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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Coverstitch machine ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 4/14/12 4:27 PM

I have an older Bernette serger and a Brother 1034D serger. I'd love a coverstitch machine, is there any hands down favorite, the best value for the money? (Also have two sewing machines.) I want to finish knit sleeves & hems. Would I want to use it on any other fabrics?

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Date: 4/14/12 4:36 PM

I very much enjoy my BabyLock. The air pressure threading and the fact that you can stitch "off" the fabric were the selling points for me. I have had nothing but quality stitches from this machine. I am beginning to use it for more and more things figuring different uses by looking at RTW. I am finding that to serge a seam and then cover stitch over it makes for a fabulous flat seam. (I still wish someone would have enough initiative to put out a book on it's uses...gee they might even make some money by doing it!!!!)

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Date: 4/14/12 9:34 PM

Lots of people like the big harp space on the Janome CP. Feels a little more like a sewing machine with that extra room. Only one looper to thread, and if you watch the video of it, it's SUPER easy. Not sure how it compares pricewise with other brands.

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Date: 4/15/12 8:49 AM

I have the Janome 1000 which I love. Mostly because of the large harp. In my area, the Janome is also much less expensive than the Babylock. My original coverstitch was the Babylock, and I just did not bond with it, nothing wrong with the machine, we just were not meant for each other. I honestly don't think you could go wrong with either a Babylock, or a Janome.

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B350SE,other Berninas, Pfaff Performance 5, several vintage - multiple manufacturers.
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Date: 4/15/12 9:23 AM

I have had the Brother coverstitch machine for the past three years and recently my husband surprised me with the Babylock. I love it. It does exactly the same stitches as the Brother, but with more finesse and more smoothly. I've only practiced with it so far and plan to do my first project with it today (a knit shirt and skort set for my youngest dd) and can't wait.
The differences between the two are noticeable. The Babylock automatically loosens the tensions when you raise the presser foot, seems to have fewer tension issues than the Brother machine I have currently and just seems to perform more solidly than the Brother.

The jet air threading is nice, but threading the looper on the Brother is very easy, so I really would not buy a Babylock just for the jet air threading.

Attachements are comparable in price, though I do like the rudder foot that Brother provides with the double binder attachment. I would borrow the Brother foot for the Babylock but it doesn't fit.

I bought a Babylock binder, but will buy any future attachments from one of the online places that sell industrial attachments. I have one bought from CuTex Sewing Supplies (NAYY!) and it worked beautifully with the Babylock. It won't attach directly with the Brother though you can use the Sticky Tack stuff you use for putting posters on the wall.

I had to buy both my machines sight unseen as neither dealer carried them in stock and could not provide training on them. They are not hard to learn to use and of course Debbie Cook's coverstitch tutorials are wonderful for learning how to use a coverstitch in general.

I can honestly recommend either the Brother or the Babylock, though for myself, I definitely prefer the Babylock.


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Date: 4/15/12 2:12 PM

I love my Janome 900CP.
I had the 1000, but twice I replaced it...The store was scared when I came in.....but the 900 has served me well for the last 3 years, approx.800 dance costumes .
I even use it as a straight stitch machine at times...great for basting as the chain comes out easy.

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Date: 4/15/12 9:18 PM

I have the Janome 900 coverstich machine and love it. I especially am glad I got an exclusive coverstich machine because it is much easier to be serging on my serger and just move to the 900 when I need to do a coverstitch. I would hate to have to change my serger to to do a covertitch hem. Of course if you do not have the room to set up both a serger and coverstich machine that could be a deciding factor.

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Date: 4/15/12 11:24 PM

I do not like the Janome 1000 and am in the minority here. It's "okay" because of the price of the machine but I am actively looking to replace it.

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Date: 4/16/12 1:03 AM

I admit the BL coverstitch is pricy...but I love mine to pieces and wouldn't give it up for anything!

It works. Beautifully and simply and every single time. And for that, I didn't mind paying more. After a few years, it ends up ahead of the financial game anyways.

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 5/4/12 8:17 PM

Thank you all, so very much. It looks like a fairly even split between BL and Janome. I went for a demo on the Janome and the salesperson didn't know how to thread it or operate it. After 30" I gave up hoping to test my own fabric on it for myself. Maybe my decision will be for the best dealer support, or in the end maybe on the best price online. Janome dealer who couldn't demo it quoted me $1000 for a new Coverpro. I can do better on ebay for a new one, and am not flummoxed by mechanical things, so I may just buy one online. My hat is off to the Brother dealer where I was told: "Yes, Brother makes a coverstitch machine, but we do not recommend it and do not have one to demo." Klunky

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