Best Sergers With Coverstitch
Why would any home sewist or professional want to buy a serger with coverstitch capabilities? Is it the option of using multiple needles? The convenience of not having to jump between your serger and sewing machine when working on a project? Maybe it’s the fact that a coverstitch serger can handle stretchy knits far better than your sewing machine. No matter the reason, there isn’t a huge selection of these specialized machines on the market. This is possibly due in part to the fact that most experienced sewists and professionals prefer to use dedicated coverstitch machines versus combos. Like any piece of sewing equipment, they naturally vary in price and features, but all the following examples offer you a look at these exceptional machines.
This 2-3-4-thread serger with coverstitch includes an impressive 3 needles, which allow you more leeway with all types of stitch options, especially chain-off stitches and decorative stitching. An adjustable presser foot and differential feed work together to give you the best fabric control possible, no matter which type or thickness of fabric you’re working on. Like other Brother models, the 2340C does exceptionally well in handling stretch knits with ease. The color coding and easy looper threading system ensure that mastering the threading process isn’t as painful as other serger brands. The stitch quality is excellent and tension settings can be quickly adjusted with the turn of a dial. Like most Brother products, the price of this machine won’t break the bank, but it will perform.
The only downside to this machine is that it’s manual.
The features and functions this 2-3-4 machine offers are many and varied, including a larger cutting blade, vertical needle seating, which prevents damage to fabrics and an automatic chain-off feature in the coverstitch mode. The one-touch Jet Air threading system erases all hints of intimidation or frustration at the typically time-consuming task. The advanced technology of the fabric support system ensures balanced, even stitching in any mode and the automatic thread delivery system maintains complete control over tension settings while you work. Another plus is the enclosed tubular looper system, which prevents threading mistakes or thread snags while the machine is being operated. From the full-feature differential feed to the color-coded tension system, Baby Lock designed this serger with the user in mind.
The only downsides to this machine are the cost and the limited throat space to the right of the right-hand needle.
You can find this coverstitch serger at your local Baby Lock dealer.
As a 2-3-4-5 serger/coverstitch machine, the Singer Pro 5 includes a wide and varied range of stitch options. Of course, that’s not the only reason why this model is invariably rated very high by users. An adjustable cutting width, automatic tension adjusting, adjustable stitch length and width and color-coded threading ensure set up, threading and operating the machine are faster and easier than other models. The heavy-duty metal frame ensures quiet operation and the stitch quality is high and consistent. The Pro 5 also offers you the options of creating several coverstitches, including a triple-needle stitch, a double chain stitch and narrow or wide stitches. It also features an automatic tension system and adjustable differential feed, both of which make serging life easier.
The downsides to this serger/coverstitch machine include having to thread it manually and the use of plastic components in several areas of the machine.
While this high-end, 8-thread serger was never advertised for its coverstitch capabilities, it nevertheless offers 1-, 2- and 3-needle narrow and wide options. For the price, you’d expect the stitch quality to be smooth, uniform and secure, even at its top speed of 1,500 stitches per minute using all 8 threads. It is. The automatic ExtraordinAir threading system also performs its job beautifully and efficiently. The automatic thread delivery system maintains tension settings when in serger mode, but those settings require manual adjusting when coverstitching. The work area includes an impressive 5 inches of space between the housing and the right-hand needle and 6 bright LED lights that work well to light that space. This is a serious machine for serious, experienced users ready to make a serious investment.
The only downsides to this serger/coverstitch machine are the lack of an instructional DVD with purchase and the tendency to vibrate at top speed.
You can find this coverstitch serger at your local Baby Lock dealer.
The Juki MO-735 serger with coverstitch 2-3-4 machine features an impressive range of 24 stitch options, including a narrow 2-thread coverstitch, 3- and 4-thread wide coverstitches, a chainstitch option, and a 5-thread safety stitch. The presser foot has an extra high lift that makes handling thicker fabrics easy and the adjustable foot pressure dial allows you to select the correct setting for the finest fabrics. It consistently produces clean, even stitches on all types of fabric. The cutting width is adjustable and you can easily switch to the rolled hem mode with the flip of a switch. The solid construction of this machine ensures vibration-free sewing, even when operating it at the top speed of 1,500 stitches per minute. Threading this combo machine is relatively complicated, which might be difficult for beginners.
The only drawback to this serger/coverstitch machine is reported difficulty in understanding the user’s manual.
Consew 14TU2345 Portable “Coverlock” Machine
At only 15 pounds, this multifunctional little serger with coverstitch is truly portable. Don’t let its size fool you, though. It offers every feature or capability you could want at a reasonable price and can handle all fabric types and weights with ease, including fine chiffons and silks, to heavy woolens and tweeds. A specialized needle guard protects one or both needles from bending or breakage when working on heavy fabrics. The stitch options on this 2-3-4-5 serger combo are varied and useful. In addition to a 2-thread chain stitch, the Consew Coverlock can produce multiple overlock stitches and one coverstitch option. The stitch length and width and differential feed are adjustable and the upper knife blade is retractable.
The only drawback to this serger/coverstitch machine is the fact that it’s a basic manual serger. There are no bells and whistles and all changes require using tools to attach or remove metal components.
While it’s a great stitch option, coverstitch capability is definitely not standard on most home sergers. It is a useful, time-saving feature and a coverstitch option puts a crisp, professional finish on knit garments and other projects. Sergers with coverstitch aren’t necessarily more expensive than dedicated sergers and they’re just as efficient. But, the choice is up to you.