The Janome Coverpro 2000 review – is this coverstitch machine worth the price?

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Janome Coverpro 2000 cpx review

In this Janome Coverpro 2000 review I will dive into all the specifics of this high end coverstich machine, such as the seams, the pros and cons, and if this coverstitch machine truly worth the price. This machine is regarded as one of the best household coverstitch machines. It’s also the one I was recommended when I interviewed an expert on the subject of how to master coverstitching.

 

When the coverstitch function broke on my Pfaff Coverstyle and the repair shop said that they no longer could get hold of the spare part. I decided to fork up the money and buy the Janome Coverpro. It was high time anyway, since I sew so much knit garments and was getting increasingly frustrated with how badly the Pfaff was performing when it came to the coverstitch.

I’ve used the Coverpro now for three months and feel it’s time to share how I feel it’s performing. 

The Janome Coverpro 2000 review

The specs of the Janome Coverpro 2000cpx

  • Triple coverstitch seam (6mm, 3 needles),
  • Wide twin coverstitch seam (6mm, 2 needles),
  • Narrow twin coverstitch (3mm, 2 needles)
  • Chain stitch (1 needle)
  • Differential feed (0,5 -2,25)
  • Stitch length from 1 to 4
  • Free arm
  • A large bed space
  • Foot pressure adjustment
  • Manual threading
  • Adjustable presser foot pressure
  • Led light

Janome Coverpro 2000 cpx review

The free arm on the machine. You remove a part from the board to make the arm accessible.

 

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The stitch length and differential feed settings.

 

Janome Coverpro 2000 cpx review

Accessories included

  • Set of Schmetz ELX system coverstitch needles
  • Screwdriver (Large) Screwdriver (Small)
  • Tweezers
  • Spool Nets
  • Spool Holder Caps
  • Lint Brush
  • Needle Threader (found this one quite flimsy sadly)
  • Attachment Screws (for accessories)
  • Accessory Box

 

There are also several attachments and special presser foots available, such as tape binder, clear presser foot and elastic gatherer, but they have to be purchased separately

 

Overall impressions of the Janome Coverpro

It’s a sturdy high quality machine that is very reliable when it comes to sewing consistently good cover hems and stitches. Compared to my old Pfaff, the Janome is just miles better when it comes to working smoothly and not mess up the stitches, even when it comes to more challenging fabrics. It is however no miracle maker, and there are times when I have to re-thread the machine and tamper with the settings in order to create good looking stitches. In my Ultimate guide to coverstitching I go through all the steps when it comes to troubleshooting faulty stitches on coverstitch/coverlock machines, and even with such a great machine as the Coverpro you will have to perform some tweaks occasionally.

 

My two (minor) quibbles with the Coverpro

  1. No seam guides on the sewing bed. Come on Janome, this is a hemming machine! At least you could have provided some kind of lines to help me sew a straight seam. An attachable seam ruler is included, but I prefer some kind of measuring gauge on the machine
  2. The sewing machine pedal feels a bit low quality and flimsy compared to the rest of the machine and it keeps moving around. I would have preferred a sturdier and wider presser foot.

Janome Coverpro 2000 cpx review

The Coverpro seams

Janome coverpro review

Chain-stitch

This is my least used stitch as it’s not sturdy enough for hemming knits. It could however be used for achiving professional looking topstitching on jeans, as the chain stitch is commonly used in professional jeans making

Janome Coverpro 2000 cpx review

Wide 2 needle coverstitch

This is probably the stitch you will use the most. Proved a very nice looking coverstitch and covers the folded edge beautifully. Perfect for hemming garments, especially for hemming tops, skirts, lounge pants and dresses. Also great if you are sewing belt loops on jeans.

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Narrow 2 needle coverstitch

Works the same way as the wide coverstitch, the narrow seam is mostly used for hemming sleeves, necklines and leggings.

Janome Coverpro 2000 cpx review

Triple 3 needle coverstitch

This is my favourite stitch as the stitches on the wrong side looks very similar to the flatlock stitches in store bought activewear. To achieve this look I first sew the seams the serger, then cover the seams with the triple 3 needle coverstitch. If you want even better seam coverage you can use woolly nylon in the lower looper.   

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The 3-thread coverstitch used as a flatlock seam on my flower print and mesh leggings.

 

The price vs the value of the Janome coverstitch machine

I paid the equivalent of 760 USD for my machine, which is farily close to what it retails for in the US. Not sure how the pricing looks in other countries, but I suspect it varies. That is a lot for a machine that basically can only do variations of one stitch, so I understand why people are on the fence about the investment. But for me who sews a lot of knits, it’s a no brainer. 12 years ago I tried to hem a lycra/rayon knit with a twin needle on my regular sewing machine and it was a disaster. Around the same time I was introduced to the Pfaff coverstitch/serger combo machine by a woman in my sewing group and I knew I had no other choice but to shell out the dough if I wanted to continue sewing knit garments. And I have not looked back.

 

The three main reasons to invest in a quality coverstitch machine

  • Skipped and popped stitches are kept to a minimum
  • The hem looks incredibly sleek and professional, not twisted or wobbly.
  • The differential feed keeps the hem from growing, which is usually a big problem when you are hemming stretchy knits with a regular machine

 

Final advice: Buy from a seller that offers a class on how to use the machine

This is HUGE in my opinion. I have taken classes from the vendor for both my old Pfaff and the Coverpro and that has helped me tons. While there are tons of tutorials online, having someone show you IRL is invaluable when it comes to mastering the coverstitch in my humble opinion.   

 

I hoped you found my Janome Coverpro 2000 review useful. If you have more questions regarding the machine, just leave a comment and I will answer!

 

Also Melissa from Fehr Trade has written an excellent article on coverstitching in Seamwork magazine

The Janome Coverpro 2000 a review of the coverstitch machine

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Bobbi
    October 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you. This review was very useful.

    • Reply
      Johanna
      October 4, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Happy to hear you found it useful!

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    Susan
    October 4, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this review; it will be very useful when making the decision whether to invest in a coverstitch machine.

    • Reply
      Johanna
      October 4, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      You’re welcome! Making this decision can be hard for sure and it can feel daunting to realize that you might need up to three different sewing machines just for making regular garments! And then some like to add an embroidery machine to the collection too. Loving sewing can be a costly affair!

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    Hanne Vandersteen
    October 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I got the coverpro 2000 instead of an engagement ring and I think it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
    It makes my life a lot easier. I make bespoke clothing and the twin-needles were not cutting it any more.
    I think your review is spot on. It’s a good machine, and sometimes it has off days! However, I’m so glad it’s part of my sewing equipment now!

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      Johanna
      October 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      I’m so happy for it too! Nothing beats a good quality machine when it comes to the overall sewing experience. I think I would have made the same decision when it comes to engagement ring vs coverstitch machine. Not much of a ring person, but a big sewing machine person 🙂

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    Ali
    October 26, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Hi, i loved reading your review!
    I’m in a big dilemma at the moment as I’m in the process of choosing my first coverstitch machine. I have an overlocker with is 24 years old (I got if for my 21st birthday instead of having a party!) and it still works well, but just does basic 3 and 4 thread overlocking. So I was looking for a combo machine and have been considering the Pfaff coverlock 3.0. I thought I’d have it set up mainly as a coverstitch, use my old overlocker for basic overlocking, and convert the pfaff to overlock if I wanted to use the additional stitches. But then I read your coverstitch help guide and feel maybe I should by a stand alone coverstitch as combi ones are maybe best avoided unless a ‘good’ one can be afforded. So now I’m totally stumped. I really would love the Ovation from Babylock (like most people out there) and am just wondering if I should just go crazy and buy that and do some extra shifts at work! HELP!!

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      Johanna
      October 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Oh that’s though! I don’t know about the Pfaff Coverlock 3.0 specifically. But my old Pfaff combo machine is not nearly as good as the Janome Coverpro and several people have told me that Ovation from Babylock is the only combo machine that compares to Janome Coverpro when it comes to quality. I was in the same condumdrum as you when the coverstitch function broke down on my Pfaff and I ended up buying the Coverpro and use my Pfaff as a serger. But if I had more money I would have gone for the Ovation for sure. My advice would be to at least buy the Janome Coverpro and not the Pfaff and if you can though it out at work go for the Ovation 🙂 People who owns it have said it’s worth its price!

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    Kittys4momplus1
    November 7, 2016 at 2:51 am

    I live in Scotland and just recently bought the Janome CoverPro 2000CPX for £469.00 GBP (just for comparison- and interest-sake) 🙂 I also have an overlocker, but find the coverstitch invaluable for hemming knits – already wondering how I got by without it! I also think that it’s so easy to use and maintain (so far!) when compared with the overlocker. I have to say that I think it’s definitely worth its’ price. Thank you so much for your YouTube Video, and your blog articles, – I’ve found them so useful and interesting. You’re my go-to guru for sewing at the minute – you’re very down to earth, relatable, and easy to listen to.

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      Johanna
      November 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      You payed about 90 GBP less than I did! There are definitively different price ranges when it comes to sewing machines depending where you live in the world. The Babylock Ovation cost less in Sweden than in the US, but with other machines the opposite can be true. I agree with everything you say about the Coverpro, not one day have I regretted buying it, it’s so straight forward and consistent in it’s performance that a lot of my coverstitch angst has gone away 🙂

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    Diaz
    December 15, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    There are so many new words for me about stitching I wish you had video tutorials on the types stitches. I also love the leggings you have been working on.

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      Johanna
      December 16, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      That is something I will consider in the future, and yes every type of stitch comes with its pros and cons so a guide is a great idea. Thank you for the suggestion!

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    LuAnn Julstrom
    March 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I’m comparing the 2000cpx with the 1000cpx. The big difference seems to be the tension release lever (next to the right dial), and I am wondering if you find that feature useful. The u.s. price difference is substantial, so I would go with the 1000cpx if that one feature isn’t terribly important. How do you use this feature, or do you use it?

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      Johanna
      March 5, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      I would say it is a good thing! If there is any issue with skipped stitches or wonky seams changing the lever usually helps. But then again the 1000 perhaps doesn’t need that setting? The seller did say that the 2000 has improved how the needles hit the fabric, but that could just be seller mumbojumbo as I have not verified this info.

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        LuAnn
        March 5, 2017 at 5:20 pm

        Thank you for your quick response.

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    Lynn Pouesi
    April 23, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I am having so many problems with slip stitches I am pulling my hair out ..have checked threading have changed needles goes great on practice material then when I try my garment again here they come again don’t know what else to try
    PS this is on Lycra leotard

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      LuAnn
      April 23, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      On one YouTube video I watched, the man demonstrating indicated some fabrics may handle better using a “stretch” needle. I have not tried it, but thought it might help in this situation. Cannot imagine why stitches would be ok on practice fabric but not your garment, if it is the same fabric, but I am very new to using this machine. My rayon/Lycra stitches improved when I turned the dial on the looper to the “soft” position, so I did not have to change to a stretch needle. I hope you find a solution!

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    Carol
    April 30, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I’m debating whether to get a cover pro 2000 cost of £349.20 from John Lewis in UK. Your review has definitely swayed me. I’m going for it. Thanks for your views and tutorials.

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      Johanna
      May 2, 2017 at 8:21 am

      You should! That price is a steal, I payed nearly 70% more for mine!

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    Carol
    May 2, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Wow, I’ve got such a bargain 70% is a great deal more. My maths is not that great but it’s about another £245, and mine is free delivery. It’s arriving on Thursday. Can’t wait.

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    Lisa
    July 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Hi I’ve been looking at the 1000 & 2000 I know the 2000 has the switch button from soft to tight next to tension dial, but does the 1000 not have that aswell? There’s also a button on there front down the bottom that looks like that too. So I’m not really seeing any real difference between them, (plus I do like the quick guide on the front) but I also like the idea of purchasing the updated version but not sure if price difference is really worth it if they both actually have that switch button feature. Can you help please

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      Johanna
      August 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Sorry I have no idea, since only the 2000 was available when I bought mine and the seller said it was an improvement over the old 1000, but the newer one with the lever sounds similar for sure.

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        LuAnn
        August 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm

        Regarding Lisa’s question, I bought the 2000 specifically for the tension release lever, which I did not find on the 1000. It made a difference in stitch quality on a slinky rayon/Lycra blend I was hemming. The Janome web site had a feature comparison chart, and if I recall correctly, this lever was the only difference. To me, it was worth the price difference. If you knew you would never encounter a difficult fabric, maybe you could do without that feature, but I wanted that flexibility for future projects.

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          Johanna
          August 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm

          Yep, the lever is a blessing for sure, I have the same experience and love it! But now I’ve heard people say that it might be included on the newer 1000CPX, which sounds confusing to me, especially with the price difference?

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    Lisa
    August 2, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Hi I’ve just looked up the 100cpx again and compared it with the other and there is definitely a button at the bottom of the machine which slides from left to right and has the stitch pics above it to show wither you want it loose or tight. So that would indicate it’s got the same function as the 2000cpx but with the added price difference.. it’s very confusing as to why there would be such a price difference when having same functions. Definitely think it’s worth looking into more..

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    Lisa
    August 2, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I had tried to add a photo to show you the button but it doesn’t allow me the option to add pics

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      LuAnn
      August 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Good observation. The button on the 1000 is labeled as Seam Tightening System, and explained as a spring to reduce slack in the looper. The looper thread tension switching lever on the 2000 is explained in the manual as being used “to avoid the curling problem of the fabric being sewn . . .”. I’m not sure if there is a real difference in function/performance/ease of use between the slide button and the slide lever to justify the price difference. At least in the US, there is a substantial price difference between ordering the 1000 online and purchasing the 2000, which is not yet online. I chose to purchase my 2000 because of the (relatively easier) availability of service through a reputable retailer, and luckily found it on sale for not SO much more. Good luck with your research!

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        Lisa
        August 2, 2017 at 11:29 pm

        Thank you I’ve been reading up on them both for a while now. I live in Scotland and but the looks of it there’s not really that much of a price difference , it’s roughly about £100 between the two of them, I do plan on sewing knit fabrics quite a bit, so do you think it would be better to just spend the extra and get the 2000 just to be in th safe side? Or go with the 1000 and save the pounds? I’m so torn with this decision

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          LuAnn
          August 3, 2017 at 2:04 am

          I get it, believe me! This is pretty much a pricey single purpose machine, although it can be used for some decorative stitching as well as hemming. But, hemming knits was so painful on my regular machine that I knew I wanted a coverstitch. I read reviews online and watched some YouTube videos for various machines. When I found mine on sale, I decided that the difference in price was small enough to buy the 2000, under the theory that Janome “surely” would not charge more for a machine that did not offer more, in some way, than their 1000. (I found NO reviews from people saying the 2000 wasn’t worth the extra cost.) Right or wrong, it was my way to end the angst over which model to choose.

          • Lisa
            August 3, 2017 at 8:42 am

            I had read it can be used to do decorative stitches which sounds good also, and I’m pretty sure it a good thing to have as it’ll come in handy. I’m new to sewing like only by a month and I’ve just upgraded my normal machine to another singer and also purchased the brother 1034d serger and they’ve made a massive impact on my sewing abilities for someone so new, when I mentioned I wanted a 2000 I was told I was crazy as I was so new to sewing. But I’m really annoying and can see the benefit of having one of these in my sewing area. I’m thinking just to go for the 2000 as a lot are saying there glad they did, as I don’t want to purchase the 1000 and regret my decision. Do you think I’m crazy for getting one as a newbie? As it really that unheard of lol

          • LuAnn
            August 3, 2017 at 10:44 am

            No, I don’t think it is crazy. It sounds like you really enjoy sewing, and would use the machine. If you are going to buy a coverstitch machine anyway, and the price difference is doable, I would go for the 2000.

          • Lisa
            August 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

            That’s brilliant thank you, yes I’m very much enjoying sewing, so far it’s just been a few dresses, cushion and a blind, it want to broaden my abilities. (I like to run before walking) lol I also think I just needed the extra push to justify the 2000 and I think I have now. So now comes the time to search for my quickest way of getting my 2000 as I’m excited to get one and start using it. Heard such good things about coverstitch machines.

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    Lisa
    August 3, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Sorry that was meant to say ENJOYING not (annoying) damn autocorrect lol

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    Lorraine
    August 17, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Do i need to buy a walking foot for a coverstitch machine so I can sew knits without the rumples?

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