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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Bought a Serger...Janome Harmony 9102D ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Bought a Serger...Janome Harmony 9102D
I read one review about it but was wondering if anyone else has info
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Date: 3/21/07 9:14 AM

The store I work for, Hancocks fabrics in Woodbridge, VA, is going out of business. The employees were given the option to buy the machines at cost. I bought a Janome Harmony 9102D serger for $181 plus tax!! I thought this was a good deal and it seems to sew beautifully.

I read one reveiw on this machine here at patternreview and it was favorable for a beginning machine. Does anyone know anything else about the 9102 D? Does it compare to the regular Janome sergers? I was wondering why Janome does not list this serger on their website.

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Date: 3/21/07 9:26 AM

I have this serger, adI relly like it, even though I have yet to review it.

It is one of the Janome "harmony" machines. If you recall, when Sears was selling the Harmony 8080 (clone toi the DC3050), it wasn't listed on the Janome webiste either. My Daughter has a Harmony 4052- also never listed on the Janome site. It sees that Janome has taken machines very similar to, or the same as, one that is in their line up, called in a "Harmony ___" and then made it available though major retailers. In an effort to throw a "bone" to their dealers, they don't list these models on their website????

Mine has been a beast for me. I love the rolled hem, and that I don't have to reset the tension dials when I pull new thread through the loopers. The rolled hem is super easy to do and flawless. I stil haven't perfected the flatlock stitch yet, but I think the difficulty is with me. Honestly, the only problems that I have ever had were the direct result of a malfunction of the component between the front of the machine and the chair.

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Date: 3/21/07 9:42 AM

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Honestly, the only problems that I have ever had were the direct result of a malfunction of the component between the front of the machine and the chair.

I seem to have this very same malfunction!! I think it may be time to go in for an overhaul. hee hee.

Thanks so much for your post. I wondered if I had done the right thing. It was inexpensive for a serger so I think I got a pretty good deal. I got worried when a friend at the store brought the new Janome Juno to my attention, after I bought the other one. I was worried I had jumped the gun. Apparently, the Juno retails for $349 ish and the Harmony retails for $399 ish, but the Juno lists 32 functions on the box and the harmony lists only 6! Not sure what to make of that. It may be true or just cleaver advertising. I know the Harmony box says you can do lettuce edging, but the booklet does not tell you how to do it. Do you know how to lettuce with our machine?

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Date: 3/21/07 3:41 PM

For a rolled, lettuce hem, I set the serger up exactly as intructed for the 3 thread rolled hem, and set the diff feed to the lowest possible number and then I stretched the dickens out of the fabric by pulling it very taunt while serging the rolled hem. The more evenl;y taunt you hold the fabric, the more even and lovely your "ruffles" will be. I really like to make the most comfty nighties out of the softest, stretchiest, most unruly knit I can find, and the lettuce hem works perfect for finishing the hems.

I was not impressed by the "wealth of info' (not) in the manual, but the video was helpful.

I went to the Janome site and I googled it, but I couldn't find anything out about the "Janome Juno" serger?

I think that the 9102D is a cross betwee the 204D and the 634D as far as features go. For $181, I lthink you'd be hard press to buy a better serger.


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Oh, whenever you change from one style of stitch to another (like rolled hem and then back to thread thread overlock), I is a good idea to set the tension dials to zero and then to the desired setting. And, as with all sergers, you want to be careful about makeing sure that the thread is seated properly in the discs.

Follow the threading order EXACTLY as specified in the manual. If the lower looper has to be re-threaded for some reason, unthread the needle, and the upper looper, then re-thread the lower looper, the upper looper and the needle in that order. Is does state this in the manual, but for some reason I chose to ignore it once, and ended up saying some bad words.
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Date: 3/24/07 7:18 PM

Thanks so much. I need to go get a serger book to give me ideas on ways to use this serger. The manual was yucko. It really did not give good info or even accurate info on the six funcions it did list

But, I found out the Juno is the same serger in a different body. Even the manual is the same...so I assume the "36" functions it claims to be able to do can be done my serger also. I will need a book to show me how. Any suggestions on book titles?

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Date: 3/24/07 9:21 PM

There are a bunch of serger books reviewed her on PR. One of them is the "Singer Sewing with a Serger" book. I have referred to it on many occasions. I found the illustrations for analyzing the thread tension on the stitches to be very helpful along with so many other things that I can't even list them all.

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Date: 3/25/07 9:26 AM

My mother might actually have that book. She had the singer sewing series for years...you know, when they send a book to your home every month. I have raided that stash many times. Of course, the book you are talking about is probably not the same one. I will look for it at the book store today.

Okay...just went and looked on my shelf of books I "borrowed" from my Mom and I found Singer's Sewing With An Overlock. Is that the same book?

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Date: 3/25/07 10:51 AM

That's probably an older edition?

I have no idea what the differences are between THE NEW SINGER SEWING WITH A SERGER and the book you have on hand. I got mine at Joann's with a 40 or 50% off coupon, and that made it cost less than $10.

Here it is at Amazon.

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Subject: Sergers question Date: 3/28/07 12:23 PM

Hello everyone,
I have been sewing since a young age, and have several sewing machines, well, three. But I have never yet bought a serger. I don't have a lot a money to spend, and I don't want a lousy serger, but I'm still wanting a good one. Can you recommend a decent serger in the lower price range? Or is this even possible? Or are they basically junky and will quit working properly after a short amount of time, like an inexpensive vacuum cleaner. I have been surfing reviews, but I would rather hear from those who really sew. Thank you.

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Date: 3/29/07 6:00 PM

Quote: Herculon
Hello everyone,

I have been sewing since a young age, and have several sewing machines, well, three. But I have never yet bought a serger. I don't have a lot a money to spend, and I don't want a lousy serger, but I'm still wanting a good one. Can you recommend a decent serger in the lower price range? Or is this even possible? Or are they basically junky and will quit working properly after a short amount of time, like an inexpensive vacuum cleaner. I have been surfing reviews, but I would rather hear from those who really sew. Thank you.

I just bought my Janome 9102 D Harmony at Hancocks and it's only about $250 to $350 ish depending. I think it retails at Hancocks for about $350 but it usually goes on sale. It works really well. I just went from a regular 4 thread-two needle overcast stitch to a one needle-three thread rolled hem in a jiffy and did not need to change any major parts (ie throat plate) to do it. It also has differential feed so the upper and lower fabric feeds evenly. It is a basic machine but I really like it.

Hope this helps.

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