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Coverstitch Machine

Sewbee

Coverstitch Machine
« on: June 20, 2019, 15:53:19 PM »
IF I were to buy a coverstitch machine, which would you suggest? I am saying IF because I want to see that I get back to sewing a bit more but the idea has been on my mind so it’s time to begin researching them. I have an overlocker but I know nothing of the various cover machines out there.

I could ask my dealer but if I do that I will have bought one before even realising it. Yes, he is THAT good at selling. 😂

All my machines are Bernina but I don’t believe they make a stand-alone coverstitch machine.

Francesca

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2019, 15:55:34 PM »
I've literally just got my Bernina L220 up and running and loving it so far, though I haven't really done much with it yet.
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annieeg

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2019, 15:59:05 PM »
@Sewbee
Bernette Bernina FunLock 009DCC is a stand alone cover stitch machine (I have one).

Sewbee

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2019, 16:03:15 PM »
I've literally just got my Bernina L220 up and running and loving it so far, though I haven't really done much with it yet.

Ohh! I didn’t know they made one. Is it easy to use.

Sewbee

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2019, 16:03:43 PM »
@Sewbee
Bernette Bernina FunLock 009DCC is a stand alone cover stitch machine (I have one).

@annieeg How do you like it?
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Efemera

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2019, 16:55:57 PM »
Depends on your budget... the BLCS2 is great, I started with a Janome 1000 and it did a good job but upgraded when I upgraded my overlocker.

Francesca

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2019, 18:24:06 PM »
Ohh! I didn’t know they made one. Is it easy to use.

See my thread here: https://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/topic,7602.0.html

I've found it incredibly easy to use so far. If you've ever threaded an overlocker you'll have no problem. If you haven't, it's a steeper learning curve than a sewing machine but I've found the diagrams on the machine to pretty much explain how to do it (along with the very decent manual which shows which thread cones you need to put where for all the different options), there was only one bit I struggled to figure out and quickly found a Youtube video that showed it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OyTeZvpGtE

I've only sewn a few hems on it so far but all came out great. It was much easier to balance the tension than I had anticipated. I have only done the wide three-thread so far.
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annieeg

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2019, 23:14:04 PM »
@Sewbee   I like my coverstitch machine and the professional finish it gives on hems and using it for topstitching.

Ploshkin

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2019, 09:05:03 AM »
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and using it for topstitching.

@annieeg  is there any advantage using it for topstitching?  I would have thought it would be easier to be accurate with a standard sewing machine especially if it has a variable needle position.
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b15erk

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2019, 09:14:27 AM »
I mainly use the CS for topstitching jersey/stretch hems and finishings, I've also used it with some success on wovens, but you are right @Ploshkin , the sewing machine is easier and more accurate, but if you want a rtw finish, the coverstitch is the way to go - particularly the three needle ones - very fancy!

It is also difficult to turn corners, although there are techniques out there, they do take practise.

It really is a very easy, smart finish for hems etc - but I wouldn't use it on a wedding dress!

Just like the overlocker, there are times you feel it's suitable to use it, other times maybe a different seam finish is needed.

I think you just need to decide, as with the O/L, if it's for you.

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

annieeg

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2019, 10:06:27 AM »
@Ploshkin @b15erk
Attached is a pic of a seam which I topstitched using the coverstitch machine.  I like it because I can do two rows of stitching at the same time.
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Sewbee

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2019, 13:08:57 PM »
@annieeg That looks lovely. I hadn’t thought of shoulder seams. Thanks for posting the picture. It really helps to see what it can do.

Tina

Sewbee

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2019, 13:13:54 PM »
@Francesca does the L220 have three needle capability?

Francesca

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2019, 18:10:49 PM »
@Francesca does the L220 have three needle capability?

Yep! You can do three needle stitch, wide double (using outer), narrow double (using inner) and plenty more.
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Sewbee

Re: Coverstitch Machine
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2019, 13:05:32 PM »
@Efemera I see you have a Babylock. I thought those were about £1200 and then I just found this but I think it might not be the same model. Is it by chance the same as what you have? I know they are made in Japan so they must be good.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Baby-Lock-CoverLock-Success-C405/dp/B01KZV21SC