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797 Hobbylock Serger
Worth Buying at$25?
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Date: 6/13/14 9:26 PM

I have been looking for some time for a used serger and have come across a used 797 Hobbylock serger. The ad says it was purchased new from a well established local sewing retailer. In fact the same place I took sewing lessons. It is for sale for $25 with a message that it needs servicing. The same local store quoted me $85 for full service of a serger. How reliable is this serger? Would this end up being a good deal (provided that it didn't need expensive parts)? I don't know much about sergers

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Date: 6/13/14 10:26 PM

I bought the Pfaff 794 serger from a neighbor for 20 dollars some years ago.It's a very quiet serger with two speeds,but no differential feed.You can download a free pdf manual for the Pfaff hobbylock 797 serger here if you like to look at the manual.

I had the serger serviced for 99 dollars,it's been working very well since then.I was told the serger sold over 1000 dollars when new in my neck of the woods.

I like to suggest to try the serger out yourself,before you buy it.If the loopers are damaged and have to be replaced it's very expensive and not worth it,one can buy a brand new serger for less money.
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Date: 6/14/14 10:09 AM

Thank you for your reply. The seller just contacted me and said that the serger is "frozen" and I would need to take it in to be cleaned and oiled. So I wouldn't be able to try it out. I think that I will pass on it, there are plenty of segers on our local used website for just over $100. I thought that maybe this might have been a good opportunity to get my first serger at a fabulous price.

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Date: 6/14/14 1:10 PM

The serger I bought was frozen too,I "thawed" it out myself.

Even computerized machine can freeze,not just mechanical machines, when they are not used frequently.I let most of my machines run once a month when I'm not using them.
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Date: 6/14/14 1:42 PM

There is no guarantee if a working serger will soon need maintenance. In general, mechanical sergers are fairly basic. You could take it in to your dealer, get and estimate if whats wrong and how much and then decide if the $25 is worth it.

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Date: 6/14/14 1:48 PM

Sometimes all it takes is a bit of warmth from a hair dryer to "defrost" a machine that has not been taken care of or used for a period of time.

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Date: 6/14/14 3:01 PM

Since this serger is frozen I wouldn't invest in it and set yourself up for dissapointment. In order to loosen up a frozen serger the body of the machine will have to come apart. On this machine it's not particularly easy, especially the area that covers the lay in tensions. On these sergers the tension dials can freeze up too. The other areas to watch is the top knife, bottom knife, stitch lenght dial, pressure foot dial, the differential dial and take up lever. Even a small visible sign of rust equals dooms day. This would make a great DIY, see what's inside a serger type of project. Visit your local dealer to see what they have in reconditioned machines. You may pay more but most stores offer some warranty and lessons.

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Date: 6/14/14 4:07 PM

I had one of these for 5 years. Threading the loopers was hell. I finally gave it away. I went out and got an Elna 905dx with the easier threading and flip out needles for easier threading. I got it for $200, spent $75 on servicing. Been happy ever since.

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Date: 6/14/14 7:19 PM

Quote: PattiAnnJ
Sometimes all it takes is a bit of warmth from a hair dryer to "defrost" a machine that has not been taken care of or used for a period of time.

I agree !
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Date: 6/14/14 9:53 PM

This was my first serger, it was $1000 many years ago. I wore it out but it took over twenty years to do it. Trouble free for all those years it now needs some major parts replaced and the cost is more than purchasing the 1034D. I've still got the 797 (I take it out and run it every few months) and some day when I have cash looking for a place to be spent I'll get it fixed 'cause it's a great serger even though it's a bear to thread. My little Brother has me well spoiled.

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