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Date: 5/23/13 1:43 AM

This is my first post here, although I have been reading for some time. My new serger, a Brother 1134D, arrived today. I wasn't expecting it yet - I only ordered it Monday evening - but there it was this afternoon. It seems identical to the 1034D. I'm in Canada so maybe this is the Canadian version of the 1034D.
I've never used a serger before so I took a deep breath, threaded it up (got it right the first time!!), sewed a few samples to get a feel for it and then I made a tshirt. I used a soft type of technical knit that my sewing machine would have struggled with. This little machine just whipped through it. I even managed a fairly good looking neckline made with self fabric. I am so impressed with this serger. Now I just have to convince my sewing machine to sew the hems.

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Date: 5/23/13 5:07 AM

WooHoo!

I got my 1034D on Tuesday but today is my day to get to use it, I'm strangely excited LOL. I hope you oiled yours before using it, see page 57 of the manual (or look up oil) - great advice given to me here this week :)

I'm a teensy bit jealous you already made a t-shirt! Fantastic!!! I wish you loads of happy serging :)

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Date: 5/23/13 1:49 PM

Congratulations! Once you serge something it becomes addictive; it is so quick and easy to do a seam. A t-shirt already? What pattern? LOL
My old sewing machine gave me trouble with knits too. Are you using a stretch needle? Stabilizer as simple as tissue paper between the fabric and feed dogs help too. Well now you will want a coverstitch for the hems-not that I am trying to enable or anything lol I just bought a combo machine so I could do both. I started with the Brother serger too. It is a little workhorse!

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Date: 5/23/13 3:33 PM

Quote: aprilla
WooHoo!



I got my 1034D on Tuesday but today is my day to get to use it, I'm strangely excited LOL. I hope you oiled yours before using it, see page 57 of the manual (or look up oil) - great advice given to me here this week :)



I'm a teensy bit jealous you already made a t-shirt! Fantastic!!! I wish you loads of happy serging :)



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I was very excited - I couldn't sleep last night! I did oil it (thanks to this forum and my obsessive need to read a manual from front to back). I decided to jump right in and try something with some curves. Neither of my sewing machines would sew this knit nicely but the serger did a great job. I'm wearing it today
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Subject: Im in love - Brother 1134D Date: 5/23/13 6:16 PM

I love my 1034D. Finally got it earlier this year. I don't use it much (only place I can use it is also my cutting/tracing surface, so I have to get it out special, lol). But it is so fast.

I also am building up my collection of serger thread. The first few times I went looking for it, I could only find black and white! So mostly I use All Purpose in the needles and cones for only the loopers. I just need to find some of that wooly nylon for rolled hems....

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Subject: Im in love - Brother 1134D Date: 5/24/13 0:39 AM

Congratulations! I hope you have many happy serging hours.
I love my Evolution - just made a 12 gore skirt yesterday!
Sergers certainly do have their place in the sewing room. There is just so much you can do with them!
Again, happy serging!!

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Date: 5/24/13 9:15 PM

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Congratulations! Once you serge something it becomes addictive; it is so quick and easy to do a seam. A t-shirt already? What pattern? LOL

My old sewing machine gave me trouble with knits too. Are you using a stretch needle? Stabilizer as simple as tissue paper between the fabric and feed dogs help too. Well now you will want a coverstitch for the hems-not that I am trying to enable or anything lol I just bought a combo machine so I could do both. I started with the Brother serger too. It is a little workhorse!

I made my tshirt from KS 2444. I wanted a close fitting shirt to use as a base layer. Usually with a stretch needle either of my machines (an 70's mechanical Kenmore and an 80's mechanical Pfaff with IDT) will sew knits but the fabric I used is a very lightweight technical knit. It was much more fun to zip it up on the serger. Last night I made pj pants (and wore them to bed). Next will be a tshirt to wear with them.
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Date: 5/24/13 9:28 PM

Quote: DonnaH
I love my 1034D. Finally got it earlier this year. I don't use it much (only place I can use it is also my cutting/tracing surface, so I have to get it out special, lol). But it is so fast.



I also am building up my collection of serger thread. The first few times I went looking for it, I could only find black and white! So mostly I use All Purpose in the needles and cones for only the loopers. I just need to find some of that wooly nylon for rolled hems....

Oh, that's too bad that you can't leave your serger out all the time. I don't have much room either but I managed to find a place for my serger but I can't have both my sewing machines set up at the same time now. My cutting area is our dining room table (we no longer eat there lol) with my SM at one end. It's challenging doing a hobby that takes up a fair amount of room in 600 sq ft

For wooly nylon thread the prices at Atlanta Thread are good. I'm going to order from them.
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Date: 5/24/13 9:30 PM

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I love my Evolution - just made a 12 gore skirt yesterday!

A 12 gore skirt, that's ambitious, much faster on the serger, I'm sure.
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Date: 5/24/13 9:36 PM

Thanks tlc7 for the pattern info. I have a Kenmore that I bought in 1980. It was a TOL in its day and it has always hated knits of any kind. I gave up fighting with it to sew knits years ago. So glad you are having fun and getting so much done too!

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