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Date: 4/12/12 0:05 AM

hi, in my quest to find a serger within my budget, I came across the singer stylist II on HSN (they have since sold out), but I did find a few vendors who carry this. There is one vendor who has offered to sell it for $268, and says that this serger " is the same machine as the Husqvarna Viking 200s at a lower price", and when I expressed my hesitation ONLY because I could find few/no reviews from owners of this serger I was told it was the same as White 2000 ATS or White 2900 serger. Does this sound right? All 3 look different to me, the viking, and the 2 whites...?

And...last question: I know the brother 1034D is hugely popular on here, I finally did figure out how to work with it BUT I did think it was a little hard with the stitch finger being out of sight, whereas this model above opens completely in the front. IF anyone on here has first hand knowledge of either or (even better!) BOTH of these 2 models, the singer 14J250 serger and the Brother 1034D serger, which one should I get? there is only a $50 price difference... PLEASE help

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Date: 4/12/12 3:50 PM

I have the Singer 14J250 (Stylist 2) and really like it. Whether it is the same as the other 2 brands you mentioned, I don't know. This Singer serger is sweet because it has features many other sergers don't have.

One feature I love is it has a little clip on the thread bar for feeding in such things as cording or fishing line and a thread guide on front of machine for that to follow. The regular presser foot has 2 hole in it for feeding. It works fantastic!

I really like how it opens up all the way. Super easy to thread. Attachments have area in drop down door for storage. And they even put in this foam area which is for you to stick a needle into. That is just so nice to have because I often go from right or left needle and this gives you a place to stick the needle you took out. It has a thread cutter in the bed of the machine which lifts up by pushing a lever. I totally love that! I don't know why every serger company hasn't done that too. It such a sweet feature.

I have no trouble setting the tensions. I usually have to tweak the suggested tension settings in the book which to me is easy to do. The machine is sturdy and reliable.

I know HSN had it for $249.00 before it sold out. That was a great price and it came with 3 extra presser feet. The negative reviews on HSN were because people were upset they didn't get 6 presser feet and only got 3. On one of their airings, HSN did make a mistake and showed the 6 presser feet that came with the Singer Stylist instead of the 3 that came with the Stylist 2. So anyway, the negative reviews were due to that, not the performance of this machine itself. I just want you to know that because it brings down the serger's star rating on HSN.

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Date: 4/12/12 8:20 PM

It's the same as the White. White has always had that nice flip out front to see everything. Once all these companies merged different incarnations of it are available as Singer and Viking. I saw the Viking at Joann's and it was nice. I like the open space to the right...not feeling so crammed like some other sergers.

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Date: 4/13/12 8:51 AM

Finally did a quick search and yes, the HUsqvarna Viking 200s and the White 2000ATS appear to be exactly the same machine as the Singer Stylist 2. One of them did include a catch tray for the scraps which the Singer does not have.

Forgot to mention, I love the seam guide they put on these sergers too!!!
-- Edited on 4/13/12 8:55 AM --

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Date: 4/13/12 3:21 PM

okay...so if the singer 14J250 (AKA stylist 2) is priced at $269 and the Viking 200S is priced at $399, which is a better deal? From outside appearances all I can see that is different is thread tray & no bonus feet with Viking model? Viking retains value? (Singer price is awesome, but I've NEVER had a good experience with Singer...?) And if I'm jumping up into the $399-ish range, should I be looking at another serger? juki? janome? babylock? I just like how the front of these open up, looks so much easier to thread than my brother 1034?
-- Edited on 4/19/12 5:35 PM --

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Date: 4/13/12 4:28 PM

Here's mine:


I just bought a piece of remnant vinyl and made a quick little scrap bag which runs under the machine. I have a piece of velcro on the vinyl and on the machine so I can easily attach it. Same thing with the Bendable Bright light--just have it stuck on with velcro.

Now why didn't Singer include the scrap tray? Who knows but as you can see, the same little open spot on the drop down door is on the Singer. That little open spot is where the scrap tray hooks into the Husqvarna that is the same machine. So maybe the tray could be bought from a Husqvarna dealer?

On this video clip of the serger it will show you the feeding ability I mentioned earlier that other sergers do not have. And most other sergers don't have the other sweet features I mentioned either.

My machine is 23 pounds and measures 12" X 11" She is sturdy!

I store mine in a hard square serger case like this and this is a super great book for beginners and is very inexpensive!

I personally would not worry about ordering online. If the sergers look the same, I am sure they're the same as so many machines are made at the same places. If you are going to get one, just go with whoever has the best price.

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Date: 4/13/12 4:35 PM

I have the brother... I was fairly new to serging and was able to use my brother straight out of the box. I love it. It's super easy to thread, I love the features on it, and I've had no issues. I serge through thick layers to make diapers and it's chomped through anything I put through it. I'm in love with it. Seriously.

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