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Kadoim
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Date: 11/22/13 8:14 AM

Hello all,

I live in Belgium and I'm looking around for my first serger.
I find it hard to choose, having no experience with using a serger whatsoever.

I have found a woman selling her 7-year-old Janome Mylock 744d for 150 ($ 202).
I think this is a very low price, but the reviews I read about this serger are not all positive.

Can anyone help me decide if and why I should or shouldn't buy this one?
I have started sewing about a year ago and know only what I have taught myself (with the help of the internet / Youtube).
The most important reason why I want a serger is that I like to sew clothes for my children, and for that I mostly like to use knits. My ordinary sewing machine does a farely good job on this, but my seams have broken more than once, once the clothes were being worn.

In short: do you think the Janome Mylock 744d is a good serger for a beginner? Is it doable to learn how to use it with the user guide, or would you recommend buying a new one, probably including some free lessons on how to use a serger?
Those who have personal experience with the 744d: would you say this serger is easy or hard to thread, compared to other machines? And is it easy to switch to rolled hem?

Other sergers I have been looking at (read: drooling over ;-)) include the Bernina 800dl (regular and Bernette), the Lewenstein 700de (advertised here in Belgium as the perfect beginner's serger and available now at 299 ($ 404) with a set of 6 special feet as a free extra) and the Juki 735 (for the extra option over the coverstitch).

Any thoughts? :-)
Thanks a lot in advance!

Val916
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Date: 11/23/13 11:26 PM

I would buy It for that price. I paid $499 for my 734D in 2007 new, on sale. I also have an older Janome 334 and the older is heavier and quieter but I prefer the 734D because I was able to add the extra feet over time and it does the rolled hems without changing the plate. You can still buy accessories for the 744D. Mine has not needed repairs, just oiling in places the manual says. Although I haven't done a test sew on the 634 I think the difference is that the 744 has the free arm. I would make sure a manual is available before you buy.

Val916
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Date: 11/23/13 11:35 PM

I forgot to answer the question about threading the 744D. I found it frustrating at first, but it is not hard but takes me about 10 minutes. Most times I don't unthread I just cut the thread and tie on, then pull the thread thru the guides. You can always make an offer.

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Date: 7/21/14 8:28 AM

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Date: 7/21/14 12:21 PM

I am not sure any serger will resolve the issue of broken stitching. It may help to use a narrow zig-zag stitch using polyester thread for the seams and the serger to finish the raw edges of fabrics that tend to fray.

Ask for a demo and if you like what you see, buy the serger.

Some sergers are a little tricky to thread. Once properly threaded, to change the thread, cut the old thread near the spools and tie to the new. Then lift the presser foot and set the tensions to zero. This will allow the new thread to pass through the loopers with ease. You will need to watch for the knots as they approach the needles, stop and cut the knots and thread the needles by hand.



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In reply to Kadoim <<


Date: 7/21/14 3:56 PM

I think the price you're quoted seems very reasonable.
I own the Janome 644D and I could sell it today for $400 here.
I don't like mine and I replaced it with a Babylock (dream machine!) because I hated the threading of the Janome. I think if you use it regularly and commit the threading procedure to memory it would work for you. For me, I had to re-learn every time I used it because I didn't use it often enough. I really, really hated threading it! Outside of that, it did a nice job.

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Bernina 830LE - Brother Dreamweaver VQ3000 - Bernina B530 - Janome 6600P - Pfaff 1209 - Babylock Evolution - Janome 644 - Babylock Sashiko2 - Babylock BLCS-2

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Date: 7/21/14 10:07 PM

Kadoim...the price for the Janome seems fair and if that is your price point I would go for it.

If you can buy a second hand Bernina 700/800dl I would say they would be my preference. One for quality of the stitch, secondly - ease of threading.

I have sewn many childrens' knit garments on the serger and never had a popped seam. The serger is a great tool to speed up your sewing on childrens' clothes.

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