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Want to buy a good serger for daughters
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Date: 8/5/13 8:36 PM

I am looking to buy a good serger, used or new, for my daughter for $300 or less if possible. Is there any brands or models that would be worth looking for? I don't want it to be very old, have 4 threads and fairly easy to operate. Any suggestions?

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Date: 8/5/13 8:56 PM

I'd look for a good used Bernina 334 or Juki (which made that model) equivalent. Heavy duty beautiful stitches, dependable, and well within your price range, or a Pfaff 788.

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Date: 8/5/13 11:06 PM

You can buy a brand-new Brother 1034D for $199.97. It's the same price at WalMart, too.

Wow, the price has come down on this serger. It used to cost a bit more.
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Date: 8/5/13 11:18 PM

The Brother 1034. It was my first serger and it was great. I upgraded to a combo machine but if I needed a serger gain I would buy another one. It is easy to set up and use and it is a work horse. I don't think there is a better one at that price point. There is a whole thread devoted to it and you can read that for more information.

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Date: 8/6/13 1:28 AM

I bought my daughter a Kenmore which is a Janome clone.

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Date: 8/6/13 10:44 AM

Unless you are serger proficient, go to a dealer with the daughter in tow and see what they have used or new.

The dealer can then demonstrate and be available if there are any questions, lessons are needed or if the serger needs to be serviced (seldom needed if it is operated and maintained according to the manual).

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Date: 8/6/13 8:06 PM

I recently purchased the Brother 1034D to replace my 9-year-old Janome Harmony 9102D. The Brother is so easy to thread in comparison and also has a free arm that I didn't have before. Both are noisy, but sergers are just that way. My only complaint is that the tensions are a little fiddly on the Brother, whereas the Janome I hardly ever had to adjust. So for now I'm keeping both of them. Still, if your daughter is new to serging, the Brother will give her less frustration with threading, for sure. I got my 1034D from Amazon for $199 and free shipping. It also comes with 3 snap on feet. Have fun shopping!

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Date: 8/7/13 7:29 AM

I am a fan of the Brother 1034d too. I had never used a serger before I bought mine and find it to be extremely user friendly. it is easy to thread and adjust. I think I bought mine from Amazon.

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Date: 8/7/13 7:44 AM

I recommend a used from a dealer. The dealer's hands-on lesson in using it would help your daughter achieve success with the machine from day one. Less frustration = better chance of continuing to develop sewing skils. Money on a gently used high quality mid-grade machine would get more bang for the buck machine than a low-end any brand for same money. Key here is the how to use it dealer support. Good luck with what ever choice you make. Juki makes wonderful sergers.

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Date: 8/7/13 12:11 PM

I'd recommend a Juki MO-644D or MO-654DE. Unfortunately, used machines are hard to find since owners really like them and they last forever. They do appear on CL and at other venues though.

You can get a new MO-644D for $300 at SewingMachinesPlus with a $25-off coupon. The MO-654DE has an easier to thread lower looper but it runs $60 or so more; which would exceed your budget.

Other online sellers have similar deals and most include the tutorial DVD with purchase. Check with local dealers to see if one will match the price and/or include classes.

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