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Date: 10/7/13 6:49 PM

Hello!

I currently have a singer fashion mate that i got when i graduated college and an old Huskystar that I learned to sew on in Middle school. I have a little bit of sewing experience and I am trying to learn as much as I can. I would eventually like to get a serger but I don't know anything about them, does anyone have any advice on what to get that will last a long time? I am a college graduate and don't have thousands of dollars to put into machines but I am willing to invest in something that will at least last a couple of years and is hopefully user friendly.

I also am interested in a machine that can do a satin stitch and monogramming. I found a little singer that can at least stitch letters and has a few basic fonts. Any advice would be appreciated. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RDH7Y8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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Date: 10/7/13 7:27 PM

Hi Katie,

Let me offer some tips/suggestions.

There are many sewing machines out there that will do letters. If I were you, depending on what you want to do, I would NOT spend a lot of money on an embroidery capable machine unless you really want to do lots of embroidery. It sounds more like you want to just do some basic monogramming. You can get a pretty good SM either new or used that will do some basic letters in either one or more fonts. Brother is a great brand (my personal fave at least) and has MANY different levels at really reasonable prices. Depending on whether you want to buy from a dealer (warranty, classes, help) or online will determine which Brother you might choose.

As for the serger acquisition. The best beginners serger is the Brother 1034D. It's pretty cheap at only around $200 on Amazon. It's very sturdy and does a good job. It is a self threader and you have to thread in a specific order, but it's really not that bad and it's a good investment piece. If, down the line, you really get into serging and want something more upscale, you can get a Babylock brand which has the airjet threading. But I wouldn't invest that kind of money right off the bat. You can always sell the Brother down the line and upgrade.

I HOPE some of that information is useful. Happy shopping!

ETA: I looked at the link for your Singer SM and that looks like a pretty good one! I have had a Singer machine and it worked great. That one has quite a bit of features for a pretty good price. Maybe someone else has the same machine and can comment? Have you checked out the sm reviews on this site to see if anyone has reviewed that particular model??
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Date: 10/7/13 7:41 PM

You asked about the Quantum Stylist. As Heather said, PR has a great Sewing Machine Review database. Just in case you didn't know how to access it, I did a search for you. There are eleven reviews. Here's the link: Click here

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Date: 10/7/13 11:27 PM

That isn't an embroidery machine.

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Date: 10/8/13 0:56 AM

For the serger, the Brother 1034D like heathergwo said is a wonderful machine. It may not last forever, I don't know yet, but I can tell you it is so easy to thread compared to what I had before.

For an affordable machine that has alphabet function and variety, the Brother PC-420 has three styles. My Brother model has only one style, but my friend has the PC-420 and loves it, and it is about $400 or so online. There are so many features on that machine for the price, it's ridiculous! My Innovis is very similar though, and I can tell you it's smooth, quiet, and in the 4 years I have had my sm it still has a perfect stitch.

It is not an embroidery machine, but those are expensive and it sounds like you might not have your heart set on a full-on embroidery machine. The PC-420 and Innovis machines have the alphabet and tons of decorative satin stitches made in perfect form.

Looking forward to hearing about what you end up with!
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