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

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Crazy4myGirls
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Date: 4/28/13 1:58 PM

I feel like I've been researching sergers for weeks and am more confused than ever. Is there any place where I can select multiple brands and models to compare the functions, features, specs. Is it better to have a separate cover stitch machine? So many features to consider and never having had one, not sure what are "fluff" and what are needed. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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Date: 4/28/13 2:35 PM

Well, I started with a Brother 1034D. Great serger-it started to have some issues so I went yesterday to my dealers and bought an Elna 745 which is combo machine and will also do coverstitch. My original goal was to have both so I didn't have to adjust back and forth. This Elna though looks really easy-I haven't tried the coverstitch yet but it looks easier to set up than the regular serger stitch. I don't know any place where you can set up and compare features-you could make a spreadsheet and do it yourself. The PR search function under sewing machines will help. I go to the manufacturers sites and look at features. I had no intention and upgrading but gee after I used the Elna (it is so quiet and smooth) I was sold. I have not seen that Brother at a dealer's-it is only online. I had a good experience buying one from Amazon but I know some people on here have talked about getting machines that were damaged in shipping.

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Date: 4/28/13 3:32 PM

Thank you. There is a dealer close by that sells Brothers that I have looked at. Have not looked into the Elna but will check that out as well. Would love to hear how easy the switch is to the cover stitch as most posts I've read on other brands says it is at best an annoyance. Thanks again!

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Date: 4/30/13 8:44 AM

Keep in mind I have only had the Elna for 3 days but I love it. It is very easy to change from serger to coverstitch. I was working with the coverstitch last night and it turned out great on a sample piece of fabric I was using. I might get brave and actually hem something-I have a couple of things that need hemming. I would suggest looking around-this Elna was over $1000 but I am thinking it was worth it-it is a quality machine and several steps up from the Brother which I did like too.

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Date: 5/7/13 8:41 AM

Still haven't made it out to check out the Elna. Glad to hear you like it. My husband is totally in favor of my spending the extra money to get an all in one machine as opposed to have 2 separate machines for the serger and cover stitch, so he is at least prepared and won't have a heart attach over the price.

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Date: 5/7/13 12:23 PM

I love my Elna. It is super easy to change over. The whole thing is pretty easy to thread. I have not tried the rolled hem yet but I am sure it will be awesome too-maybe I will get a chance this weekend. Two machines do make things easier. I try to do things in the same color and same type of fabric (like two or three knit tops). Then I set up my sm and serger and sew up the tops. This way I am not constantly changing out machines and threads etc. I use basic colors in my serger. I will keep this routine with the Elna and just set it up to coverstitch when I have all the other sewing done. I thought about getting two but I don't do that much sewing to make it necessary. It is so hard to choose but so nice to have proper equipment!

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