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Date: 8/26/11 4:05 PM

Grrrrr.

OK, my Huskylock 936 is a great machine, but it just can't handle coverstitch on thinner knits. I know it actually SAYS this in the manual (which I didn't know until after I had used it a while), but I was hoping I could somehow make it work. After this last dress I don't ever want to bother trying again.

So I'm in the market for a coverstitch only machine. They handle thinner knits beautifully, right? I'm assuming so, because most of you make such gorgeous clothes.

Now, which machine? I'm thinking the CoverPro 900 because I can get it for super-cheap AND the only thing I want it for is hemming knits, so the lack of functionality shouldn't be a problem. I can use my 936 if I want a triple-stitch or something else fancy (I like the sportier look of a triple-stitch on pants sometimes, and my 936 makes flawless stitches for that).

What's the MSRP for the 1000CPX? If it's not that much more than the 900, then I'll go with it. What about the Brother and BabyLock machines? With 2 kids, I don't have a lot of time to hit dealers so I'd like to know what price ranges I'm looking at before I leave the house (seriously, manufacturers, you're STILL not posting MSRP? idiots.).

I'll be honest, if I had it to do over again today, I'd get a little Juki serger and the 1000CPX. I love the 936, it make amazing stitches, but I feel like it's overkill for what I do, ya know?


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Date: 8/26/11 7:13 PM

I totally know your frustration with the 936. I ditched mine for a 4 thread o'lock and the Coverpro 100CPX. Out here they retail for around $699 but sometimes you can get them reduced on sale.. mine was $699 AU and they tossed in a discounted store binder plate and B binder by $50 off the RRP since it had been opened and lightly used.
It is fine on lightweight knits and does a lovely job. Its adjustable presser foot pressure is handy for different thicknesses. I have no problems hemming at any depth of hem as the workspace is lovely and large. Only occasionally do I get skipped stitches and that is generally only on very thick fabrics like dense polar fleece.
I couldn't try the Bernina, Brother or Babylock machine in my city to compare but have been really pleased at how the coverpro works compared to the problems with the 936. Probably because it was designed from the start as purely a chain and cover machine, not the compromise that combo machines are for coverstitching. Many of us here at PR had that machine and ditched it for coverstitching. Some ditched the entire machine and others kept it for its overlocking 2-3-4 thread options.
I think you'll love whichever machines you can try in your area if you love to cover stitch.

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Date: 8/26/11 7:52 PM

I'm another one who feels your frustration with the 936 coverstitch. Seven years ago I gave up on my 936 and bought the Brother CS machine. It was instant love and I've never looked back. Best money I ever spent.

I would suggest, if you can afford it, you buy a three needle coverstitch machine, because you say one of your goals is to sew light weight knits. While you may never use the three needle coverstitch, you will use the two needle, narrow coverstitch. Narrow coverstitch is ideal on light weight knits. More so than the standard wide coverstitch. So while the 900 may be cheaper, the extra dollars for the 1000 is worth it IMHO.

Edited to add: I forgot to say, none of the currently available coverstitch machines are perfect. They all have their good and bad points. You need to work out which one suits your needs, and which bad points you can live with.

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Date: 8/27/11 11:24 AM

As always, Sew4Fun, your comments make a lot of sense.

Maybe I'll be able to sneak away for an hour or so soon and try out a couple of machines.....and be sure to take some fabric with me!

Thanks!

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Date: 8/27/11 12:43 PM

I like the Coverpro and the Babylock but not the Brother. I have the BL. Used the other two at Sewing Lab.

Why I don't like the Brother -- there is no auto tension release when you raise the presser foot. I had a heck of time pushing all the buttons to release the threads and do the Debbie Cook method of pulling the treads to the back to stop ravelling. I got the buttons caught under the plastic cover. I also had trouble with the handle stripping loose so I couldn't raise the presser foot. I am not rough on machines but this machine was not user friendly to me.

The Babylock is easy but takes special needles. It does a great job with no fuss though. The only thing is the space to the right of the needles is really small.

The Janome was easy to use but its confusing how to thread through the 2 holes on top for each thread. I had better luck not using both holes. There is lots of info published about this machine on patternreview message boards. Very helpful.
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Date: 8/27/11 1:39 PM

Sewsally, that is a good point about the tension release. I have a combo serger coverstitch and my machine has a tension release button on the top of the machine over the needles. Pushing the button just releases the needle tensions though which then makes it easy to release all threads.
My machine uses the back 2 needle postions for overlock stitches and the front 3 positions for the chain stitch and coverhem stitches and the button releases tensions on all of the needle positions.

I really do like the tension release feature because you can just pull the needle threads out at any time and set them to the back and side in order to change other threads for different stitches like when unthreading the lower looper and threading the chain looper for coverhem etc. asnd you are set to go. It would be more difficult without the tension release.
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Date: 8/27/11 7:44 PM

Its strange that you find the two holes on the thread stand difficult to use, sew sally. It shows the threading well in the manual and on some U tube videos as well, where you can see a real machine set up properly. Uploaded by Janome Canada comes to mind.
I have never found the threading of any part of the coverpro difficult and actually its easier than most overlockers, even the basic ones I think.
SG1 when you test all the machines side by side you can get your hands on you'll probably find one that feels right or easy for you to use and if it sews through the fabric you need it to sew and the stitch quality pleases you, you'll know which is for you.
Like Sew4Fun says all coverstitch machines have their good and less great points - just be sure if there is a bad point on the coverstitch machine that you notice think about if it is something that could become a major irritation to you if you buy it. I think the reality is that none of them are absolutely perfect in all regards but what counts is they are more flexible and much better performing than the 936!

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Date: 8/27/11 8:48 PM

I think the MSRP is around 699. I say that because I was trying to get a price for one about two weeks ago, and I've seen a range from 499 to 699. From what I understand, the dealers are limited in where they can sell to, and they are not supposed to sell online. Some stores with an online presence may be able to sell them to you if you call, and one dealer told me they were not supposed to charge shipping.

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Date: 8/29/11 12:58 PM

BLCS. Hands down, the Babylock Coverstitch machine is The Bomb, imo! Nothing on the planet would make me give mine up for anything else.

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Date: 8/29/11 1:51 PM

What's the MSRP on the BLCS?

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