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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Brother 1034 or Juki MO-50? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Brother 1034 or Juki MO-50?
Need a serger to make dog beds, toys, etc
AngelFire
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Date: 12/3/13 12:16 PM

Hi,

I'd like to get some opinions on which serger to select. My eventual serger will be the Juki MO655, but I can't afford that yet. Right now I need to make some dog beds (using fabrics like duck canvas, Sunbrella, etc.) and some toys using the canvas and Sherpa.
There is a lot of information available on the Brother 1034, but I was wondering if maybe the Juki MO-50 would work better on these types of fabrics? I haven't seen a lot of info on the Juki yet.

Would appreciate any and all opinions!
Thanks,
Brenda in AZ

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Date: 12/3/13 5:54 PM

I don't have anything to offer on the Juki, but I can tell you that the Brother is a terrific investment. For less than $200, you have a pretty heavy-duty, easy to use, beginning serger.

It will easily handle the types of fabric you're talking about using and having personally had one, I can vouch for it's attributes.

Get it from Amazon for <$200 and SERGE AWAY!!!

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Date: 12/4/13 1:21 AM

I also love my Brother 1034D, and this is my second serger. My first, a Janome Harmony, still serges well but I have abandoned it to the closet because the 1034D is a snap to thread and has a freearm. If you get it, I suggest you adjust the width to 6 rather than the factory setting of 5, if you have looping on the edge of your fabric. (Thank you PattiAnnJ for saving me frustration with that tip!). I got mine from Amazon for $200 like Heathergwo suggested. Also, I thread my 1034D from right to left with no problems, though they say to thread in a different order. Right to left is so much easier!

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Date: 12/4/13 9:51 AM

I think we're officially the 1034D "crew". I love mine. Love. Love. Love.

It is a GREAT beginner option (and lots of non-beginner bloggers that I follow use one too!). It's affordable and really after that initial (somewhat scary) threading, it really is a breeze. I have taught my 13 year old son to thread it and if he's hanging out with me in my sewing cave, I'll have him switch my thread out while I'm sewing or cutting.

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My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 12/4/13 10:06 AM

It would be nice if someone who has the Brother could experiment with your fabrics like Sunbrella and Sherpa. I have a Juki and it has handled those fabrics due to the upper knife. I also have an Elna 945 that has the lower blade system and it doesn't do a good job on Sherpa or layers of fleece. It is like the blade doesn't lift up high enough and my fabric gets caught instead of being cut stitching bulk fabrics. It sews beautiful on knits and regular fabrics. Just a thought on the blades. I believe the brother serger is the "L" blade for the upper cutter like my Elna. The Juki blade is straight and comes down different onto the fabric.

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Date: 12/4/13 4:52 PM

Thanks to all who answered. I'm still not decided, but think I may go the Juki route. I've heard they can go through most thicker fabrics. The Sherpa is what concerns me the most, and I hope/plan to make a lot of dog toys with this fabric. What the heck - I may even just go ahead and get my dream Juki MO-655DE now - you only live once!

Brenda in AZ

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Date: 12/4/13 4:59 PM

You can serge without trimming with or without the knives engaged.

There should be ridges on the toe of the presser foot. That is what I use to guide the fabric through when I do not want any trimming. Test to see what is the best position on your serger to get a good wrap on the edge of the fabrics without the use of the knives.

Also, do not force the heavier fabrics through the serger.

The manual should indicate if there is a pressure adjustment for the presser foot. For the heavier fabrics, you may want the most pressure and for thinner fabrics, less pressure.

Test first with like fabrics and mock-ups.

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Date: 12/4/13 6:40 PM

I have a 1034D, love it, and have successfully sewn heavy Home Dec fabric on it (including a metal zipper, lol). So wouldn't recommend against getting one as your first/budget machine.

However, if you really want to end up with a higher level Juki, it might be a good idea to just start w/ the Juki. I don't know either of those machines, but I bet the entry level one has more in common with your dream machine than the 1034D does.

The exception to this is if the lower level Juki machine is the kind of lower level serger that makes people give up on serging because they are so hard to use! Have you looked up reviews? (I did not)

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Date: 12/5/13 2:24 AM

Does anyone overlock several layers of thick Sherpa for anything? It might be kind of hard to get it into your knives? I would think most people would just sew it with a sewing machine, I would actually just since it can't ravel anyways, but I think you should try it, since maybe it would not even fit in there good? Unless you straight stitched it first or compressed it down some how possibly?

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