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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Babylock, Brother or something else? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Babylock, Brother or something else?
Thinking about a coverstitch
Marie367
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Date: 3/3/13 11:47 AM

I have been thinking about how nice it would be to have a coverstitch. The more I sew, the more I want one. So I get an email today from Babylock saying that the Diana is on sale for $599. I know Kens (online) has a Brother 2340 for $495 with all the feet included that I keep looking at. The Diana is a serger and a coverstitch. I have a Brother serger so I wouldn't need it for serging. I can't seem to find any reviews on it. I know quite a few people on here have the Brother and like it. I can't afford the more expensive Babylocks; if I could, they would be my first choice.
Any info on the Diana?
By the way, Babylock seems to have alot on sale right now!

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Date: 3/3/13 6:29 PM

Since you have a serger already and only need cover stitch capabilities, maybe a cover stitch only machine might be a better route. Will you only be using the cover stitch for hems? Or would you like to possibly do more? The only reason I ask is that the Babylock cover stitch only machine is really superb and has a slew of accessories that go with it that really take the cover stitch machine to another level. Plus it has the jet-air threading that is great. I just purchased an Enlighten and my dealer lent me the Babylock Serger accessories workbook. I had no idea how many things you could with a serger and a cover sitch machine. My dealer sells the BL cover stitch machine for $1000 and I'll probably be adding that down the road this year.

But, if the Babylock is too expensive, you might want to take a look at the Janome Coverpro 1000 CPX (about $500-600) or the Janome Coverpro 900 (about $400 and you can get online). My dealer actually sells more of the Janome Coverpro 1000 CPX because it has more space to the right of the needle than the Babylock and also because it is cheaper. I think the reviews on these machines is pretty favorable.

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Date: 3/4/13 10:35 AM

Hi Marie,

I recently bought a BL evolution to replace a stand alone coverstitch machine because I do not have room for both a serger and coverstitch machine in addition to my SM. I love the coverstitch function and use it all the time and I am sure you will love it too.

That being said, I now have a brand new, unused, original box and packing Janome 1000CP which I am trying to sell for $400. If you are interested, let me know.
Dagmar

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Date: 3/4/13 12:11 PM

That Janome mentioned in the above post is a good machine.

Also Babylock CS only.

I wouldn't buy the Brother -- there is no auto tension release when you raise the pressure foot.

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Date: 3/4/13 7:10 PM

I am not sure how much that Babylock coverstitch is. I may have to to see that. I am wondering if I should just wait until I have more funds and get a better serger. Even then, I don't think I would have the $$ to buy one of the better Babylocks.

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Date: 3/4/13 7:32 PM

Hi Marie367...I had a Kenmore serger and just sold it and bought the JUKI MO-735...serger/coverstitch machine. All I can say is that I LOVE IT!! Threading from serger to coverstitch is not hard at all...I do not coverstitch a lot so for now I am very pleased. If ever I coverstitch more in the future, I will buy a seperate coverstitch machine!

Keep us posted!

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Date: 3/4/13 8:05 PM

I feel very confident that the Babylock Diana is exactly the same machine as the Singer Professional 5 Thread Lots of great reviews for it there too.

Here is Babylock Diana Zooming in on both they are the same except for cosmetic differences.

I have the Singer and love it. Yes, it has a learning curve but it is sturdy and stitches beautifully. I do not find threading or changing over to coverstitch difficult.



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Date: 3/4/13 8:59 PM

Wow! I was just at our Babylock dealer last week looking at cover stitch machines. She quoted me $1599 for the stand-alone cover stitch model and $799 for the floor model of the Diana serger. Those prices seemed so high to me (and seem to be high based on the above posts) but there are no other local Babylock dealers so no competition. Was the email offering the Diana for $599 from a local dealer or the Babylock website?

We might be taking a trip by car down south next month and I am tempted to try to find a better Babylock dealer price-wise along the way but don't even know how I'd even go about doing that. I bought my Espire from our local dealer but rarely ever go into the store - I love my machine but just never really liked them.

Eta: I just saw the Diana sale price on Babylock's website. After the prices from the Babylock dealer were so high, I started reading about the Janome Coverpro. I wonder what the differences are between the Diana and the Janome Coverpro - I would just be using it as a cover stitch machine since I already have a serger. I need to do more research!
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Date: 3/4/13 9:41 PM

Wow that is high. I wonder if you told the dealer about the Babylock site advertising the Diana for $599. When I said that to my dealer, the dealer dropped the price down to $499 for a demo model that she said had not been used. It would have the same warranty but I don't know if I want that. I know there is no way that I could spend $1599.
That Juki sounds nice too but I think I would have to buy it online.
Like you, I need to do more research.

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Date: 3/4/13 10:27 PM

When I was looking at BL sergers and CS's last fall one dealer had the Diana in the store and priced (I believe) at $899, which was *considerably* less than the stand-alone CS I was looking at! That price bothered me somehow, seemed too good to be true compared to the Evolution, and the other machines, even w/o the fluff - jetair threading, automatic tensions, etc.

I was at that dealer's twice...first to test drive and order, and 2nd to pick up. On each of those 2 visits (a month apart), a (different) woman who purchased the Diana was in the store having problems with getting her machine's tensions and stitch to work properly. I'm pretty sure it was with the serging portion of the machine. I only had the opportunity to chat with the first lady, and she seemed pretty frustrated, but mainly because the owner wasn't there that day to help her. Since I'm no genius when it comes to machines I decided that first day to not go with the Diana, even though the price was right. It may be a great machine, but I found it a bit unsettling to have two women (who seemed to know much more about sewing then I do) struggling with it, and definitely felt a little better about my decision after hearing the 2nd lady complaining. It could be coincidence, but thought I would pass this little experience along since you're asking. I was so tempted by the price, esp. since it wasn't that much more than the Brother CS and the same price as the Janome CS. I kept thinking to myself "how can that be?"

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