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could someone help a serger newbie?
I need some advise on buying a serger
Sharlie
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Date: 10/4/11 7:54 PM

Hi, I'm new to the board and spent a good part of the day checking out the reviews on sergers. THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to post those reviews, as I found them so helpful and informative. I would like to buy a serger, but need some advise on what models can handle heavier fabrics. Felted handbags, making items from recycled wool sweater, that sort of thing. I've heard great things about the Juki 644D Garnet series as they seem to be able to handle heavier fabric without alot of backtalk. Also, the price is good. I don't know if I should buy brand new, or look for an older model on E-Bay. If anyone out there can tell me about their "favorite" work horse, please do.
I'm open to hearing any info you can give. Thanks so much !!

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Date: 10/4/11 8:44 PM

If this is your first serger and you have access to a dealer look their for recondtioned machines. You can try out your fabrics, get valuable information on how a serger works and how to thread properly. As you learn to work with your machine a dealer would also help if you run into trouble with your machine.

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Janome10001, Babylock ESG3, Brother ULT 2001, White 634D serger, Pfaff 1472, Singer featherweight, Singer 14T957Dc, Bernina FunLock 009DCC coverlock, Brother PQ1500S, Janome CP900.

Sharlie
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Date: 10/4/11 10:17 PM

thanks for the reply. There is a real lack of used/refurbished sergers in my area. I've called about 9 sewing centers and either they tell me they have no used machines for sale, and wonder why I would want "used" when I could have "new" ? Then the conversation turns towards all the great NEW models they do have and the ones they want to sell me are out of my price range. I should have stated all of this in my first post, sorry. Believe me when I tell you, I had the same thoughts as you did.
I will need some tech support when I first get going, and my first choice would be to buy from a dealer. At this rate, I could be waiting quite awhile for a used one to become available.

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Date: 10/4/11 11:45 PM

Go to your local dealer with some samples of what you are going to sew and ask if you can test drive their machines. Remember to trying sewing at the same thickness you will be sewing (i.e. two pieces of fabric, three, etc. Don't forget seams.)

Don't assume that a higher price means a better motor. The last time I was at our dealer the Janome mid priced machine actually had a better motor than the top of the line model.

If your local dealer won't let you bring in your own fabric, go somewhere else.

One thing I will say is that the newer sergers are light weight so it does determine how fast you can sew. You get them humming and they bounce quite a bit. That's not a problem with my old work horse. She sets dead still no matter how fast I'm sewing.

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Date: 10/5/11 11:52 AM

Quote: Sharlie
thanks for the reply. There is a real lack of used/refurbished sergers in my area. I've called about 9 sewing centers and either they tell me they have no used machines for sale, and wonder why I would want "used" when I could have "new" ? Then the conversation turns towards all the great NEW models they do have and the ones they want to sell me are out of my price range. I should have stated all of this in my first post, sorry. Believe me when I tell you, I had the same thoughts as you did.

I will need some tech support when I first get going, and my first choice would be to buy from a dealer. At this rate, I could be waiting quite awhile for a used one to become available.

Now visit those dealers with your wish list and see how many can fulfill your needs.

Go with the one who is the most helpful and will give you a good price along with free lessons.

Try Baby Lock. They have sales and specials from time to time, otherwise the dealer can be flexible with the price.

Best of luck and good wishes in finding the right serger and much success with your projects.

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Date: 10/5/11 6:46 PM

Have had a White Superlock for several years and it has been a workhorse for 3/4 thread serging, and it was affordable. When I wanted to 'branch out' I bought a used Viking. A friend brought her Bernina and a tol Viking over as we were going to make Christmas gifts. Three hours later we didn't have a decent rolled hem on any machine. The next day, I bought a Babylock. I looked for a used Babylock for three years, so I had been saving up for the purchase. Have not regretted it and traded the Evolve in for the Evolution. I serged on it for three hours in the store before deciding.

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