While visiting Sunshine Sewing and Quilting in Margate, Florida, I had an opportunity to review the new Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX.

Faye Nicholl, Sunshine owner and manager points out that “this machine is only for people who know what they want to do with it”. In order words, the Cover Pro 2000 CPX is a highly specialized single purpose machine.

At A Glance

Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX

Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX

Switching lever

Looper tension switching lever

The Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX looks very much like the Cover Pro 1000 CPX with one very distinct difference.

The 2000 CPX has a looper tension switching lever to the left of the looper tension disc. More on this brand new feature as we discuss working on this machine. It also has a free arm.

Dials on the right side, beneath the balance wheel give the user control of the adjustable stitch length, and differential feed.

Dials

Dials on the right side

Inside the looper door are two decals… one showing the proper threading pattern for the needles and the second with complete threading instructions.

Both decals are color coded, making the threading process as uncomplicated as possible.

Features

  • Work with up to three needles and four threads
  • Single needle chain stitch
  • Adjustable stitch width and length
  • Work area – 4” x 5 ½”
  • Differential feed
  • STS – Seam tightening system
  • TLC – Tension level control (looper tension switching lever)
  • LED lighting
  • Adjustable foot pressure
  • On board treading guide inside looper door

Working on the Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX

The on board threading guides make setting the Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX for work child’s play. No matter if you are using three threads or just one, threading this machine is simple and uncomplicated.

The new tension switching lever makes it possible for the user to effortlessly change the tension level from tight to loose with the mere touch of a fingertip.

This added feature is the single most outstanding innovation on the Cover Pro 2000 CPX, and one that will no doubt make working with different fabric textures and thicknesses much more user friendly.

Threading guides

On board threading guides

When you are working with a single purpose machine, you are entitled to expect that it operate flawlessly and this is certainly the case with the Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX.

The quality of the stitches is superb. I found it interesting that the manual for this single purpose machine mentioned the capability to produce ‘decorative stitches’.

Superb stitches

Quality of the stitches is superb

When I asked about this statement, I was told that the ‘decorative stitches’ were in essence, the underside of the chain stitched fabric.

It was then that I discovered that as the stitch length and width was adjusted, there was, indeed, a sort of decorative border stitch on the underside of the fabric.

In my opinion, this ‘decorative’ stitch could realistically be used to embellish a border or a blouse front. It would take some imagination and creativity, but there are some very definite possibilities with this unusual idea of creating decorative stitches when using a cover stitch only machine.

Fabrics

  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Denim
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers

Accessories

Standard accessories:

  • Quick reference guide
  • Dust cover
  • 4 cones of thread
  • 4 spool nets
  • 4 spool caps
  • Lint brush
  • Seam ripper
  • Extra needles
  • 2 Screwdrivers (1 large/1 small)
  • Tweezers
  • Needle threader
  • Owner’s manual

Optional accessories:

  • Adjustable seam guide
  • Hem guide
  • Elastic gathering attachment
  • Center guide foot (for use with 3 needles)
  • Clear view cover stitch foot
  • Extension table
  • Tape binder (for use with 3 needles)
Accessories

Accessories

Maintenance







After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Lubricate
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

The Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX is a very good machine for anyone who is ready to add a single purpose chain stitch machine to their sewing room.

The excellent stitch quality and ease of operation makes this an ideal choice for the home sewer who has never before used a cover stitch machine as well as the seasoned home sewer with lots of experience with a machine such as this.

Owner’s manual

Owner’s manual

The on board diagrams showing the different threading patterns for the various stitch options are easy to understand and follow. I believe that after just a few passes, anyone will be able to master this step with no hesitation whatsoever.

The quick reference guide is an excellent tool to have on hand just in case there may be some question about adjusting the tension, length, width or when and how to use the differential feed.

According to Faye Nicholl, Sunshine owner and manager, the only real difference between the 2000 CPX and the Janome 1000 CPX is the addition of the new looper tension switching lever which is situated next to the looper tension disc on the front of the machine.

I was really impressed by the ease with which the tension was tightened and loosened to accommodate varying thicknesses and types of fabric.

This little addition is a wonderful idea, and an idea whose time has definitely come. This innovation has made using a cover stitch machine designed for home use almost as flexible and powerful as one made for use in factories and professional studios.

When I look back at my review of the Cover Pro 1000 CPX, I see what she means. Like the 2000 CPX, that machine also performed at a very high level.

I thought it was a bit funny that even though I didn’t really discuss the ‘decorative stitch’ capability of the 1000 CPX, I did feature it in the photos in that review.

One other thing that I noticed in the review of the 2000 CPX that was only touched upon in the review of the 1000 CPX is the access to the free arm.

If you do not really look for it, it is very easy to mistakenly assume that there is no free arm on either of these machines. There is a very small piece that is removed to give the user access to the free arm.

Free arm

Free arm

In my opinion, this simply does not give you enough space to work on a larger pant cuff, a multiple layers or a thicker fabric. If you ask me, this is the only thing that I would change on the Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX.

Ideally, I would like to see a free arm clearance of at least two inches. The free arm clearance on both the Janome Cover Pro 1000 CPX and the 2000 CPX is no more than an inch if that much.

There is no doubt that the Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX cannot do all that a sewing machine can do. Nor can it perform the functions of a serger.

If, however, you are in the market for a single purpose chain stitch machine that produces professional results, you are certainly a candidate for the 2000 CPX.

I recommend this machine for anyone who is seriously considering a chain stitch machine. It is well built, runs smoothly, is quiet and has virtually no vibration whatsoever, even when operating at the highest speed.

The Cover Pro 2000 CPX is available only at authorized Janome dealers, where you can get a hands on demonstration before making your purchase; and after taking the Cover Pro 2000 CPX home, new owners will have access to training and personalized customer service as they learn and adjust to using their new cover stitch machine.

Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Intermediate
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Performance
Stitch quality
Speed
Ease of use
Maintenance
Pros
  • Superior stitch quality
  • New tension release system
Cons
  • Single purpose machine
5.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (30 Votes)

7 Responses

  1. Christine Marshall

    I don’t find your reviews very in depth and you mainly just mention manufacturers specs. Sewers want to know how the machines preform on different fabrics and layers and the stitch qualitity. Would like to see your reviews mention how different coverstitch machines preform on two and three layers of knit fabrics over seams, and on very thick knits, if any stitches are skipped etc. This might not always please the manufacturers but would make a lot better review of machines.

    Reply
    • Vernelle

      Hello, Christine –

      Thank you for you input. I will take your suggestions into consideration as I perform future reviews.

      Reply
  2. Vicky

    I have this machine and while it does run smoothly I have been having issues with doing multiple layers. I have been sewing on a lot of knits. When trying to do a twin needle topstitch I have had issues when going over seams and keeping the stitching going. The skipping stitches has been annoying and I hope my dealer will have some pointers.

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  3. Ruby

    I want to purchase a buy a coverstitch machine for my personal use. After reading all the reviews between the Janome Coverpro 900cpx and the Janome Coverpro 2000cpx I see that both have issues sewing over thick seams. Because of the difference in price, and the fact that I will only use it on occasions, is there something that I am overlooking to convince me to purchase the 2000cpx instead of the 900cpx?

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  4. Sue Parker

    As someone who is considering the purchase of a coverlock l would very much appreciate some honest answers to the previous questions before committing to buy. Good or bad the decision is then mine to take.
    Many thanks

    Reply
  5. Mike Kendall

    Hello, Your review states a single thread cover stitch. This is incorrect according to the manufacturer’s website and just does not make sense that it would be single thread being it is a cover stitch machine. What I’d really like to find out is what is if it can handle heavier threads like the ticket 30 Coats gold thread for denim (they make lighter threads but this is the gold standard for me as some machines can and others cannot handle it).

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    • Mike Kendall

      typo, meant to say single thread chain stitch in your review when the manufacturer states two thread chain stitch. This is a big deal for those who want to sew hems on pants.

      Reply

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