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Can't decide between these two models
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Date: 4/4/14 0:12 AM

Hi there everyone, I can't decide between the singer stylist and the singer pro finish Sergers this would be my first serger but I want it to last a long time I don't have the money for a baby lock or Bernina that's why I'm sticking with the singer thank you

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Date: 4/4/14 1:53 PM

I don't know about the Singers, but there are other low cost sergers you might want to compare them with. The Juki line and Brother both have high quality low cost serger models.

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Date: 4/5/14 4:41 PM

I don't know about the Singers. I had the Brother 1034 and it was a great serger. I have an Elna combo now. Janome, Brother and Juki all make great entry level sergers that get good reviews. The Brother 1034 is usually about $200.

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Date: 4/7/14 4:24 PM

one of the reasons i want the singer is because it is reasonably priced, i have the matching sewing machine, and it has 2 stitch functions

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Date: 4/7/14 4:51 PM

Your sewing machine does not care which brand of serger you decide on, and visa versa.

I have read more good things about the Brother 1034 than any Singer serger.

Prices are very similar. Visit both Brother and Singer dealers to see if you can get a demo. Some sergers are difficult to thread and others seem easier.

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Date: 4/7/14 5:21 PM

i herd that the 1034D was loud and did not have a free arm... i was looking at the Jenome 8002D (does that have a free arm?)

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Date: 4/7/14 6:01 PM

From the specs it appears the Brother has a free arm but the Janome doesn't. It's also currently on sale at Amazon for $191.53. None of my sergers (Bernina and Babylock) have a free arm and I don't miss it. Another nice solid choice would be Juki.

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Date: 4/7/14 10:01 PM

I wanted to put my 2 cents for the Juki. I had one that lasted for 25 years. I loved it very much. It was the company that made the Bernina serger. That had been the selling point for me since it was so much less than the name brand. I used it with out needing any service during all those years. I have moved on to the Babylock Image now but I passed my Juki to a new owner who loves it and uses it as much as I did. She has 4 girls and a boy and makes much of their clothes. I found it to be a very good work horse sewing for my family of 5 also. Some of the things that made a difference for me was the ease of switching to rolled hem. The tension discs only went around one time. A good thing since little hands like to spin those knobs. At that time there was a new machine which the knobs can rotate 4 times. It is a pain trying to get a balanced tension when you have that much play. When you are test driving put the machine out of balance and try to see how easy it is able to bring it back into a balanced stitch. To see if you want to save a bit longer for a more expensive brand, give them a try to see what they can do. See if your choices of machine are similar or not as easy to use. It will make a difference how easy it is to thread, to change from one type of stitch to another, how easy is it to use the machine. Price is a very important factor but you might find the best value is saving a little longer for what you want instead of settling for a machine you will not be happy with because you can afford it. Something else that made a difference to me is they type of needle it use where could I purchase them. The Juki took standard machine needles.

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Date: 4/9/14 5:03 PM

Of the two you asked about, I would choose the Sylist 7258. It's been around for years in various White brand incarnations and is now also sold as a Husqvarna Viking model. I think it would be less intimidating than the other Singer model and easier to use as both sides swing open for access on the front of the machine. It also has a lever to cut threads. Here are some reviews.

I would not make free-arm a requirement since it's so easy to maneuver fabric to get the job done.

In general, sergers are louder than sewing machines. The Brother 1034D does just as well for a great price. I like the fact that the presser foot lever is on the right side of the machine, instead of having to reach around back to raise the presser foot.

The Juki MO644D would serve you well and has an excellent reputation. Worth the money.

The Janome and Brother have only 3 or 4 thread options. The Singers and Juki can also do a 2 thread application.
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Date: 4/9/14 5:08 PM

Hi Zeldagirl413! Sort of funny that you asked about two models, and most folks are trying to argue you out of either! Are you talking about the singer professional 5 thread serger/coverstitch when you say singer pro finish? I was considering that model, as I've seen complimentary reviews of it here and other places online. I haven't taken the plunge yet, but that one is definitely on my list.

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Serger: Janome Magnolia 7034D
Coverstitch: Singer 14T968DC

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