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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Juki 654 or Brother 1034 or ... ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 7/3/13 10:11 PM

I do not do a lot of sewing, but I would like to have a serger that is easy to work with when I need it. I owned a White Speedylock, but it was a bit too much tinkering to get a good stitch so I sold it.

I have read reviews, and read some more, hoping to make a winning decision this time.I've looked at All Brands online and am drawn to the Juki 654 and Brother 1034. I am not partial to either brand or model, but have read good reviews on both and am hoping to not spend more than $400.

I don't know how important a free arm is (I am hoping to sew doll clothes with my 9 year old daughter). And I'm not sure if there is a benefit to the different tension dials.

I would love to hear what your opinions and what advice you would have to share. Thanks!

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Date: 7/4/13 6:52 AM

Hi janieranae, I don't really have advice for you. I'm a beginner with the 1034D but cannot comment on the Juki, can just say I like the Brother, it suits me and my level just fine.

Did you decide yet which to get?
That's a huge markdown on the Juki. I wonder why? I'd be both tempted and put off by that, being a little suspicious by nature.

Good luck with your decision, new toys (as I call them) are always fun :)

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Date: 7/4/13 8:33 AM

I just bought the 1034D on Amazon a few days ago for $189.99. Can't beat that price!

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Date: 7/4/13 9:04 AM

I've owned the Brother 1034D for the past 6 years and I like it: easy to thread, takes regular needles, very accessible price for me.

My only serging experiences is with this machine so I do not know what others do better or differently but I am very happy with the results.

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Date: 7/4/13 1:24 PM

I just bought the Juki 654DE a few weeks ago and am very pleased with it. I've owned various brands of sergers over the last 25 years, including Janome, Bernina and Babylock. I don't use a serger very often since I mostly quilt. The Juki 654DE threads easily, is very stable, doesn't vibrate on my table and does all that I need in a serger.

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Date: 7/4/13 1:47 PM

Janieranae, it just so happens that I have both machines!

I had the 1034d for about 2 years and used it heavily before it started to need some repairs...it didn't feel right to pay more for service than the purchase price, so I got the Juki because I was so impressed with the quality of my Juki f600. I'm not sure the free arm would be small enough for doll clothes. I actually didn't use it a lot. The Brother is easier to thread but not by much.

The Juki 654de is MUCH more solid than the Brother, and MUCH MUCH faster, too. Some owners have complained that the tensions are prone to needing frequent adjusting, but I've not experienced that at all. I think the stitch quality of the Juki is better, especially the rolled hem. Mine didn't come with a waste catcher, so I bought a generic one for $5.

I bought my Juki from Ken's Sewing and got their DVD that demonstrates threading and stitch functions---this was extremely helpful. Both machines use standard sm needles.
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Date: 7/4/13 3:41 PM

Juki 654! You won't be sorry!

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Date: 7/4/13 5:10 PM

I just got the Juki 654 a week ago and I love it! I had a Viking Huskylock 936 that I sold last year, and the 654 puts it to shame. The 654 has perfect stitches and powers through everything. I made my dog a fleece pillow and it plowed right through the fleece. If I had known about the juki before the Huskylock, I would have gotten the Juki. I don't know about the brother, but I love my Juki!

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Date: 7/5/13 3:08 PM

I've had both the Babylock Image and Evolve sergers, but now would only buy the Juki 654. I've had my Juki for about five years and in all this time it has never needed any repair. I clean it once in awhile and put a little oil in it, but that's it. And I use it for everything. I use it much more than I use my sewing machine. A fabulous machine!

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Date: 7/7/13 10:00 PM

Thank you so much for your replies! Each comment is much appreciated! Your experiences have given me more to ponder.

Thanks.

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