Member since 8/22/08
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 6/24/12 9:28 PM
Hi there. I am curious about this machine. There seems to be more space on this machine. I sew a lot for my daughter and have been approached by other skaters in our club to sew a dress for them. I am a bit hesitant due to my still being a beginner but I may try it and plan to male rtw practice clothes to try and sell at local competitions. Because of people requesting dresses and my wanting to try and create some additional income, I want to look into a dedicated coverstitch machine. My Huskylock has CS capability, but if I am working with a lot of knits, I think I want a stand alone machine. I am not in a hurry, so I am going to research the heck out of this idea before purchasing.
One of the things I really like about my Huskylock is the large sewing space. The Coverpro looks like it has more sewing space the other CS machines. I would love any feedback on the Coverpro. Thanks!
I'm fairly new to sewing but I am finding it to be fun and rewarding!
Member since 11/14/11
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 6/25/12 1:02 AM
I recently purchased a coverstitch machine and researched mostly the Janome Coverpro the the Brother 2340CV. I ended up getting the Brother. My main reason was that many of the reviews I read about the Janome contained complaints about skipped stitches. Now I know there's issues with the Brother too (although Sew4Fun's blog answers/solves most of those issues), but it seemed overall that the stitch quality was better on the Brother than the Janome.
They are both around the same price, though, so cost didn't factor into it at much (I was purchasing used).
Brother Innovis 1250D
Singer Curvy 8763
Member since 5/6/04
In reply to isakswings
Date: 6/25/12 7:50 AM
I recently purchased the Elna 444 which is the same as the Janome coverpro 1000cpx.
I read a little of what heather has mentioned about complaints of skipped stitches. But, In testing out my machine quite a lot and going over thick seams to try and see if it would skip a stitch, I can't get it to do that.
As far as the quality, I have been admiring what a beautiful looking stitch it makes and comparing to lots of my rtw. It matches or is prettier than some.
I am new at this, so working on " real clothes" I have only had time and need to alter two shirts at the neck sleeves and bottom hems so far.
I bought the hem guide 2 with a spring. It really made my hem nice and straight and even on the ends with ease. I know you could probably do just as well without it with a little bit of effort. It was one of the add ons that costs kind of a lot, but I love the spring guide that keeps the bottom edge in place.
I sewed on a babylock cs a few years ago and it seemed to operate about the same.
The harp space is nice on this one. When the need comes up for me to sew in the middle of something or for embellishing, I know I will be happy I have it.
I wanted to try the Brother because I think it is such a nice looking machine, but never had one close by. I got to test drive the Elna at my Brother/Elna dealer nearby.
I also got the expensive 3 piece binder set and have tested it. I used awfully thick ribbed knit and it worked really well. It is such a skinny size of a double binding (1/4") So, I want to get the 1/2" which I would probably used more often.
I hope someone who uses the coverpro more for costumes and sportwear will post their experience.
Member since 1/25/06
In reply to heathergwo
Date: 6/25/12 9:42 AM
Also do not forget - Brother will accept wide range of needles and threads, whereas Janome is much fussier.
My Brother will only occasionally skip stitches, and it always is the operator's fault (mine!). A quick change of the needle, or playing little bit with the foot pressure, and 'problem solved'.
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