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I discovered the world of knit fabric about two and a half years ago. I fell in love instantly! Really, all you need for sewing knits is a sewing machine with a stretch stitch, but I was very fortunate to also own an old hand me down Bernina Serger that the Mother of the Maker had given me when she upgraded. I also have a Brother 1634D serger (sister model of the Brother 1034D and a very old second hand Singer UltraLock as well as my embroidery machines.
It was not, before I wanted a Coverstitch machine as well, but it was hard to justify the price tag as I only sew for Kai, occasionally Sarah, and once in a blue moon, myself! Enter the Mother of the Maker who said she wanted to buy me a Coverstitch as a gift! She didn’t know much about them so asked me first which one she should order. I had done quite a bit of research into them and decided an entry level 2 needle would do everything I needed. While there are a couple of less expensive brands, I decided to go with the Janome 900CPX. Overall the reviews I read for very good and it was still competitively priced with the other entry level brands. Some of the less expensive ones have a reputation for being hard to work with, skipping stitches, not liking bulky seams, etc. but the Janome 900CPX users seemed to be mostly happy with their machines.
While I was waiting the entire TWO DAYS for the new machine to arrive, I watched a ton of youtube videos so I knew exactly how to use the machine, how to finish off, etc. This was very helpful and I was able to jump right in when it arrived. I also learned that it was recommended to purchase a clear presser foot that did not come with the machine, which I did.
I’ve had my coverstitch for almost two years now! I have been extremely happy with it! I found it had a very slight learning curve and that I was able to use it pretty much out of the box. I recently tried reverse coverstitching (where the bottom stitching shows as a decorative stitch) with variegated thread and loved the results! If find it super easy to thread (much easier than a serger, which I don’t find difficult). I’ve used it with serger thread, embroidery thread and novelty threads all with great success! I highly recommend this model!