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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Janome 1200D....who wants mine??? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 6/17/12 11:48 PM

Hello Everyone

I have had my Janome 1200D for approx 4 years now. I absolutely love the many and varied overlocking/serger stiches - there is one for every job. The main reason I bought the machine was for the cover hem stitches - therein lies my problem.

The stitch on my machine is super sensitive, to various fabrics, needles, cottons etc. Its rare that I can thread the machine and simply just sew. An example is a T-shirt I made yesterday which took me just on half an hour to make. The messing about with the cover hem took over an hour and in the end I resorted to a twin needle because its just too hard.

Does anyone else find they have trouble with the cover hem?? My next steps are to have the machine serviced and checked - you never know it may be the machine. If that is not the problem i will try and get some help from the supplier and if all that fails....buy a new machine!

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Date: 6/18/12 0:16 AM

You posted that your machine is sensitive to needles but I was wondering if you are using the proper needles for cover hem. My Elna 744 uses the ELx705 needles and I use them for all of my cover hem and serging on that machine though the machine can use other needles if needed for special fabrics.
These needles also came on my other basic serger that is a non cover hem model.
I hope you get the problem figured out.

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Date: 6/18/12 0:29 AM

Hi Betakin - yes I use the exact same needles as you - still have problems!

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Date: 6/18/12 1:08 AM

When cover stitching,
Are you turning the stitch choice dial to your cover stitch first?
Are you threading up the machine with the pressure foot up?
Not trying to chain on or off into air at all, and only sewing onto fabric?

When wanting to take fabric out of machine- stopping with the needles down, and then actually turning the fly wheel backwards from normal (which would be away from you) so the needles are at the highest place and then turning the chain looper tension dial to zero, and pressing on the tension release at top of machine, before withdrawing the fabric?

If going over a thick spot, or a seam lump, moving the pressure foot bar to #1 and then when over the lump putting it back on #5?

Maybe some other things to check.

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Date: 6/18/12 5:42 AM

Beauturbo

Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you......i thought I was doing all the things in your post but somehow the order must have got a bit screwy....seems to be working really well...here is hoping. The old girl is due for a service so will definately do that also

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Date: 6/18/12 12:34 PM

Definitely have it serviced. I fought with my machine for a year (new out of the box) and I thought it was me. I finally took it in for a class. Turns out, it wasn't operator error, it was a very small burr on one of the loopers. It caught the thread and caused all sorts of problems. They fixed it and wow - it was a whole new machine.

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Date: 6/18/12 1:18 PM

I sure need to get my serger into be serviced. I have been servicing it myself and since I am no technician I am sure it needs to be looked at.
You know I have a 1200D also and at first really had a hard time getting the coverstitch to work right. I was constantly breaking the thread on the left side. Turns out I was leaving off a step on threading it. I also get beter results using wooly nylon thread in the looper. Works very well now and I love have professional looking t- shirts and knit tops.

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Date: 8/9/12 3:34 PM

I LOVE my 1200D. when I got it, the first thing I did was try out the Top Cover Stitch, and it worked perfectly.

I have no problems switching to cover or top cover (I use Wolly Nylon in the chain looper, too).

I had considered a Baby Lock, but this machine does SO much, I couldn't resist. I have been thrilled with the choice, as everything has been amazing on this machine.

(I primarily make mens suits for myself)

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