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Posted 12/6/2012 by nsarnic in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:30:19 AM
for a beginner user, I need a good used serger that only sews and cuts and finishes edges. Any suggestions?

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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:39:12 AM
Believe it or not, I recommend the singer serger that they sell at Joanns. LOL I've had two (one before our housefire, and a second after) and several friends have them. They've all been great. It's a good little workhorse (and I'm HARD on machines) and it's simple to use.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:59:06 AM
Thanks for your suggestion, but I am hearing that babylocks are hot commodities with sewers, so I am off to a nearest baby lock dealer to look into these babies...

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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:08:07 PM
I have contemplated getting one, but am not confident in using one. They seem so complicated. I have a Janome dealership that I bought my sewing machine from here in town. I'll have to take a serger for a test drive sometime.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:09:35 PM

Thanks for your suggestion, but I am hearing that babylocks are hot commodities with sewers, so I am off to a nearest baby lock dealer to look into these babies...



If I were looking for a serger, I would probably take candleangie's advice and at least look at the Singer because I know how much she sews.





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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:14:17 PM
I have the Brother 1034D. Great beginner machine and runs and runs and runs! I did serge over a metal zipper tab once, so I had to have it serviced! But it's been fine since. I got it off Amazon for about $200. Babylocks are very nice, but pricy.

There is some connection between Baby Lock and Brother. They are owned by seperate companies but Brother produces the actual machines for Baby Lock or visa versa, or they share production/developmental costs or something. They have machines that are identical and can share parts even.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:14:56 PM
I have the Babylok Imagine and I love it! It's been a workhorse for me for more than 10 years...I can't tell you how many hundreds of hours I have of it. It's a breeze to thread, especially with the Jet Air threading.



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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:25:26 PM
Baby Locks are great machines. They are also quite pricey. If you have the money to spend, then sure, you won't be disappointed. But if you don't want to drop a bunch of money on something you might not like, a Baby Lock is probably not the machine for you. (I speak as an owner of a Baby Lock sewing machine.)

I've had my eye on the $200 Brother machine on Amazon for several months now. it gets great reviews.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:51:14 PM

I have the Babylok Imagine and I love it! It's been a workhorse for me for more than 10 years...I can't tell you how many hundreds of hours I have of it. It's a breeze to thread, especially with the Jet Air threading.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:53:37 PM
I have a babylock serger and I hate it. It's been in the shop several times and it is broken again (and I am not hard on machines and have barely used this one). I'll never buy babylock anything again (I also had a babylock sewing machine that I didn't like). If I was going to buy a new serger, it would be a Janome.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 2:03:12 PM
I'm just learning to sew, and have made a few things. I took a class, and we did use a serger.
Here's my question, when do you need to use one? Is it ok to not have one?


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Posted: 12/6/2012 2:08:26 PM
I agree 100% with Kellybelly 77. When my old Janome was giving me trouble, I asked some industry friends what they would buy. They suggested the Brother 1034D and I have been so impressed! Plus the price is AMAZING! I can't say enough about it



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Posted: 12/6/2012 2:14:26 PM

Here's my question, when do you need to use one? Is it ok to not have one?
I only used mine for sewing clothing. Some people will use them for making napkins for the edges. I like them for wovens because they keep the seams from unraveling. I like them for knits because the seams still stretch. A serger also makes the seams look nicer than sewing and zig-zag stitching. I have made some clothes without one and while it would have been nice to have one, I got along fine without.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 3:19:26 PM
I've had my 4spool Brother machine for 20 years now and still love it! I've never had a major problem with it in all that time except to have the tension adjusted once and the blade sharpened a couple of times.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 3:38:49 PM
Thanks, Gale! That helps.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:12:55 PM
My Babylock is 19 years old and it's now starting to give me a little trouble. My next serger will be a Babylock.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:17:40 PM

I would probably take candleangie's advice and at least look at the Singer because I know how much she sews.


You mean not everyone sews a self destructive number of hours in a day? LOL



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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:34:52 PM
My first serger was a viking. It is great. Not so easy to thread but you can figure it out. Then when I seen the babylock jet threading system, I thought I just had to have one. The threading is great but I dont care for the stitch. It has 2 widths on the serge stitch and 1 seems too wide and the other too narrow. Dont care for the look of the rolled hem either. I use my viking way more than the babylock.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:23:58 PM
I am looking at the viking on sale for $400. But the one for $199 also looks good but I heard the $400 threads easier. I just want it to finish seams. micky

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:37:30 PM
I just finished researching this very topic and purchased a used Bernina serger off of Craigslist for $200. I love my Bernina. I took it to the dealer for a tune-up and he told me it was running so well, it didn't need it. When I told him how much I paid for it, he told me it was the deal of the century.

I highly recommend a Bernina serger if you can find a used one on Craigslist or ebay.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:56:18 PM
Simple...Bernina I've had mine for 25 yrs, only had to have it serviced 2 times, both for (other people) running over pins. Sewed clothes for 6 kids on it, plus costumes for high school, and money-making endevours over the years, that machine can tear thru anything.I now work in the same Sewing/Vacuum shop that I bought it from, brought it in a few weeks ago for a cleaning and service, and it didn't even need it's blades changed. A new, comparable one would cost around $800 now, and does have lots of nice features, but I can't justify a new one when I can't seem to wear this one out, lol. But I AM gonna replace my 25 yr old Bernina 1120 soon for a 750...when we finally get a shipment. Drool! Hope this helps!

Linda
ps - if you buy from a reputable dealer, you should get FREE classes to learn to use your machine, in-house service and repair, and friendly, helpful service people. You WON'T get that at JoAnn's. And I do know what I'm talking about, I used to work at JoAnn's.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:56:39 PM
I have the brother 1034d and really like it. I only paid $179 for it a few years ago.
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Posted: 12/5/2013 5:08:36 AM
I recommend the Brother 1034D serger for you in condiseration of that it is easy to use.And a wide range of useful features help you do a lot of tasks,including the derecotarive stitches.You had better read the serger reviews before purchasing. serger reviews

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Posted: 12/5/2013 5:22:05 AM
I have the Brother 1034D and also love it. ^



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Posted: 12/5/2013 6:06:14 AM
I bought a Husquavarna Viking serger earlier this year and I love it. I've put that thing through the ringer and I know there is more it can do. Rolled hems are awesome!

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Posted: 12/5/2013 9:29:49 AM
I have the Babylock Imagine and I love it. I was sewing for a few years before I got it and you can totally sew forever without a serger but it does make some things easier. I love the automatic tensioning it's just sew and go. With two young kids I figured investing the money so I had to do as little as possible too make it work was worth it....and it is. I love it. I haven't had any problems with it at all. I can switch colors and stitches pretty quickly.

Here is what the dealer explained about Babylock sewing machines and sergers. Babylock started out as a serger/overlocker company, hence the name lock in the name. They still produce (or did a year and a half ago) their overlocker machines. However the sewing machines are produced by other sewing machine companies with the babylock name put on it (I think this is where the association with brother comes in).

They are spending though for sure but I love mine.
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