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Date: 6/23/12 9:32 PM

I finally got my Brother 2340CV coverstitch machine to work correctly! For those of you struggling with your machine here's what I did to get my to work.

Summary: Buy higher quality thread, remove spool netting if there is too much tension, and release the looper needle to easily remove fabric.

I initially loaded it up with inexpensive serging thread in all needles. After more reading I found out that the machine excels with regular sewing thread in the upper needles, so I switched over to cheap thread. Instant nightmare! When I switched it to high quality thread, there were no more issues.

When it comes to the looper thread, I found that the cheap serging thread does work, however the spools seem tightly wound, so I dropped the pressure down to 1 on the looper and removed the netting from the spool, which seemed to be causing an increase in tension.

As for releasing the fabric, I found the easiest solution for me is to open the lower cabinet and pull the looper needle release to have it swing to the right. This releases the loop of upper thread that runs underneath it while sewing, and now none of the threads have any additional tension on them.

I have rather large hands so I can easily raise the pressure foot and release all 3 or 4 tensions guides at once, and the fabric easily pulls away from the machine. I clip the threads, leaving a good 4-6" of thread coming out of the machine, slide the looper needle back in place, close the cabinet and I'm ready to sew again.

This seems to cause a LOT less headaches, takes less time, and no more tedious swiping with a screwdriver near the needle heads, which if damaged, could cause even bigger problems.

One last thing I noted, if you're stuck without high quality thread, I had far better results with cheap serging spools, than the cheap needle thread.

Cheap needle thread = Skipped stitches, broken thread
Cheap serger thread = Sloppy sitches
High Quality needle thread = Great stitches

Anyways, that's been my experience. Any one else have any handy tips for getting the most out of this machine?

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Date: 6/23/12 10:14 PM

Great that you got it going. Makes the hard work worth it! If you haven't looked, there are quite a few threads started by people have difficulties initially. If you search for 2340cv with posts by Sew4Fun, you will find lots of great advice from someone who has used this machine for over 6 years and has amazing sewing skills. I am expecting delivery of my 2340 next Wednesday, so thanks for the tips.

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Date: 6/24/12 0:13 AM

always good to get more tips on this machine. i hope to master it in the coming months. Thanks for sharing!

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Date: 6/24/12 0:34 AM

Good tips! When I first bought my machine I would release the tension by opening the front door and pulling the looper knob. My dealer showed me this trick. I have since switched to the method described on my blog, but I understand how this would be difficult if you have large fingers.

One thing to note. When you start using the optional accessories such as the binders and hemmers, opening the cabinet to pull the looper knob becomes difficult. What you can do instead is set all the tensions to 0. This also releases the tension. You will have to reset your tensions which is a pain, but it's a trick to keep up your sleeve when using the accessories if you find the other method difficult.

As for good quality thread, yes, yes, yes! This goes for almost any machine that sews. I think we have all learnt this lesson the hard way.

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Date: 7/25/12 8:39 PM

Can anyone tell me what brand of thread you use that gives good results? I have cheap $1.99 Serger Thread that i bought and wonder which thread is better so i can go buy some this weekend? Dying to get sewing on my machine :-)

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Date: 7/25/12 11:39 PM

I use cheap serger thread on my 2340cv and have had no trouble. Lots of people use regular sewing thread and I would do that if I needed a color match I don't have....I have many , many cones of serger thread.

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Date: 7/26/12 0:00 AM

I use Gutermann thread and has seemed to work fine for me. I think I also used Coats & Clark once which worked fine as well.

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Date: 3/26/13 4:16 PM

I just purchased a new Brother 2340CV machine and have been looking for more information about it, and I have found your name and blog mentioned so many times in my research. In particular there was reference made to printed material that you had prepared dated June 21, 2007 about the machine. I know that you have closed your blog, Sew-4-Fun, and was wondering if there was any way that I could obtain any information or your tutorials regarding this machine.

Any information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

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Date: 3/26/13 10:04 PM

SEW4FUN made it possible for me to learn to use my 2340 and I don't think I've ever thanked her directly. Belinda, your information was a fantastic help and I appreciated your sharing it.

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Date: 3/27/13 4:03 PM

Debby Cook has nice info on her blog for coverstitch machines. HTH

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