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Which serger? A new Brother 1034D or older Bernina 2000DE
Old and reliable vs. new and affordable?
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Date: 6/3/13 7:17 AM

Hi there. I'm wanting you all to weigh in on this.

I have been searching for a reasonably priced serger and thought that the Brother 1034D seemed like a great place to start. It's very affordable and there's a lot of help online. I was looking on Craigslist and came across a Bernina 2000 DE and after reading about it, I thought that it was a great reliable machine with a few more features and a more reliable brand.

So, should I wait and see about finding a Bernina 2000 DE or just go with the Brother. This will be my first serger purchase. I have a Bernina 125S that I bought used and I love it. I would love to go to my Bernina dealer and snatch up a new serger, but I just don't have the $1000 to do it!

I don't ever plan to own a sewing business, and make most garments for myself and my three boys. My husband and I have a family policy not to buy disposable things--so I'm leaning towards a used 2000 DE, but I've seen comments that the 1034D has been a trustworthy machine for people for years.

Thanks!

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Date: 6/3/13 7:57 AM

I'm in the market for a new serger too, after just selling an amazing Baby Lock. I realized that I just don't need an ultra-fancy, super expensive serger. I've owned a serger of one brand or another for the past 25 years, but only need one on rare occasions since I'm mostly a quilter now. But, I do want to have one in case I need it for a certain project. After doing a good bit of research, I think I'm going with a Juki MO654DE, which seems to be a basic, reliable workhorse and can be had for less than $500.

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Date: 6/3/13 9:12 AM

Can't agree that Bernina is more reliable than any other brand.

My personal preference is Babylock with air-jet threading; a few steps above the rest.

Visit as many dealers as you can find and test drive before you buy.


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Date: 6/3/13 9:23 AM

I had that Brother and just recently upgraded to a combo for the coverhem. I would buy another Brother if I ever need another serger. It is not hard to thread and it is a real workhorse. I didn't have alot of money either when I bought my first serger. I was very happy with it. In my opinion you can't get a better serger in that price range. There are lots of happy Brother serger owners!

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Date: 6/3/13 9:23 AM

The best choice depends on the price of the 2000DE. I have one and love it. Bought it in '94 or '95. The caveat is price. My Bernina dealer told me that if the upper tension system should ever go out on that particular model, the part alone cost either $300 or $400. That's a big chunk of change for a part, before labor. Whether it would ever need to be replaced is the gamble.
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Date: 6/3/13 10:13 AM

Oh, good to know! Definitely something to think about. Thanks!

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Date: 6/3/13 10:14 AM

PattiAnnJ,

I would love an air threading Baby Lock, but it's not in my price range right now! I will get the chance to try out some machines, that's always the fun part!

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Date: 6/3/13 10:16 AM

Haven't looked at that Juki, but I've heard Bernina sergers are made by Juki. The reviews here seem positive--I'll have to see what I can find, maybe even locally.

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Date: 6/3/13 12:04 PM

I have the Bernina 2000 DCE, made about the same time as the DE, just has the coverstitch that the DE doesn't. I bought mine in '95 or '96. It has been a good machine, I have used it extensively, and think it would be a good machine for you. But, if you will check the new thread about a 2000 DCE and parts, they are having trouble finding parts as the serger is not supported anymore. I have been told that Juki does make the Bernina sergers. Maybe, theirs would be as good and even a lower price. I have never used a Brother serger. There are a few negative reviews of the 1034, but lots of good reviews. The best thing, always, would be to try them out. Not always possible, I know. Good luck in your search.

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Date: 6/3/13 2:18 PM

I have had a Brother 1034D for the past 4-5 years and I like the way it works. I bought it online because sewing machines are no longer sold here and I wanted it for my birthday.

I have no idea what a fancy serger does that my Brother does not but if you want an affordable sewing machine that works well, I would recommend this one. IIRC, it cost around $400.

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