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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Do you have a serger? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 8/15/04 6:35 PM

Just wondered, and polls are fun.  I'm in the 'no, but I want one' club.

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Date: 8/15/04 6:56 PM

Don't have one, but I've got my li'l heart set on the White 200ATS.  I've determined that that'll be my present to myself once I get accepted into my grad school program.  So hopefully by next month.  :)

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Date: 8/15/04 7:41 PM

I bought a serger this year and love it. I can use it, but i'm still learning.

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Date: 8/15/04 9:33 PM

Even though I'm still a novice sewist, I don't know how I ever lived without the Bernina 800DL I got last Christmas. Beautiful seams on knit garments, edge finishing, rolled hems, lettuce edging..... Love it!

-Leslie

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Date: 8/15/04 10:40 PM

I'm in the "....can't live without my serger category". Currently I have the Elna 925DCX (5 thread). It is computerized, & was tol when I purchased it brand new in Aug. '97. :eek: That was 7 years ago! It is an absolute marvel! I reviewed it here a few months ago, & highly recommend it! I have considered getting a coverstitch machine. My serger does have the coverstitch & switching over to whatever I might want to do is not a hassle, but I rarely want to do that in the midst of a project. My serger before this one was a Viking huskylock 4-thread -- a real workhorse but changing set-up or needles or threading was a nightmare! This one is soooooo much easier!
:biggrin: I would echo what DebJCook said about having a separate coverstitch machine -- it went along the lines of Don't buy a serger with a coverstitch. Instead, save the extra money & put it towards the separate coverstitch machine. That way when you're using the serger on a project the separate machine is available when you want to use the coverstitch. :winkgrin:

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Date: 8/16/04 0:02 AM

Pat,

Yep, it went exactly like that.  :biggrin:

I'm in the "can't live without" group too.

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Date: 8/16/04 2:54 AM

Oh Debbie, I didn't know how smart I was not getting the coverstitch. I used to be in the "Why do I need a serger" catagory, until I got mine. Now I can't live without it. WHAT WAS I THINKING! One day I made a pair of CJ taper pants and stitched then overlocked the seams and then trimmed each one. The next day I was on my search for the right serger. I decided I could part my with Bernina 1230 (I also own a nina 170) and found a dealer to trade me the 1230 plus $200 for a new Juki MO-654DE. I'd never used a serger before in my life, but I set that puppy up and I've been using it on almost every garment ever since. Now to get me that coverstitch machine.

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Date: 8/16/04 9:28 AM

I resisted getting a serger for a long time.  Every Christmas, my DMIL would say "Dad and I were going to buy you one of those serger machines this year - do you want one?" and I said no!  What WAS I thinking?  When I finally decided I wanted a serger, DH bought me one for Christmas around 1989.  I haven't looked back!  I have been through a number of machines and brands and am at the point when I have genuine Serger Satisfaction.  I have a Juki industrial and a Bernette 334DS (made by Juki) domestic.  For coverstitch, I have 2 Bernette 009DCCs - one of which I think I am going to sell.  I was keeping the spare thinking I'd need it when I move out into a retail location (they are handy for hemming baseball pants) but if/when that happens I will treat myself to an industrial coverstitch machine - a business expense!

To anyone who doesn't have a serger but would like one, I'd say: all you need is a good, simple 4/3 thread machine.  They are much less expensive than the TOL models, bringing them within reach of nearly anyone.  Dealers also often have some good used models.  My friend is a Pfaff dealer and often sells other brands taken in on trade for a great price just to get rid of them!

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Date: 8/16/04 5:48 PM

I voted Yes and I love it.  But, I think I have the world's oldest/most primitive serger.  It's a 3-thread Babylock BL3-406.  I bought it used, probably around 1985 or so.  I wanted it to finish seams, and that's what it does, and very well too.  I don't think you can even buy a 3-thread anymore, but I think I paid around $125 or so, and it's been no trouble whatsoever.  Once I replaced a knife, but that's about it.  I looked at the Babylock Evolve?  (8 thread w/coverstitch) last summer, and decided for almost $2000 I could buy a lot of fabric, which I would enjoy more.   :smile:

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Date: 8/16/04 10:18 PM

I can hardly remember what I did before my serger. I am on my third, a Pfaff 4872 which does everything, but I dont love it as much as my last Pfaff. I want a new one, probably a Babylock or an Elna, but whatever I get has to be markedly better than what I have in order to make the leap. I love having the coverstitch but it is a hassle to go back and forth, even though I can do it in about a minute, not counting the time it takes me to find the right color wooly for a good cover stitch.

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