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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Buying my first serger ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 12/22/10 6:15 PM

I'm looking to get an entry-level serger, since I've never owned one before. My mom was going to give me her 20-year-old Juki-made Babylock, but she's having second thoughts about it. And for maybe $50 more than the cost of repairing that machine, I could buy a brand-new one and have the advantage of warranty.

I called my local sewing-machine dealer, and the lady I talked to recommended either the Babylock Lauren or Pfaff hobbylock 2.0 as a good starter machine. The Lauren is a little less expensive than the Pfaff, and I understand that Babylock is still a solid name in sergers, so I'm leaning toward that one. If there's a significant advantage to the hobbylock, though, I probably could spend the extra for it.

Which of these do you think would be better for a college student who's a first-time serger owner? Are there other machines I should be looking at?

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Date: 12/22/10 8:49 PM

Is your local dealer Quality Sewing?

They are a good company and should have many specials this time of year. They offer free use classes too.

Be sure to try out both machines yourself. Threading from scratch, serging, and changing to rolled hem. Spend some time.

I love babylocks.

Your mother's machine may not have differential feed so its not worth fixing in my opinion.

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Date: 12/22/10 9:21 PM

I have the Brother 1034D. It's one of the most popular entry-level sergers out there. Check out the reviews here on PR. It's easy to thread and incredibly reliable. I paid $175 for a refurbished model on Allbrands.com.

I don't know what your budget is but I don't think you can do better than the 1034D for less than $200.

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Date: 12/22/10 10:26 PM

Yep, Quality Sewing. I just called the Bellevue store (closest to me) this afternoon and was told that they have the Lauren for $299 (half off its regular price). My initial budget was $200—I was told it would be $170 plus parts to have Mom's old one worked on—but after factoring in shipping and what the parts could come out to, I think I can scrape together the extra for a deal like that, though I'll definitely look at the Brother as well. When I find a spare afternoon sometime after the first of the year, I'll head down there and see what they can come up with; looks like Quality is a licensed dealer for Babylock, Pfaff, and Brother, so they should be able to find me something that'll work.

Mom's old one doesn't have differential feed, and it doesn't have a free-arm mode like the Lauren. Plus, the whole thing is frozen up (probably needs some oil after being in storage for over a year) so fixing it would be a royal pain.

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Date: 12/23/10 8:23 AM

I second the 1034D. It is an excellent entry level, and depending on what you plan to sew, you won't outgrow it for some time. I sew knits, mostly, some tailoring, men's, women's, and kids clothes and I've been using these Brothers for 15 years or so now.

I've never thrown the timing off, and I've really abused my machines at times. I service them myself and I've never had a problem.

They're all mechanical, so there is no digital/electronic stuff to fry out on you.

The tensions aren't super-touchy, and there are a bunch of feet you can get for it.

And right now they are going for less than $200 on Amazon. If I had an extra 200 bucks right now, I'd buy me a backup so I had some spare parts

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Date: 12/23/10 9:47 AM

I have read the thread here about how nice that serger is. Saving my pennies, nickels & dimes. .....You think a refurb one is good then? Did you get the video & all with it from Allbrands?

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Date: 12/23/10 9:48 AM

When are you going to test it out? Maybe he will give you a couple free needles etc with it for Christmas gift?!!

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Date: 12/23/10 10:12 AM

Refurbished models are often even better than brand new because they've received thorough extra testing. They're often things like floor models or returned gifts. The 1034 came complete with video (DVD), instruction manual, etc.

I should say that my Macbook wouldn't play the DVD (nothing to do with it being refurbished; it has happened to others) but that it can found in its entirety on YouTube, which is actually much more convenient: you never have to worry about losing it!
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Date: 12/23/10 1:10 PM

Oh really!!! That is good news!! Thank you for posting today!!!

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Date: 12/23/10 1:21 PM

Unfortunately, I'm in the middle of nowhere (or at least, I can see it from here) visiting my parents for the holiday season. I won't be getting back home until the first week of January, and it'll probably be another couple of days until I can get down to the dealer.

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