Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx

The JANOME 1000CPX replaced the JANOME 1000CP a while back. It is basically the same machine with a few additions & improvements: there is a SEAM TIGHTENING SYSTEM (STS) which has a switch on the front of the machine to simply flip when you reach a seam or thicker area as you are making your coverhems. This tightens up the tensions while you sew over the seam or thicker part preventing skipped stitches. It is FABULOUS!!!

There is also a very handy guide printed right on the front of the machine for you to refer to: it lists the recommended tension settings for all the stitch programs from triple cover hem to chain stitch – two lists actually: one for light weight fabrics and one for heavier fabrics. This is simply wonderful as I do not have to figure it out on my own or hunt around for the instruction manual or my notes to check what the settings should be.

There are 4 different coverhem stitch programs available on the JANOME 1000CPX (and Coverpro 1000):  triple coverhem; 2 thread wide; 2 thread narrow; and chain stitch.

WHAT A LOVELY PROFESSIONAL LOOKING JACKET – EMBELLISHED WITH THE JANOME COVERPRO/CPX SERGER. I noticed this jacket on display at SAWYER’S SEWING CENTER IN VICTORIA,BC. Photographed with permission. See another pic below showing a close up of the CPX stitching.

Here is some information & stitched samples of some of the programs.

I will feature some of the OPTIONAL ACCESSORY FEET & ATTACHMENTS  that are available for the JANOME CPX  next month so keep watching this spot!

I use 2 THREAD WIDE  COVERHEM  for most of the hem finishes with my knit fabric garment sewing: I would no sooner use a regular sewing machine straight stitch to hem a knit fabric than I would fly to the moon………….. it just would not work: knit fabric stretches so if you sew a straight stitch or similar onto a knit fabric for a hem & then reach up to the top shelf in your kitchen, you guessed…………the stitching “pops”.  Very annoying and then you have to do the worst kind of sewing: mending!

A coverhem which has 2 or 3 rows of stitching with stretchy interlock from the looper underneath, really IS the answer. No need to finish off the raw edge of the hem as the JANOME CPX OR COVERPRO 1000 does that AT THE SAME TIME  as hemming a skirt;  sleeve, pant leg, etc.

Here’s a tip: invest in STAY TAPE. It is sold for woven and knit fabrics and is genrally available in black & white. I prefer the 1 inch wide  FUSIBLE type. Simply press it onto the wrong side of the fabric you intend to turn up for the hem edge.  This fuses to the fabric and provides a nifty way to turn up the edge evenly and accurately as the stay tape becomes a guide for you.  Stay tape reinforces the hem and provides a great way to avoid puckering and “tunneling” when you sew certain knits fabrics – especially thinner, light weight knits. Using stay tape gives professional, flat non-puckered hems.

Notice how using a thicker decorative thread in the LOOPER produces a raised and pretty embellishment. Sewing from the wrong side with chain stitch can yield some great embellishments for garments and other projects.

Chain stitch may also be used as a strong straight stitch and for basting as it unravels so easily when the correct thread is pulled.


This was just a quick “whistle-stop tour” od some of the features & uses for the JANOME CPX OR COVERPRO 1000. Hope you enjoyed the spotlight on this machine.  If you would like further information or to test drive this great sergers, please contact your local JANOME DEALER TODAY.

Please watch this space for further information about JANOME CPX OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES in the coming weeks.

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. Mariette says:

    Hi Liz
    I’m also from South Africa, investigating the best overlocker and coverstitch machine to get, instead of a combined machine.
    Elna and Bernina are ruling the roost here, as you well know, but I’m also looking at other options. There are so many more brands competing with each other abroad?!
    I’m also interested in Janome, particularly because I’ve read many positive reviews on foreign websites and it seems to be better priced. My only concern will be servicing the machine and finding parts.

    If the Janome 1000 is the same as Elna 434, then what is Bernina’s Coverstitch ‘Nina Coverpro 1000’ ? Also the same?

    Kind regards


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Mariette,
      I am not familiar with what models are available in South Africa.
      The Janome 1000CP is the same as the EL 444.
      My suggestion is you do your research & comparisons at your local dealer’s stores.

      Janome Canada


  2. Nolene Lombard says:

    Where in South Africa can i get the Janome Coverpro1000cpx?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Nolene,
      Ek was ook ‘n Suid-Afrikaner maar nou woon ek in Canada!
      I have looked at our Janome global website but it does not specifically list any Distributor or dealers in South Africa.
      Have you looked Janome up in the Yellow or White pages or googled it? I would imagine there must be some Janome dealers in South Africa.
      I do know Elna is quite popular in South Africa. Janome & Elna are the same company & I can tell you that the Janome Coverpro 1000CPX is very similar to the Elna 444 Coverhem machine so you might like to contact an Elna dealer in South Africa to ask them if they can get you this model? They are virtually exactly the same.
      If I discover anything more about Janome in South Africa, I will let you know.
      Janome Canada


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Nolene,
      I contacted Janome in Tokyo and have had a reply that there are 2 Janome dealers in South Africa. The contact details are below. I was told that they probably do not have the Janome 1000CPX. Maybe they don’t stock them but could possibly order one for you? But you would have to discuss that with them. Not sure where you are in SA but the 2 dealers are in Welkom & Cape Town. I was also given the name of the Distributor for Janome in Reunion but you & I know that is not exactly close to SA so may not really be an option for you. I was told they probably have it so I will include their address just in case you need it.
      * Welkom:
      P O Box 2810, Welkom 9460 – South Africa
      Tel : +27 57 3521666
      Tel & Fax : +27 57 3523476

      e-mail: goldfieldsmc@yahoo.com

      * Cape Town:
      African Sewing Machine Co. (Cape)(Pty) Ltd.
      P.O. Box 2862
      8000 Cape Town
      Republic of South Africa
      Tel: (27) 21-465-1323
      Fax: (27) 21-465-2307
      e-mail: afsew@mweb.co.za

      * Reunion
      M. Saify
      27 D, Rue Leopold Rambud
      97490 Ste Clotilde
      Reunion Island

      TEL. +262-21-26-43
      FAX. +262-21-26-95
      e-mail: contact@msaify.com

      Hope this gives you some options together with what I already suggested: the Elna 444.


  3. Jeannine Forseille says:

    Hi Liz, i found this Janome Life Post very interesting, I’ve been toying with the idea of purchasing a Janome Coverpro for a while now. I checked the Janome website and found limited info on available accessories; from what I could figure out, some accessories apply only to the 900 and some to the 1000(CPX). I also saw that there is a DVD that can be purchased to demo the various accessories for the Janome Coverpro, but am not sure if this is through Janome or not. Can you clarify some of this for me? Sometimes the dealers are not very knowledgeable about the extras, which I quite understand as usually there are different types and models of machines, and sometimes various brands of machines at the same dealer.



    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Jeannine,
      We have not carried the Coverpro 900 for a long time in Canada. The difference was that the CP900 had 2 needles while the Coverpro 1000 or CPX1000 has 3 needles. Some of the accessories are configured slightly differently due to this difference and hence Coverpro/CPX accessories should be purchased for the correct machine.
      There is a rather nice promotional DVD available which outlines and shows how the various Coverpro accessories are used. This is not, as far as I am aware, an inventory item which is sold to customers. In Canada we have it as a promotional item mainly for use by our dealers. However, some dealers & countries may be offering this on a different basis.
      If you live in Canada, you might like to ask your local Janome dealer to request a copy of this DVD from Janome Canada. Your dealer would have to contact the Education Dept in Vancouver or Toronto. Sorry, we are unable to mail these directly to customers and it is only available through Janome Canada dealers.
      If you live in the USA or elsewhere, you would have to contact your local Janome Dealer or the Janome Distributor in your country.

      But I hope that helps you. There are some video’s on youtube (posted by various individuals) which you might find helpful. Just search for coverpro or CPX. You may even find parts of this Coverpro accessory DVD online.

      addition to this comment: please go to this YOU TUBE link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_EnTmlPmXU . You can watcxh the entire Coverpro DVD including accessories for free. You do not need to find the DVD I refer to above….its all on you tube for your convenience.


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