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rebelina

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Date: 5/9/12 7:44 AM

Hi there,

I am also ready to add a coverstitch to my collection, but I also sew denim pretty often and think I could benefit from having a 5 thread serger that can convert to CS over a dedicated CS.

Which ones should I be looking at? Ease of switching configurations is not really a concern because I have a 4 thread serger so I would probably leave the 5 thread set up for CS most of the time. I would, however, be interested in which 5 thread sergers perform well in CS mode. Thanks for any leads, I've been reading reviews on juki, pfaff and elnas but I'd like to hear more about them in terms of CS.

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Date: 5/9/12 9:00 AM

I have been thrilled with my Huskylock 936. It has a beautiful stitch - no matter which one I try. The one downside is that it is not as easy to switch between stitches as something like the Babylocks. This model has been replaced by newer models at the dealerships and I can't speak to those. Maybe you can find a good deal on a used 936.

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Date: 5/9/12 11:42 AM

I have an older (15+ years) Elna 905DCX that is still sewing beautifully(though the cover stitch could be better) and purchased a new BabyLock Evolution last year. The BL does a perfect CS on all settings, especially with the CS foot.

Juliette

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Date: 5/9/12 12:27 PM

I looked at that evolution it has 8 threads is that over kill? I noticed with babylock you get 4 thread or eight no 5 thread. Does anyone have any other info on this?

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Date: 5/9/12 12:28 PM

I hate to say don't get a machine, but I have been having coverstitch problems with my Pfaff Coverlock 3.0 - I would recommend thoroughly test driving any machine you are considering including doing a coverstitch over seams.
That being said - if you are sewing denim a lot and need a 5 thread safety stitch, the Coverlock does that nicely - and FAST!

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Date: 5/9/12 8:58 PM

Thank you all for your input. Funny
how quickly things change. I went to a dealer today and looked at all used: pfaff 4874(?), Elna 945 and a Viking 936.

For various reasons none of them appealled to me, and I started to think a dedicated machine is probably the way to go. The changing over for the 936 took them 40 minutes and it still failed to produce a stitch. But it was only 299 so yeah, I gave it a good look.

I Just can't swing the BLCS at the price they quoted so I'm awaiting a quote from a nearby Janome dealer on the 1000cpx.

Cheers


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Brother 1034D
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Date: 5/9/12 9:02 PM

You don't use 8 threads at the same time. The BL Evolution does have a 5-thread stitch.

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

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Date: 5/9/12 9:27 PM

I had a serger as well so I went with a Janome cs1000. It is so much cheaper than any of the convertible machines and does a great reliable job.

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Date: 5/9/12 9:56 PM

My recommendation would be to buy a dedicated coverstitch machine. I have a combined machine - a Pfaff 4862 - which I now just use as an overlocker. IMO the dedicated machines have a better cover stitch. I ended up buying a secondhand Brother coverstitch machine which does a fantastic job and is much easier to use, and I just use the Pfaff coverlock machine just for overlocking (serging).

At the end of the day I wish I had known this in advance because it would have saved me a huge amount of money if I had just bought dedicated machines initially.

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Date: 5/9/12 10:01 PM

Juki MO735 is a solidly build smooth, quiet machine with beautiful stitches!!!

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