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Date: 9/19/13 4:00 PM

Hi - I am currently trying to decide whether to invest in a coverhem machine or just get an overlocker. I only sew knits and stretch fabrics - mainly t-shirts, sweats and the like - I have been managing with my sewing machine fine on a stretch stitch but am frustrated I can't get a neat and stretchy hem on cuffs, sleeves and bottom hems. To be honest I'm only sewing for myself so the inside doesn't bother me (:-D) but most people seem to get a serger and serge the edge fold and top stitch on a regular machine - but that doesn't stretch much! Also the price of the coverstitch machines is a bit daunting! ( looking at the janome coverpro) Any comments and/or suggestions welcome and can you use the coverpro to sew a seam? Thanks!

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Date: 9/19/13 4:50 PM

If I did not actually garment construction sew up myself a bunch of knit clothes and just wanted to alter knit stuff from the retail stores hem wise, I would probably just get a cover stitch only machine. As that is all I would need, if I wanted to do that with one.

But if you had been sewing all your knit clothes up on a sewing machine and a lot of them, (which was me for decades and decades) before I even got an overlocker at all, then if you started doing it construction seam wise on a overlocker instead, and really used that for a while, I think at that point you might be really loath to give it up later, I do know that is how I feel.

If I had only sewing machines and a coverlock only kind of machine, I actually could use only that cover lock stitch to do construction garment seaming in knit fabrics if I really wanted to for any reason. I would have to use sissor to cut the fabric off from the edge of it later, used that way though. And it would not be as good at all as a real 3 or 4 thread overlock stitch on a overlocker. Probably would be no worse at all though, than any of those "fake" overlock looking kind of stitches built into any sewing machine, used kind of for the same thing either. Might stretch a bit less though than some of them.

So of course having lots of choices and everything in one machine or several or many of of them is better than in any way, just having less choices on anything ever. But, you just do what ever you want to do, and just depending on your time and space and how important is to you probably too.

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Date: 9/19/13 6:25 PM

I would go and try both kinds of machine out and see what suits your needs best.
Take your own fabric samples try the machines then go home a thnik about it.

For years I used my serger and twin needles on my SM for hems and that was fine.
If you use wooly nylon in the bobbin the twin needle stitch does stretch quite a bit.
Now I also have a C/S which I love. I do use the c/s for straight stitch sewing eg darts in a knit.
When looking for a serger I always ask that the dealer removes all the thread and rethreaded it firstly while I watched and then had a go myself. If they wont do that walk away. Also you want a friendly dealer who is willing to help you and be there for you not just interested in a quick sale. You never know you might be able to get a good deal on basic 4 thread serger and a c/s - be prepared to haggle over price.

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Date: 9/19/13 6:35 PM

I sew a lot with knits and can't even imagine doing it without a serger and coverstitch machine. I used to have two separate machines but bought a combo last year. I'm very happy with my evolution. I don't do any stitching on my sewing machine when I sew with knits.....it's all done on the serger. You would be amazed how the knit maintains it's stretch with both these machines!
BTW....not to be an enabler or anything, but did you happen to see the janome coverpro (coverstitch only machine) for sale in the classifieds??? they're niiiiiice!!! ;)
-- Edited on 9/19/13 6:42 PM --

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Date: 9/19/13 10:04 PM

I sew a lot of knits and wouldn't have if I hadn't bought my coverstitch machine, a Janome CS1000. Hems were frustrating and, though I don't, you can use binders with it to do very professional bindings. I already had a serger, so I added the coverstitch machine.
You can certainly sew knits without a serger as you have found, but hems are a challenge on the sewing machine. The Janome is at the low end of the coverstitch price range.

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Date: 9/20/13 8:49 AM

Thanks everyone! I am going to go and have a play with a coverpro machine this weekend and see if I can make my mind up. I have had a good look at sergers today in a local shop and can see how they would make construction waaaay speedier - I think I want both! Can't quite justify a combined machine just yet but might see if I can get a deal for both (haggle-hat on!)
Oh dear - my hubbies rolling his eyes at me as I type! :-D

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Date: 9/20/13 9:23 AM

I would get the serger first. You can always use a twin needle for the hems.

Or a combo machine like the Babylock.

Personally I like having a separate serger and separate coverlock so all I have to do is thread and not change a bunch of stuff around.

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Date: 9/20/13 11:06 AM

Good luck and have fun. And bring some knit samples to sew with.....stuff that you would normally be sewing on at home. The shops will only have small squares of muslin/cotton.
Let us know how you make out and what you buy.....cuz we all know that once you get in the shop those little machines just "jump" into our cars!

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Date: 9/21/13 9:40 AM

I hated twin needle hems on knits. They always seemed to "tunnel." Maybe it was just poor technique on my part...

Since you are happy sewing knits with your sewing machine, you probably would enjoy a coverhem machine. It might be a good investment for you. Be sure to take a look at (and research) the Brother 2340CV, which sells for half the price of the Janome coverhem machine. (I really, really like my 2340cv).

There is a Brother serger that is not very expensive, and very popular here on PR, that you might also like to investigate.

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Subject: coverhem or overlocker (serger) **JANOME MYLOCK 634D** Date: 10/1/13 9:35 PM

Well after much ummming and ahhhing I've decided.......nothing!!! I think have the opportunity to pick up a used janome mylock 634d - hardly used but as it's an older model I'm a bit worried it'll be tricky to use - but it's very cheap!! Any experience of this model anyone??? Thank you! :-)

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