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Janome Coverpro 2000CPX review

Is the Janome Coverpro 2000 CPX coverstitch machine a worthwhile investment or is it actually a bad machine? In this extensive review, I tackle the good and bad with this polarising coverstitch machine and also give lots of troubleshooting tips. I’ve had mine for almost two years now and feel pretty qualified to give my two cents on a machine that I feel is getting an unfair amount of heat from some people on the internet.

Not saying that there are not some bad eggs out there, but I’m confident to say that plenty of errors are also related to how people are setting up the machine, often in combination with unrealistic expectations on what a midprice domestic coverstitch machine can do.

Now, I’m not saying it is the best coverstitch machine out there, but the point I’m trying to make is that sometimes coverstitch machines can be sensitive, fickle creatures that need the proper attention.

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Products mentioned in the video

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Janome Coverpro 2000CPX

Janome Coverpro 1000CPX

ELX705 Schmetz Serger Needles

Woolly nylon stretch thread
Maxi-Lock stretch thread

Madera Aeroflock  (the one I’m using in the video)

Coverstitch resources

My coverstitch videos

My coverstitch blog posts
Lots of tips on techniques and settings for the Janome Coverpro. Also, check out the Coverstitch/Coverlock Facebook group which has amazing info!

Basic settings for the Janome Coverpro
Stitch length: 3–4
Diff feed: 1.2 to 1.5
Pressure foot pressure: 11mm
Needle tension 4-4-4
Looper tension: 3

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  • Sonja
    May 14, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience and opinion on the Janome Coverpro 2000CPX. I’ve this coverstitch machine as well and have about the same experience as you. Threading is so important (and not only on a coverstitch machine but also on an locker as well as on a regulair sewing machine). I’m very pleased with my Janome Coverpro 2000CPX and until now with some careful pre-work this machine has never let me down.

    • Johanna
      May 15, 2018 at 7:38 am

      You sum it up so well, proper threading and pre-work are such key factors when it comes to successful coverstitching. So many of my problems, especially with my older coverstitch was solved just by redoing everything from scratch.

  • Rena
    May 14, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you – I have been considering buying this model as I can get it locally. My Serger is a very picky old beast also, so I’m used to lots of finicky setup.

    • Johanna
      May 15, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Getting a coverstitch locally is very valuable in my opinion, my shop also offers classes which helped me a ton! Plus you can always get it checked and stuff if there is something that seems not to be working.

  • Nancy Karpen
    September 5, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I have the first, perhaps in this line, the 1000cs and I have had precisely the exact same issues that you’ve had. But on the whole it’s served me well. I got it for a very good price and at the time this is what I could afford. There was a huge thread on Pattern Review that I read from beginning to end and decided that to buy it. The biggest issue I had when I started was that it came from the factory with the presser foot pressure was turned all the way down, which I found out about on the PR thread. I don’t have that soft tight switch that might be a nice thing, but I’ve made a lot of knit tops and pants since I got this machine and on the whole I can’t complain. I hadn’t used it in a few months due to a broken ankle and when I started it up again it skipped stitches. I changed the needles and rethreaded it and that solved my problem. Yes you really do have to thread it precisely or there are issues. But, I had the same issue with my Viking serger and with my new Bernina 740 which is kind of picky as well. All machines need to be threaded precisely in my experience. I had Viking sewing machines for 30 years before I switched recently to Bernina. and they are all different but basically the same in that respect. Back to the Janome. While the Baby Lock is touted as the best home coverstitch, I don’t like that the room to the right of the needle is so narrow. The big advantage to the Janome, is the expansive room to the right of the needle. You can easily make a very deep hem, or as you mentioned make the decorative triple cs anywhere on the garment. I don’t know about you, but I never use the free arm. It’s just not deep enough. On the whole, if this one dies, though I don’t see that happening any time soon, I’d look at the newer Janome. I would definitely not look at a combo machine. Someone mentioned that one of the baby Lock combo machines only takes 5 minutes to change over. Nope, I like the separate machines. One other thing, Baby Lock is advertising how much room to the right of the needle the new machines have. You’d think that they would have figured out that it’s really a pita to not have any room to the right of the needle before now.

  • Cheryl
    August 9, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    I’m having trouble with my 2000cpx Janone coverpro.. when I sew, the material puckers no matter what I change on the stitch length and the other thing. It just doesn’t straighten out. I’ve changed needles and threads and used different material. I’m thinking maybe it had to go in the shop for a tune up or a part is missing. What do you think I should do?
    Thank you, cheryl


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