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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Viking or Janome Serger-Which One? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 3/20/13 10:03 PM

Have found need for serger and narrowed down to two. A new Viking H Class 200s for $495+tax or a Janome Compulock 888, barely used, comes with manual and workbook. Person has reduced price several times over 3 month period. States was just inspected to make sure everything working. Asking $500 plus $50 for professional packing. What draws me to Janome is other peoples' reviews and fact computerized. Selects what you need to do to accomplish your goal. Negative is 5 threads-many would like, but the more threads the more complex. Both are suppose to be easy threading. Thought of offering $25 to $50 less but didn't know if could as has already been reduced & lower then what others are asking. At same time wants to sell & on e-bay one sold for $450 but with no extras. One sold for $499 with one yr warranty-these were on e-bay.Not same site.Had Viking sewing advisor before & liked. But this one is on Janome, not Viking.

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Date: 3/21/13 5:10 AM

I have a Janome electronic MyLock serger-I love it. The threading is simple, the machine is a dream to use.

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Date: 3/21/13 8:13 AM

Do you have a Janome dealer close to you that's familiar with that model that could give you pointers/ lessons? I used the Janome Combi 888 ap 12 years ago. It does a lot including 5 thread seams and a cover stitch. This machine's very picky about being threaded in the proper order. Plus for cover stitch you have to change the needle plate, pressure foot, extension table, needle positions and rethread. Some parts are hard to find and the feet it uses are specific for this model. The new cover stitch feet and binders won't work with it.

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Date: 3/21/13 8:14 AM

I have the Singer equivalent of the Viking and love it. It serges like a dream and I can thread it in less than 5 minutes, probably more like 3.
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Date: 3/21/13 6:23 PM

I would pick neither or either, and just go with someplace tand something (new or used) that you can at least sit with someone whom can show you how to thread up and get started, and how things might work really different on a serger, for maybe at least a 1/2 hour or so. Longer would be even better. That might save you 6 days, 6 weeks or even 6 months of struggling along later, no matter what brand or model it was even. Does not matter whom does that with you, could be someplace you buy it at, could be a relative, friend or neighbor even. But I think you might want that.

I think that is way more important, than brand, value or capability on any particular serger, if you have never had one before. So, just anything and everything that you could find someplace that you could even do that with. I think way more likely on a overlocker if you have never used one before, to just have all your sewing problems with one, there be user error than on any sewing machine, anyplace instead. It's really just a "whole another kind of beast there" and all stuff applying to a regular sewing machine, is sort of "thrown out the window" there instead suddenly and just not working the same on a overlocker at all.

Does not matter how cheap or expensive something is, if it ends up just sitting in a closet for any reason and ends up not being used at all. I think when that kind of thing happens, it's because a overlocker is just different enough from a sewing machine, that it's good to have someone around for a few moments to at least get you going on it right.

Then sometime later and afterwards, after you have already got used to just any overlocker, anyplace, then go buy some with no sit down sewing help at all if you feel like it, as they all are not , all that much different from each other at all. But the first one you use, no matter which one it is, is for sure a whole lot different in a lot of ways, than a sewing machine.

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Date: 3/21/13 6:50 PM

I went to every sewing store in town. The Babylock Lauren was on sale for $349 but didn't look very "sturdy". Bernina didn't have one serger in the store, but the prices were more then I wanted to spend anyway, and they only carry new machines. Went to the Viking store. The new store manager was there and they've hired a new salesperson that was very pleasant-definite improvement. Manager and I looked at several sergers, both used and new. Really liked one that was used but also at least 10 years old. Decided I wanted a new machine and one without the coverhem so it would be more simplistic. Finally chose the Viking Class H 200s which is on sale and I had previously researched on internet. Have warranty, free lessons, & very easy to thread. Will meet all my needs.(I really liked the Janome Compulock but when someone asked if we had a dealer in the area I realized I couldn't buy a machine from someone else without even knowing where to go if something didn't seem to work right).

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