The quality of any garment is dependent upon the quality of its seams. Sometimes average sewing machines are just not effective at making the strongest and most attractive joins. One option is to use a coverstitch machine, such as the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX. These specialty Janome sewing machines create great seams easily and conveniently, improving the quality of all different types of garments where joins are visible and must look their best.
What Is A Coverstitch Machine?
Similar to a serger, a coverstitch machine is one that is used solely for creating certain types of seams. Coverstitch models make creating the best seams faster and easier than doing so with any standard model. They are especially useful for joining knit fabrics and topstitching visible seams. Yet where these units truly excel is in creating finished, double-sewn hems on sleeves, cuffs, collars, straps, and other similar areas.
How Coverstitch Machines Work
Coverstitch sewing machines like the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX work by using one, two, or three needles to create a variety of secure, chained, or looped seams. They are most popular for making attractive twin-needle seams on knits and other stretchy fabrics, such as the classic twin-line hem found on most cotton t-shirts. They also produce neat and straight triple-line stitching that is commonly used for sleeve hems, with denim, and many other uses. Due to the way the threads interloop at the back of the seam, they are very flexible and resist ripping more than standard seams.
Coverstitch, Twin Needle, or Serger?
There are a number of reasons why a coverstitch unit ould be a better option than relying on standard model machines or even a serger. Twin-needle sewing can be achieved on all three units; however, the coverstitch is designed specifically to create beautiful twin and triple-needle seams. Although the double sewn effect can be obtained by using a twin needle on any standard sewing machine, coverstitching models alleviate the problem of broken needles and tunneling, both common with twin needles.
Sergers produce an equally attractive and durable seam; however, many find that adjusting the function between serging and coverstitching can be difficult, making them less likely to actually use the latter function. In addition, sergers cannot sew in the round, which is a distinctive feature of coverstitch machines. When considering these features, unless the additional functions of a serger are also necessary, a coverstitch unit might be the best investment for creating beautiful and secure twin and triple-sewn joins and edges.
Other Benefits of Coverstitch Machines
Coverstitching is done from the right side of the fabric, creating a nice finished edge on top while the looping threads contain the edge of the fabric on the underside. This makes Janome sewing machines like the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX ideal for creating edges where the stitching will be seen, such as on cuffs, straps, and hems. Because the sewing is done from the top, they can be used for straight hemming, as well as hemming in the round or making hems and cuffs after the rest of a garment has already been assembled.
Depending on what type of garments are being sewn and the desired seam or hem type, a coverstitch machine like the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX could be a worthwhile purchase for avid clothing makers. Offering unique features over standard sewing machines and even some sergers, these Janome sewing machines make creating the most professional-looking and comfortable garments easier than ever before!