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|Posted on:||4/13/14 7:44 PM|
(Updated: 4/15/14 12:52 PM)
|Approx price paid:||$350|
|Had this machine for:||2 years|
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|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 9 people Very Helpful by 7 people |
This is a cover stitch machine which is primarily used to hem knits. If you look at the hems and cuffs of your RTW tee, you'll likely see a cover stitch. It looks like a twin needle on top and serged stitch at the bottom. I have also used it to topstitch. You can baste with the chain stitch. I'm sure there's more uses I haven't thought of yet.
The machine sews 4 different stitches: triple cover stitch, twin narrow cover stitch, twin wide cover stitch and chain stitch. I use the twin narrow the most but like having the other stitch options.
The manual tension release is the complaint I hear often about this machine. It takes extra steps to release the fabric. I also had a hard time with the pressure foot lift on the right side. I'm use to it being behind the foot like on all of the machines I've ever owned or used. Lastly, the harp space is small so it takes some maneuvering in some cases. All-in-all, these watch outs don't really bother me. It might be a deal breaker for others so that's why I'm pointing them out.
I use my machine a lot because I sew mostly knits. It is a bit of a splurge, but I don't regret it for a second. If you want to see pics of the stitches and more details on the machine, please hop on over to my blog. In case I screwed up on the link: www.detectivehoundstooth.com/brothers-2340cv/
I haven't had problems with the machine yet. Mostly problems are user error related.
For each of my finished project I keep a small index card with the pattern, size I used, fabric sample and machine settings. This way I usually find something similar and use those settings as a starting point.
It's not uncommon for me to sew wobbly hems or miss catching the hem edge in the stitch. I can now unpick a cover stitch super quick. Tutorial here http://www.detectivehoundstooth.com/unpicking/
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