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2012 January 19
by elizabeth_admin

Folks, I don’t know where to begin. 


I could wax on poetically about how easy to thread my new Brother 2340CV is.  I could rhapsodize about the evenness of the stitch.  I could even extol the virtues of the great instruction manual (which I read cover to cover last night).  I could even brag how it took me only two tries to get a great sample.  But why don’t I just show you some pictures instead.  As they say, the proof is in the pudding.

"Perfect" back side (if I do say so myself)


Pretty darn good looking right side (if I do say so myself)


I used both Debbie Cook’s tutorials and Belinda’s tutorials as I was futzing around last night.  It took me a while to “get” how to get the front threads “pulled” to the back, but it’s relatively easy once you understand.  I do not know how to say it better than Debbie or Belinda however; it’s something you really have to experience.  My first attempt was disastrous, but the second one was perfect right out of the gate.  Of course, I was only practicing on samples, not a real garment.  I am sure I had beginner’s luck.  The coverstitch machine comes with all three needles installed and a small length of thread threaded in the machine.  Since I knew I wanted the 6mm two lines of stitching coverstitch hem, I removed the middle needle and threaded that baby up with the black thread from my serger.  

Note to self:  Buy lots more thread in basic colors so that I don’t have to rob Peter to pay Paul all the time.  Threading the coverstitch actually took a much shorter time than it does to thread the serger, funny that. 

I didn’t have time last night to play with the other toys that came with my machine like the bias attachments or the 1/2 inch binding attachment, but I sure do look forward to playing with them.  My coverstitch came with a bunch of attachments and a carrying case for the machine as part of the deal I got from Allbrands.  I think it’s a very good value. 

And here’s my new baby already playing well with the other machines on my table.


I am so excited about my new machine!  I still have a lot of construction left on my dress before I can use the coverstitch again, but I can’t wait.

Happy coverstitching everyone!

20 Responses leave one →
  1. January 19, 2012

    I’m so glad that you are liking the Brother! As I said in a previous comment, I’m on the search once again for a serger and love hearing reviews from fantastic sewists like yourself.

    • January 19, 2012

      Okay, I feel like a dufus. I just realized that this is solely a coverstitch and not a serger/coverstitch combo. Super exciting for you!

  2. January 19, 2012

    The stitching looks perfect. Now I really want one…

  3. January 19, 2012

    I have both the 1034D and the coverstitch and I agree, they are great machines, esp. for the value! I have yet to get going on with the bias attachments – too scared and no time! BTW, I have found that on flimsier knits ironing on some bias fusible strips (including necklines) and then coverstitching over them makes a big difference.

    I must say that I do covet those who have the Babylock Imagine serger with that jet-air threading. But for the $, these can’t be beat. Enjoy!

  4. January 19, 2012

    über jealous. my serger is not on its best behavior these days, and it takes nothing short of several attempts, myriad adjustments and a few drinks to return fair results. would LOVE to play with a new serger…. alas, cannot afford that luxury – so i shall live vicariously through you for the moment! xos

  5. Auntie Allyn permalink
    January 19, 2012

    Oooooooh, that hem looks so very lovely!!! If you keep this up, I may have to treat myself to one of those babies!

  6. January 19, 2012

    Looks great! If I wasn’t deathly afraid of knits I’d want one too. 🙂

  7. January 19, 2012

    Yay! New toys are so much fun. This makes me want to get out my serger instructions and reread them.

  8. January 19, 2012

    Yeah! Can I come over and play with it?

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      January 19, 2012

      Of course! C’mon over!!!

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  10. January 19, 2012

    I’m so happy for you 🙂 By the way, I haven’t tried my attachments either.

  11. January 20, 2012

    I’m envious 🙂 I don’t sew a lot of knits but I can really see the appeal of this!

  12. Elaray permalink
    January 20, 2012

    Have lots of fun with your new playmate! My serger does a overstitch and every time I use it, I tell myself, “I’ve got to use this more often!”

  13. January 20, 2012

    WOW! i really really really want one now! it looks fantastic! and I love what you said about Peter and Paul. so true! and it seems that “the proof of the pudding is in the eating” alright! 😉

  14. January 20, 2012

    I can’t figure out how to put the Homer Simpson-like salivation into words so this will have to do: *droooooooolllllll*

  15. January 20, 2012

    You’ve talked me into it. Now to just save up enough.

  16. Meredith permalink
    January 20, 2012

    looks perfect to me!

  17. January 24, 2012

    Looks lovely! So, this machine only does a coverstitch, it can’t serge too? I love my 1034D serger, but would love a coverstitch option…

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