Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



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

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Buying my first serger
Since the last thread ended up way off topic...
DarkMorford
DarkMorford
Advanced Beginner
WA USA
Member since 10/27/09
Posts: 65
Login to reply to this post

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?

sewsally
star
sewsally  Friend of PR
Intermediate
WA USA
Member since 8/18/02
Posts: 1294
Login to reply to this post

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.

Peter in NYC
starstarstarstar
Peter in NYC
Intermediate
USA
Member since 6/9/09
Posts: 330
Login to reply to this post

In reply to DarkMorford


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.

Good luck!

------
You'll be in stitches at malepatternboldness.com!

DarkMorford
DarkMorford
Advanced Beginner
WA USA
Member since 10/27/09
Posts: 65
Login to reply to this post

In reply to sewsally


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.

Trinity.
starstar
Trinity.
Intermediate
MA USA
Member since 10/9/05
Posts: 1375
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Peter in NYC


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

------
Trinity

http://thimblesthreadsandneedles.blogspot.com/

tgm and Kittys
star
tgm and  Kittys  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
WI USA
Member since 3/8/10
Posts: 7961
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Peter in NYC


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?

------
Finally a whole week above zero! Whoo hoo! ~smile~
2 shots in DH eye down, 1 more to go. We hope the tumor is shrinking.
God is with us no matter what ...+


tgm and Kittys
star
tgm and  Kittys  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
WI USA
Member since 3/8/10
Posts: 7961
Login to reply to this post

In reply to DarkMorford


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?!!

------
Finally a whole week above zero! Whoo hoo! ~smile~
2 shots in DH eye down, 1 more to go. We hope the tumor is shrinking.
God is with us no matter what ...+


Peter in NYC
starstarstarstar
Peter in NYC
Intermediate
USA
Member since 6/9/09
Posts: 330
Login to reply to this post

In reply to tgm and Kittys


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!
-- Edited on 12/23/10 10:14 AM --

------
You'll be in stitches at malepatternboldness.com!

tgm and Kittys
star
tgm and  Kittys  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
WI USA
Member since 3/8/10
Posts: 7961
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Peter in NYC


Date: 12/23/10 1:10 PM

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

------
Finally a whole week above zero! Whoo hoo! ~smile~
2 shots in DH eye down, 1 more to go. We hope the tumor is shrinking.
God is with us no matter what ...+


DarkMorford
DarkMorford
Advanced Beginner
WA USA
Member since 10/27/09
Posts: 65
Login to reply to this post

In reply to tgm and Kittys


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.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers >> Buying my first serger

Merchants on PR
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!
Sewn Square One
Patterns for Your Style.
Web site

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Break your Serger Out of the Box
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Break your Serger Out of the Box

Online Sewing Classes
Sewing Basics
Fee: $14.99
(Regular $14.99)
Sewing Basics

Vogue Patterns 7975
photo
Review by marjenann on 9/21/10
Read Review

New Look 6292 Pattern ( Size 10-12-14-16-18-20-22 )
New Look 6292 Pattern ( Size 10-12-14-16-18-20-22 )

Details
Price: $3.99
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Burda 7769 Pattern
Burda 7769 Pattern

Details
Price: $9.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Jalie 3132
photo
Review by LynneH on 12/10/13
Read Review

Peek-A Boo Adele 3 Tier Ruffle Skirt Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )
Peek-A Boo Adele 3 Tier Ruffle Skirt Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Sweetheart Halter Digital Pattern ( Size 6 mo -12 years )
Peek-A Boo Sweetheart Halter Digital Pattern ( Size 6 mo -12 years )

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Christine Jonson Inset Jacket
Christine Jonson Inset Jacket

Details
Price: $18.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Jennifer Stern The Perfectly Fitted Shirt by the Cup-Full Pattern ( Size 16-24(Cup B-DD) )
Jennifer Stern The Perfectly Fitted Shirt by the Cup-Full Pattern ( Size 16-24(Cup B-DD) )

Details
Price: $20.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN