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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Serger Shopping ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 3/11/12 8:49 PM

Hi. I am in the market for a new serger. I currently own the Juno 3434D serge . I have had it for a year and I like it for the most part. There are some things that annoy me about it, but I find it is relatively easy to use. However, when I bought it, I bought it as a stepping stone. I primarily sew skating dresses and I use it several times a month. One of the major things I DO NOT like about my machine is the way it threads. I want a machine with the lay in threading. When I get my new machine, I will continue to use my current machine as my back up machine.

Anyway... my spending limit will be 500.00-600.00 for my new serger. I know in the world of sewing machines and sergers, that is still a low end model, but that is all I can budget right now. I found this serger and was wondering if anyone has used one like it?

http://www.kenssewingcenter.com/brother-2340cv-coverhem-serger-machine-with-optional-feet-p-27561.html

The coverhem feature on this machine interest me! I would love to be able to use a coverhem! I know the Brother 1034D is a good model so I am hoping these more expensive models are also good.

I am also open to any suggestions any one can offer me. I am what I would consider an advanced beginner or possibly intermediate sewer(who has a lot to learn yet!). I plan to visit some local sewing machine dealers as well. I won't be able to purchase my new machine for about a month. Thanks for any suggestions you might have!

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Date: 3/11/12 9:02 PM

I believe that the Brother 2340 only does cover hem and does not cut the fabric and overlock as a serger does.
Are you considering a cover hem only machine and wish to continue using your Juno too? There are some nice combo models that do both overlock and coverhem but you may wish to try them out in person because the models vary a lot in how easy they convert stitching back and forth.
I hope you find a nice machine that suits your needs.

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Date: 3/11/12 10:24 PM

Hmmmm... I was looking for a serger. I guess I didn't read the description well if it is only a coverhem. I want a better serger then what I currently have and I plan to continue using my current machine but as a back up. Thanks for the reply

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Date: 3/11/12 10:30 PM

Juki sergers are solid machines, easy to thread and within your budget. The Juki MO654 is a popular machine.

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Date: 3/11/12 10:54 PM

I have found that combo machines (those that also do the coverhem) start at close to $1000. I have seen the Elna 745, which does both, demonstrated and was impressed with the stitch quality. The current price in MO is $899.

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Date: 3/12/12 0:30 AM

Thanks for the information. I'm debating now on if I should look into a coverhem machine(like the one I posted) and keep using my Juno for now. I use my serger to attach elastic to leotards/dresses because the finished look looks better then I can get it to look on my standard machine. The other thing I could do is buy the cover hem machine and sell my serger and buy the Brother 1034D to replace my serger. I see it online cheap enough that I might be able to keep it all in my price range. I MIGHT be able to spend more then 600 but I am trying to keep it around 600.

Thanks again.

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Date: 3/12/12 1:02 PM

I believe in having more than one overlock machine. I always have one set up to coverstitch, I don't like to have to switch back and forth in the middle of a project. I will admit to using a double-needle with Superior Poly-Yarn in the bobbin to hem my T-shirts these days. It's just faster, and it looks very good. (I do have an extra bobbin case adjusted for the Poly-Yarn, which in retrospect cost much less than my lovely overlock machine set for coverstitch.)

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Date: 3/12/12 1:53 PM

Would you buy a coverhem machine or a regular serger? I'm trying to decide now if I should go with another serger or if I should go ahead and by a coverhem machine. Part of me is leaning toward a coverhem machine yet I'd also like a better regular serger too. The one I have is OK and will do the trick, I just want something else that is a bit better then what I have. I think I need to go to a sewing machine dealer to try out a few different types of machines. Then I can decide better which type I would like. Good thing I have to wait a bit to buy!

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Date: 3/12/12 7:17 PM

I'm curious to find out what you end up deciding on!

I thought that machines that do coverhems are basically sergers with the extra threads (8, right?). I didn't realize you could get JUST a coverhem machine that is NOT a serger!

I have the Brother 1034D and LOVE IT! It's a great, 4 thread, serger... I don't know that it's better than what you have now... from my understanding it's a pretty bottom of the line, but good quality serger. I am a Adv. Beg. - Int. sewer as well and it's my first serger and that's what I've heard it's good for so I'm not sure if it would have ENOUGH if you're looking for more than you have now.

Keep us posted!!

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Date: 3/13/12 1:22 AM

Hi. :)

I'm all over the place with this purchase. Online, I found a Juki serger that interests me. We have a couple of Juki dealers locally and none of them carry the model I am interested in. If I buy a serger online, I want the chance to see it and try it out in person before I purchase one. I've upped my limit to 800 now. So, for that price, I want to have a better idea of what I am getting into.

I went to look at Huskylocks today and they are on sale! I can get a Huskylock 21s for 799. I liked it a lot. I liked the size and the features. It has a coverhem feature on it too.So far, it is winning the race!

I've read that Juki also makes Bernina machines and that there is a Bernina machine similar to the Juki machine I like. I might see if my local Bernina dealer has it and check it out, It'd be good to check out Bernina machines too... just for comparison.

I've decided against the Brother machines. The 1034 is a great machine, but I think you are right... it isn't what I need or want so I am looking into other models. :)

I've never spent this much on anything for myself(other then furniture and cars...lol), so this is kind of fun! When I bought the serger last year, I wanted to make sure I would use it before spending a lot on one. I use mine a few times a month so upgrading makes sense! I just didn't think I would ever spend this much on a machine. :)

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