Tools of the Trade – Janome Coverstitch machine

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I recently wrote a post about using variegated thread with the Coverstitch machine and promised a follow up review of the model of Coverstitch I own.

Janome 900CPX Coverstitch Machine

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.

clear presser foot

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!

Janome 900CPX Coverstitch Machine


clear presser foot


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