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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > How necessary is a coverstitch machine ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 7/1/12 4:37 PM

I don't make much in the way of activewear but am really just starting to do something with stretch knits. I tend to make more dresses and business wear types of clothes than super casual. I keep looking at the Brother 2340CV. I already have the Brother 1034D serger, an old mechanical regular Kenmore and a Brother LB5500PRW sewing and embroidery machine. In looking at the coverstitch machine the one thing I see is the ability to do 2 or 3 needle lines of stitching. My PRW machine is limited as to how wide the double needle can be and I'm not good at straight lines. Seems there are a lot of similar looking decorative things one can do with the serger so I'm wondering what else there really is that the coverstitch machine can do. Other thing I wonder - I got the serger for $198 and the coverstitch machine is twice as much and I'm not sure why other than the fact it's probably not as commonly purchased as a serger.

So - are there any really good reasons for me to buy the coverstitch machine or am I just looking at it as a new toy?

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Date: 7/1/12 4:45 PM

I think you're asking some great questions!

Do you have a store that sells the machine? I'm wondering if you could make a top and then take it to the store to hem as you demo the machine. Maybe seeing the results would let you know if the machine is worth the money and the space it would take.

I keep looking at a coverstich machine too so I'll be watching this thread. For now, using a twin needle seems to be good enough. Our budget is really tight though.

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Date: 7/1/12 4:55 PM

How professional do you want your hems to look? If you want your hems to look as good as those on ready to wear, then you need a coverstitch machine. If you're willing to settle for an approximation of a coverstitched hem with a twin needle, you don't need a coverstitch machine. I have owned a coverstitch machine for several years and woudn't sew a knit top without one.

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Date: 7/1/12 5:50 PM

Exactly what Nancy said; if you want a professional finish, then a coverstitch machine is a must.

I love mine and would not give it up for anything.

By the way, it works just as fabulously on woven fabrics, and isn't just for stretch/knits.

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Date: 7/1/12 5:56 PM

I should add...as you already own a serger, you know that a sewing machine can approximate a serger's finish, but without the cutting and without a true serged finish. You also know that using a serger for many fabrics is much easier than using a sewing machine. Sewing a knit seam on a serger is easy; on a sewing machine it can be much, much more difficult.

Same goes for a coverstitch machine; it's often much easier to coverstitch hems than it is to machine sew them.
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Date: 7/1/12 6:01 PM

I agree with the above posters 100%!

I also have the Brother 1034D serger and LOVE IT! I also have 2 other regular sms, one of which is a combo sm/embroidery. And I recently picked up a used Brother 2340CV. It's a GREAT addition to my sewing suite.

If you watch for it on ebay or craigslist, you can pick one up used for around $300-$350, which is much better than the new price of around $500.

I just got mine off craigslist about a month ago. I haven't had time to use it a lot, but I've played with it and it can create a truly RTW look!

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Date: 7/1/12 6:45 PM

They key to using your cover stiitch machine is have an easy to use model, (the Brother easy to thread, only 1 chain looper) and having it set up ready to go. I like the option of a 3 needle cover stitch machine. When these machines first came out 8 years ago they were apr $999 Canadian. Home sergers have been on the market for over 20 years and this is the reason a "specialty" machine costs more.

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Date: 7/1/12 7:00 PM

I got along without a coverstitch machine for years, and I wouldn't let the lack of one prevent me from sewing knits. If you do a lot of sewing, you'll love having it, but until that day arrives, a double needle and some wooly nylon thread will give you a decent finish.
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Date: 7/1/12 7:57 PM

Well, I'm the slow poke dinosaur here. I don't find I need a coverstitch machine. But I must say that this past year I bought a serger, when I thought I never would. Why would I need to study/learn/work with yet another machine if the other machines I have can do the same?

Hemming--all that is is a blindstitch. And I much prefer a sewing machine's blind stitched hem; my serger has a blindstitch feature, but I can't make the doggone thing work! So that's yet another learning curve I have to overcome. When I get really frustrated with things, I pull out one of my vintage sewing machines and like a pacifier, it keeps me happy....

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Date: 7/1/12 8:46 PM

I'm thinking it might get cheaper with time - already saw my serger listed for $30 cheaper and I just got it less than two months ago! Still very undecided and wondering where I would even put another machine but it's tempting. When I got the serger I figured THAT was a luxury and I'd use it for knits. In looking at some RTW knit tops I have they aren't hemmed with a cover stitch. Up until know I've blind stitched most of my hems by hand. Well, I need to think on this for awhile - husband may shoot me anyway if I buy one! We have been stuck in the house with the flooding here since Monday and not being able to leave house but having internet where you can shop makes you do crazy things. I've already bought 5 pieces of fabric and a bundle as well as a few other things that I didn't plan on!

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