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Message Board > Sewing Machines > CoverStitch Machine purchase ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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brands to consider when looking for a coverstitch machine
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Date: 12/19/13 10:47 AM

I have decided to purchase a CoverStitch machine and am looking for collective wisdom from the group! I love my Baby Lock serger & Bernina sewing machine, but neither does knit hems to my satisfaction. I have read reviews of some and think I would like a 3 needle Cover Stitch machine. Any favorites? Anything to avoid? Features to consider? Thanks for any advice!

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Date: 12/19/13 3:11 PM

Babylock coverstich is the best. Before, I had a Janome 1000 and it was a pain in the ....

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Date: 12/19/13 3:20 PM

The big brands that most people discuss here are Babylock, Janome and Brother.

The BL is, of course, TOL and I've heard nothing but good things. I don't have one myself, so can't give you first hand info, but I'm sure if you read up on the reviews on this site, you'll find what you're looking for.

I do have the Brother 2340CV which is a bottom of the line, entry level coverstitch machine. It's MUCH less expensive than the BL, but also doesn't have all the bells & whistles. It works, but, well, let's just say 'you get what you pay for'.

HTH! Check out the reviews here!

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Date: 12/19/13 11:04 PM

Babylock; BLCS2.

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Date: 12/20/13 0:23 AM

I have the BLCS2 and it is wonderful, easy and no fail! I was lucky enough to buy mine used from a lady that decided she should have a new serger instead of a CS machine, so it is less than a year old.
BL is expensive but you do get what you pay for. Check out the reviews here. You won't be disappointed!

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Date: 12/20/13 9:58 AM

Thanks for all the advice! Today I am going locally to look at an Elna 444. Since I haven't tried anything in person, I figure I'll see how it feels. There is a lot of support in the forums for Janome, which is the equivalent of the Elna, I believe. Any thoughts on Elnas?

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Date: 12/20/13 11:59 AM

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Thanks for all the advice! Today I am going locally to look at an Elna 444. Since I haven't tried anything in person, I figure I'll see how it feels. There is a lot of support in the forums for Janome, which is the equivalent of the Elna, I believe. Any thoughts on Elnas?

Sounds like the message was BL so why go in the opposite direction?

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Date: 12/20/13 3:33 PM

I had a very, very bad experience with my Janome Coverpro. I recently purchased a Babylock coverstitch and am very glad I made the upgrade.

If you go the Coverpro route, be sure to test drive the very machine (not a demo) thoroughly to make sure it works. Practice crossing seams and see if it skips stitches. Take a very long seam at different speeds and see if it skips. Take very thick seams and see if it skips.

Ask about the warranty and lemon policy. DO NOT BUY WITHOUT TESTING unless $$$ is no concern. Sorry to be such a downer, but if I can spare anyone the nightmare of my last machine, I will!

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Date: 12/20/13 4:04 PM

I have an Elna 975 and like it very much. I picked it because it also does a cover stitch. This is my first serger, so I can't compare to any other. Even though it was bought used on Ebay, I was able to pay my local sewing/fabric shop for classes on the Elna 975. I think classes were very important in getting over the first time serger learning curve.

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Date: 12/20/13 7:24 PM

I must also ask why go with an Elna when everyone is screaming BL?

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Brother Innovis 1250D
Babylock Enlighten
Singer Curvy 8763
Brother 1034D
Janome 385.19606
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