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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > servicing my serger ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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servicing my serger
is it worth it?
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Date: 5/21/12 7:05 PM

2.5 years ago I bought a brother 1034D. I use it a TON, and have never had a problem. I regularly clean it out (vacuum) but have never had it serviced. I've replaced the blade myself (too much diaper sewing) but am hesitant to get it professionally serviced. It still runs amazingly smooth.
It costs $109.99 for a basic servicing at my local repair shop. The machine cost $220. Is it worth getting it serviced? How often do you get your serger serviced?

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Date: 5/21/12 8:14 PM

I'm probably not the BEST person to answer this question as I've only been sewing about 9 months, BUT if the machine is still running perfectly fine and you keep it clean and oiled, then why do you need the service? Did you ask what the service entails? I would get a detailed list of what they do during that service and then make a decision. I hate to say to wait for something to go wrong, because then it will probably cost more to fix, but at the same time, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". You know?

Worst case scenario is you have to buy another serger and the 1034Ds are currently going for $199 on Amazon.

Just my two cents worth :-)

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Date: 5/21/12 8:39 PM

Sergers are real work horses and seem to go forever with very little attention. I am of the "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" school of thinking. Your worst case scenario is that it dies completely (unlikely) and your replacement cost is not much more than a service. I say keep sewing and save your $$ for a new one.

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Date: 5/21/12 8:51 PM

In a nutshell, no, it it's clean and you don't hear any metal squeaks or rubs, leave it alone:) It will need some grease/oil eventually, but sergers tht are used keep the oil at the right viscosity. It's idle machines that have problems.

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Date: 5/21/12 9:02 PM

ThanksI faithfully bring my sewing machine in every year, and was feeling quilty about neglecting my serger.

I've only replaced the top blade, how regulary/often do you have to replace both blades? I'm not sure I'm comfortable doing that myself.

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Date: 5/22/12 0:53 AM

As for the blades, I would say only if you notice a problem with it cutting.

I have also replaced the upper knife in mine because it broke (stupid pin) and found that very easy to do and I know the instruction booklet has directions on how to replace both of them.

If you feel it isn't cutting as well as it used to, then replace the knives and keep on sergin' :-)

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Date: 5/22/12 4:57 PM

I recently HAD to take my 8 yr old serger for service. Never did before that tho. I am a 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' kinda person and my serger was also relatively inexpensive $299 when I bought it. I sergered over a very thick seam (several layers of fleece) and threw the whole cutting arm out of alignment. I had always kept it very clean and oiled and the blades changed myself. The repairman (only $79.99) said the machine looked great but that it was not meant to do what I was doing with it (I used it everyday...heavy use) as it was a low end machine. And he said he had a dickens of a time getting it back in alignment and he also told me I should always have the blades changed by a professional. Well, I am grateful he was able to get it aligned again but I still contend....if it aint broke, dont fix it. Mine was broke beyond my control, however, I am more than capable of changing the blades and cleaning it myself. Summary is 8 yrs of no service = $0.00 as opposed to maybe every year to every other year @ $79.99 when there was NO problems????????? I say NO to service if you care for it properly yourself. Computerized sewing machines are a different story!

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