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DianeSF
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Date: 6/4/13 12:12 PM

Does anyone have a positive or negative experience with the Brother 2340CV?

I lent my daughter my Janome CoverPro 10000 CPX (pricier than the Brother). She's a very good seamstress (hence my loan) and has had continual problems with the tension. She took the machine to a Janome dealer and had it checked out. Basically, as she sews, the tension will suddenly loosen on the backside; where seams cross, the machine always struggles with tension over the hump.

I realize that Brother and Janome are not commercial application coverstitch machines, so possibly that is the best a home machine can do.

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Diane

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Date: 6/4/13 3:13 PM

I have the Brother and it does not give me any trouble whatsoever. Any skipping can be solved by using Schmetz stretch needles and I've only had to do that once. It's consistent and worry free. Your tech ought to be able to fix that Janome or contact Janome yourself. If you research on this site you will find pros and cons for both machines, but I think more pros for the Brother.

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Date: 6/4/13 7:30 PM

I just bought a new 2340CV, in fact it arrived via UPS this afternoon. I immediately threaded all three needles and the looper without a hitch and it sewed a perfect coverstitch. The stitch looked just as good as the stitch produced by the much pricier Baby Lock I just sold. The fact that the Brother doesn't automatically release the tension when the presser foot is lifted bothers some people. It's not a problem for me.

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Date: 6/4/13 8:25 PM

It's the hump and not the needles.

Does the machine have pressure adjustment for the presser foot? A lighter pressure may help the foot climb the hump.

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Date: 6/5/13 5:33 AM

Yes, it has presser foot pressure adjustment. But on mine, I've not had any problems with varying thickness.

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Date: 6/5/13 5:36 AM

I have a Janome CoverPro 1000. It performs flawlessly as a doorstop in my sewing room. I sold off the accessories already. Piece of junk. Skipped stitches like mad on any type of polyester knit fabric.

I bought the 2340CV (from Ken's who have a 30 day return policy) and love, love, love that little machine. It plows right thru anything I throw under the presser foot. For a fraction of the price of the CoverPro.

ETA - you'll find more discussion of the Brother 2340CV under the Sergers topic here at PR.
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Date: 6/5/13 9:24 AM

Thanks, this is really good information.

My local Babylock dealer sells the coverstitch machine for about $1500. I have the Babylock Imagine serger, but I thought that was pricey for the coverstitch and my limited. Instead I purchased the Janome (I have several Janome sewing machines and love them.) The Janome coverstitch, however, has been a disappointment.

At Babylock's price point, the commercial Kansai coverstitch machine, which comes with a table, makes more sense.

The Brother 2340CV sounds like it could be good value.

Diane

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