Janome Coverpro 1000CPX Review

Janome Coverpro 1000CPX Review
Janome Coverpro 1000CPX Review
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Users
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  • Ease Of Use
  • Maintenance
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.

Introduction

The Janome Coverpro 1000CPX is a specialty machine that works with one, two or three needles and up to four spools of thread. It is specifically designed to help the home sewer achieve professional results with ease.

Janome Coverpro 1000CPX is a specialty machine

Janome Coverpro 1000CPX is a specialty machine

Although the coverstitch machine is not designed to perform many standard sewing machine functions, it is becoming more and more popular with home sewers.

The Coverpro 1000CPX is designed to give the home sewer greater versatility, save time and enable the home sewer to produce clothes, accessories and home décor items with additional flair and a finished professional appearance.

Coverstith machines are relatively new in home sewing rooms. They have historically been used in factories and industrial sewing centers.

Like the home serger, however, more and more home sewers are finding the coverstitch machine to be a valuable asset in their sewing rooms.

Coverstitch machines are excellent time saving options for topstitching, pintucking limited decorative stitch options.

The coverstitch machine is easier to thread than a serger, especially the serger models that also offer coverstitch options.

While some high end sergers on the market make it possible to achieve the same effect, these machines are recommended for advanced sewers with extensive serging experience because of the multiple steps required to set a serger up to perform the tasks that are specific to the coverstitch machine.

With a coverstitch machine, it is not necessary to remove blades or take any of the extraordinary rethreading measures necessary for a serger to achieve a perfectly the results inherent with a coverstitch machine.

Pros

  • Specialty stitches
  • Easy to thread
  • Easy to understand on board tutorial graphics
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Limited uses

At A Glance

When you first see the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX, your first impression is that it is a cross between a traditional sewing machine and a serger.

It has four thread spindles with an extension rod to accommodate thread cones and individual tension dials, making you think it’s a serger; but the work table makes it look more like a regular sewing machine.

Upon closer examination, you see that this machine has three separate needles… again making one think it is some kind of serger.

Perhaps the most impressive thing of all about this machine, however, the easy to understand graphics on front that give detailed interpretations of how to execute various stitch options… not the number of needles and thread cones or the question about whether it’s a serger, a sewing machine or some sort of hybrid combination of the two. This one feature alone is possibly the best.

Features

The standard features included with the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX are designed to improve the home sewing experience, making it possible for every home sewer to produce professional looking garments, accessories and home décor accents with ease in the least amount of time, and with the least amount of effort.
These features include:

  • Three stitch options:
    • 1 needle, 2 thread chain stitch
    • 2 needle, 3 thread cover stitch
    • 3 needle, 4 thread triple cover stitch
  • Free arm
  • Extra large work space
  • Differential feed
  • Built in thread cutter
  • Exclusive Seam Tightening System™

Working on the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX

We were pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to thread the Coverpro 1000CPX… far less complicated than threading any serger we have seen to date.

A color coded threading and set up guide on the inside looper

A color coded threading and set up guide on the inside looper

We believe that threading this particular machine was made even easier by the manufacturer’s thoughtful inclusion of a color coded threading and set up guide on the inside looper cover as well as on front of the machine itself.

These handy guides not only tell users how to thread the machine, but how to set the tension dials and needle positions for specific functions.

Handy guides to set the tension dials and needle positions

Handy guides to set the tension dials and needle positions

This information is, of course also found in the owner’s manual, but having it right at our fingertips made the entire process much quicker and user friendly.

STS, the exclusive Janome Seam Tightening System™ uses a spring rather than the looper tension dial to eliminate excessive looper thread looseness, making it possible to get a perfectly flat, tight stitch on thick fabrics such as denim and wide wale corduroy.

The control for this function is conveniently placed immediately beneath the coverstitch tutorial guide on front of the machine.

It is by far one of the most user friendly machines we have seen or had the pleasure of working on. Whoever designed the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX certainly had the user in mind.

Even though we were not specifically looking for it, we were pleased to find added space beneath the needle.

With the necessity of changing needle positions and switching needles in and out in order to achieve different stitch options, this is one of the highlights of the Coverpro 1000CPX.

Moving needles is a breeze… especially for sewers with minor dexterity challenges.

Conveniently placed dials on the right side

Conveniently placed dials on the right side

In addition, the very large sewing sewing space – 4” x 5.5” – makes it possible to top stitch and execute a variety of coverstitches in the middle of the garment with ease.

The placement of the presser foot lifter was even taken into consideration when this machine was designed.

After working on many, many sewing machines and sergers, we were pleased to be able to access the presser foot lifter on the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX without having to feel around for it or take our eyes off our work to physically locate it.

This also holds true for the conveniently placed dials to control and change the stitch length and width on the right side, just above the power switch.

The exclusive Janome Superior Needle System dictates that Schmetz ELX 705 needles be used exclusively with the Coverpro 1000CPX.

The Schmetz ELX 705 is an industrial type needle, built to be sturdier than most other needles designed for use in coverstitch machines and with extra long grooves on the front and back of the needle.

Fabrics

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

Accessories

The standard accessories included with every Janome Coverpro 1000CPX are all designed to help the user achieve perfect results each and every time they use this specialty machine:

  • Adjustable seam guide
  • Hemming guide
  • 3 Presser feet
    • Center guide foot
    • Clear coverstitch foot
    • Tape binder
  • Elastic gathering attachments (2 – 1narrow/1 wide)
  • Extra needles
  • Screwdriver
  • Tweezers
  • Needle threader
  • Accessories case
  • Coverpro Accessory DVD

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

As much as we like this machine, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the warnings posted by the manufacturer in the owner’s manual.

“The machine is not intended for use by children or infirmed persons without proper supervision. Do not allow to be used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when this sewing machine is used by or near children.”

No doubt, this advice should be taken into account for use of any machinery, but on some level, sewing machines are a little different.

No one who is the least bit cognizant about the workings of a sewing machine would allow a child to operate it without supervision or to encourage its use by anyone who is not physically able to do so.

However, the mere fact that this is the very first thing you see in this owner’s manual is a clear indication that this is not a machine for beginners.

There are hundreds of machines on the market that are specifically designed to be suitable for use by students … and this includes children who are learning to sew.

This reviewer, for example, received their very first sewing machine at the age of eight. It was a very simple, single stitch only crank machine with the fewest moving parts possible.

The Janome Coverpro 1000CPX, however, is not one of those machines. While some may choose to disagree, we take the position that no coverstitch machine or serger should be operated by children.

There are simply too many moving parts and too many chances for being cut or injured.

Having said that, the Coverpro 1000CPX is an ideal addition to the sewing room of anyone who is adept at sewing basics and ready to stretch their options to include the versatility and flexibility that comes with owning such a specialized machine.

The quality of the stitches produced by this machine is parallel to the workmanship of any professional sewing room. We sampled several stitch options and were more than just satisfied with the results.

Perfectly executed, professional quality workmanship

Perfectly executed, professional quality workmanship

Depending upon your desired results for topstitch or flat lock stitches, you have the option of using either side of your fabric.

Option of using either side of your fabric

Option of using either side of your fabric

Regardless of our choice, you can be assured of perfectly executed, professional quality workmanship each and every time.

In conclusion… we believe that the advanced home sewer is the most ideal customer for this or any specialized sewing machine.

However, intermediate sewers, whose skill levels rest somewhere on the high end of ‘intermediate’ and lean more toward the advanced or expert level could benefit from adding the Coverpro 1000CPX to their sewing rooms as well.

This recommendation is primarily because of the many useful tutorials and user friendly design of this particular machine.

In addition, the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX has a manufacturer’s suggest retail price of just $799, making it even more attractive for the home sewer who is ready to explore the possibilities of adding a coverstitch machine to their personal sewing machine inventory.

11 Comments

  1. I recently purchased the CoverPro 1000 CPX at the list price of $799, however, all of the accessories you mention were not included. The additional feet and accessories would have cost about an additional $400. I am very pleased with the capability of this machine.

  2. The list of accessories in my review was given to me by the sales staff at Ace Sewing and Vacuum Center in Pompano Beach, FL. Since the machine, itself was on the display floor, and the accessories were in the original carton in the storeroom, I did not question the veracity of the list.

    You did not state which accessories you did in fact receive with your Coverpro. Hopefully you at least received all of the presser feet, the seam guide and the items essential for keeping your machine clean and free of dust and lint.

    If a vendor gives me an accessories list in the future because the accessories are not available for me to photograph, I shall be sure to ask them to identify all of the optional items on the list.

    • I agree with Barbara. I bought my cover pro 1000cpx for $799 too and all those accessories were NOT included in the box.the items I did receive was the basic stuff: needles, screwdriver, needle thread and accessory case. There were No additional presser feet and no seam guides and no DVD. My dealer gave me the center guide feet as a gift so he knew they weren’t included. So I think that your review shouldn’t say “it includes all these accessories” but rather a sales person gave it to you and you assumed it’s included. To say so is misleading….

  3. Above it sais that the coverpro can be used for pintucking. How is this done???? There is no pin tuck foot, at least as I can see. Do you have any hints on how this is done on this machine?

    Thank you very much. I would be so happy for info.

    New owner of coverpro
    :-)

    • Kristin –

      Thanks for visiting Sewing Insight. Pintucking on the Coverpro is a trick that I learned while visiting Ace Sewing and Vacuum. As I recall, the secret was using one of the tape binder attachments rather than a traditional pintuck foot. Of course the technique appeared very simple at at the time. Unfortunately, I don’t remember all of the steps taken to accomplish the task. If you have the time, I suggest you play around with it a little bit. In the meantime, I may just drop in on my friends at Ace and ask them for a refresher.

      Happy Stitching.

      • I too would be really interested to know how to pintuck fabrics with the Janome Coverpro ; ))

  4. To pintuck use 2 needles and then tighten all of your tension dials up to around 5 or 6. Then simply adjust the tension to fit your needs.

    • Kevin –

      Thank you very much for clearing up the question about pintucking on the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX.

      One of the reasons behind creating this site is to share the benefit and expertise of everyone out there who has the answers to questions like this.

      Happy Stitching.

  5. I’m a fairly new owner of a ‘very’ nearly new coverpro 1000cpx but am having a lot of problems with the lower looper threading through the STS spring. If I use this the machine will not sew correctly and the needle threads meet in the middle of the underside of the fabric. I can get it to sew on most fabrics apart from fine knit jersey(a bit like a silky knit lining) which it won’t accept at all.

    Nobody in the UK seems to know about the machine including Janome who had to take a brand new one out of the box to let me know how to thread the lower looper thread through this spring. Even the dealers don’t have the CPX to demonstrate, only the 1000CP so they can’t help me.

    I’m desperate for some help, pleeeease!

  6. Helen –

    Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

    Since you are in the UK and cannot find anyone to give you hands on assistance with your Coverpro 1000CPX, I suggest you visit the help center on the Janome website. http://content.janome.com/index.cfm/LearningCenter/AskJan/Serging.

    Hopefully you will be able to get the assistance you need there. If not, please let me know and I will refer your question to one of the Janome dealers here in South Florida.

    Happy Stitching.

    • Hi Vernelle

      Will check out the Janome website and see if they can help me.

      Thank you for your help.

      Helen

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