This is a good machine. I wanted a machine to overlock and coverstitch and this machine does that. It's saves space, and i don't need to have ten spools of every colour to cover two machines or have to take them from one machine to use on another.
I do have to do a bit of rethreading for changeover from overlocker to coverstitch but it's minimal and quite straightforward. The stitches look nice and the auto tensions are really quite good with only minor tweaking needed on some fabrics
The only reason I'm giving four stars not five is that this machine is quite noisy and vibrates quite a bit, compared to my last overlocker that was very stable and solid. Overall I'm happy with this machine .
The perfect overlocker in so many ways!
While a new addition to my sewing room, I've had the previous model for a couple of years and found it to be the perfect overlocker for what I need, so I had no hesitation to buy the 1200D (sight unseen) when upgrading the sewing room, and of course, it hasn't disappointed.
Upon unpacking this machine I ran a few short test strips then dived in and made a knit top...perfection!! just as I expected this baby sailed through this project as expected so I wasn't disappointed at all. Next project is on the cutting table and there are several mo...re in the queue. For anyone having threading problems, including breakages, do yourself a favour, pour a beverage of choice (coffee or tea, of course!) and sit down with the owners manual and thread the machine 'exactly' how it's shown. All overlockers need to be threaded in a certain order otherwise there will be thread breakages....but...if you suffer a breakage, pull 'all' thread out of the machine and start again because it broke for a reason, so don't tie off and run with the same problem. That only leads to more frustration! Missing stitches are caused by incorrect needles and/or tension and the tension guide is just that...a guide!! your fabric might be completely different from what the manufacturer used to set those guides, so don't hesitate to adjust the tension. The 1200D is super easy to thread, a robust, high speed machine with such a variety of options that it will find a place in so many sewing rooms and be well used and liked. I would also highly recommend this machine to any skill level but if you are a new overlocker owner, just take your time to learn this wonderful machine and all it can do. You won't be disappointed!
Very versitle overlocker/coverstitch machine
I am a professional dressmaker specialising in evening wear and alterations. With so many jersey evening dresses finished with cover stitch I needed a machine that would do a variety of stitches.
This is not for the novice sewing person. It takes practice to thread, adjust tension and swap from coverstitch, overlock and lock stitch. The versatility is very handy once you get it right. The stitch quality is as good as any professional industrial machine
I purchased this machine reluctantly as in the past most janome sewing machines I w...orked with were great until you worked on them for long continuous periods especially in hot weather. Then the threads would snap and tension would go haywire... This happens on hot humid days with this machine even after a good clean. It is also a little fussy with thread quality. No cheap thread! It will break on you. All other times it's perfect. I had tried out 5 other brands of multi use overlockers before buying this one. I found this one sewed a variety of fabrics types and weights well with no or few skipped stitches. I was very impressed with the types of professional stitch finishes it does. I am yet to come across a stretch garment alteration I can not replicate with it. I did find the 4 thread overlock did not have same 'strechyness' with Lycra than my old bernina but overall a good versitle machine.
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I love this machine!!!
It takes a little time getting to know any machine, but when you do get to know the Janome 1200 d professional you will love this machine. Easy to thread and so many stitch options. Other then for buttons and sippers I never use my sewing machine. I own two of these sergers and I couldn't be happier. I use one for top stitch mostly or if I'm needing two colors on one garment. I also love all the fun feet you can buy for it, so many possibilities. I highly recommend this machine for any skill level.
This 1200 D is a lemon, always re-threading, breaking needles. poor sewing , spoiling fabric, I have had this machine back several times for re-adjustment it goes good for a short time. I would not recommend this to home sewers as you need to be a rocket scientist to work it. I have resorted to just using sewing machine for hemming as its too much hassle with overlocker. I intent to go with another brand
Everything, expensive too complicated, poor performance, wrecking fabric
Questions & Answers
I have just purchased a Janome 1200D overlocker. I broke a needle. After cleaning, oiling and rethreading machine referring to the manual and video clip the overlocker will not stitch. We are confident we have it threaded properly, especially the lower looper. Been at it for hours yesterday and had to give up. Any ideas of what else it might be before I call a technician?
What needle type did you use? make sure the flat side of the needle is facing the correct way and the needle is pushed up to the stop, before tightening the screw. This is in the manual with diagrams to make it easy to follow.
Lastly, I would remove all threads and start again, it can be tricky to thread one spool if you aren't totally familiar with the machine. A good tip when testing overlockers is to thread each path with different coloured thread, then tie off with your preferred colours once it is stitching correctly.
Hope this helps? ;-)
I agree with you nan nat. Check you have the correct needle, they do not use the regular domestic needle ( would be easier if they did). Rethread especially looper threads inside to out. Good luck
Thanks ladies. I put 2 new needles in from the ones supplied with the machine. They are the same size. Checked and rechecked needle and threads redone. It will not even stitch at all. I spent hours on it yesterday and last night trying to locate the problem. :( Thank you for responding. Do you think the needle may have thrown something out?
My Janome 1200D will not make a stitch. I HAVE correct needle I have re threaded. It will not make a stitch. It was making perfect stitches broke needle, I got all needle out and now no stitch. Any help?
Does it run? They have a gear through the middle that needs to be cleaned and regressed by a janome service person after a lot of sewing. This is part of the basic service. Check the doors are closed properly or the ‘catch’ that indicates the doors are closed isn’t damaged. If it does run, I had a similar problem but realised I forgot to thread the underlooper properly. Go back the the manual and check the correct bits are threaded under the plate. Good luck
I have the Janome 1200D. I've bought it several years ago hoping it would be my go to machine. I've yet to get through a project without problems. The wide cover hem stitch is really giving me problems. It sews about 6" and then the left needle unthreads. Apparently a lot of people have the same issue. I see it's been recommended to use nylon wooly thread in the looper. Will this really make a difference? I really want to love this machine but I'm truly not there yet. Please help.
Yes this seems to be the main issue with this machine, maybe Janome tried to do too much in the one hit and unfortunately crashed on all 10 programes, didn't get one right!! I have tried all the recommendations, special needles, special thread...it's all tooo precious for a sewing machine at that price it should march through all!! ...as all my other machines do. This is the most complicated little number ever...it'll chew and break wooly thread...eat fabric, get you really excited when your cover stitch actually works and if it gets to the end of your work...you'll be ecstatic, the down side is you may not be able to release the fabric if it's in the round!! and give you extreme stress...requiring medication!!!......My 1200D now has a place in the back of a cupboard..what a pity as, to look at it's quite impressive, but no...it causes me both stress from using and also the hefty price I paid for it!!!....never again...no more Janome!!!!..............In total answer to your question..I would buy another machine that actually works and put it down to one of those really bad decisions!!!
Quality thread does make a difference. Cheap overlocking threads will snap. Wooly nylon? Would only use on high stetch Lycra.
I had the same problem of the left needle thread snapping on wide coverstitch . I used the clear coverstitch foot and loosened the tension slightly and changed the needle. It helped. If your sewing through lots of layers you might need a heavier needle too.
Make sure you cover your machine when not In use and clean I between the tension discs at the top regularly.. Lint and dust settles in them and effects the tension and grips the thread unevenly. This can also lead to missed stitches. Don't blow the dust with your mouth. Moisture from your breath can mix with the dust and stick to the metal.
On very hot humid days my machine misbehaves and tensions go a bit funny.
Hope it helps cheers Izzy.
I don't use the wide cover hem very often but have had the issue before with the narrow cover hem. I was beyond happy when I resolved the issue! For me it was as simple as adjusting the SL number. It said a 3 but depending on fabric and thread I tend to be between 4-5 and it made all the difference for the problem I was having. It either snapped the thread or started to unravel it was very frustrating. Funnily enough I found the answer in the instruction book that came with the machine.
I hope this helps. I truly love this machine and hope you get to know it well enough to love it too.
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