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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > 1034D One Week later... ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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1034D One Week later...
what am I loving???
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Date: 5/31/13 5:56 AM

I am loving everything But I'm loving the weird feeling of freedom I'm getting with the serger, is this odd? Even (so far) threading is a doddle, done on a whim.

I've had a sewing machine a year now and love that too but it brings out a pickiness in me. Get the tension right, cut out with care, get the markings, exact seam measurements, straight lines, pointy corners, perfect pockets.... and much unpicking and resewing, but I do glow somewhat when I get it right :)

But with the serger it's a bit like hmmm, let's try it and see what happens... sides a bit uneven, so what! tension a bit wonky there? ... who cares! What else can I do??

I'm wondering if this is sortof normal or if I need to be locked in a room with my machines

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Date: 5/31/13 9:18 AM

I told you serging was addictive and that little Brother worth every penny. Get some simple patterns that have only a few seams. I like Kwik Sew and Jalie for tops; I found those patterns easy to fit and easy to sew. It gave me lots of practice and I got nice tops in the process. If tops are not your thing, then there are plenty of other options. Glad you are having fun! Yes you need to be locked in a room with only your machines for awhile...

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Date: 5/31/13 9:43 AM

How right you are Marie367! So very addictive.
I made a top this morning! Just using a top for a guide I cut out back, front and sleeves, and sort of winged it. It's great.... the differential feed for the sleeves is awesome!!
I haven't finished the neck yet, undecided, but the blind hem did a really nice hem for me.

I take it back about the locked room, I'll stay willingly... might have to be dragged from it actually.

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Date: 6/3/13 11:36 PM

Aprilla, I have had my 1134D (same as 1034D) for about a week as well and I am loving it too. Like you, I seem to have less rules/expectations about what I am doing than I have with my SM. I serged in sleeves in a slinky slippery knit in the first thing I made with it, didn't even think twice about whether I should attempt it or not. BTW, it turned out great. I find the threading very easy and quick to do.

If you think you should be locked up, I guess I should be there tooI lay awake at night thinking about all the wondrous things I could be making with my serger and stay up way too late playing with it.

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Date: 6/5/13 1:49 AM


It's not just me then and you say 'playing' too!
For one of my first garments I took the sleeves off a failed knitted top (but the sleeves were nice) and serged them into a newly traced out back/front... fast & fabI'd been twisting myself trying to figure a solution to use the sleeves before, probably overthinking it. No doubt the serger makes 'easy' easier for me. ps I liked it for putting in the sleeves.

I now look at things and think yes, serger could do that, I look into clothes to see what's sewed and what's serged... It's a whole new adventure. Up too late and up too early, yes! I hope that passes soon tho, my stash won't keep up but not the enthusiasm, I'll keep that as long as I can!

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Date: 7/4/13 11:24 PM

this question is aimed at tlc7 or anyone else. tlc7 said they had the Brother 1134. I am looking at that one online, is it really same as the 1034? are you still happy with it?

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Date: 7/5/13 4:00 AM

I think it's normal to feel that way about a serger. Just since there really is no way to be so picky, and as exacting quite the same, as when sewing on a sewing machine instead, just since you don't really have the same drop your needle down and minute pivot ability quite the same way ( as thread over the stitch pins too) and also, much longer presser feet, and a much bigger foot clamped down on there, plus just goes much faster too. So if you are a really exacting person, I think it does feel much more "freeing and free wheeling" kind of to sew on the overlock instead.

It's also the kind of thing, that might be kind of hard to get used to though sometimes to more "let go" and sew that way instead, just since you don't have the same kind of minute control, and everything you learned previous sewing machine wise sort of does not count a whole lot or the same way either. So in that way, it's sort of just a whole another "beast".

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Date: 7/16/13 0:29 AM

I love my 1134, it is exactly the same machine as the 1034. I got it online from Costco Canada (free shipping and quick delivery). This is my first serger and I am very happy with this machine - nice stitch, very easy to thread, can't say enough good things about it.

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