I want a coverstitch machine. I like to sew knits for my kids, my husband and for myself. A coverstitch would help me to get the professional finish and in less time. But what would Dave Ramsey say?
|Brother 2340CV Cover Stitch
However, a coverstitch is what Alton Brown from the Food Network calls a "uni-tasker." While the coverstitch mostly is used for hemming, it is also used for decorative stitching on seams as well. It also can add binding and elastic.
I already have a serger, but a coverstitch maching is different. Some sergers also have a built in coverstitch, but from what I have read, I don't want to have to change my machine over when I want to switch from serging to coverstitch and back again.
There seems to be a tension release issue on the Brother, but reading on PatternReview.com, there are work
arounds. Those who have figured out this work around are very happy with their machine. I have also been reading a lot about cover stitches on Stitches and Seams and her section on coversitch machines.
I've been looking at coverstitch machines online. The Babylock doesn't really give enough information for me to decide online. Based on reputation, I am sure it is a good machine, but my experience with my Viking dealer doesn't encourage me to run to a dealer.
I'm inclined to go with a Brother 2340CV (affiliate link) or Janome CoverPro 900CPX (affiliate link) . I have had both as inexpensive portable sewing machines and have found I like Brother as a company. I also love my Brother 1034D Serger (affiliate link). I am usually loyal to a company I like. Just look at our driveway with all of the Fords. We have a Ford truck, crossover, classic car and motor home engine with a Ford engine & I think chasis. Oldest Son had a Ford Ranger as his first car. My old minivan was a Ford and at one time I had a Ford Mustang. Mr. Toad also had a paid off Ford Ranger when we met. I thought the whole paid off thing was pretty attractive. We also used to have Ford stock until we decided to do some work on the house. We're loyal.
|Janome CoverPro 900CPX Cover Hem Machine|
Now, because I want the speed and consistency the machine can offer, I think I would want the accessory package. AllBrands.com has the machine and accessories for $699 with shipping. This includes all six feet, 100 needles, serger thread and more. Amazon only sells the feet individually and they are the same price.
You may have noticed that in my opening paragraph that I asked "What would Dave Ramsey say?" That is because we are Financial Peace University (FPU) graduates and have been group leaders for Financial Peace University. That means we pay cash. No credit and we need to budget this. Mr. Toad has not said no, but I am thinking that this may be something I need more time to decide and save a little each month.
So, I think I will be buying my coverstitch, but it may have to wait at least a few months.
I am also going to seek more opinions. If you have experience with a coverstich machine, any make or model, please help me out by commenting. Let me know your experience and your recommendations, whether it is what accessories to buy or not buy, machine issues or delights, or if I should even bother buying one at all. Any and all information would be appreciated.
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