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Mishogawear
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Date: 5/11/13 8:10 AM

Hi all,
I've kind of been lurking and reading threads. I'm hoping you can help me out. I'm a new sew enthusiast. Just started sewing about 6 months ago but I catch on really well and have already patterned several styles that I have sold.

MI presently own a Singer H74, a Singer Stylist II serger and a Janome CoverPro 900CPX. Love my basic Singer H74 and the Singer Stylist II is easy to use. Threading doesn't seem that bad to me on any of the machine.
But I am not too happy with the Janome. I constantly have skipped stitches. Last Sunday I spent 4 hours with scrap fabric trying to get the correct tension, feed, etc.... Just when I thought I might have it I started to sew my pattern (Organic light weight Pima Cotton). It was skipping like crazy and I wanted the serger stitch to be the outside (not the double line).

I'm considering purchasing a better machine so it will be more reliable.

I know this is a considerable investment but since I have an apparel company I need reliability.

I was looking at the Pfaff and Babylock Evolution ( forget which Pfaff it was but I remember it was digital.

Can everyone give me their feedback on this two brands. I want the threading to be relatively simple, well simple for a serger and I want reliability with stitches

I would appreciate this so much. I want to purchase this week as I'm pressed for time with a photo shoot of new line in two weeks

Thank you fellow sewers.
Mish

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Date: 5/11/13 9:27 AM

Have you read through the pinned Coverpro topics to see if there's any information there that would improve the results you're getting from your Janome?

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Date: 5/11/13 9:50 AM

Most will agree that the Babylock sergers are unbeatable.
You will never regret buying the Evolution.
Have you checked the sewing machine reviews section here for info?



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Date: 5/11/13 12:57 PM

No I haven't checked. Not too familiar with how to navigate. Ging to see if I can find the info on the Janome.

So you think a babylock would be better than Pfaff? I think I'm going to purchase one anyway as my mom comes into my studio and sews my patterns. This way we are not waiting for each other to finish their piece.

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Date: 5/11/13 2:44 PM

I don't think there is any way to get "reliability with stitches" by just picking by brand and model if you mean by that, just getting no skipped stitches. I think they are all, no matter which one, as prone to that as any others. Just because of what even happens to "make a skipped stitch". I think you need to learn more how a serger works and how it makes and forms stitches to get rid of skipped stitches most times instead, no matter what serger or how many of them you have.

When you get the skipped stitches it has everything thing to do right at that moment, about the space between your needle eye, and the loopers that are passing it just at that moment. That can vary by the moment and instant of sewing, by your choice of needle you have in there, if it's bent or not, size and shape of needle eye, or even scarf cut into it, also if you by accident knocked a looper out of adjustment, or even sometimes if your knives are just dull in case that was pulling and tugging on your fabric in such a way it made it hard for a stitch to form. Also sometimes your fabric. if the fabric was rather sticking to and riding up on that needle and getting too far away from the loopers to let a stitch form. So when you look at it that way, then you can see that all those things can and will happen on any serger, no matter what one it might be, and no matter what brand it might be.

Getting a new one in the brand new box, most often would solve most of those things, so nothing wrong with that at all. Getting a new one, brand new in a box, each and everytime you end up getting some skipped stitches in the future though,over and over again is going to make you have an awful lot of sergers hanging around if that is how you really solve the "skipped stitches" issue each and everytime that happens to you.

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Date: 5/11/13 5:16 PM

I have the Janome CoverPro 900CP and use it in a home-based business context (as well as personal sewing). I use it on a variety of stretch fabrics (athletic wear) as well as on cottons and wools (personal sewing) and anytime I have had skipped stitches it has been due to user error.

I will say I use mine in the "reverse" so the double needle stitching is on the inside quite frequently and have not had a problem with it.

The use of a "hump jumper" at seam intersections (made my own as the standard Jean-A-Ma-Jig is too thick), use of the clear foot and repositioning the fabric as needed have all worked wonders for me. To be honest I haven't even had to play around with the tension too much.

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Date: 5/12/13 10:36 AM

I vote BABYLOCK! I love their sergers and would buy one in a HB! Good luck!

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Date: 5/12/13 11:28 AM

I love my Evolution. The Baby Locks are easiest and fastest to thread (no real messing around with tension, air threading, and threading in any order are amazing), and there are a lot of specialty feet available. I'm so glad I bought it.

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Date: 5/13/13 6:57 AM

Hmmmm, I hear such good things about the babylocks. I think I will probably get one because I could use another machine since both me and my mother are sewing at the same time. I jut need to locate a dealer which seems like a big feat, locally that is.

Now as far as the Janome, I don't know what to do. I tinkered with that machine over 3+ hours and just when I thought I had it right, I went to sew and no good. I used scraps of the same fabric to test that whole time prior.

I don't know what I am doing wrong.

I too want to use it to use the reverse/decorative stitch on ahtletic wear.

I know there is a lot of info in the Janome thread. Tried to read some of it the other day. Unfortunately I am so crushed for time between filling orders, sewing new patterns and organizing for a photo shoot in two weeks. I wish we had 36 hour days. It would make my life more manageable.

Any advice on what I should tinker with? Today I have to screen print so I will have extra time to play on machines

Thank you all for your input. I have learned more from sewing online than from my lessons

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