Member since 6/7/10
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.
Member since 4/3/07
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.
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Member since 12/5/06
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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Member since 5/10/06
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
Member since 5/18/05
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.
Member since 8/24/02
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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