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should I buy a White Speedylock 1300DE???
Ontario CANADA
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Date: 2/11/13 2:14 PM

Someone in my area is offering a never-used (the box has never been opened, she says) White Speedylock 1300DE serger. She's asking $200.

1) Should I buy a machine for which parts are not available? There can't have been a lot of 1300s around, and I can't even find out which other White models it would be compatible with.

2) Is $200 a reasonable price?

I don't own a serger. I've only used one in my sewing classes (finishing edges on wovens, seaming knits). So I'm a serger newbie.

Judging by the picture on the box, it's a pretty simple-looking serger: 3/4 threads, two dials, two slots with vertical dials at the top. Here are the details:
3-4 thread serger
Adjustable length and width
Differential Feed
Built in rolled hem
Blind hem foot included
Foot control and power cord
Easy colour coded threading system
Instruction video included
Complete with all accessories and manual.
Kristine Kay
Kristine Kay
Michigan USA
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Date: 2/11/13 3:26 PM

You can buy a brand new serger for that price. Costco had a Singer for $199 and a Brother for $220. Whose to say the seller didn't re-tape the box closed? I would make sure the machine works properly and the offer $150.

As a beginner, I think a serger helps makes sewing more enjoyable. Finished seams make beautiful garments and servers make working with knits so nice.

Good luck!
Kristine in Michigan

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schmammy  Friend of PR
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Date: 2/12/13 10:14 AM

A plethora of PR sewists are quite pleased with the performance of the Brother 1034D which can be bought for around $200. There is a really active thread on this Board devoted solely to this serger. My suggestion is that your $200 would be much better spent on the Brother 1034D. Good luck with serging! You will LOVE it!

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District of Columbia USA
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Date: 2/12/13 10:17 AM

I had a White Speedylock bought used. I can't remember the model. It was a perfectly fine serger, but I think $200 is way too high. I'd agree with the suggestion to go for the Brother 1034D if $200 is your budget. (I eventually upgraded to a Juki, which I got for about $350--highly recommend if it's in your budget.)

2007: purchased 115+, sewed 105+
So close to parity, yet so far

Trying again in 2008
Yards purchased: 133
Yards sewn: Somewhere around 95

2009? I give up

HeyJane  Friend of PR
Pennsylvania USA
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Date: 2/12/13 7:36 PM

I recently sold a White Speedylock 1600 (got $50) and replaced it with a Brother 1034D. The Brother is a much better serger than the Speedylock was. That seller's price sounds way too high and if you're going to spend $200 I would definitely get the Brother...they're much easier to thread and they perform better IMO.
Miss Fairchild
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Date: 2/13/13 8:34 PM

Okay, I'm going to be the "red haired stepchild" here. I have a Singer 14J250 serger. I paid about $300 for it, but I believe it's less now. I've had a White Superlock 734DS, and it was such a quiet machine! But I sold it. Why? Because I too was concerned about parts for it. But I understand it's still running smooth--wherever it is.

Back to the Singer. I really like mine and researched a lot of models before I bought. I like the fact that it opens out to clean and thread. And, I got three feet in the bargain. The stitch finger is incredibly easy to remove; I don't have to remove a throat plate like some other models.

And (drum roll, please..) tonight it serged up a grand piano cover. How's that for strength?

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