My 2340CV, like each new machine, requires a span of learning. IOW you will be seeing a few posts that duplicate earlier information but are specific to my learning the 3-needle 2340CV. This week, I continued to work on removing the work from the machine and also stitching angled turns.
Read some place that disengaging the looper made it easier to remove the work from the machine. That takes several extra steps: open door, reach into the dark left, feel around for the knob and pull it to release. Fortunately there are no vicious animals within because I did a bit of fumbling and even pulled on the wrong thing. Any animal would have attacked my hand. Removing the sewing like this still requires pulling a little thread above the tension guides and holding down 3 tension buttons while scooping and pulling the threads underneath the foot. Oh and then when that’s done, I’ve still got to close the looper, close the door and lower the pressure foot before I start sewing the next time. Guess who forgot one of more of those steps?
While this procedure worked, there has to be some easier way. (Why doesn’t lifting the pressure foot release the tension? Is that really such an expensive add on? I’m hoping it gets easier to pull the threads through the tension guides. They did on my Brother serger but who’s to say it’s the same thing for the cover stitch. I have to keep working at this because currently when I remove the work I’m either unthreading the machine or unintentionally causing raveling of the hem
I opted to use the 2340 to top stitch the pockets on my last pair of shorts. I should have rounded the sharp corner but then I would have missed this experience:
I stitched all the way up to the turn. Rotated the needles to their highest point; lifted the pressure foot; and pulled a little slack in the thread by using a small screw driver to swoop under the foot and capture the threads. Did not pull much, I swear. Just wanted enough so that when turned the work, well it would turn. Nope. Got long strings.
Had 2 pockets so tried something different the 2nd time.
This time, I rotated the needles to their highest point and then brought them about half way down. Lifted the pressure foot and turned the work. A little better, but not nice and sharp.
I tried to secure the pocket and hopefully improve the appearance of the corners by over stitching at the sewing machine.
Again, improved; probably no one will notice because the fabric and thread blends very well.
TBH, I wasn’t always successful with the 900CPX either. The easiest thing will be cutting the pocket without any angled turns. There are times when that is exactly what I want.
I was kind of frustrated. Even thought of setting the 900CPX back up and keeping the the 2340CV for only those times I really want 3 needle work. But then I thought, the 900CPX wasn’t all that easy for me either. For months I stitched nothing but hems and I found the unraveling issue with it as well. I’ve had the 2340 less than a month and already I’m pushing it to do something difficult. I will keep at it but I also note that there really are some advantages to the 900CPX chief of those being the ease of removing the work from the machine. When I bought the 2340, I didn’t think about threading a 3rd needle. That means threading 3 needles at the CV, 2 at the serger and 1 at the sewing machine. That’s a lot of needles and a lot of thread cones/spools.