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JaneCJ55
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Date: 5/12/13 12:17 PM

I'm in the market for a new serger, I am a costumer for the stage and also sew dance costume for the local college. I have a singer quantum lock but after using it for costuming Phantom of the opera last year it is not working well. I have spent over $250 in service and repairs but it is still not sewing right, the stitch is loopy and the needles break.
I'm looking for a dedicated serger that is a workhorse that can handle anything from a silk to a heavy brocade and stretch. I am not looking for a cover-stitch combo and would appreciate any feedback .

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Date: 5/12/13 12:25 PM

I just bought an Elna 745 combo. It is almost identical to the Elna serger only model. It is solid, easy to thread and it gives me a great stitch. The Elna versions are more expensive than the Janome versions. I was sewing medium weight jersey this am and it had no problem even over seams. It is my understanding that Juki makes a great serger too but no one sells them locally and I didn't want to spend a bunch of money for something I had not seen in person.
Have you thought about an industrial version? I just saw an industrial Juki on my local Craigslist this am for $650. Just a thought.

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Date: 5/12/13 6:17 PM

Thanks for the input on Elna, I'm a great fan of Elna s/m - I have 2 and was looking at the Elna sergers but didn't know if they were as good and reliable. I thought about an industrial machine but they only do 1 stitch and I need the rolled hem, stretch and gathered facilities as well. I will probably also buy a dedicated cover stitch machine rather than have the combo as I do now. I'm going to make the rounds of the shops soon to try some machines but needed some input as to what to test drive.

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Date: 5/12/13 6:17 PM

Thanks for the input on Elna, I'm a great fan of Elna s/m - I have 2 and was looking at the Elna sergers but didn't know if they were as good and reliable. I thought about an industrial machine but they only do 1 stitch and I need the rolled hem, stretch and gathered facilities as well. I will probably also buy a dedicated cover stitch machine rather than have the combo as I do now. I'm going to make the rounds of the shops soon to try some machines but needed some input as to what to test drive.

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Date: 5/13/13 8:23 AM

Baby Lock Imagine would be a wonderful serger for what you are doing. The Enlighten is a step up, with even easier threading, better lighting and the Wave stitch. Both sergers will self-adjust tensions for various fabrics and stitches and have air threading for the loopers. You will spend more for a Baby Lock, but they are so user friendly that it is worth it!

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Simplicity 350 serger, bought about 1997
3 Tajima Neo single head embroidery machines
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Embroidery software: Tajima DGML by Pulse (commercial) also know Designer's Gallery and Floriani for home use.

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Date: 5/14/13 11:09 AM

Just to let you know, my industrial machine does all that you want, but and it is a big BUT!!! you need to reset the controls for all of them, so I set it up for a true 5 thread, and it is a work horse, then I have a small machine for the rolled hem. I can remove either the chain needle of the overcast needle to get it to do the other jobs.
After all rolled hemming does not require the "heavy duty" of the other jobs.

I do the same type of work as you are doing.
Pam

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Date: 5/15/13 0:04 AM

I would buy the Juki 654DE. I've had mine for about four years now, and it is a solid, simple machine that goes over anything. Plus the cost is reasonable.

I got this after having two Babylocks--the Imagine and the Evolve. I found this Juki was much better with thick seams, and the upper knife it has just seems to cut better. Plus this one is easy to keep up--just oil and clean it every so often. No worries about any spangles getting caught in tubes.

Really, it's the only serger I"ll ever own now.

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Date: 5/17/13 0:38 AM

I own an Elna and I love it, but at the office we have a Juki 644 and it's used almost everyday sometimes all day. It hasn't been serviced in over 2 years. We oil it and change the blades once in a while. I'm totally impressed with it's quality.

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Date: 5/27/13 10:09 AM

Thank you to everyone that gave me machines and advice, I now have my stack of fabrics and my list of machines to test run this week. I'll let you know what i buy.

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Date: 5/27/13 1:55 PM

Jane, if you have a shop locally that sells industrial machines then do yourself a favor and visit them. Yes, they are bigger, but if you sew on one daily you'll defininitly see the difference in the build quaility and how easily they sew through heavy fabric. I've been brutal on mine and have never had to have it serviced.

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