Last week I got a wild hair and decided to buy myself a Brother Pacesetter 2340CV Cover Stitch Machine. A cover stitch machine is kind of like a serger, but without knives. It can do more things than a serger can do. You will see similar stitches on the insides of your t-shirts and sweatshirts. It works good for stretchy fabrics, but will also work on woven materials. I have not even begun to learn all it can do, but I am a curious girl, so with the right accessories, I hope to learn. I borrowed some pictures from a google search for you to see.
This stitch is using two needles, showing top and back side of fabric.
This stitch is using three needles, showing back and top side of fabric. The looped thread is on the back.
One needle thread and chain stitch using just two cones of thread. You can use either side of the fabric for the top. Some people like the ‘underside’ as the decorative side and sew so that it ends up on the top fabric. This ‘one needle’ and chain stitch is also used, using a very long stitch, as a basting stitch so it can be easily pulled out.
I bought an organizer pouch for the accessories I bought.
These are the accessories that came with the machine….
…and the accessories I bought with the machine.
Double fold binder…
Bias tape binding set…
Top stitching foot set, Bias tape folder, and belt loop guide.
Receipts, fabric removing instructions, instruction booklet, warranty paperwork, etc.
I have tackled the threading. That was very EASY. Now I have to practice removing the fabric and cutting the threads. It is not like a sewing machine. You have to be careful so you don’t pull out the chain stitch on the back. That part is difficult to learn, but that seems to be the only complaint people who have bought this machine have. The price of the machine is very reasonable compared to other cover stitch machines. When a person (me) who has never used one before wants to learn, and is not sure just how useful this machine will be to that person (me), choosing a more reasonable price with great reviews to start with, makes sense. Upgrading is always an option. Once I tackle the removal of fabric, it won’t even be a concern anymore.
If you would like to see a few videos of things you can do with a cover stitch machine, click HERE. You can also search ‘Cover Stitch machine’ on the youtube page and get all kinds of videos to watch.