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Sewnsewmom
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Date: 3/7/09 6:25 PM

I went to a sm shop today to get my scissors sharpened. Big mistake. I saw a Janome serger. Naturally, I had to look at it. It's a 634D. Anyway, it's being sold for $400. Is it worth it? Is it a good deal, even. I'm not sure. I love my Pfaff sm and just got it. So, I probably don't need to get any new toys. lol But I can't help but wonder...and it's the last one the owner has. She's not going to be selling Janomes anymore.

I'm also going to check out the reviews and see if there any for it.

Thanks!
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Date: 3/7/09 7:03 PM

Hi. I have this machine and I love it. I also have Janome sewing machines and love them. I have had an Elna and 2 BabyLock sergers and I like the 634D much better than any of the previous ones. I know many people really like the Babylocks, but neither of mine would comfortably handle corduroy let alone denim or upholstery fabric. The Brother serger also rates well in the reviews.

I don't know if the price is good for your area, I am in NZ and prices tend to be much higher.

HTH

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Date: 3/7/09 8:26 PM

I have a Kenmore (same as Janome Harmony) serger. Had it for about 3 years, and I have had no problems so far.
It's easy to use, one of the easier ones to thread, and though basic, it does what I want it to.
I have never tried the rolled hem on it, sorry I can't help you with that.
The one you're looking at is one step up from mine, which is a 3/4 thread. Yours would have the 2 thread option also.

I have had in the past: a White 234, (a little too basic) a White ATS 2000 serger (easiest to thread but unpredictable at best) and a low end Babylock (never did figure that one out)
The Kenmore/Janome one is by far the workhorse and most reliable of the bunch.
That IS a good price, since they go for $499 online with no local dealer support. If she's giving you classes and warranty, then that's gravy!

I would go for it if it was me...Janome makes a great machine.

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Cheri

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Date: 3/7/09 8:45 PM

I have a 634D as well and love it -- have had it for about 7 years and it has handled everything I've thrown at it (and that's a lot). This serger is used in a small business environment and works on stretch velvets, pleather, stretch satin, lycra, flannel, fleece, denim and a variety of different cottons.

I have it serviced annually and other than regular maintenance the only thing I've had to do is replace a knife (totally my fault).

Love the rolled and narrow hem on this machine and it's very easy to switch between them. The picot edge is also nice -- I've played around with some other decorative stitches but haven't used them a lot.

The machine is a dream to thread and the quality of the stitch is consistent.

The 634D is one of 4 Janome machines I currently have in my studio -- it's my only serger although I should really think about getting a back up. Not sure what the prices are currently.

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Date: 3/7/09 8:59 PM

I have the 634D too. I have some weird tension problems with it sometimes, but otherwise I have been very happy with it. However, if I were to buy another serger, I'd try very hard to afford a 2/3/4/5 thread serger with coverstitch. I mostly sew with knits, so a coverstitch would be fantastic to have for those hems.

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Date: 3/7/09 10:05 PM

The Brother 1034D, on sale at Allbrands, serges like a dream and is a real workhorse. I have put hours on mine. It has lay in threading which only takes me four minutes to rethread. Check out the reviews. That would save you some money. It comes with two feet too!

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Date: 3/7/09 10:21 PM

Yes. You. Should. It's a fabulous little workhorse!!! And I concur about the rolled hem...makes LOVELY little hems! I wouldn't give up my Janome for anything.

Just my personal preference here, but I wouldn't want a serger/coverstitch combo. Don't want to mess w/ switching back and forth and I'd much prefer two machines that do one thing fabulously than one machine that does two things okay. (My CS machine is also a Janome.)

Eve

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Date: 3/8/09 10:59 AM

I too toyed with the idea of the serger/coverstitch combo and after some research (and a good sale coming along) made the decision to keep my 634D and buy the separate Janome coverstitch machine (the CP900). I haven't even had the coverstitch a year and it's already paid for itself many times over in the amount of time I've saved on my stretch fabric projects.

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Date: 3/8/09 3:43 PM

Wise decision IMO in keeping your Janome serger and adding the Janome CP. You have two workhorses now. Coverlock combo machines are expensive and also some are very time consuming to switch over and I would not enjoy one of these.
I lucked out in getting my combo before it was discontinued. It is an Elna 744 and only a 4 thread. I like that it switches over to coverhem without changing anything other than threading the chain looper and adding a little table and tilting the needle bar to switch the needles from the back 2 positions to the front 3 needle postions. There is a needle thread tension release button to do this and you don't even need to unthread the needles.
I don't have a separate machine to thread, no tensions to adjust on 2 machines for what I am working on. I just dial a knob to whatever stitch I prefer..and it has 3 different coverhem, chain stitch and overlock stitches total of 17 stitches. Tensions are set automatically for all but can be adjusted if need be. I can also stitch off the fabric without having to go through the motions to unlock threads when doing coverhem. I payed $799 for my Elna and it is a very heavy duty machine and so glad that I got it before being discontinued.
The Janome CP machines were not out yet when I purchased my Elna and I probably would have purchased one instead. The only CS machine I had seen before making my purchase was the Bernina 009 and I didn't much care for it and the price was the same at $800. I still have not seen a Janome CP. We don't have a local Janome dealer. It is fun to read about them though. I never knew so many people used binders so much. I have a universal binder for my Elna.
It seems that most combo machines do take up more time to convert but most have 5 threads or more instead of just the 4 threads of my Elna and most don't have auto tensions. I have to say that the Pfaff TOL 10 thread combo has always intrigued me with all that it can do including the top coverhem stitches.

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Date: 3/8/09 4:13 PM

When I bought my New Home (=Janome) MyLock 234D serger 20 years ago, it was one of the few with differential feed. I got a deal on if for $700. That was not quite TOL but close. The dealer told me that Elna, New Home, and Pfaff sergers were all made in the same factory, and all the other brands were made in a different factory. There were no Kenmore sergers then. The Elna, Pfaff, and New Home sergers never came in for service and the others, especially the Whites, were often in for timing problems, whatever that is. I have never had my 234D serviced. I changed the knife once because I'd sewn on it for 10 years, not because it was not cutting. I think I could still be cutting on that same knife if I wanted to. Occasionally I remember to oil it. It has been amazingly solid, reliable, ignorable in that it is an appliance that requires no fuss or work to use it. The hardest thing is changing threads or needles, and that is not really any more time consuming or difficult than doing the same on my SM.

If my serger died, which would probably take an anvil falling on it or DS using it, I would go out that day to replace it. The SM is the main machine, but the serger is essential. It is a great tool. Not necessary, but needed, if you know what I mean.

The 634D is a step up, or two, from the machine I have. It is a good price, I think, and unless she's selling you a demo machine, the chances of ever having to get the thing fixed is low. I assume that you can always take it back if you don't like it, but I'd be surprised if you don't.
HTH

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