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Hyena
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Date: 6/10/12 6:39 PM

Hello there,

I am in the market for a coverstitch serger. I have seen some are dedicated to this stitch only but they seem to be as expensive as full ones. I have a brother 1040, 2 yo and working well, but I really need the coverstitch now. My budget is 700 to 800$ and I would like a sturdy one.

Please do help me to choose! In advance thank you.

Cecile

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Date: 6/10/12 7:44 PM

There is an enormous thread on the Janome coverstitch machine, I seem to remember that the important information was condensed out of it.
I have the Janome cs 1000, and there is now a new model but pretty similar to the 1000. I love it. I just hemmed a cardigan this afternoon and it couldn't be easier. It's easy to thread and has been totally reliable. I would not sew so many knits without it.
Prices for these can vary widely so shop around. Just on LI I was quoted from 3 different dealers prices ranging from $5oo to nearly $1000. The latter a widely inflated price. I bought it from the dealer with the lowest price. Granted that didn't include lessons but it's so simple to use that I didn't find it necessary.

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heathergwo
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Date: 6/10/12 11:10 PM

Your post title is a little confusing.

A coverstitch machine and a serger machine are two completely different machines.

A serger - which I believe is what you have already - has the upper & lower loopers plus 2+ needles with the knives that can cut the fabric as you sew.

A coverstitch machine has only one looper (lower) and 2+ needles for making hems and sometimes chainstitches.

If you're willing to spend up to $1000, you are going to have several options. There's two that are VERY popular, the Janome Coverpro and the Brother 2340CV. Both of these are around $500-$600ish. There is also an Elna and I think a Viking that are within that budget.

Personally I have the Brother 2340CV - just got a used model last week - and so far, I really like it! I debated a lot before choosing between the Brother and the Janome, but I read through all the reviews on this site and the multiples thread topics and decided that the risk of skipped stitches on the Janome wasn't worth it to me, so I went with the Brother. Not that the Brother doesn't have it's own set of issues, but for me, that's what I chose. Especially because I also have the Brother serger (1034D) and LOVE it!

Anyways... I would read through the reviews on this site (I think you can search by $$$) and also search the board for topics related to coverstitch machines.

Hopefully somebody with a brand other than Janome or Brother can offer up their opinions of their machines that are within your price range.

Anyways... good luck!!

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Date: 6/12/12 7:54 AM

I have the Coverpro 900CPX and absolutely love it. Easy peasy to learn to use. All I know is that you do want a stand alone coverstitch as I often am going back and forth between my serger and coverstitch while making an item. The coverstitch was one of my better impulse buys; should have gotten alot sooner.

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Date: 6/12/12 9:58 AM

Thank you for your help!!
@heathergwo I had my eyes on the Brother one already. My serger is working well and I love it. I just really need the coverstitch option because I am working on more and more knits and I really need fast and perfect hemming.

I have read a lot about the Janome and yes I am also a bit wary of the skipped stitches and other problems. I sell my garments so I do not want any problems like that.

I'll have to research a bit more but I think I'll go with the Brother!!

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heathergwo
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Date: 6/12/12 3:42 PM

Good luck!

So far I'm really enjoying my machine, but I haven't done a lot with it... yet!

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Date: 6/13/12 0:08 AM

I just bought a Babylock coverstitch, but that was a real splurge, and I was impressed with the Janome 1000 CPX at the same dealer. Simple threading, which is always a relief. The dealer said there had been issues with skipped stitches over seams I believe in earlier models, but that had been fixed with the new CPX model. I had quotes of $600 and $700 from two area dealers. Good luck!

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Date: 6/13/12 2:55 AM

I just received my CS machine in the mail today. It's the Brother 2340CV. I'll be sure to let you know what my experience is like with it as I plan to use it heavily over the next weekend. I did order mine with all the attachments, so hopefully I can give you some insight on them as well!

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Date: 6/13/12 7:30 PM

So happy to hear your new machine arrived! Having a CS machine is heaven!

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heathergwo
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Date: 6/14/12 8:39 PM

Ooo... yea, keep posting what you find and like, etc.

I still haven't FULLY played with mine yet and I've had it over a week now... hopefully this wekend!

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