A guide to Janome Coverpro accessories and presser feet

May 15, 2018 15 Comments

A guide to Janome Coverpro accessories and presser feet

May 15, 2018 15 Comments

Janome Coverpro accessories and presser feet

Getting a coverstitch machine can be a pretty hefty investment and the thought of then having to buy additional presser feet and accessories can both be pricey and a bit overwhelming.  And there are a lot of Janome Coverpro accessories to chose from.

I have added to my toolkit incrementally and some investments have been better than others. As a follow up to my video review of the Janome Coverpro 2000CPX here comes a review and guide to the common attachments for the Coverpro 1000CPX and 2000CPX, and I’m sure some of these accessories are available for other coverstitch machines as well, so hopefully my advice can apply to other brands too.

Note that this post contains Amazon affiliate links to the attachments mentioned.

 

My review of common Janome Coverpro accessories

Janome Coverpro accessories and presser feet

Janome CoverPro Clear View Foot

This is the first extra presser foot you should buy for your Janome coverstitch machine in my opinion. It just makes sewing straight so much easier, especially if you want to sew close to edges, such as when attaching the binding, stitching down elastic and sewing close to a seam edge. Since buying the clear elastic foot I’ve pretty much stopped using my regular foot as I can’t see any reason for using it now that I have the clear. Even though the front part of the foot is made of plastic it feels very sturdy.

Janome CoverPro Clear View Foot

 

 

Janome Coverpro accessories and presser feet

Janome CoverPro Center Guide Foot

This foot is amazing! It combines two great things, a clear view and an adjustable (and removable) seam guide blade. I use it primarily to stitch down already sewn seams, and the blade makes this that process very easy. And the best part is that you can also remove the blade completely and turn it into a regular clear view foot.

The only drawback is that the slit in the middle makes it hard to use on binding, as the fabric tends to get caught in the ridge. But if you want to get a clear view presser foot and can live with the fact that you may not be able to use it for binding, then this is probably a better buy than the regular clear view foot and it only cost slightly more.

Janome CoverPro Center Guide Foot

 

 

Janome Coverpro accessories and presser feet

 

Janome CoverPro Tape Binder Foot

Getting a tape binder is an alluring thing, as it comes with the promise of professional-looking binding finishing, that can be hard to mimic without this tool. However, I’m sad to report that the Janome tape binder foot is overpriced, badly designed and has a steep learning curve.

 

That said, after taking a class at my local sewing store and spending about 8 hours practising and experimenting with the set-up, I managed to get some fantastic looking binding. But it should not be that hard! You can read my Coverstitch Binder tutorial to see if you want to go those extra miles.

 

Another option is to get a generic tape binder attachment from eBay or AliExpress for a fraction of the price, and I know that some of those are just as good or better than the Janome version. And you can attach them using blu-tac if there are not matching screws.

 

The Janome binder does come with a special presser foot, but I actually get a better result using the clear view, so that isn’t a reason to buy this attachment either.

Janome CoverPro Tape Binder Foot

 

Other attachments for the Janome CoverPro

I have not tried these yet but they all look interesting

Janome Elastic Gathering Attachment

This attachment is used to gather elastic and comes with an adjustable tension system. This one seems pretty great if you sew a lot of lingerie, baby clothes and swimwear. It’s available in two widths and is an attachment I might get in the future. I have a similar attachment to my Babylock serger and I’ve used it quite a bit since it is both easy to use and it is very easy to adjust the number of gathers. On the Babylock you can even set the gathers to zero, and it looks like you could do the same on the Janome.

Janome Elastic Gathering Attachment

 

Hem guides for the Janome

There are two different hem guides for the Janome

Janome Hemming Guide for CoverPro Models

This is one that I’m tempted to buy since it also folds the fabric, which sounds like a very nifty thing. It can also be used for attaching lace and such.

Janome Hemming Guide for CoverPro Models

 

Janome Adjustable Seam Guide for CoverPro Models

This one looks really good too and has five stars reviews on Amazon. I love seam guides as it makes sewing straight so much easier, but I find that the simple seam guide that is included with the machine also works well for me (see image above).

Janome Adjustable Seam Guide for CoverPro Models

 

Note that the links above contain Amazon affiliate links

 

Have you tried any of these presser feet and accessories and what did you think? Also if you have another coverstitch brand, I’m curious about what tools are available for them. I think that Janome has a pretty big range compared to other brands, but I could be wrong!

Guide to Janome Coverpro accessories and presser feet. For the Coverpro 1000CPX and 2000CPX

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  • Mary May 16, 2018 at 6:28 am

    I have the Janome coverpro 1000cpx and purchased the extension table and the clear foot. I blu tack a generic binder got from ebay onto the extension table and it works very well. Planning to buy another generic binder in a smaller size, I have the 42mm ~ 12mm. I am so glad I didn’t buy the Janome brand binder/plate because it costs $199 in Australia. I can get a generic binder on ebay for less than $20. Love the clear foot and wish the machine came with this foot rather than the metal foot that I no longer need or use.

    Thanks for all the coverstitching videos. It is such a useful resource for the sewing community.

    • Johanna May 16, 2018 at 8:33 am

      Good to hear that you got a generic binder and like it, I wish I had also, in fact, I think I paid even more than Aussie price for my Janome brand in Sweden. It’s upsetting, to be honest! And I agree about the clear presser foot, it really makes the regular one pretty useless so they should include that one instead!

  • COREY May 16, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Johanna, I think the one foot you have with the blade is a blind hem foot. I have a Janome 888 Memorycraft serger/coverstitch combo machine. My machine came with 5 feet and the one is a blind hem foot. My machine also came with 2 stitch guides one for coverstitch and sergering. My machine I believe was one of the first color touch screens and I must say what I do love about it is that is not too bad to tread and not too cumbersome to setup a coverstitch. My most favorite thing about my machine is the auto tension. No fusing with tension … just a dream. I just pick the stitch and the tension is automatically set.

    • Johanna May 17, 2018 at 7:56 am

      No it’s not a blind hem foot, but it is designed similar so I can why it might appear so. It’s for the purpose stated above and really nifty. Made for coverstitch machines only. Your combo machine sound really good, usually the threading can be quite cumbersome

  • Nancy Karpen September 23, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I have the center blade clear foot for my 1000cp and I use it all the time without the center guide, though I have used the guide occasionally. I have the Cover Hem guide, and I used it a few times when I first had the machine, and couldn’t get it to work well with soft knits. I stopped trying. I might try it again since I paid good money for it! I have one cover pro binder foot with the flat base. I bought some generic binder feet. Do I use them? For the type of sewing I do I don’t use them. I don’t like the look of the seam at the shoulder.

  • Helen Shuttleworth October 31, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Hello, I’ve just bought a Success C402 coverstitch machine, which is made by Babylock but is more affordable at £499. I have made my first t-shirt and am really pleased. My question is are feet for coverstitch generic between brands. Accessories listed in my manual seem to have the same part numbers as Singer machines.

  • Chris November 22, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Hi I have the Janome Coverpro .
    Who’s a good supplier for the generic binder attachment in the uk please? I’ve just bought Janome centre foot and adjustable seam guide but definitely agree that their binders are over priced. Thanks

  • Rebecka December 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Please get the hem guide and the elastic gathering and review them 😁 I haven’t been able to get the hem guide to work myself, and i don’t quite understand how the elastic gathering one is supposed to work for lingerie!

    • Johanna December 19, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Hehe, I might get them next year, when I feel strong enough to tackle the learning curve!

    • Linda Schenk May 19, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      I have the hem foot that came as a bonus with my machine and I tried to figure out how to use it and after messing with it for eternity I just gave up. I could not get the hang of using it and finally, I just used the seam guide to do my hemming. I think the seam guide works really well but I do put a good crisp crease in the fabric and cut it evenly before hemming. If you have a fabric that wiggles or can’t keep a crease I just hand baste the seam close to where the crease should be to hold it securely. I then set the stitching lines in a little from the raw edge as it was difficult to keep the fabric from slipping. I also pinned the edges to make it more secure. I then after sewing trimmed the excess fabric off as close to the stitching for a more professional look but one does not need to do so. It was a lot of extra work but it turned out beautifully. For other stitching on fabrics with have a good crease, I have no problems. I probably will never use that hem foot. I also have the 1-inch wide elastic foot but have never used it as I do not have a lot of need to use that foot. I have or on my Simplicity serger for 1/4″ elastic I used one time and worked like a charm so I assume this foot will work great also. I believe the elastic foot comes into 1″ and another one for wider elastic.

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  • Janet Webb August 28, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Hi. Just discovered this blog. I purchased a Janome CoverPro 2000 a year ago and love it. The results are always professional. I have a 4 thread Babylock serger and considered upgrading to one of their fancy coverstitch combo models, but couldn’t afford it. My sewing machine is a Janome, so that’s why I decided to purchase a Janome stand alone coverstitch machine. I’m so glad I did. I love the convenience of quickly going from my sewing machine to serger to coverstitch. I’ve never had a problem threading it. It’s surprising how simple it is (after a bit of practice and learning some techniques). My first accessory was the seam guide which I use mainly for hems. I just purchased both the center guide and elastic foot. I used the center guide foot to finish a ribbed binding and loved the results. I also used it with a single needle chain stitch to finish a bound neckline and the results were also good. I’m less impressed with the Elastic Guide. This design is a bit limiting. It only works on narrow elastic. I had assumed that you could use it to encase the elastic between 2 layers, but it only stitches uncovered elastic. I will likely use it as a cute gathered sleeve for a sweet dress or a simple elastic waist for a child’s PJ’s, but I will stick to the regular foot for other elastic applications. Thanks for all the great info. I just ordered your book on Amazon.

    • Johanna Lundström September 4, 2019 at 10:38 am

      Thank you for the input regarding the elastic attachment, I too was unsure exactly which ways one can use it, and that does indeed seem a bit limiting when it comes to uses. That’s super helpful to know!

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