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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Chainstich machine? Where to buy? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Subject: Chainstitch machine? Where to buy? Date: 12/11/07 4:35 PM

Any ideas about where to find a good chainstitch machine. I want to do decorative chain stitching on garments, but I can't find a machine. I know my serger will do it, but it's not ideal due to arm/bed limitations. I'm afraid chainstitching in the middle of skirts and shirts will be too bulky for my serger. Wikipedia says that "Most household chainstitch machines are either very old, or toys intended for children. " I don't want to spend too much money, but any older machine or children's chainstitch machine recommendations?

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Date: 12/11/07 4:39 PM

Don't know about older machines but my Coverpro 1000 does a chainstitch as well as the coverhems. I haven't ever used it for that but I know some people baste with it.

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Date: 12/11/07 4:59 PM

Some of the vintage Touch and Sew Singers do a chain stitch with the chain stitch plate and attachments. BUT these machines also are plagued with plastic gears that either already cracked or gotten stripped or are on the verge of doing so.

Kenmore made some all metal vintage machines that will do a chain stitch with the correct needleplate and bobbin replacement gizmo. I have one of the all metal Kenmores that do the chain stitch. I'll look later and give you the model number of this one and a few others in case you want to hunt for one.

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Date: 12/11/07 6:14 PM

My old Babylock serger was very heavy duty. It had a chain stitch but did not have the coverhem. It was just a 4 thread serger.
I think some of the Juki sergers also have chain stitch but they are not coverhem machines. You might wish to check the on line vendors for Juki and see which models have the chain stitch. I think these sergers could handle the tasks you request of it because these sergers have some heavier duty parts than some other brands.



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Date: 12/11/07 6:20 PM

I think that she is looking for more harp space than the serger might offer for top, chain stitching in the middle of the garment??

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I know my serger will do it, but it's not ideal due to arm/bed limitations
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Date: 12/11/07 6:56 PM

True, the Juki models that I posted about do not have much harp space. My Elna combo coverlock does have a large harp for chain stitching in the center of the fabric. At times I think it is a bit too big however. I seem to have better control with a smaller machine.



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Date: 12/11/07 7:31 PM

If your babylock serger doesn't afford you enough room/harp area for thetype of work you have in mine, I don't know if any of the childrens machines will be what you want. They tend to be tiny.

I have a partial list of Kenmores that have chainstitch abilities in addtion to being regular sewing machines. Ofcourse, they will only chainstitch with the required plate and adapter. these often get lost over the years.

158.1753 (I have this one- all metal too!)
158.1757
158.1703
158.1802
158.1980

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Date: 12/11/07 8:24 PM

A Janome Coverpro as already suggested, might be the best bet if you need a larger harp. You would not need to get the more expensive 1000 model that has the 3 thread cover hem and chain but you could get the CP 900 for less money. It has the chain stitch plus the double seam coverhem and it is being sold by on line dealers for very good prices. I certainly would prefer this to an older or smaller machine and Cover Pro owners seem to really really love their machines.



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Date: 12/11/07 8:39 PM

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I don't want to spend too much money, but any older machine or children's chainstitch machine recommendations?


Not sure how much is "too much", but the Janome 900CP that Klynne is suggesting can be bought on eBay for about $330.

It's not an older machine but it does have more harp area than most sergers and sems like it would do the trick.

There are other older machines that chainstitch, like the Singer 431G, but it's NOT going to be easy to find, and probably not cheap. The Singer class 24 machines were chainstitchers too. I think these are often in a treadle base?? dunno- never even saw one in person!

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Date: 12/12/07 1:17 AM

I have several chainstitchers (not toys) and they are all OLD, with birthdays ranging from the 1860s to 1914. The acknowledged market leader was always Willcox & Gibbs, whose designs dominated the household and industrial market from the time of the US Civil War until the 1960s. These machines came in treadle, handcrank, and electric, with the handcranked ones being the most expensive. You can find heads only for less than $100 but finding a convenient way of powering them can be tricky. W&Gs, or Singer 24s that the other Jenny mentioned are capable of decorative chainstitch embroidery.

Most of the decorated CS work seen on RTW (like Western shirts and jackets), has been done on purpose built industrials, which are a few generations removed from my W&Gs. I'm not exactly sure, but I don't think they are cheap, if you can find one.

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