After I posted my article about budget-friendly coverstitch machines, my local Baby lock dealer contacted me and said they have a trade-in machine that might work for me. I didn’t even mention Baby Locks in my previous post as they are definitely not budget-friendly. They are, however, considered to be some of the easiest and more reliable machines to use! I went to the shop to check out the machine and loved it. Since it was an older model, the price was within my budget and I brought it home with me!
It’s been a little over a month since I got my new-to-me coverstitch machine, a Baby Lock Evolve. I want to give my thoughts on the machine as it wasn’t one of the machines I originally considered as part of my review on budget-friendly machines. I also want to share some of the resources I’ve found helpful in learning how to use my coverstitch.
The Evolve is a combo machine, but I have only used it as a coverstitch since I already have a serger. I haven’t tried changing the machine over to a serger yet, but it looks pretty simple compared to the combo Singer Professional 5 machine. I like knowing that I have a backup serger in case mine breaks.
Besides budget, I had two main concern when looking for a coverstitch: 1. Fairly simply to thread (as far as coverstitches go) and 2. Not having the finicky tensions that always had to be adjusted for everything little thing. I lucked out with the Baby Lock as it has air threading in the loopers and auto tension! There is a small amount of tension adjustment you can do manually if needed, which made me comfortable as I know auto tension might not be perfect for everything I sew.
So how do I like my new machine?
Um, I LOVE it! The only problems I’ve had it have been due to human error. It’s so simple to thread and I love that I don’t spend a lot of time rethreading for different colors. The auto-tension has worked like a charm and I haven’t needed to do any manual adjustments. The machine runs a little louder than I expected when at full speed but it really doesn’t bother me!
There is still a lot I haven’t done with this machine yet, but I wanted to share some resources that have been helpful to me, as well as some that I hope to get soon (Christmas perhaps 😉 )
YouTube Channel: You can also search for your type of machine and see what comes up if you need brand specific information.
- Coverstitch Sewing Discussion Group: Great place to ask questions on all things coverstitch
- Janome Elna Coverstitch Support Group
- Brother 2340cv Cover Stitch Tips & Hints
- JUKI Serger, Coverstitch & Sewing Group
- Master the Coverstitch Machine: I want this book! It’s written by Johanna Lundstrom, who has The Last Stitch Youtube channel. She also has a book about sewing activewear that I want as well!*
*Amazon affilate links