A Wonderful New Tool

New baby lock BLCS-2

I have a new cover stitch machine and am very very happy with it.

My old cover stitch machine (a Bernette 009DCC) has been difficult more often than not, at times leading me to believe I had figured out how to operate around it’s quirks.  Evidently I was wrong and those quirks returned no matter what I did.

Over the years I have tried different needles, different thread of various quality, spool nets, spool disks, seam jumpers, multiple tension and presser foot pressure combinations (whilst swapping needles and thread in and out), hand cranking and holding my breath.  And combinations of the above.

I have kept lists of setting combinations, notions + setting combinations, fabric + setting + notions combinations and more.  I have read and re-read every tip and trick and review that I could find and all this did very little to help.  The lack of consistency of results and performance has been and still is utterly frustrating and I remain unable to sew a line of stitching on that damned machine without skipped stitches, most of the time.

I even had it looked at by the shop but they said everything was as it should be.

Frankly, the Bernette 009DCC is an expensive lemon.

So a few weeks ago I made my way to the very helpful Wellington Sewing Centre, road tested the babylock and bought it.  Done.

Oops didn’t remember to match the stripes!

Now, if you are in the market for a stand alone cover stitch machine, the baby lock is a pricey individual but if you can afford it, I highly highly recommend it.  Out of the box, I ran up three cotton lycra and three merino long sleeve Ts without a hitch and in no time at all.  I only modified thread and looper tensions once or twice.

Then and since, I have sewn over seam intersections without a seam jumper or any other tools and have had no skipped stitches.  Not one.

I have used up to three different quality and types of serger thread (sometimes at the same time) while top stitching necklines, and have had no skipped stitches.  Not one.

I have stopped and started mid-way through stitching and sewn around fiddly small circumference sleeve hems on the round.  Again no skipped stitches.  Not one.

Oh the joy of a machine that does it’s job without a hitch.  Happy days indeed.

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11 Responses to A Wonderful New Tool

  1. Cathe says:

    Congratulations on your new baby! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, especially after the “lemon”. I too have a lemon. Such a bad experience!

  2. Sewmancer says:

    Just wondering why you went with the babylock and not the Janome coverpro? I’m still undecided between both and its the space to the right of the needle for the o is the reason I just didn’t buy that one there and then. Do you find the amount of space there too small?

    • Hi Sewmancer – I could’ve tried the CoverPro as they had it one there in store but I’ve read so much about the CP1000 and then the 2000 that I felt it could be too much like my existing machine. And, when I then tried the babylock it was so heavenly that I didn’t bother going to the CP.

      In terms of the space to the right of the needle, it is tight but I have that already with my old Bernette so wasn’t bothered. I guess it depends what you’re going to make and whether that’s an issue for you. I hope that helps.

  3. Congrats on a new machine! I replaced my sewing machine and I find myself not missing it’s quirks at all. 😉

    • Quirks aint all good, ’tis true! Sadly I don’t think I can be totally rid of the old one as I don’t feel I can sell it as that’d just be passing the lemon to someone else. That wouldn’t be right. Oh well.

      • I know what you mean. I initially felt bad about selling my old one, but I hated to throw it away. It turns out the new owner loves that machine, so I guess I was worried over nothing. 🤷‍♀️ I wish her many happy years with it.

  4. sewbussted says:

    I am a firm believer in a Baby Lock! Congratulations and may you have many, many hours of happy stitching 😊

  5. Andrea says:

    Excellent choice! I love my Baby Lock machines too. Enjoy!

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