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Date: 7/17/12 11:08 PM

After asking endless questions from members of this site, and updating my membership, I ended up buying a Pfaff Expression 2046 on e-bay. Then, because of unusual circumstances, I bought a Pfaff Creative 2140/2170. Because I don't need alot of machines I'm in the process of trying to sell my Singer 99, 403-A, and 15-91.I'm keeping the Featherweight my husband bought me for Christmas. Earlier I'd bought the Serger at an estate sale for $50. With both of the Pfaffs, do I really need a serger also? I haven't had a chance to really try it out due to illness & my daughter's upcoming wedding. I hesitated to put the 15-91 up for sale as it's really nice, but can't really justify having so many sm.Any comments/advice welcome & thanks for all of your prior comments.I love having the advice of so many experienced sewers.

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Date: 7/18/12 0:48 AM

Who says you have to justify so many sewing machines? Some on here would say that you have a only a handful.

I don't have a serger, but why don't you try it and get used to it before you decide to give it away. You might find that you do have uses for it.

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Date: 7/18/12 7:24 AM

I would NEVER do without a serger. I do mostly garment sewing, and alterations. The serger is a different animal and does many things that a reg sewing machine can't match.

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Date: 7/18/12 7:43 AM

AS A SEWING TEACHER, I HAVE TOLD MANY PEOPLE THAT FOR GOOD BASIC CLOTHING PRODUCTION ALL YOU REALY NEED IS A GOOD BASIC MACHINE AND A SERGER.
I STILL STAND BY THAT, AND SEW AT MY TRAILER WITH A 3 THREAD SERGER AND A 1949 SINGER STRAIGHT STITCH. IT IS A LITTLE SLOWER, BUT THE PRODUCT IS GOOD.

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Date: 7/18/12 8:24 AM

Once being one of the few non-serger owners and now owning one, I'm not sure how I lived without it. I have several sewing machines and an embroidery machine-- nine in all at last count, and the serger, making ten (well, I have two sergers...). My machines do things such as hem and stitch, much like the serger. But I really like the finished seam edges the serger does. Recently, I finished 649 yards of fabric for curtains for a local spa. If I had to fold over and stitch that fabric into hems, I'd still be sewing instead of writing this.

Of course, there are things the serger does that a machine can't or will take a lot of time to do. Then there are things the machine does that the serger can't do. The issue for me is space. I like to keep the serger up, but it has to be at the end of my sewing desk; at least for now. I'd much rather have it on a rolling cart, but until I can redesign my sewing room, it's got to be on the end of my desk.

Although I might get shouted at here, I don't desire or nor want nor need a coverstitch machine. If I didn't have machines that do a blind hem, (one of my sergers does it as well), then maybe. But that's another machine I would have to find a place for in an already small sewing space.

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Date: 7/18/12 2:24 PM

I have had a serger (Brother 1034) for just 2 years. I sewed with just a standard machine for 50 years before that. I currently have an Elna Quilters Dream, which I like and intend to keep.
Since I got the serger, my sewing quality has gone up greatly and I've done several kinds of things I never before attempted. The serger would be worth it if I only finished seams, but that's a small part of what I do with it. The serger also makes very quick work of big projects.
It took me a little while to feel comfortable with it, and I'm still learning more ways to use it. I'd never part with it now that I see what it does.

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Date: 7/18/12 2:32 PM

I used a Kenmore that I bought in 1980 up until a year and a half ago. I bought a Brother 1034 serger last summer. I wish that I had bought it a long time ago. Of course, now I own 2 other sm machines. If I were you, I would try to use the serger to see if you like it.
A serger does some things better than any of the sms I have.

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Date: 7/19/12 0:21 AM

I have owned sergers for years, the latest being the Baby Lock Evolution. It does 86 different stitches including the coverstitch hem. As others have stated, it does things my other machines cannot do. I have an older Viking and a new Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold machine. I am a garment/home dec sewer and dabble with quilting and now embroidery, thanks to the Ellisimo. I definitely would not be without a serger.
Truly, you need to give the serger a try. There is a class on PR called "Break your serger out of the box" - maybe you should check it out!

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Date: 7/19/12 4:05 AM

A serger is such a great machine for so many uses I couldn't sew without one. Miss Fairchild - a cover stitch is a nice accessory but you are right - you can live without it

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Date: 7/19/12 7:18 AM

What do y'all recommend for SIMPLE but hardy affordable Serger for gift--busy mom who doesn't have a lot of time to learn, but wants to do basic kid sewing? I see a lot on Craig's list, figure some of them were too hard to deal with.

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