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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Beauty in basic, functional stitches ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 5/10/13 3:37 AM

Hi! Iím Lee, I joined a few days ago and I'm really loving this site. This is my first post. :)

Iím angling to buy a Singer Featherweight soon and follow that up with a serger and/or coverstitch machine. Itís got me thinking about the unique beauty of the Featherweight stitches, and whether there are sergers and coverstitchers that are also known for producing a particularly beautiful stitch. The Featherweight seems to sprinkle fairy dust on everything it sews... and yet it isnít an expensive machine. Nor do I get the sense that its magic is entirely due to ease of use.

Iím a beginner and know nothing about sergers/coverstitchers apart from what I've read. Any thoughts would be very much appreciated. Iíve been reading through the MB topics and reviews and they've been REALLY helpful! You folks make things a lot less bewildering and scary for a newbie on a budget.:)

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Date: 5/10/13 5:59 AM

Welcome, Lee! It's a great site, isn't it?

I don't know anything about sergers or coverstitchers with beautiful stitching, but I do have a Singer 201K from 1950 or thereabouts, and it has the most beautiful straight stitching. Lots cheaper than a Featherweight, too! Although of course it's considerably less portable as it's built like a tank

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Date: 5/10/13 6:07 AM

The fairy dust of my serger was all the little silver coins I saved by buying an older former top of line serger (an Elna 4 Prolock). It sews like a dream (after you take an entire day to thread it).

But ... I saved 50% off its $1500 price tag because a newer better model came out. I'm a personal finance freak and that was important to me.

ETA: I have a Featherweight too so I get what you're saying.
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Date: 5/10/13 7:02 PM

Just curious...you are talking about the vintage featherweight and not the newer modern featherweight?

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Date: 5/10/13 11:12 PM

lareine - The 201K was my other granny's sewing machine! It was indeed a tank, and it produced really beautiful work. I'd love to have one some day.

marymary86 - That's a great idea. I'm definitely looking for a used machine for budgetary reasons, but none of the dealers in my area have a bead on any right now. I'm combing eBay in the meantime. Is your Elna really that tricky to thread? I've heard those sergers give wonderful results.

missticky2 - I mean the vintage Featherweights. My grandmother's was a real peach, and yet she never used it because she preferred the treadle Singer she had grown up on. She was still using the treadle when I was a child.

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Date: 5/11/13 4:02 AM

I think my biggest problem threading the Elna is that I don't do it often enough.

I figured out that the diagram on the inside of the serger and the diagram in the instruction manual are different. The one in the manual is correct. That cleared up a lot.

You can stalk Craigs List for high end used sergers and perhaps test drive them before making a purchase. That could let you verify that you can thread it and that the seams work well for the types of fabric you sew the most. Don't just check how the seams look. Turn the fabric over to the right side and see if the seam is well constructed. Sometimes I see thread ladders on the right side after sewing a 4 thread seam on my serger. I don't think I have the tension set right.

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Date: 5/13/13 2:40 PM

That's a cruel bit of carelessness, goofing up on threading instructions when sergers are already so tricky! Yikes.

I have been stalking Craigslist and am going to check out a Huskylock 905 this week (asking $200, which seems reasonable). Someone else has listed a Coverpro 1000, but they want $600 for it with no extras; I hate to waste people's time but that one will probably be test-drive only.

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