time practicing the stitch on spare fabric, decide it is safe to move to the garment and then have a problem with thread breakage after I have been serging for awhile. Usually it is the lower looper that breaks. Changing the tension doesn't always help. Cover stitch is a big problem as it seems to work smoothly only on completely smooth fabric. Forget crossing a seam. Sometimes a stitch works well and then changes to less than ideal when I have made no changes. I think this might be due to tension changes? I have tension levers, not dials and I don't believe they hold very well.

Thanks again for your suggestions and sympathy.

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