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

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Janome Serger Advice
Need recommendations on a good Janome serger, and comparisons of which one would be best
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Date: 4/25/12 9:59 PM

I'm looking into getting my first serger, and I'm having trouble deciding what to get. I've sewn for years, and gone through 4 different sewing machines (an old Kenmore, a White that broke, a Singer that broke, and my current Janome). Since I've had a good experience with my Janome, I'm looking into Janome sergers now. I may consider other brands, but would feel safer sticking to Janome.

So, my question is, which one would be best (or which ones should I at least seriously consider)? I mostly sew clothing, and the main thing that I am wanting a serger for is to sew knits and get professional finishes on all my sewing. I want a machine that will last me for years, but won't break my bank, either. What are some things that I "need" to have in a serger vs. things that would just be nice but not needed?

I would appreciate any and all input and advice you could give me.

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Date: 4/26/12 6:16 AM

I have 2 Janome sergers. Both the same. I got one years ago, started a business, and then figured I ought to have a backup because I'd be in a pickle if the first one broke. I subsequently bought a Juki industrial so I didn't have to worry about it breaking. But, I use them both now. I have one set up for rolled hems, and the other for regular serging. They are really reliable. I've had them serviced a few times over the years, and they work like new still. I highly recommend them, great workhorse machine for a reasonable price.

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Date: 4/26/12 6:44 AM

If you want the serging and professional finishing in one machine, I think only the 1200D will do that. I actually have one, and love it!

Although this one does it all, I might recommend looking into a separate serger and coverstitch, because you're mostly doing clothes and sometimes that requires you go back and forth a lot, like in swimsuits you sometimes have to finish a seam before adding it to another piece of swimsuit. The 1000CP is available fairly cheap, easy to thread and use. I wouldn't spring for the 1000CPX, though.

Not as sure what serger to recommend. I'm sure you'll get lots of suggestions. I would say make sure it's 2/3/4 thread (as opposed to 2/4 or 3/4). A fifth thread is nice if you're working on lots of pants or heavy material, but if you only need the occasional safety stitch, I would straight stitch on the SM next to the serged seam. The 1100D is the TOL janome serger-only. I'm sure it's very nice, if you want to cut through all the 'riffraff'. :-)

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Date: 4/26/12 9:15 AM

What's your budget? Lots of people like the Brother 1034D, it's under $250. I have one as my backup serger and it is a little workhorse. The Janome 1000CPX coverstitch will run about $600 lately, it's definitely a specialized finishing machine but very helpful to achieve the professional look.

There are long threads running about both of these machines on the boards.

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Date: 4/26/12 10:19 AM

I have a Janome 634D serger and have been using it for both business and personal sewing for about 10 years and it is still going strong. It gets used on all types of fabric. I love the ease of converting from 2 to 3 to 4 threads as well as all the different hemming options. Threading is easy; cleaning is easy.

I also have the Janome 900CP and love the ease of use of this machine as well as the high quality of the stitches with little if any difficulty.

My Janome serger is now the back-up in my studio -- I would have bought another Janome without any hesitation except for the fact that the only authorized dealer in town is a jerk and I refuse to deal with them anymore -- long story but let's just say I had to get the Consumers Bureau involved.

My new serger is a Juki 654DE and I love it as well -- it is just as dependable as the Janome.

I don't think you can go wrong with a Janome (I also have 2 Janome sewing machines in my studio -- the DC3050 and the MC7000).

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Date: 4/26/12 11:13 AM

Thanks for all your input! As to budget, I'm really hoping under $400, but if it's simply impossible to get a good, reliable machine for that, I could go as high as $600. Not beyond that, though, if I can help it.

I hadn't really thought about getting a serger and separate coverstitch. I was thinking that I would need to find a serger that did both, and not sure that I could afford 2 separate machines.

One big thing that I will do with a serger/coverstitch is hemming knit leggings and hopefully being able to make knit dresses (for girls). My sewing machine just hasn't worked for that. Would I need both machines for that? Or could I make do with just one?

For sewing "regular things", like hemming napkins, tablecloths, etc., or finishing seams on other items, like denim skirts and cotton dresses/skirts, which one would be needed?

I'm still pretty new to the world of sergers, so please excuse my ignorance. I'm going to spend some time reading around these message boards and see what I can learn.

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Date: 4/26/12 11:29 AM

You can make a mock coverstitch hem with a twin needle on your sewing machine. I think coverstitch machines are sewing luxury items, you can definitely live without one but having one will enhance your sewing. With what you're wanting to sew, a nice serger should do the trick.

Combo machines will be on the pricier side. I haven't looked at combo machines in awhile but you'll probably be hitting the higher end of your budget.

Do you have any machine dealers you can visit?

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Date: 4/26/12 1:36 PM

Hi! I have the Janome 8002D, was around $300. I love it. 3 or 4 thread, I use 3 most of the time to seam finish wovens, 4 for knits. It is easy to thread, clean, understand. Does not boggle my mind! So I actually use it a lot!

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Date: 4/26/12 1:40 PM

P.s. Switching to rolled hems, cutter or no cutter blade, etc., is a snap on the Janome 8002D.

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Date: 4/26/12 4:30 PM

Janome 1200D owner here!!!! I love it!!! I have had it for about two years. changing over to coverstitch is not that hard I do it quite a bit. I usually will make several t-shirts at a time so I am doing all the serging them the coverstitching at once.

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