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Date: 7/28/11 7:28 PM

hi all feedback would be appreciated.I am at the stage of biting the bullet and buying a coverstitch machine.

not sure which one as I don't have one to actually try out.4 dealers within 30 min drive ,non with cover machine.

Like the idea of small size of brother and the foot starting back a bit,as the coverpro seems to have to have the foot right at the edge,and is a bigger looking machine.

Has the extra harp space on janome worth it.

I will probably only use it for binding and hemming.

if anyone has tried both,what did you find pro/con about both.

Thanks in advance

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Date: 7/28/11 7:37 PM

I've tried both. Both machines have their pros and cons so I think it comes down to what matters most to you. Personally I own and prefer the Brother, because skipped stitches (or lack of) is my number one priority. My second priority is the presser feet available. You need to work out what is most important to you.

Debbie Cook has a good comparison chart which may help.
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Edited to add: I've had my Brother seven years and only wished for the extra harp space four or five times. I've never felt the need for a free arm.

-- Edited on 7/28/11 7:39 PM --

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Date: 7/28/11 9:43 PM

I have the Janome. My choice was dictated by price. I've never had a problem with skipped stitches (although I know others have). I use the freearm, but could manage easily without it. The extension table is useful - it takes the weight of the garment which is great for drapey, stretchy knits. With the extension table on, the foot is well back from the edge of the machine and gives a large flat area to work on.


image from Gur.co.uk


I use generic binders which work well - the Janome feet/binders are expensive.

I've never had the opportunity to use the Brother, unfortunately, but hear nothing but good things from those who own one. It's a shame you can't get to try them both before you make a decision.

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Date: 7/29/11 8:16 AM

thanks for taking the time to answer.
I was hoping you would,as I knew you had the brother and it was wonderful to know that the lack of harp space was no biggie.knowing you've had it for 7 years without issue is great.

the whole freearm thing is not an issue,i never bother to use one on a sewing machine,and never needed one on my overlocker.

Nice to know about the skipped stitches, that would drive me nuts.Although it would be interesting to know if the 1000cpx still skips.

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Date: 7/29/11 8:23 AM

thankyou for taking the time to post a pic of your machine.It is helpful to see it with the extension table.

I would dearly love to be able to try a cover stitch out ,cause I go by feel on so many things but in this instance I will be trusting the advice of people who are using them on a regular basis.

That's not so bad

By the way do the binders work well?
which are better,

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Date: 3/8/13 6:07 PM

Have u used your brother with spandex, Lycra, or knits? I'm planning on making swimwear so I'm hoping this machine will work well with that.

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Date: 3/8/13 6:15 PM

I have the Janome 1000 CP for just a couple of months. I really like it. This machine was in storage for 6 years never been used by the former owner. After she gave it to me, I plugged it in, started sewing and it was like it was never dormant! No skipped stitches. I have used the free arm alot as I was hemming existing hems on pants. I do like the extra harp space, makes me feel like it's more like a sewing machine. The part I don't like are the expensive accessories, but there are ways around it.

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Date: 3/8/13 6:52 PM

Quote: Makamae
Have u used your brother with spandex, Lycra, or knits? I'm planning on making swimwear so I'm hoping this machine will work well with that.


Yes to all of the above. I've made a lot of swim, dance and gym wear with my machine. One of the advantages of the Brother is I can use stretch needles, which help a lot with high Lycra fabrics and the skipped stitch issues. The one thing my Brother never does is skip stitches, even over lumpy seams and when sewing over elastic is swimwear. HTH

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Date: 3/8/13 7:00 PM

Thank you so much for your reply! This helps out a lot and saves me at least $300. I'm definitely going to give this one a shot first! Thank you 😊

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