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amieola
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Date: 4/3/11 3:52 PM

What is the best serger under $300 dollars? I've been sewing for about a year now and finishing all my raw edges with zig zag stitches, but I'm getting a little fed up with this approach as it is extremely time consuming and not the most professional looking. I have a Kenmore sewing machine that I'm very happy with so I was naturally thinking of the Kenmore serger. However, I've read reviews of it saying it does feed heavy fabric well and it's hard to thread, etc. Can anyone recommend a good serger and what features should I look for? I'm presently taking a class at FIT and finding that I'm getting more and more serious about sewing. Please help.

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Date: 4/3/11 4:19 PM

I have heard really good comments about this little brother at Amazon. I was at guild this past Friday and one of the guys just purchased the brother serger and I was really impressed with it. Great reviews too!!!
If I was looking for one I wouldn't hesitate plus it is free shipping and no sales tax

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Date: 4/3/11 4:43 PM

I second the recommendation for the Brother 1034D. DD has one and it's easy to thread and works like a charm. Have recommended it to students, as well, all happy with it. Sturdy machine, good price.

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Date: 4/3/11 7:17 PM

I was very surprised of all the features on the one I tried and it was so quiet! Lots of good reviews
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Date: 4/3/11 10:29 PM

that is the one I want after researching what everyone wrote--too bad I live in WA state and will pay sales tax..

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Date: 4/4/11 12:41 PM

Allbrands.com often has "refurbished" Brother 1034D for $159 (free shipping). I bought one last year. It's a nice little serger but mine sounds like a jet engine taking off. Perhaps that's why it was returned to Brother by its original owner but I'm very glad because I'm very pleased with mine. According to the sewing technician at Allbrands whom I consulted about the noise, the refurbished models are often better than the "new" ones because they're thoroughly tested and inspected before resale. I have no complaints about mine, ....except maybe the noise lol.

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Date: 4/4/11 1:30 PM

I love the Brother 1034D. Very user friendly and produces a great result.

Easy to thread and easy to change settings (from overlock to rolled hem for example.)

I don't find mine to be too noisy unless I run it at it's highest speed, but then my plastic table shakes, so I can't do that anyway.

I just cannot believe how much easier it is to sew knits with a serger. I mean- the shirts just take no time at all, and there seams lay perfectly flat thansk to the differential feed. Of course, a low end machine won't coverstitch, so hemming is still a pain. I haven't used it much on non-knits, but I did use it to finish the seams on a few projects, and it looks much more professional than a zig zag, and easy to do.

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Date: 4/4/11 2:01 PM

Ambimom have you oiled your machine? A refurbished machine should be as good as a new one (some say better, because it's been checked thoroughly.....theoretically, anyway)

Step one after you receive your 1034d (and buried back on page 53 of the manual) is to OIL it before using it. Mine quiets down quite a bit after I give it a little drink :)

I'm another one of those who had no idea how handy & wonderful a serger could be - in fact I'd never even HEARD of a serger before joining this site! - and I didn't want to dive in with anything that cost too much. I got my Brother as a refurb from All Brands, a little over a year ago, and I've been one happy serger ever since! This little puppy is a lot of bang for the buck

The dedicated thread here for this serger is a very nice wealth of info.
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Date: 4/4/11 2:14 PM

Hmmm... I've never oiled my sewing machine or my serger. Does Joanns or Hobby Lobby carry oil appropriate for that?

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Date: 4/4/11 3:40 PM

So the essential features I should look for are coverstitching and rolling hemming? (though I probably won't be able to get those features for my price range).

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