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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Ok ladies! Help please! Do I buy an industrial serger -used? How do I tell if its a good deal??? )! ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Ok ladies! Help please! Do I buy an industrial serger -used? How do I tell if its a good deal??? )!
Do I buy a used industrial serger for my small home alteration business???.
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Date: 7/28/11 5:26 PM

LOL! The wildest things happen when you're looking for answers and praying your heart out....: )..
Ok ladies- The alteration shop in the large town I work in is getting rid of an industrial serger- She thought it was a # 3500 (!!??) and said she was asking $400.00 for it. She said nothings wrong with it- that she has more of them than she needs right now.
1. Do I want to consider an industrial machine?
2.What am I looking for? How do I tell if its in good shape/repair?
3. How do I judge if this is a good price?
TIA for any guidance here.....

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Date: 7/28/11 5:42 PM

I should mention that I am looking for a serger- I need one but I don't know how to use one- I will have to learn...should I be trying to learn on an industrial one? Are they different than a 'home' model ( huge????). Thank you !

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Date: 7/29/11 1:50 AM

I wouldn't attempt an industrial one; mostly because to me they don't look "user friendly". The home/hobby types are geared for people who don't use serging as their whole life and have many nice features that an industrial might not have. Such as a light, an easy way to thread or make tension adjustments, etc.

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Date: 7/29/11 7:47 AM

Thank you M'am! I appreciate your advise.

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Date: 7/29/11 1:06 PM

Maybe the owner could demonstrate for you and have you try it.

Also check with a local repair shop that does industrials once you know the make and model.

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Date: 7/29/11 5:56 PM

An industrial serger can only be threaded one way and do 1 type of stitch. Because they are set down into a table, I thought the loopers were really hard to thread. For an industrial, the price is good. A few years ago when I looked at a JUKI industrial serger, I think they started around $1,600.

A domestic serger will usually do several kinds of serger stitches and has a color coded path for threading. =o)

Good luck!

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Date: 7/29/11 10:12 PM

Check if your industrial sewing machine service in your area rents to own. You could. You could return it for the amount of the month rental if you don't like it.


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Date: 7/29/11 11:36 PM

Industrial is my choice but I have been train to use it. They really are not hard to use. most of them are more complicated to thread but you can learn to do this. They do take up more room. I have never had to have a mechanic but if I do this could be a problem. So there are different things you need to consider. One is what are type of sewing are you doing. If it is heavy(purses etc.) the industrial would be better. It is a good price if it sews good. When I bought mine it was out of time. I was really discouraged but I kept working on it until I got it back in time. How many threads does it sew with? I also have a Kenmore serger that has been great. I do a lots of sewing on it as it is easier to set up, but for heavier I use the industrial. My industrial uses 3 spools for serger or 5 spools for safety stitch. Good luck with your decision.

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Date: 7/29/11 11:43 PM

An industrial serger only does one thing, while a home serger will do more than one thing. For instance a home serger can usually use 2,3,or 4 threads, and an industrial is set up as a 3 thread only, or 5 thread only and calibrated for the fabrics it will use.
Basically with alterations, you'll be serging raw edges that will be hems and some seam allowances a home serger will be fine for that. If I got busy I'd get 2 sergers, one for dark thread and one for light. If you've never used a serger, how do you even know you'll like it or the alterations, it's good to start small and work up. I only did alterations when I was starving. Good money, boring work and wierd customers.

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