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Date: 8/3/08 9:50 PM

I saw on-line that ther are coverstitch only machines. Does anyone have opinions on what are good ones? I'm looking for a reasonable one. I saw one that was made by Dragonfly, but I have no idea what their reputation is, or how well it works. Thanks, Cheryl

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Date: 8/3/08 10:27 PM

I think you will find that a favorite on PR is the Janome CoverPro 900 and CP 1000. You might wish to read the very long thread here of over 200 pages that tells much about these machines.
Babylock and Brother models are also well liked by owners plus some combo serger/coverhem models. There are also several reviews on them in the machine and serger review section.

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Date: 8/4/08 3:57 AM

I have a Janome CoverPro 1000 and just love it to bits. It goes well, and the thread here on PR is so full of helpful information, that it is worth buying the Janome just for the help you can get.

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Date: 8/4/08 5:21 AM

I think it's a good idea to read all the reviews on Coverstitch machines in that section of PR. There are quite a few reviews for and against all of them.

I for one have the Brother 2340CV which is the Brother machine, there's the Janome which you've already been told about and there's a Babylock which will be reviewed too. I think the one that comes out best in the reviews seems to be the Babylock.

As Betakin said there's also the combo machines and I have one (a Pfaff) of those as well as does Betakin. The Elna that Betakin has is very good IMO if you have a need for a combined machine. I was tempted to buy it at the time I bought mine but had trouble getting one where I live.

The more research and trial you can do the better to make sure you get what you like. If you get the chance to trial them make sure you take some samples of all types of thicknesses and both woven and knits, especially very thin knits which some machines don't handle as well. Also make sure you coverstitch over some seams.

I hope you enjoy the process. It's always nice to research something new.

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Date: 8/4/08 8:37 AM

Cheryl, there's absolutely no reason for you to gamble on an unknown mystery brand like Dragonfly, which would cost about $220 including shipping when you can buy an extremely reputable coverstitch machine, the recently discontinued Janome Coverpro 900 for only $249 with free shipping and bonus accessories (extension table, elastic feet and video) not included in the Dragonfly deal. Just last week I received my new CP 900 that I'd ordered on ebay, and I'm very satisfied with my machine. Here's a link to my review of this machine.

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Date: 8/4/08 12:31 PM

Thanks for all the help. I had typed in coverstitch machine in the sewing and serger section to get info, and couldn't find any. But maybe I need to type in the brand names. Thanks.

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Date: 8/4/08 2:09 PM

Comocosews, if you want to search PR for coverstitch reviews you need to do it by brand name. Note that no one on PR has ever posted any reviews for Dragonfly, which should tell you that this is a very obscure brand.

There are only five coverstitch machines: the Janome Coverpro 900, the Janome Coverpro 1000, the Brother 2340, the Bernina 009, and the Babylock Coverstitch. Of these machines the CP 900 offers the lowest price and the best value. Debbie Cook has compiled an excellent coverstitch machine tutorial and Comparison Chart about these five machines.

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Date: 8/4/08 2:19 PM

Well Nancy,


I hate you and love you, I think I have decided on a Janome CP 900 although the CP1000 would be nice too. If I go the 900 Route I will be getting it from Ken's sewing. So for that I thank you.


Joel

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Date: 8/4/08 4:50 PM

I have two Kenmore, Janome sewing machines that I really like. So, I'm probably going to go with the Janome 900 or 1000. Thanks for the info and it was nice to go to the site for comparison shopping. Thanks again.

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Date: 8/4/08 8:31 PM

Janome makes Elna machines and the new Elna 434 is a Swiss "design" coverlock only machine that is not as yet sold in the USA. (you can see it on line but not the Elna USA site)It is much the same machine as the Janome 1000 CP but more colorful. So far in the USA, Elna only offers the combo serger/coverhem models. I hope they will sell the 434 here eventually but so far I think this is not in their plans.

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