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Date: 4/22/13 10:07 PM

I sew a ton. I just upgraded sewing machines to an awesome Pfaff CP with big embroidery arm. My serger is a Babylock Imagine and AWESOME. Now - I sew so many knits.... I want a coverstitch. But I have 0 budget for it. I keep watching Craigslist but these rarely come up? I've glanced at the brother for $350 and the Janome for $399 but still... I mean, is prefer buy usedha! Suggestions? I started on a Brther 1034d so I'm not new to any of this..... Brother sewingachine to Bernina CL find to Pfaff now.... So I have been around the block but no practice with cover hem.

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Date: 4/22/13 11:54 PM

I bought a used Imagine a few years ago and love it completely. I then saved up and bought a used Baby Lock coverstitch machine. I paid $700 for it on eBay and it has been worth every penny. Perhaps there are some dealers in your area who might have a demo machine or a trade-in (for whatever reason) and you can get one at a decent price. I can't comment on the less expensive machines but if you love your Imagine, the Baby Lock CS is the machine for you -- jet air threading, never skips stitches, no need to adjust tensions -- ever. And it's very easy to learn and use. Good luck with your search.

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Date: 4/23/13 7:39 AM

If you have done a message board search here, and even browsed the topics in the Sergers/Coverstitch category here, you can find a lot of information.

My Janome CoverPro is a lemon. I have not decided whether to give it to GoodWill or experience the joy of throwing it into a dumpster.

In compete frustration, I bought a Brother 2340cv from Ken's Sewing Center online because they have a 30-day money-back guarantee. I figured I would only be out the return shipping, etc. per their web site if the Brother was rubbish, too.

I am so impressed with my Brother 2340cv! It blows my mind that I don't have to fight, argue, perform gymnastics just to cross a seam, nor have any desire to throw it out the window. I get perfect stitches on any type knit fabric. It uses regular everyday sewing machine needles and has not skipped a single stitch. The price might be in your budget, too.

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Date: 4/23/13 12:28 PM

Someone directed me to a link for a Craigslist national search so you can shop beyond your local area without having to keep typing in cities. I think you could just google craigslist national search. I ended up finding someone looking for a machine I had and sold it long distance. You might try this.
I don't know anyone (personally) who hasn't had a great experience with the Janome Coverpro but seem to read the challenges here. Wonder why some are gems (like mine) some are junk. I guess I'm lucky, I think the tension release steps etc. on the Brother would frustrate me but then I have a combo serger that's pretty easy to convert and finish my stitching so I guess I'm spoiled, I was just wanting the separate machine to be able to go back and forth faster. I do like having the combo machine as I use the 5 thread safety stitch a lot. Good luck!

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Date: 4/23/13 7:01 PM

I have the Brother coverstitch and I like it just fine. I think it's excellent value for the price. Ken's Sewing sells them, both refurbished and new I think, and that's where I purchased mine. Having to release the tension is no bother at all and I was stitching away within minutes of opening the box.

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Date: 4/24/13 0:25 AM

The Elna 444 is just like the janome 1000...

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Date: 4/24/13 6:06 AM

Really liking my Brother 2340 so far - good luck with your decision

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Date: 4/24/13 5:18 PM

Thanks y'all!!!

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Date: 4/29/13 4:51 PM

suesewserge: which combo serger/cover stitch machine do you have? I don't remember seeing many positive thoughts about their combos.

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