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Thread: Serger with “cover stitch”?

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    Serger with “cover stitch”?

    I went to a class yesterday that was introducing a new, super-duper serger that practically does the laundry, cleans the bathroom and makes dinner for you... Well, almost.

    It was very nice, but for the price (even on the intro special, of nearly $2000) I’d like to have it do a cover stitch.

    I’ve read through many of the quilting board threads on sergers, but still would like to know whether there is a currently available (new) serger that does cover stitch, for $2000K or less? Or, as I look through ads, do you have to buy a separate cover stitch machine?

    Thanks!

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    It seems to me that I have seen a separate attachment for a regular sewing machine that you can buy to cover stitch with. But, I would think it would depend on how much you would be using it whether it if it would be better to just go ahead and buy the cover stitch machine and be done with it.
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    There are a handful of current model sergers that do coverstitch as well, however if you check discussions on serger groups, like the one on Pattern Review, most of the folks end up getting a dedicated coverstitch machine. It's the constant re-threading switching between serging and coverstitch that gets to be a pain, and those who make a lot garments find it much easier to have separate, dedicated machines for each.

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    My babylock serger does cover stitch.

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    My 1st serger was an Elna. Loved that you could flip the needles up to thread them but the rest of the machine was a pain to thread so once I got it threaded for say a 4-thread I left it that way. When I needed to change thread color I'd just tie the 2 ends together and pull the threads thru the machine excluding the needle thread. Well, since I never could figureout the cover stitch threading I bought Babylock's Evolve as it air threaded itself but the needles were a pain to thread as I had to bend down to see the little holes. Again, when I went to change thread color, I'd tie the ends and pull the threads thru the machine just because it was easier. I'd leave my Elna threaded for the 4-thread and the Babylock threaded for the cover stitch. Easy Peasy!!! Since I didn't use my sergers that much I decided to downsize and get rid of the Elna and keep the Babylock. Its so much easier to thread using the air threading method. Can't remember the price I paid all those years ago but I think it might have been over $2G but its still going strong and has never seen the inside of a repair shop. Of course now that I've said that it will mess up for me. The fast method threading sheet I keep near the machine at all times so I don't have to go searching for it to see how to thread it. I still love the machine.
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    I have an Elna that I have had for many years, still going strong. I noticed that you can get a
    Juki MO-735 2-Needle, 2/3/4/5 Thread Serger Overlock Machine that has a coverstitch for less than $1000, you might want to check into it.

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    Thank you; the Juki does look interesting. I did decide not to buy the serger that we worked on in the class last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hray View Post
    Thank you; the Juki does look interesting. I did decide not to buy the serger that we worked on in the class last week.

    It is amazing just how much informative information you get here to help in an important issue like buying a machine. It always pays to look around and ask here. Some of the help offered here has saved me a lot of money and grief or regrets. Not to say all the knowledge that makes us better at what we love to do.

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