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Brother 1034D vs Kenmore 16677
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Date: 4/13/10 1:36 PM

I have been researching entry level sergers and I am interested in the Brother 1034D and the Sears Kenmore Model 16677. I have read many good reviews for the Brother 1034D serger, however one reviewer noted that there is no seam guide on the machine to indicate the width of your seam, or how deep into the seam allowance you are cutting. I have seen the Kenmore serger, it has a clearly marked seam guide, and I think there is also a fabric guide that can be purchased which might be helpful. I have read that you can disengage the knife on the Brother 1034D, but I don't know if that's possible on the Kenmore 16677 model. From the reviews I have read the Brother 1034D is not terribly difficult to thread because of the F.A.S.T. lower looper threading system. The Kenmore 16677 has a color coded thread guide, that's about all I know about threading it. I have absolutely no experience with sergers, so any opinions or additional information regarding either of these sergers would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 4/13/10 3:11 PM

I have the Brother 1034D. There is definitely a seam guide on it. I've never used another serger so I don't know how it compares to the seam guides on other machines. I find it harder to follow than the seam guide on my sewing machine or coverstitch machine (also a Brother), but that may just be 'how it is' for sergers because of the way the machines are inherently designed. I don't think it helps that, on the Brother, the guides are just raised lines, and not in a contrasting color - but I've been thinking about sticking a piece of clear tape over it and then color on the lines with a sharpie to make them easier to see (the clear tape is to keep my coloring from being permanent - plus I'll probably mess up 5 times). As for how deep into the SA it cuts, well, that's easily determined with a quick test stitch on a scrap. You can disengage the knife on the Brother easily.

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Date: 4/13/10 5:26 PM

I 2nd what chicaem29 said. The seam guide consists of raised lines on the curved white plastic knife cover at the front of the machine. It would definitely be helpful to color those lines somehow. I have yet to do this myself, but plan to.

I've measured the distance from the lines to the left needle, and, IIRC, they are 1/8, 3/8, 5/8 and 1 inch. The 5/8 inch line is more prominent than the others. When I am using a 5/8 SA, I align the edge of my fabric w/the 5/8 line. This gives me a neat 1/4" overlocked seam and cuts off the excess 3/8 inch of material.

Following the seam guide is very different on the serger than it is on a sewing machine, because of the curved knife cover and the machine cutting. It is hard to describe the difference, but if you look at the serger, it may become more obvious. It took me practically no time to get used to it on my 1034D.

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Date: 4/13/10 6:00 PM

BTW -- I may be off on the 1/8 and 38 seam guide lines; can't swear to what those measurements are. I am, however, certain of the 5/8 and 1 inch lines.

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Date: 4/13/10 7:05 PM

Some fabric stores and also places like Clotildes and I think Nancy's Notions used to sell a seam lines decal that can be placed on sergers and I believe the decal has colored lines.

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Date: 4/13/10 8:18 PM

I am also a new Brother 1034D owner even though I have two Janome SM. What sold me was 1: not having to change the throat plate to do a rolled hem. 2: I prefer the tension discs to the knobs on the Janome ( don't really know why) 3:Price . As far as the SA I think the prevous post was close to it because I don't worry to much about that marker if I know my fabric was cut w/the correct SA. Even though I like my serger I still do a LOT w/my SM because I just know what it will do.

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Date: 4/13/10 10:33 PM

Never having used the Brother 1034d, I can only comment on the Kenmore. I have had it for a few years, never a hiccup. It does have an automatic lower looper threading lever, it's really helpful. I've not had a hard time threading it. For a rolled hem, you slide a lever, it moves one of the stitch fingers back, so you don't have to change the plate. Then you just set the machine for rolled hem and that's pretty much it.
And you can disengage the knife. I have done that a few times.
Hope that helps you a bit.
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Date: 4/13/10 11:22 PM

I just wanted to add that I love my 1034D! It's not difficult to thread, either. This is my first serger. It's a very user friendly machine.

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Date: 4/14/10 1:04 PM

I have the Kenmore and it is super easy to thread. I love the machine. The seam allowances are clearly marked, and I've never had one bit of trouble with it. I've heard really good things about the Brother 1034D as well. I'm sure either one would be a great choice.

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In reply to carlycats <<


Date: 7/19/13 9:35 PM

You can check what the seam allowances are by going to your regular machine and sewing 5/8 seam allowance. You line up the thread with the raised bar in the middle of the presser foot and see where the edge of the fabric lies. That line is the 5/8 line. You can check what width each of the lines are this way. I'm mostly commenting on the difficulty some people had with the seam allowance guides not being marked clearly on the Brother 1034d. I hope this helps someone! :)

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