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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Never hurts to look around... ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 12/4/12 9:15 PM

I went to a dealer to look at coverstitch machines. They didn't have a BL on display, but said they could order one and it would be $1499. That seemed a bit steep even for BL.. then they showed me the Janome1000cpx on display. I must say that the Janome looks nice... I mentioned that I had read a few people talking about skipped stitches, he said he never had that problem but the correct needle was a must, and demonstrated going over a thick seamed area and it did fine.

Any how, they said the price was $799, and that was the base price like on the internet. I said I would think about it, and came home and called another dealer about 15 miles away. They gave me a price of $599 - 200 lower! Wow... No, not such a fancy store, but then I'm not planning to go for multiple lessons.

So... I'm rethinking my decision to go for a BL. Money is kinda tight now, not sure I need to spend the extra 700+ dollars right now. Hard decision. The Janome really did a nice job when I tried it out, but I do love my BL serger.

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Date: 12/5/12 6:01 AM

Janome sounds like a money-wise solution.

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Date: 12/5/12 8:44 PM

I was also considering a BL; however, I just can't justify the cost, so I went on a serious search. I found the Brother 2340CV online for $499 with 6 additional feet. I was ready to purchase, but decided to call my local dealer just to see if they could match that. Well, yes, they could match it, but they had a demo Elna 444 which is the same machine as the Janome 1000cpx. It hadn't been used all that much because no one in our area has been looking for a separate coverstitch machine. Well, I went in today and tested it out. It went over 4 thicknesses of jean material, knit, cotton, and fleece. I was sold right then and there and they even gave me 6 of the accessory feet at no additional cost. Money is tight for us too, so I went the most economical way and I know it will be the best way. This machine is amazing.

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Date: 12/5/12 8:54 PM

Amazon has the Brother 2340 for $374.99 and is Prime eligible:

Brother at Amazon

Temptation!

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Date: 12/6/12 1:44 PM

I would test a Juki, too - they are high quality and sturdy. With a serger, I would try before you buy. I was very close to getting a Brother that people were raving about because I found a great price, but when I saw it in person I knew it wasn't the machine for me. Then again, many are happy with it!

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Date: 12/6/12 8:44 PM

I'm awfully fond of BL sergers and the BLCS coverstitch machine, but the really important one to have, imo, is the BL serger. Which you already have.

For a coverstitch machine, if you like the Janome, and it does what you want, I'd go for it!

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Date: 12/7/12 1:33 AM

I have that Janome cover stitch and it does a great job. I rarely have to adjust the tension. The Janome brand ones are very expensive, I think the Brother ones are more reasonably priced. I can't compare,because I didn't have access to the Brother one.
Something else to look at is whether or not you may want accessories in the future, like binders.
I also have the Juki 735, and while I did test the cover stitch function and it was fine - there is not much bed space to work with. Looking back, I wish I had just got the 635 - still a 5 thread, but without cover stitch function. If you have the space and funds, a separate cover stitch machine is a real time saver.

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Date: 12/7/12 1:47 AM

I ended up ordering the Janome CoverPro 1000cpx, and pick it up Friday the 7th! I was able to try it out and was quite pleased with how it handled a variety of fabrics. So excited!

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Date: 12/9/12 3:05 PM

LOL! This advice saved me a bunch today!

I work at night - all night, in fact. This week, I'm visiting my parents in Lafayette, Louisiana (that's south central LA). Anyway, as I crawled in bed at 1pm for my night's rest, I got to thinking about this discussion. So, I grabbed my cell phone and called the local Babylock retailer as I've been looking around for an Evolution. Boy, am I glad I did. My luck was amazing!

Today, from 1-4pm, they (Bayou Stitchin in Youngsville, LA), are having a Christmas open house. I just picked up my brand new (not a demo) Babylock Evolution for $2,100 out the door! I did a quick look around - looks like everything was about half price.

Yep, this time next year I won't happen into this big event - I'll plan for it! Maybe some of us can get together for lunch in the area and then go do our Christmas shopping. LOL!
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Date: 12/9/12 3:32 PM

Wow, that's a good deal. One local dealer has demo Evolutions with warranty, and the 6 extra feet (I think) for $2699. Still too much for me.

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