Pfaff Coverlock 3.0 Serger Review
- User Friendly: The Pfaff Coverlock 3.0 serger is a dream to operate and easy to master.
- Detailed Instructions: This machine includes comprehensive threading instructions in the manual and on a step-by-step DVD.
- Quiet Operation: Solid engineering ensures quiet, nearly vibration-free operation, even at top speed.
- Price: The cost of this manually-threaded and operated serger is on the high end compared to others in the same class.
- Manual Tension Setting: While this machine includes an automatic tension release feature, all settings must by done by hand.
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|Pfaff Coverlock 3.0
This triple-needle coverstitch machine from Pfaff is a
German-engineered workhorse. The solid construction and ease of use make it an
excellent choice for home sewists at every skill level. While there is a bit of
a learning curve to threading the Coverlock 3.0, all the instruction materials
are in-depth and easy to follow. This machine is expensive, but produces
smooth, secure stitches, even when using all 5 thread spools and all 3 needles.
The Pfaff Coverlock 3.0 features 23 built-in stitch options, including a 5-thread overlock stitch that combines two stitches, a 4-thread reinforced overlock stitch, 3-thread wide and narrow overlock stitches, 2-thread wide and narrow overlock, rolled edge and flatlock stitches, a chain stitch and narrow, wide and triple cover stitches. You can quickly switch to a 2 or 3-thread rolled hem stitch without having to change the stitch plate or presser foot. Stitch length is adjustable between 1.0 mm and 4.0 mm and stitch width can be adjusted between 3.0 mm and 6.0 mm. The presser foot lifts to a height of 4.5 mm.
Speed: 1,100 stitches per minute
Weight: 20.9 lbs.
Dimensions: 15.9 inches by 12.5 inches by 12.8 inches
Free Arm Feature
The Coverlock 3.0 not only includes a highly useful free arm
feature, it’s got an enormous, removable 18-inch work surface constructed of
smooth, sturdy Plexiglass. Whether using either feature, there’s also plenty of
space between the right needle and the machine housing. This added space gives
you better control over fabric when working on oversize projects or smaller,
more detailed items.
Adjustable Differential Feed
Combining an adjustable differential feed and the ability to
adjust the pressure on the presser foot makes working with all types, weights
and thicknesses of fabric a breeze. Setting the differential feed prevents
puckering and over-stretching, even on delicate and knit fabrics. This feature
also gives you more precise control over heavier fabrics or multiple layers.
You can also reverse the feed setting if you wish to create delicate, even
ruffles or gathers for decorative effects.
Retractable Cutting Blade
You can easily lock down the upper cutting blade when
working on projects that don’t require any fabric ends to be trimmed. Retracting
the blade is as easy as turning the handwheel to raise the blade, opening the
front cover of the machine and locking the blade safely out of use by turning a
Adjustable Two-Speed Control
The adjustable two-speed control feature on the Coverlock 3.0 is conveniently located on the foot pedal. Having complete control over the speed at which the machine operates makes working on larger projects, including quilts, outerwear or even large, bulky bags or purses easier. Setting the control at a lower speed also gives you greater maneuvering ability when working on smaller, more intricate projects.
Pfaff includes a 2-year warranty on parts and labor with the
purchase of this serger.
If the huge, well-lit work area and free arm capabilities on the Pfaff Coverlock 3.0 aren’t enough to pique your interest, the 23 available stitches and exquisite stitching this serger produces should. Changing between overlock and coverstitch options minus the frustration of changing the needle plate or presser foot is a welcome change from other models, and the dual speed option gives you complete control over every project. The 2- to 5-thread cover stitch option produces gorgeous decorative stitches and the 5-thread safety stitch option ensures durable, strong seams. There’s more than one reason why Pfaff machines are handed down through generations.