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Date: 12/15/12 12:19 PM

I'm looking for a new serger and have spent the last few days perusing many, many pages of threads discussing various brands: Bernina, Janome, Babylock, Juki, etc. At the moment, I'm leaning toward one of the two models mentioned in the title.

I understand the differences between both models and really don't mind having either one (barring the cost, of course). The 5-thread would be nice because of the safety stitch, but I usually sew my seams first and serger together afterward, so it's not a necessity.

Question 1 - presser feet

Ken's Sewing Center (in Alabama) is having a special on both models which includes a number of goodies (thread, lamp, needles, instructional DVD) and extra presser feet. Model 654DE cheaper, but comes with six extra feet: elastic, blindhem, cording, piping, beading, and curved pearl. Model 655 is $100 more but only comes with three extra feet: elastic, blindhem, and cording. I recognize that the extra feet needed depend on my sewing habits. That said, I'd still like to know how others have used the different types of feet. If I go with the more expensive model, will I miss having the three extra feet? I know there's a trade-off here (5-thread, 3 feet vs. 4-thread, 6 feet), but what am I missing/gaining?

Question 2 - ordering from Ken's

I've read the reviews on Ken's and am not sure if this is the best option. Some reviews were great, others not so much. Has anyone purchased a machine from them recently? The most recent review is dated in the middle of 2011.

Question 3 - dealer support

There aren't many Juki dealers around here and ordering online might be the best option. How do you service your machines? Do you take them to non-Juki dealers? Can I take it to a Bernina dealer since Juki makes Bernina?

Thanks for the help!

Lynnelle
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Date: 12/15/12 1:42 PM

I can only address question #1, since I have never ordered any machines on line, but just for me, (and everyone is different) I would tend to always try to think ahead, and get the more functional and expensively made machine, over a less expensively made and less functional one, with just some extra stuff thrown in.

My reasoning there, is because I could always get extra feet, thread, needles or whatever, and later and even one by one as I might want them, just at any time I wanted in the future, or if I wanted them then, but once you got a overlocker, the actual way it is made, and works, can't be changed, so you can just never add in the extra 3rd looper, for the chain stitch, as an after thought, that would let you chain or do a 5 thread safety stitch at all. Because it just does not work that way.

Sort of like if you buy a vehicle, and you think you might ever want to use 4 wheel drive, the time to do that is just when getting it in the first place, even if you did not use it all that much but only wanted it sometimes, just because you really can't be changing it around and just putting 4 wheel drive in there later. Ditto with a chain stitch looper.

On the feet thing, all stuff you can do with any feet, you actually could with just your hands too, if you really had to, or were good enough, and it's only if doing it a lot, that it's more coneneint or faster or whatever with a special foot. So, so fun extra things, but even without any special feet at all, you could still just fold fabric and blindstitch, sew on some elastic, sew piping, cording or beading. But you can just never put in a 3rd chainstitch kind of looper after the fact at all. That is just not going to be happening.

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Date: 12/15/12 7:40 PM

These are excellent points. Thank you so much for responding.

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Date: 12/15/12 8:16 PM

I bought a 645de from Kens about 1 month ago! Ken's is great and I only have good things to say about dealing with them. I would think the question is more along the lines of which Machine would you prefer. I didn't need the chain stitch function because I have a dedicated coverstitch machine.

As for the various feet, I love the elasticater and the piping feet but haven't used the others. My serger use is mostly limited to sewing knits and finishing seams.

BTW, the dvd that Ken's provides is really helpful.

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Date: 12/16/12 5:14 AM

I bought lots of feet but found I use my sewing machine for those tasks instead of my serger. For me, I more control, get better results and it's easier on a SM. (frequently piping or cording long lengths would be an exception but that's not something I do.)
The only serger foot I would buy again is the clear one (I have a BL).
Elastic can be serged without a special foot. (I should get around to selling mine someday!)

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Date: 12/16/12 8:26 AM

I have the Juki 654DE and the Juki 735. The 735 is a 5 thread serger that can do a coverstitch.

I never use the 735. It requires a wider foot because of the 5 threads and is more difficult to thread. I LOVE the 654 and can't imagine ever using another serger. I like it much more than the BL Imagine or Evolve, both of which I've owned.

I do have all of the feet for the 654 and occasionally use one them, but not often. Also I bought the 654 from Ken's when they were selling through Amazon. No problems at all.

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Date: 12/16/12 8:27 AM

I just bought the 654DE from sewingmachinesplus, it came with 8 extra feet, plus thread, workbook, dvd instructions etc. I paid 449.00 which was the price after a coupon for 50.00 was applied during a recent promotion. I am very happy with this vendor and highly recommend. I want a coverstitch in future but wish to have a separate machine. I have no experience with Kens.

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Date: 12/16/12 12:32 PM

I drive a 734DE which came with 14 feet. I use one of them. 13 for sale!

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Date: 12/16/12 9:14 PM

Maryl--what do you like better about your Juki than the Babylocks you've owned? I briefly saw an Imagine being used and was intrigued, but haven't had an opportunity to go try one out and check it further.

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Date: 12/18/12 2:52 PM

Thank you all for the comments. After much consideration and lots of reading, I went with the 654DE. I'll post an update after I've put it through a test-drive (thanks Vic!).

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