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Monie
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Date: 2/28/05 3:16 PM

I am going to buy my first sewing machine of my own and I dedcided to go with the Kenmore (model #19233). It is a computerzied sewing machine that has quite a few stitches for me to grow in to. That was one of the things I was looking for besides it being a good machine at a good price. This model has actually gotten a good review on this website. I have also read on here that Kenmore is a good beginner machine.

I am going to be doing alot of clothing construction on my sewing machine and was researching a serger also. I had just about already decided to go with the one by Kenmore, model #791BD. It is $349.99 at Sears. It is described as being able to use 2/3/4 thread, sews with 3or 4 threads, 3/4 overlock stitch, knife disenagement, rolled hem.

I resently saw the serger by Singer that is available at Walmart according to the Singer website. This machine has 4 thread capacity, 5 serger stitches, 3 thread overlock, 3 thread wrapped overlock, 4 thread mock safety stitch, flatlock, blind hem, rolled hem, & decor stitch possibities. It costs $ 192.47. I'm really not looking for a 5 thread serger, but now I'm confused. If it has the capabilities at that low of a price I might try it. I have seen that sergers with 5 thread spools attached are expense. Do all sergers basically do the same stitches? Does the Singer look like the better choice?

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Date: 2/28/05 3:45 PM

Monie,
I think maybe you are confused. The Singer 14SH654 is a 4-thread machine, not 5.

Most new sergers do basically the same stitches. I would find out what is necessary to convert for rolled edge stitches -- do you need to switch out a plate on either one? Not having to would be a plus in my opinion.

One thing I did notice is that the Singer has a free arm. I couldn't tell if the Sears model does. You can serge without a free arm, that's for sure, but there are times that I'm very glad I have the option.

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Monie
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Date: 2/28/05 6:39 PM

Thank you for responding to my post!

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Date: 3/8/05 10:38 PM

I have a Kenmore Serger that I bought about a year ago. The model number you mention does not sound familiar (Sears is notorious for having confusing model numbers) but mine is model number 385.16655100 and cost around $345 so I'm guessing it's the same one you're looking at since Sears has only two Kenmore Sergers (at least that I'm aware of). I LOVE my Kenmore serger. It converts easily to a rolled hem and, after a bit of practice, is not difficult to thread. I belong to a sewing guild and there are several other members who also have all Kenmore machines, some who sew professionally. I think the Kenmores are great quality for the price. Highly recommended.

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Date: 3/9/05 3:42 AM

Isn't differential feed an important feature too? I don't know, since I don't have a serger...or do all sergers have that now?

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Date: 3/9/05 10:04 AM

If/when I get a serger, I'll definitely look at Kenmores. The only downside to a Kenmore, or a Singer from Walmart is that you don't have the classes available that a dealer will offer you. I've heard the salespeople at Sears are pretty clueless when it comes to working the machines, and I won't even get into Walmart.

Just something to think about!

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