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2012 January 13
by elizabeth_admin

I’m expecting!

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Any day now my brand new Brother 2340CV will show up on my doorstep and I can’t wait.  I will rip off that packaging like a kid opens presents on Christmas morning.  I have wanted a coverstitch for a long time now.  My frustrations with hemming knits have run high.  I just can’t seem to get the twin needle method to work for me and they always come undone in the laundry.  Annoying!

But no more, my friends, because I ordered that beautiful machine this week and received the shipping notification last night.  At first, I dithered as to whether I should get the Janome 1000CP or the Brother 2340CV.  I had heard good things about both machines, but the fact that I could not order the Janome online and I could with the Brother was stroke in favor of the Brother 2340CV.  What really clinched it for me though was Belinda’s testimonial on PatternReview.com when I asked for opinions on the sewing machine section on the message board.  Belinda has one and loves it.  Since I got a rave review from someone who’s knit sewing I admire and I could get a relatively good deal online, I just went for it.  It also doesn’t hurt that I already love my other Brother machine, the 1034D serger.

I am waiting to finish both B5523 dresses so I can hem them with my new machine.  Karen made a comment that my new coverstitch could replace my old boyfriend.  I think she may be on to something here.

In other sewing news, I am contemplating making this Burda top, 06-2009-109, next in a sweater knit.  I like this silhouette on me for some reason.  It seems counter-intuitive with a large bust, but I do like it.  In fact, I bought a sweater in brown today that had a similar silhouette from Ann Taylor for this weekend.  Jack and I are going to the Catskills. 

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What do you think?

Happy sewing everyone!

16 Responses leave one →
  1. January 13, 2012

    Have fun at the Catskills! 🙂

  2. January 13, 2012

    Congratulations!! I have this machine, and I LOVE it. Belinda convinced me, too. That and the fact that the Janome is so much more expensive for the same functionality. I love that my CS can do a narrow, wide or three thread coverstitch. You’re going to love it.

    I’ve contemplated sewing that burda top in a sweater knit as well. As a fellow busty gal, I say go for it! I’ve had good luck with that silhouette, and it’s so nice to be able to skip the FBA, since there is usually plenty of design ease to accommodate the girls.

  3. January 13, 2012

    Excited for your new machine! I have 2 brothers at the moment (my machine, the CS6000i, and the 1034D serger) and I really like both of them. I really want to know how your coverstitch works, as I would eventually like to add the third brother to my machine collection…

    Also, I totally think you can pull off the top! I think because it comes in at the waist it shouldn’t matter if it is so blousy up top because it won’t just look like one giant sack. Can’t wait to see the results…

  4. January 13, 2012

    That serger kind of looks like my serger’s cousin. (I have the Brother 1034D.) I almost said, “That’s just like my serg — oh wait…”

  5. January 13, 2012

    It’s always so much fun to get a new machine and experiment with it!

    I think the v-neck works because it draws the eyes upward to the neck and face (and away from the bust). I think you’d look great in it!

  6. Claudia permalink
    January 13, 2012

    I ordered the machine on line and love it. Yes, Belinda’s reviews helped make the decision. I must admit that although I use if for all the hemming of knits haven’t tried the binders yet – one of my New Year’s resolutions. Have fun with it.

  7. January 13, 2012

    What a beautiful new coverstitch machine!

  8. January 13, 2012

    I also have the Brother 1034D and enjoy it. Will this new machine do the sergering functions too, and replace the 1034D? I don’t have room–space or money wise–for both.

  9. January 14, 2012

    A friend of mine has the same machine. I’ve used it a couple of times and loved it every time. It takes some time and effort to learn how to work with it, but it’s well worth the effort. Good luck with it!

    And about the top: shapes like that can work really well for a larger bust: the loose shape obscures precise size and shape but the bust is still visible, showing that there’s a body inside…

  10. January 14, 2012

    Hmm is the BS Top 06-2009 #109, the same as this one (free to download from the German site)?

    http://www.burdastyle.de/burda-style/damen/shirt-weit-elegant-perwoll-shirts_pid_229_4267.html

    Google translation into English: http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.burdastyle.de%2Fburda-style%2Fdamen%2Fshirt-weit-elegant-perwoll-shirts_pid_229_4267.html

    P.S. For anyone wanting to download it – whenever I downdload from the foreign language sites of BurdaStyle I get 2 windows up – one in the native language, the 2nd in the Google translation – so I can follow the login/process step by step on each without getting lost LOL!

  11. January 14, 2012

    What a lovely treat. I can’t decide whether or not I want a coverstitch machine as my sewing machine does a very nice twin needle stitch and I don’t know if I sew enough knits to justify a coverstitch. I love that Burda top – it’s been on my to-sew list ever since I first got the magazine.

  12. January 14, 2012

    I love my 2340CV. I would print Belinda’s instructions on how to Remove the fabric. Her instructions are so clear and perfect. Heck, I printed out all of her coverstitch tutorials. If you are a member of the American Sewing Guild, The Spring 2011 ASG Notions newsletter had a great article on geting the most out of your coverstitch machine. Enjoy.

  13. January 14, 2012

    Congratulations on your new coverstitch machine! I’m so jealous, they are a dream to use.

    I think that top in a sweater knit could look really great (and be a useful sweater, of course!).

  14. January 15, 2012

    Wow congratulations on your new machine. CS machines are magic and I love love love mine.

    You know I have a teeny tiny bust and I actually think this shape is good for me too. My sister is the opposite and it looks amazing on her. I say go for it, particularly now you have the best tools for the job!

  15. January 15, 2012

    Exciting! I hope you really enjoy your new machine. I think the top ought to work on you because it comes in at the waist.

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