Online Sewing Class: The Contemporary Couture Jacket
SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Forum > Sewing Machines > Best budget serger? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Best budget serger?
sewknitcrochet
sewknitcrochet
USA
Member since 6/29/13
Posts: 143
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Send Message

      



Date: 8/7/13 3:56 PM

I'm considering getting a serger at some point - my favourite sm are old school mechanical, ie: Husqvarna Viking.

I'm completely lost when it comes to sergers...!

Sew Nanny
starstarstar
Sew Nanny  Friend of PR
Mississippi USA
Member since 8/13/06
Posts: 3677
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      



In reply to sewknitcrochet <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 8/7/13 4:31 PM

I've owned a few different brands of sergers over the last 25 years -- Bernina, Janome, Babylock and Juki -- from very basic to TOL. At this point in my life, I just need a basic serger since I mainly quilt. A couple of months ago I bought a Juki 654DE serger -- very basic, but it does all I need for about $400. It's a good, sturdy, stable serger.

------
~ Patricia ~
Bernina B780E ~ Aurora 450 Fashionista ~ Activa 240
Juki 654DE ~ Brother 2340CV
DesignerPlus7 ~ Designworks Suite ~ EQ7
"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." Eleanor Roosevelt

DonnaH
star
DonnaH
Texas USA
Member since 10/1/03
Posts: 1626
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



Date: 8/7/13 5:18 PM

Brother 1034D

Also look up the reviews of it.

Another thread

It's $200 at Walmart and Amazon right now.

aprilla
aprilla
Member since 6/2/12
Posts: 367
Skill: Beginner
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 8/7/13 5:50 PM

Hahaha DonnaH, I wrote that post... how delighted I was with my new toy, and I still am some 3 months later. I would replace it and that's how I know it's a 'best buy'!

sewknitcrochet - there is a whole board dedicated to Sergers here, great for a look at problems etc... I always look at the problems LOL Reading here, and the 1034D thread DonnaH supplied, helped me enormously when I made my decision.
Serger Thread

Also, here is a link to a 1034D series on youtube.
1034D Serger Techniques

The 1034D doesn't do coverstitching. It uses 3 or 4 threads, you should make sure you don't require a 2 or even 5 thread machine by seeing what stitches these do, in case you would NEED them.... of course, we all WANT them

Good luck with your choice, sergers are great


-- Edited on 8/7/13 5:53 PM --

simplystitches
simplystitches
Member since 2/12/06
Posts: 1911
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



Date: 8/7/13 8:30 PM

I don't have the Brother 1034D but I know several people that do and they love them. It's a good basic serger and really isn't that what most people need?

Personally I feel that until you've used one for awhile and know how or how much you'll be using one that the best thing is to get a good entry level machine. That's what the Brother is.

Debbie

sewknitcrochet
sewknitcrochet
USA
Member since 6/29/13
Posts: 143
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 8/7/13 10:19 PM

Bought a White Superlock 523 today!!!

LisaInAlabama
star
LisaInAlabama  Friend of PR
USA
Member since 7/10/13
Posts: 1335
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Send Message

      



In reply to sewknitcrochet <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 8/14/13 11:55 AM

I hope you have wonderful times with your new serger! I love sergers. I have 3.

------
I've been doing machine embroidery for 11 years, but I'm definitely a beginner at garment sewing.

UFOs completed in 2015: 4
Projects started recently completed in 2015: 51
Yards bought in 2015: 71.5
Yards sewn up in 2015: 64.0

rubbecca

rubbecca
Member since 2/25/08
Posts: 133
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Send Message

      



Date: 8/14/13 4:22 PM

I have a Janome 644D. It is a basic serger and not hard to thread once you get the hang of it. It cost $600 at the dealer 5 years ago. I think you should be able to find a basic serger much less. I second the Brother 1034D. I don't own one but I read the good reviews and recommended it to my friend who wanted to get a serger but not pay too much.

------
Janome Sewist 509
Rebranded Kenmore 19233/Janome DC 5100
Janome MyLock 644D
Janome CoverPro 1000CP
Brother PE 700II (traded)
Brother DreamMaker VE 2200

sewknitcrochet
sewknitcrochet
USA
Member since 6/29/13
Posts: 143
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Send Message

      



Date: 8/14/13 6:51 PM

I got it today...the tension arm (?) had been glued on long ago (which I knew about) it came off in transit, even though the shipper used tons of bubble wrap etc (did an excellent packing job...) My DH thinks it can be glued back on (I concur...)

lelliebunny
star
lelliebunny
Member since 12/24/12
Posts: 1143
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 8/14/13 6:59 PM

i personally find the idea of gluing anything related to the machine's tension to be a little scary. is there a dealer in your area that might be able to take a look at it for you to see if it can be repaired?

with so many fast moving parts and the knives, i'd imagine the last thing you would want would be for something to come apart while you are in the middle of serging something.

------
it doesn't matter what type of sewing you do. you are sewing, and sewing is good.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Sewing Machines >> Best budget serger?

Merchants on PR

Patterns from the Past


vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Reconstructing History


Historical Patterns
Web site

O! Jolly! Shop


Sweater knit fabrics
Web site

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Amulet Swim Fabrics


Poly/PBT swimwear fabric
Web site

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics
Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics

Class Details

Online Class
Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket
Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket

Class Details

Islander Sewing Systems Double Green Shopping Bag Pattern

Islander Sewing Systems Double Green Shopping Bag Pattern

Pattern Details
Acrylic Base In 5 Sizes

Acrylic Base In 5 Sizes

Pattern Details

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2015 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.