Member since 4/21/07
Date: 5/5/12 10:52 PM
I have a chance to buy a new-in-box 945 but it has been discontinued since 2008, I think. Anyone know why? I am concerned about safety issues. What would be a fair price for a brand new/several years old 945?
Thanks for any thoughts!
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 5/5/12 11:00 PM
I dont know about a fair price but I have this machine bought it 9 years ago.
It is very very easy to thread and and convert to narrow hem. It has cover stitch but I have never used it as I have a stand alone c/s machine. I use the 5 thread alot for sewing my garments. There is a active elna serger group over on yahoo and recently the dvd manual has been put up so you could see all the functions that the machine has.
Cant think of any safety issues - I think that there may have been a problem with the tilting needles - some people have had them break but so far this has not been an issue for me or any one I know here locally in NZ.
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 5/7/12 12:20 PM
I don't know why it was discontinued but it is an awesome machine. I just recently grabbed mine out of the garage after years of non-use and it ran flawlessly. Make sure to see it in action and test it etc.
Member since 4/22/04
Date: 5/7/12 10:10 PM
The 945 would have cost more than my Elna 744 which I paid $799 for several years ago. My 744 though is only a 4 thread but is much like the 945 as far as most stitches, features and 3 cover hems and chain stitch and a 4 thread safety stitch but the 945 is a 5 thread, does a 5 thread stitch and is computerized, can be updated with pro cards available for more stitches. The 945 also has a speed controller. So with all of these extra features it surely must have cost more.
I don't know why the 945 has had problems with the tilt needle bar. That is a feature that I love about my machine. These machines have 5 needle positions. I don't know if the 945 positions are the same as on my 744 being the 945 is a 5 thread serger but on my 744 the 2 needle positions in the back are for overlock stitches and the 3 positions in front are for the 3 cover hems and chain stitch.
I like that these machines have the safety 4 thread stitch. It does not unravel. Sergers with at least 4 threads vary having either the safety, mock safety or just plain overlock. Some 4/2 sergers also do chain stitch and a 4 thread stitch with a straight stitch "beside" the overlock as my old Babylock did.
I love these Elna sergers that really do it all. They are also extremely sturdy and heavy duty. The auto tensions are wonderful. You can still adjust tensions if needed but really hardly ever a need to do so. Just dial the stitch that you want and you are set to sew.
-- Edited on 5/7/12 10:13 PM --
Member since 4/9/02
Date: 5/8/12 1:33 AM
There is a Yshoo group just for Elna sergers that you might find helpful. I have the 925 - almost exactly like the 945 and I have loved mine. I haven't had any problems with it and think I couldn't have a better model. I like it because it does 3 different coverstitches and it isn't difficult to switch between regular stitches and the coverstitch. If you join the Yahoo group, there are links to YouTube in the files section with the VHS tapes that come with the sergers showing how to set them up for the various stitches.
Some people have had trouble with the needle shank breaking and I think it is fairly expensive to repair, but I think the vast majority haven't had any problems.
Good luck with your decision!
ETA: I'd buy it again if anything ever happened to mine! Hopefully, there will always be someone who will be willing to part with their used one!
-- Edited on 5/8/12 1:42 AM --
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