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Is my Brother 920D too old to be stable?
LizJ58
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Date: 5/20/14 12:24 PM

I desperately wanted a serger last year, and didn't have a lot of money to put into one (still don't). I purchased a used Brother 920D for $80. Had to buy a manual online, because I couldn't find one for free.

It seems really temperamental as far as getting the tension right while not breaking threads. I asked my mom, who has a really nice serger, if this was typical, and she said yes. It's also hard to thread but I suspect that's pretty typical as well.

Since I've owned the serger, I've had two parts break. One was just a little wire piece that holds the upper looper thread. The other, however, is a holder for the thread guide, which was a solid metal piece that broke last night, out of the blue. OF course, parts are hard to come by since the machine is older.

So, those of you with serger experience, am I going to have an easier experience setting the tension and threading the machine on newer models? Is the parts (especially this second one) breaking a bad sign? Since I've already sunk about $60 into this machine for the manual and parts, I don't think I want to spend a whole lot more on it.

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Date: 5/20/14 3:59 PM

If you can afford a new serger I think you would find it easier to use. A lot of people like the Brother 1034D, look at the forum postings on that machine. Myself I am pretty won over to Babylocks but they are expensive -- although sometimes you can get a used one more reasonably.

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Date: 5/20/14 4:17 PM

If possible I'd try to stick it out for a while with your current model and save up for a really good serger, a Babylock that has auto threading and auto-tensioning! They are amazing and well worth the high price.
The problem with buying cheap is exactly what you're experiencing and it often just turns out to be money wasted in the long run.

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Date: 5/20/14 4:43 PM

I got my first serger last year (janome 7034d) and I've NEVER had a thread break. Not once. Not even while I was playing around with tensions. And I've used my serger probably three to four days out of every week for the past year. I serge most of my seam finishes, plus I serge all woven fabrics that come through the door, and that is a lot of fabric. I've also not had any issues with anything breaking and I've not replaced anything except needles. I use Maxi-lock thread, btw. So what you're describing doesn't sound right to me at all. I'd say maybe you need a new (or new to you) machine. Personally, I wouldn't want to continue repairing a machine that doesn't seem to be working right from the beginning.

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Date: 5/20/14 4:44 PM

Juki is a really good brand, too. they last a long time and most have easy threading loopers and "instant" rolled hem. Most are quite a bit less than Babylocks.

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Date: 5/21/14 0:15 AM

I agree with LaGrange - save your money and get a decent serger. You can buy a decent serger pretty reasonable these days. If you want to buy used try buying a used one from a dealer so that you get some kind of warranty.

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Date: 5/21/14 7:08 AM

save your money and buy a good serger.

Love my babylock, and with tension contral, no more headaches!

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Date: 5/21/14 12:29 PM

Thanks for all the feedback! Unfortunately my budget will still be low...I have one daughter in her last year of grad school and one is an undergrad senior in the fall, and a husband with a lot of medical/prescription bills. Ah, well, at least with the daughters there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I placed an order for the needed part last night and it came back with an out-of-stock message. Big sigh, but it's not ruining my happy mood - I'm sewing a Colette Moneta dress and even without the serger, it's coming together nicely.

I've got my eye on a refurbished Janome serger; we'll see which happens first: if the Brother 920D has more problems, or if my iPad2 (please no) kicks the bucket.

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Date: 5/21/14 2:35 PM

Hopefully the part you ordered will be shipped out soon and everything will last until your budget is in a better place. Hang in there and let us know what you decide!

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Michelle

SM: Janome DC2013 & Singer Futura Quintet
Serger: Janome Magnolia 7034D
Coverstitch: Singer 14T968DC

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Date: 5/29/14 4:21 PM

Your serger is an older model of the much beloved Brother 1034D. Look for replacement parts for the 1034D they will fit. I have had both machines on my bench. Both are decent machines for the price. The only difference is the tension mechanisms. Yours are dial "beehive tensions" the 1034D is lay in tension. Make sure there are no thread bits or dirt in between your tension discs by flossing between them with some thread soaked in alcohol.
You have a good little serger. As long as the motor is good keep it going.
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