Review: I own a small alterations business and have always wanted a coverstitch machine. When I started my business it was just too expensive to find a serger that had coverhem capabilities. So I waited. Using a twin needle was sufficient. In the last couple of years I have seen such an increase in softer rayon knits in skirts and tops and maxi dresses and the twin needle just wasn't working as well as it had. I decided it was time to make the leap. I had always assumed I would buy the janome 900, but, after reading some of the reviews on this site I realized that it does not have a narrow stitch option. Half of my work would require the narrow coverhem option! Reviewers said the Brother 2340cv had both. I found the best price and ordered it. The manual took about 5 minutes to read through, It was easy to thread. I couldn't get it to form a stitch at first, but, within an hour I was hemming customers garments and changing threads. Pulled a few of the scraps out of the trash that had been such a headache with the twin needle a few days earlier and they zipped right through! Beautiful!! Love this machine!
Troubleshooting: The hardest thing about this machine is that sewing with it is different than any other machine. You can't just pull the fabric away after you hem a circular hem (like a t-shirt). I found the directions that came with the machine to be good. They just take some practice. You just have to figure this one out, expect a little frustration the first few times.
Another difficulty the first few tries was not getting any stitch to form. I found that if I turned the wheel by hand once or twice it picked right up. I think it has to do with where the thread ends are arranged after going thru the threading sequence, which isn't really addressed in the manual.
All that said, it was earning its keep in less than an hour. That's a keeper in my book.
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