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MStephany
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Date: 3/20/13 1:54 AM

Hi,
I just joined PatternReview because I'm looking for a cover stitch machine. I have a 4 thread serger that serves me well, but I want something that can do a cover stitch. Do I get a 5 thread serger? Just a cover stitch machine? Help! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Both my machines now are Singers, but I'll get whatever comes with the best recommendations from all you avid seamstresses out there.
Thank you, I look forward to your great ideas.
Mary

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Date: 3/20/13 9:36 AM

Welcome to PatternReview! Have a browse at PR's topic Sergers, CoverHems, and BlindHem machines. Lots of great information there that can help you decide. You can also do a "Search" of the message boards. (I was here years before I stumbled upon that gem)

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Date: 3/20/13 11:25 AM

I have a separate serger and coverstitch. I really like having separate machines. I can switch between them quickly if a particular project has several steps (for example, serge, then coverstitch, then serge, then coverstitch), or my daughter can use one when I'm using the other.

In addition, the Janome 1000 series coverstitch machines can be had for $400-$700, whereas a combo machine is significantly more money. I like the three-needle option of the 1000 series. This machine has been very easy to use - there are a lot of videos on YouTube that are super-helpful - check them out as part of your research.

I do love my Babylock Imagine serger; if you upgrade your serger, do take a look at this one. The automatic tension is *amazing*, and it's super-quick to change the stitch. I use it a *ton* because it's so easy to set up.

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Date: 3/20/13 12:02 PM

Another fan of having separate sergers for serging and overstitch. Originally I had a 5 thread that I needed to convert and it was a nightmare for me. I think the newer 5 threads are easier to thread but I still prefer the 2 machine setup ... but I do have room for both. Space is definitely a factor.

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Date: 3/20/13 12:18 PM

I like having 2 separate machines. I have a Babylock Imagine serger and separate BL coverstitch.

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Date: 3/20/13 1:46 PM

I had a serger and a seperate coverstich machine. I didn't use the coverstitch as much as I thought I would, so I sold it. Then I bought another serger that does a coverstitch.
That way I can leave the coverstitch set up and still use my other serger. I still don't use the coverstitch that much, but I love having 2 sergers. One has dark thread and one has light.

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Date: 3/20/13 2:37 PM

I'm a separate machine person too. I have an overlocker (serger) as well as a coverstitch, both Janome. I can have them both set up and jump from one to the other as and when I need

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Date: 3/20/13 3:38 PM

I'm another voice for the separate serger and coverhem crowd. Mine are both Babylock and I love them.

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Date: 3/20/13 7:45 PM

I also have a Babylock enlighten and a Babylock coverstich. I am in paradise with these machines.

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Date: 3/20/13 8:51 PM

I also vote for a separate cover stitch machine. I was a similar boat apr 8-9 years ago. My White serger was getting older and I was ready to upgrade. I purchased a Singer QuantumLock 14T957DC combo because it could do a 5 thread seams and a cover stitch. I'm not a huge fan of the wider foot and find you loose a bit of finase sewing tight curves and trimming off 1/4" of fabric. I kept my White 634D and love having both set up for projects. In my review I pointed out some of what it lacked, so I've been on a hunt for a new toy. I scored a Bernina 009DCc cover stitch machine in the summer. I love the compansating foot it has, it sews better over seams and uses regular needles. No binder foot is available so I continued to look. My Janome 900CP is a 2 needle machine and better piercing power than my stuborn Singer. It's also the only cover stitch machine (Janome 1000CP and Elna twins use same attachements) on the market with a top and bottom elastic foot.

Best advise is to try out different makes and models to see what works best for you. Ease of threading, set up, available attachements for specific tasks and how well it sews/handles fabric.

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Janome10001, Babylock ESG3, Brother ULT 2001, White 634D serger, Pfaff 1472, Singer featherweight, Singer 14T957Dc, Bernina FunLock 009DCC coverlock, Brother PQ1500S, Janome CP900.

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