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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > first serger recommendations.... ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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first serger recommendations....
viking h class 200s?
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Date: 11/6/13 9:31 AM

Hi there. I'm looking at trying to select a serger for a prechristmas gift, basically I'm too impatient to wait till Christmas lol

My father has offered to help me buy a Husqvarna Viking Serger h class 200s. I've googled and searched here but nothing much comes up on this machine... particularly anything from 2013/or relatively new.

Any advice would be appreciated. I've only been sewing a year but I sew A LOT. I've been told a serger would speed up the process for me since I do tons of knits. I've read about the brother but the 200s seems to be more solid? Possibly longer lasting? It automatically adjusts to various fabrics. Easier to thread with the color coding. Is there something else in the that price range that might be a better choice?

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Date: 11/6/13 9:37 AM

I can't sing enough praise about my Brother 1034D. It's kind of loud, yes. But that little guy is a workhorse! Especially at $200!

I think the first time I threaded it, it took about 30 minutes. Now, I can do it in 3. My son (13) knows how to change it and has done it for me while I was sewing! :)

Good luck with your search. You will be SO happy when you get one!

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Date: 11/6/13 9:57 AM

I second the Brother 1034D. Yup - had mine since Fall 2005! Works when I need it and works smoothly and if you sit there and learn to thread it you will be steps ahead! Or you could all the way and buy a Babylock or a JUKI - JUKI is really a good name in sergers, being an industrial sewing and serging machine maker. Read the reviews!
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Date: 11/6/13 12:56 PM

I also had the Brother 1034 serger. It was great; some days I wish I still had it! I upgraded to an Elna combo machine for the coverstitch ability. That Brother is easy to use and a workhorse. I ordered mine from Amazon. Brother dealers sell a similar model if you want to go through a dealer. It is well worth the $200 that it is usually sold for. There is a whole thread devoted to it under the title "Sergers..."

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Date: 11/6/13 8:11 PM

My first serger was and is a Juki 654DE. I love it! It works great, has differential feed, 4 threads is not difficult to thread, roll hemming and just always works. I have had it about 8 years. You can purchase them online and I think they run about 350. I bought mine from a local dealer but paid a lot more and then the dealer went out of business. I only had an initial lesson and could probably do a lot more with it than I do and when I feel the need I know there are many good books and You Tube to help me ( as well as Pattern Review). I definitely could not sew without it.

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Date: 11/6/13 10:17 PM

I have a BabyLock Ellure, which I love.

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Date: 11/7/13 6:48 AM

My first serger was a Juki too, MO634DE (the previous model of the 654) and I kept it for almost 20 years. It was a fantastic machine. I'd also recommend it. I recently upgraded to a BL Evolution, not because there was anything wrong with my Juki, I just wanted a combo machine. But..

If I were buying my first serger now, I think I might go with the Brother 1034D, I tried one out recently, I was very impressed, and it's a great deal money wise. It was very easy to thread and felt very strong. Plus there is a lot of help and information available right here. It would be a great way to start.

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Date: 11/7/13 10:40 AM

I also have the Brother 1034. It performs very well. The only thing I wish it would do better was a rolled hem - it never quite gets the coverage I am hoping for, even with wooly nylon in the looper. And rolled hem on a lettuce edge, fuhgettaboutit. But it's a tremendous bang for the $200ish bucks.

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Date: 11/7/13 1:55 PM

Add me to the Brother 1034D club. Compared to my old Janome serger, this baby is a breeze to thread. The lower looper is the only hard thing to thread on a serger anyway, and the 1034D has a little finger that pulls out. You just wrap the thread around it and push it back in. That's it for the lower looper! The stitch is reliable, and the noise is not much if any worse than the Janome. Can't beat the price, either.

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Date: 11/7/13 2:11 PM

I vote for a Babylock with Jet-Air threading if you can afford it. I have the Imagine and LOVE it. Back in 1993 I took home a Pfaff Hobbylock 786 and thought I got a lot of use out of it. Then two years ago I upgraded (or simply broke down) and bought an Imagine.

My sewing is pretty much split between knits and wovens. And if you're a beginning sewer who sews a lot of knits and knows sewing is not a current "fad" hobby, I'd go for the easiest serger ever.

Here's how I know I use my Babylock way more than I ever used my Pfaff. The original serger cones I bought in 1993 were still in my serger thread box! Within a month of having the Babylock, I used the rest of the very old cones and bought new serger cones, and now they're running low. Because my Imagine is so easy to use, I use it WAY more than I ever used my Pfaff. I just love that machine.

It's costly, but knowing what I know now, if the option was available to me back in 1993 I would have purchased a Jet-Air Babylock as my first serger and never looked back. I'm kicking myself for taking so long to trade in my Pfaff.

No more tension dials for me. No way! Now my 5-minute rolled hems are truly 5-minutes instead or 55 minutes of setting tension dials and doing test stitching, THEN spending 5 minutes to the get rolled hem lol. :)

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