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RobinMCPA
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Date: 1/24/07 12:20 PM

I have narrowed my serger search down to the Viking 936 or the Viking 910. The biggest difference between the two is that the former has the coverstitch feature and the latter does not. I know what the coverstitch looks like and have viewed the sample stitches, and will be test driving the machines tomorrow at my local dealer.

My question is, what are the practical applications of the coverstitch? Or said another way, what are some of the new things I can do if I go with the coverstitch capability (or what things will be made easier with the coverstitch capability?)

Are there things I would be able to do on a separate coverstitch machine that I wouldn't be able to do on the Viking 936, that includes coverstitch?

I hope those questions make sense - I am new to PR but am really finding all of the information helpful!

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Date: 1/24/07 1:11 PM

I think you'll really love having coverstitch. It is so much more professional and stretchy, and durable than double needle topstitching.

I use coverstitch for attaching ribbing and binding to
necklines. This way they stay stretchy and fit over the head.

I also use it for
double topstitching. This way I can topstitch and finish SA in one step (sort of like side seams on jeans).

I love it for hems: they don't pop no matter how they are stretched.

You can also make belt loops. I used it for decorative topstitching over the T-shirt seams. I stitched inside out so looper thread is visible from the right side of the garment. I see this type of tipstitching quite often on RTW.

As far as difference between the separate coverstitch and serger with coverstitch: it depends on machine options. With options equal, the serger will do everything separate coverstitch machine does.

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Fabric bought in 2009: 30 yds
Fabrc sewn in 2009: 19 yds
Fabric stash: 145 yds

3 Garments IN and 6 Garments OUT

RobinMCPA
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Date: 1/24/07 1:48 PM

Thank you! I really liked the pictures demonstrating the uses as that helped me see exactly what can be done - that was very helpful! I have been leaning toward the 936 with the coverstitch, and I can swing the cost - I just wanted to make sure it is something I will find useful. Thanks again!

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Date: 1/24/07 2:28 PM

I *have* the 936 and I bought a separate coverstitch machine.

You already know the pros of the 936, here are some cons:

1. You can only use the honkin' big size 90 needles on the 936 when coverstitching. Not my first choice when sewing a pretty knit, etc.

2. Because it's a combo machine, the feed dog/foot set-up doesn't let it guide fabric evenly when coverstitching.

3. There are not very many accessories for it for coverstitching and the ones that are available are enormously expensive. You cannot attach a binder to it and after you're on these PR boards for a while, you'll learn about binders and then want one.

4. Switching back/forth on the 936 is a nuisance. You don't only CS at the end of garments so it's not just one switch at the end. It's not that it's hard to switch, just that you'll probably get very tired of it.

I *love* my 936 for serger features, but if I had to choose, I'd rather have my separate CS machine and a cheaper serger.

Here's my page of coverstitch info.


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Date: 1/24/07 2:38 PM

I agree with Debbie. I have the 936 and love it as a serger but converting to coverstitch brought me to tears. I got the janome 1000CP and it is so much easier. While I don't use my machines as much as Debbie I still like having two machines ready to go. If I had it to do over I would opt for the 910 and a coverstitch.

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Date: 1/24/07 3:28 PM

Wow, Debbie - that is a comprehensive page of information on coverstitching!!! I didn't know anything about a binder attachment before and that does look like it would be fabulous.

Now you guys have me thinking I should buy the 910, at least for now, and then buy a separate coverstitch machine afterward. I can buy the 910 for $799 on sale right now or the 936 for $1299, but my dealer said there's no time limit on trade-in. They do the trade-in based on sale prices (of the new upgraded machine) and give between 80-100% of the original purchase price on trade-ins. Do you think I could get a coverstitch machine for $1299- $799 = around $500 so get both for the $1299 I was prepared to spend?

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Date: 1/24/07 3:35 PM

The Janome CP1000 sells for about $5-600, depending on your area and local dealers. The Babylock is anywhere from $799 to $1300. The Brother is about $700.

Just one more point so you're completely informed ... the 936 does a 5-thread safety stitch (a single chain stitch seam with an overlock next to it). If that is something you think you might use/need, it's something else to consider. The 910 does not have that stitch. I never use that stitch, but a lot of people do.

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Date: 1/24/07 3:42 PM

I also agree with Debbie. I have the 936 and just love it. But, switching back/forth is a real PITA and I never loved the coverstitch it produced. I bought a Janome CP1000 and have never looked back. The stitches are beautiful and very consistent across different fabrics -- with little or no fiddling with tensions. One thing that amazed me was that my DH actually noticed that the two machines looked similar and questioned why I needed two. I of course denied that they were the same. Unbelievable!! If I wanted him to notice something he wouldn't in a million years.

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Date: 1/24/07 4:30 PM

Robin in ust IMO ..I do feel coverstitch seams look better with either a separate coverstitch only machine or a 4 thread serger with coverstitch. That is why I purchased a 4 thread plus it had the 3 coverhem stitches that I wanted and a large stitch program.
The 5 thread serger/coverhem machines that I have seen have a different needle placement. I also think the 4 thread sergers are easier to convert over to coverhem than some 5 thread sergers because of no need to change the plate or foot. The 2 four thread models I know of have automatic tensions which saves time, you dial the stitch you want on the dial and the 4 thread models can usually stitch off at the end of coverhem without the extra steps needed to unlock threads. There is also a backtack feature that locks the thread chain in the seam.
There is much that can be done with both the cover hem and chain stitches. You can do basting with the chainstitch, smocking, deco chainstitching and combined with coverhem there is a coverhem plaid one can make, make coverstitch cable and fabric, do tucks, top stitching, insert zippers, coverstich casings, attach lace, make belt loops, bands and straps, and so much more..including hems.
Whoops, meant to post this to Robin.
-- Edited on 1/24/07 5:20 PM --

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Date: 1/24/07 4:34 PM

Quote:
One thing that amazed me was that my DH actually noticed that the two machines looked similar


Maybe because they both look "odd" to him with all those thread cones. Sewing machines are only supposed to have one spool of thread, right??

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