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Date: 4/28/14 2:49 PM

I have a wonderful little Brother 1034d serger... we have a mature relationship: never had a problem with it, serges wonderfully, threads easily (now that I am confident doing it, there was a learning curve), predictable, does everything i want to do (which is usually just seaming, finishing edges, etc). Along comes this hussy of an Elna 664... cute, new, available for about $325, does one or two things my Brother doesn't do, like

Instant rolled hem device
Self-threading lower looper

Otherwise has the same stitches and functions.

My head is telling me it would be insane to leave my trusty Brother for this newcomer, and that novelty and beauty isn't everything, but my heart is nudging me towards the Elna. Any opinions that might help me in my dilemma?

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Date: 4/28/14 2:56 PM

Consider it and have the Brother as a backup. I have found that when I send my main serger in for maintenace I have something that needs serging. As with sewing machines a backup is a good thing to have.

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Date: 4/28/14 3:03 PM

aha.... excellent point! thx

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Date: 4/28/14 5:46 PM

Decide what self threading means for yourself, so for sure, go sew on one. I think your self threading is just a flip lock, just sort of like on all other sergers made in the last 10 years or so. So self threading on a lower looper mean for it I guess, you don't have to put the lower looper thread through a hole, in the back of your looper, while you take off or open a door on the left hand side of the machine to do it at all, and you don't need tweezers to then thread it back the other direction though the looper channel and groove before you thread the looper eye.

So you got a flip lock. But you probably got a flip lock on your lower looper on other one too.

That said, I have lots of machines that can all do the same kind of things, and I still keep on getting them anyways. And always good to have back ups on just anything. Most times though, when I get something new and if I'm going to keep the old item too, then I want the new one to do something the old one can't, but that is just me.

Decide what instant rolled hem device means to you for yourself, in this case it means you don't have to take off a stitch plate and replace it with a different stitch plate that only has a rolled hem stitch finger in it. But I think that is the case with most overlockers made in the last 10 years or more too actually.

So nothing wrong with it at all, it's very nice, but nothing that different from what you have already got probably either. If it were me and wanting something more different, and a second overlocker, I think I would at least get the next overlocker to be one that did something different maybe, and had another function added in, like having a 5th thread, or having a 3rd looper, as then you could actually do a 5 thread safety stitch too, or a chain stitch also.
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Date: 4/28/14 7:45 PM

I use two over lockers, one for regular serging and one permanently set on rolled hem. Oh, and I have a coverstitch coming :)

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Date: 4/28/14 9:14 PM

That is an amazing price for that serger. I have an Elna 745 (with coverstitch). I upgraded from the Brother 1034. You will find the threading very similar. If you can keep both, keep both. You could keep a light color in one and a dark in the other.

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Date: 4/29/14 3:27 AM

I'd get it. What's $325 in the great scheme of things? You certainly need a back up serger! Trust me on this.

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Date: 4/30/14 1:05 AM

I have an Elna 644, but the new Elnas are cousins to Janomes. The one thing I don't care for on some of the Janome sergers, is the space to the right of the needle is really small and tight. Check and see if it's also tight on the Elna, and if that would bother you. I also have 2 sergers set up in my sewing room, one is basic and one does lots of stitches, it's handy having 2. For instance, I was making a flower girl dress with layers of chiffon ruffles. One serger was set up for the rolled hem, and the other to overcast. I went back and forth as I need them.

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Date: 4/30/14 5:49 PM

Quote: kkkkaty
Any opinions that might help me in my dilemma?

Yes. Buy it and keep the Brother for a back-up machine.
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Date: 5/12/14 1:12 PM

What did you decide kkkkaty?

I so shouldn't be looking at sergers, but I can't keep my eyes off them.

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