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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Anyone have one of the new Viking Sergers? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Anyone have one of the new Viking Sergers?
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Date: 12/3/09 5:57 PM

I purchased the discontinued 910 from my dealer a couple of days ago. They had the S15 ($499) and S25 ($2099) on display. They did not have the S21.

Does anyone have one the new models? Do you like it? I noticed that only the S25 has the Sewing Advisor now.

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Date: 12/3/09 8:41 PM

I played with them a little bit at the Houston Quilt Show back in October. I liked what I saw. I bought (well, was given as a gift) my 936 back in May.....today, I would probably buy the s21. I really liked that you don't have to change the stitch plate to switch to coverstitch any more! Also, the sewing adviser feels a little over the top - instead of looking settings up, it just tells you. Now, if it actually changed the settings *for* you, it might be cooler. Still, I'm really happy with my 936 and wouldn't trade it.

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Date: 12/3/09 9:00 PM

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Now, if it actually changed the settings *for* you, it might be cooler.


Or if it could cook dinner and clean up the house .
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Date: 12/3/09 11:59 PM

I think that only the s25 has the sewing advisor because it is the only one computerized with memory to save settings.
There sergers do have a nice clean look to them. I haven't tried these at my dealers and am not in the market for one but I think I would like the s21 the best of the 3 models. It has the features of my Elna coverlock. It is only a 4 thread but does 3 coverhems and auto tensions are set when the stitch is chosen. It is really nice to just dial a stitch and everything is set for you.
I wonder if Viking is still using the same serger manufacturer? I think they last used Toyota or Jaguar which I think were the same manufacturers of White sergers. The s15 reminds me of one of the Singer sergers. I don't know who manufactures Singer sergers.

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Date: 12/4/09 9:26 AM

Betakin,

I was very tempted to get the s21, but decided not to break the budget so close to Christmas. So far, I am very pleased with the 910. I also like the 910 uses regular home sewing machine needles. The s21 and s25 use EL needles.

I may end up trading up for the s21, but that wouldn't hapen until around this time next year.

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Date: 12/4/09 1:44 PM

I imagine that the s21 and s25 use the EL needles because that is the recommended needle for cover hem stitches and both of these models do coverhem. I think most cover hem machines of different brands use the EL needles including the Janome CP models.
My Elna coverlock also uses EL needles but can use conventional sewing machine needles for special threads and fabric.
I believe that Elna originally developed the EL needle which is an industrial type coverstitch needle but I have another brand serger that is only a basic 4 thread and it came with the EL needles.
I do like the EL needles if a serger can use them. They have a scarf or groove on the back of the needle that allows the looper to come close to the needle and catch the thread for best stitching at high speeds.
These needles are not hard to find. They are usually sold at dealers or any place that sells Schmetz needles.
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Date: 12/4/09 8:54 PM

Betakin, you are a wealth of information. Thanks for the needle information. . I watched the threading videos on Viking's site and it didn't look too complicated.

I spent most of my afternoon cleaning up my sewing area and threading and rethreading the 910. I want to be comfortable with threading it from "scratch".

I haven't had my guide class yet and with the holidays, it probably won't be until after the beginning of the year. The VHS tape that came with it is very helpful though. Now, I just have to get DH to put it on a DVD for me. The dealer has a serger club and I plan on going to that as much as possible. Maybe I'll start using it for something more than seam finishing .

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Date: 12/5/09 2:17 AM

You are very welcome, glad to help in anyway that I can. I peeked in to a room for awhile at my dealers sometime ago and there was either a class or club going on and the person that had a Viking serger was going great guns doing everything much faster than some of the others in the class and she was new to serging. She was thrilled with her new machine. I bet you will love your 910 and serger club.

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Date: 12/31/09 11:19 PM

I headed in to JoAnn's yesterday to get thread, and left with thread and the Huskylock S21 floor model, on sale for $950! I set it up near my sewing machine, but I still haven't gotten around to telling my husband...

Honestly, I've been thinking about getting a serger for over a year, and I was really torn. Would I really use it enough to justify the cost? I learned to sew on a cast iron monster 40 years ago, and I've had a couple sewing machines since (at least one that made me crazy). I have a class set up in a couple weeks with the dealer, and I think I need to sign up for PR's serger class in the meantime. This is scary, but exciting!

I've looked online for message boards specifically for Viking/Husquavarna serger owners, but no luck so far. Does anyone know of good online resources (other than Viking)?

Thanks in advance! Deb M.


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Date: 1/2/10 10:32 AM

Hi, Horsegirl---

I can't answer your specific question, but your post made me smile. I, too, am from Michigan and just purchased a new Viking S21 from a dealer located in JoAnn's. Is it a good thing we both paid exactly the same price?

The dealer and the salespeople were really new and were not that helpful in pointing out the features. I figured I would just mess around with it myself. The DVD that came with it was absolutely essential. I never would have figured out how to thread the darn thing with just the manual.

I am also thinking about taking the serger class and will probably look for a few books at the bookstore. I purchased some beautiful wool material for a new coat that I hope to make with my serger. This will be the test project. But, for right now, have just been working on samples of different materials. If I come up with anything online, I'll let you know!

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