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Heavy duty serger without breaking the bank?
ceciledevine
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Date: 7/23/12 11:46 AM

Hello everyone,
My serger seems to have tension issues so I'm taking it in to get fixed. It's a kenmore I bought about 3 years ago. I seem to need a new serger every 3 years. I do use it a lot and for different fabrics, so I believe I need to start investing in a better machine. However money is very tight right now and paying $1000 for a good machine is just out of the question for me. My dream is to own an industrial machine but that's going to be a while yet.
So I need your help for the budget-minded choice. I've been thinking of getting a juki but am not sure. I need something that doesn't need a huge amount of adjusting and that has no problems switching between cotton and Lycra. I do have a small sewing business so I can't spend hours fiddling with tensions like I have before.
Thank you for your feedback.
heathergwo
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Date: 7/23/12 10:11 PM

May I suggest a used machine either from a dealer or a place like Craigslist??

Usually you can get a lot better deal (maybe even that industrial you want) for something that has been previously used. Heck, some people post things on craigslist that are ridiculously cheap as they don't know what they have!

Just a thought!

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jeanau
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In reply to heathergwo

Date: 7/23/12 10:33 PM

I'd have to second Heather's suggestion about looking on Craigslist. I was lucky and found a baby lock serger...but along the way I saw a few industrial sergers from businesses that had decided to close their doors. It is worth a look!
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Date: 7/23/12 11:26 PM

Juki Mo654de

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In reply to ceciledevine

Date: 7/24/12 6:21 AM

The Janome 1110DX is a solid and reliable machine. 4 thread, easy to use and I think I paid $500 about 3 years ago.

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Date: 7/28/12 2:07 AM

I've had my Juki 654DE for a number of years and it just keeps chugging along, going over everything without any problem at all. I find it much sturdier than the Babylock that I used to have. I really love it--can't imagine using any other serger.
ceciledevine
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Date: 7/30/12 6:47 PM

Thank you for your feedback. I have been looking a lot at the juki 654de. My main attraction is the fact it can do heavier fabrics. I've been checking Craigslist but around here people do more quilting than anything else. I saw a few industrials but out of my range. I keep checking though. Plenty of sewing machines to go around. I think a lot of people don't know what a serger is.
teachu2sew
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Date: 7/31/12 4:28 PM

My Janome compulock handles anything I've ever thrown on it and it is tough.
Got it off Craigslist for a hundred!
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Date: 7/31/12 7:45 PM

I love my juki serger... it is both powerful and quiet! The cutting system on Juki sergers is an excellent design because the upper knife cuts from above rather than cutting as the upper knife is pulled from beneath the needle plate. If I had the room I would have purchased the Juki MO654 and Janome Coverpro 1000cpx.

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Date: 7/31/12 11:39 PM

HSN has a Juki 654 for $429 and you can pay in 4 installments.

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