Show Off Saturday: My new Coverstitch Machine! {plus a video}

Wow, I didn’t know I could blab on and on so much. It was like, ‘turn on the camera and let her go!’ 

So yes, I bought a coverstitch machine last weekend! It’s the Janome 900CPX and it’s so much fun. Let me show you some of my work so far:

I used the coverstitch machine for the hem, ‘sleeves,’ and neck binding on this little top. It’s #33 in Ottobre Design magazine Issue 03/2014.

Let me just say, ‘wow,’ sewing the elastic to this swimsuit leg opening was EASY. I’ve also made 2 pair of yoga pants and 2 other tops. This was just the thing I needed to kickstart my summer sewing.

And now about the video…  {click here to view it on YouTube.} I know that I blabbed on and on. That’s just because I was nervous.

On the other hand, I made it because when I was thinking of buying this coverstitch machine I wished there were more youtube videos showing the 900CPX model in particular. And I wished that there were videos showing more than just straight stitching on a sample of fabric. So if you can get past the blah, blah, blah, I actually show you how to make a strap, leading on to some neck binding, and then I sew a hem to the bottom of the top that I made. That is the valuable part, IMHO. Let me know what you think!

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.

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Happy Sewing,

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  1. Oh shoot… I don’t know why that posted twice? Sorry about that.

  2. gail Reyne says:

    I love your idea on the ending the coverlock with a seam ripper/knife. I have had my coverlock for about 2 years and love it. I do a lot of t-shirt hems for an alteration business. One of the tricks I do so I don’t "need so many spools of thread is I use bobbins on the two needles. I find if I measure the distance and multiply it by 3, I am safe for a hem. I also don’t worry because the stitches will "rip" out easy if I under guessed. Have fun with your coverlock!

  3. Hi, Thanks so much for your video – it was so helpful. I’m having such a time trying to decide which coverstitch machine to get. I keep leaning towards the CoverPro 900 because the two needle version feels like plenty enough for most home sewing needs. Do you think you’ll be upgrading to a 1000 or a 2000 any time soon? Or does your 900 do well enough over thicker fabrics that it feels like it will work for you for a very long time? I don’t know anyone who uses a coverstitch machine so thanks in advance for your thoughts! -Helen

    1. Hi Helen,
      Sometimes I think I might use the 3 needle function if I had it for more of a decorative effect, but I am very happy with the 900 model that I bought. It makes sewing knit tops and leggings such a breeze now! I don’t think I’ll consider upgrading unless it breaks, which I really don’t anticipate.

      Since writing this post I’ve used my overstitch on about 20 items, and I only ever had one problem. That was when I used regular Gutermann thread instead of maxi lock because I wanted a certain color. The tensions were all off – so strange! I switched back to maxi-lock serger thread and everything was fine. I’ve since stocked up on more maxi-lock, now I need 7 of each color, lol.

      Good luck!

  4. Thanks for your reply, Caroline! The 900 seems like a lot of machine for the price. Funny about the Gutermann thread. They do have some fun colors. I couldn’t hold back from getting chartreuse cones and love using them.

    I hope you find time to make some more sewing videos. You do a great job explaining things. Take care, H

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