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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Any advice for a beginner on buying an overlocker...? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 7/8/13 11:29 AM

Well, as it says in the title, I've been sewing on and off for a few years but I've just recently returned to garment sewing and whilst I'd still firmly classify myself as a beginner, I'd like to achieve the more professional results you get with an overlocker. I'm hugely intimidated by the huge range on offer and I really don't have much money, but I don't want to waste the money I do have on a rubbish machine that I'm going to want to replace in a few months.

I realise that all machines are kind of a matter of preference, but I thought if enough people recommended the same thing it'd be worth a look!

Thanks in advance!

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Date: 7/8/13 11:43 AM

Beginners (and more advanced seamstresses alike) tend to love the Brother 1034D! It's a $200 machine (in general), is easy to set up and use, and many have had their machines a LONG time.

Aside from that, because it's such a widely used entry machine, there's a TON of information, tips, etc here and in the blogosphere.

Good luck! :)

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

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Date: 7/8/13 1:41 PM

Visit your local shops for a demo and possible test drive.

Buy (1) from the shop that is the most helpful and (2) the model that is the easiest for you to use.

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Date: 7/8/13 1:52 PM

I have the 1034D too and am getting on well with it ('cept I broke a knife, my fault) ... However there was a post recently with a link to a nicely regarded Juki (can't remember the model) at a very discounted price.
Have a look over the past week or so's posts... if I find it I'll post a link to it in case you would find it interesting.

here it is
Link re Juki 654 or Brother 1034D
-- Edited on 7/8/13 1:54 PM --

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Date: 7/8/13 5:18 PM

I just got the 1034D a few weeks ago and I love it, it isn't that hard to thread, and it was just over $200. I wish I had gotten it sooner.

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Date: 7/8/13 6:45 PM

Thank you - this is just what I was hoping for! I'm so intimidated by overlockers and machine shops in general - I need to go in knowing what I'm asking for.

Thanks again!

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Date: 7/9/13 7:29 AM

Hi-
If you get the 1034D, before you try to thread the first time, watch this video!

How to thread a Brother 1034D

I found the CD that comes with the video didn't explain it as well as I needed it too, and with this tutorial, it was a snap to thread!

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Date: 7/9/13 1:30 PM

I too like you thought of buying a serger. I purchased the Brother 1034D at Costco of all places. But I have to say it was easy to learn and easy to thread. The support of forums like this and You Tube videos you are well supported.
One thing to note it is not an overlocking machine. Which if I'm correct "overlocking" lets you sew a top stitch on the fabric.
For example when you by a pair of sweats and the wide cloth waist band is attached to the pants, it is done with an overlocking stitch. When you do not have overlocking which the 1034D doesn't have you can only sew seams. fabric remaining on the left side of the presser foot. Hope this makes sense.
In short I LOVE my little serger and it does so super nice job at what it does!! Enjoy.

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Date: 7/9/13 3:31 PM

search the sergers topic on the boards here. There is tons of advice about what to buy.

My 2 cents if you can afford it is Babylock with Jet air threading. SUper easy to thread and learn, but they are not cheap...

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Now a Babylock girl almost all the way - Ellegante 3, Evolution, and Melody. Plus a Sailrite LSZ-1 for those heavy duty projects

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Date: 7/9/13 7:14 PM

Quote: anniem404
I too like you thought of buying a serger. I purchased the Brother 1034D at Costco of all places. But I have to say it was easy to learn and easy to thread. The support of forums like this and You Tube videos you are well supported.

One thing to note it is not an overlocking machine. Which if I'm correct "overlocking" lets you sew a top stitch on the fabric.

For example when you by a pair of sweats and the wide cloth waist band is attached to the pants, it is done with an overlocking stitch. When you do not have overlocking which the 1034D doesn't have you can only sew seams. fabric remaining on the left side of the presser foot. Hope this makes sense.

In short I LOVE my little serger and it does so super nice job at what it does!! Enjoy.


Sergers and Overlockers are two different names for the same type of machines. Perhaps you are thinking of a Coverstitch machine?
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