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Date: 11/25/13 7:33 PM

Hi so EVENTUALLY i am looking to purchase a serger (when my sewing gets better of course) and i have the singer stylist sewing machine and i was wondering if I should get the matching serger? thoughts? is it a good serger??

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Date: 11/25/13 9:05 PM

I'll come forward and say I have this serger. It was my very first serger that I learned to serge. And I really love it. Now, mind you, it doesn't have a free arm, and you have to use special Singer 2022 needles, but don't let that stop you. After being such a naysayer for many years about sergers, I decided I'd look into what all the talk was about, and I must say, I'm impressed. I did a review of it here:
click here I've been sewing for over 50 years and only recently bought a serger. I've been so happy with it, I'm going to upgrade to a coverstitch combo, after I sell my Janome634D serger that I have for sale in the classifieds.

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Date: 11/26/13 2:17 PM

I have the Singer Stylist and I love it! I also have the Singer Stylist 11 which is the one Miss Fairchild has.

I would bet my life that the Singer Stylist is exactly the same as the Pro Finish and the Singer Finishing Touch and the Perfect Finish that came as part of a set Companies often do that. Change the color, add different accessories, give it a different name but it's exactly the same product.

I watched Darlene Cahill demostrate the Singer Stylist for a couple years before I bought mine. I had been afraid to take the plunge and try a serger because of reading horror stories about threading. Well, I bought the Stylist and it was so easy to thread and operate. I wish people would quit saying how hard they are to thread. Those stories unnecessarily scare people out of getting an affordable one and make them think they have to spend thousand(s) to own a jet air.

This serger is a 2-3-4 thread serger unlike the Brother 1034D which is only a 3-4 thread serger. It has a ton of great reviews but there are times when a 2 thread serging technique is preferable.

Most sergers are hefty but the Singer Stylist is a mere 13 pounds. Super easy to carry and transport. It has 4 big suction cups for feet so it stays put even going full speed at 1300 SPM! I know because this was my first project with the Singer Stylist I've also used it for heavy fabrics like fleece and she plows through no problem.

Sergers have what is called a stitch finger. Stitches are formed around it. On many sergers you must remove it if you want smaller narrower stitches. Or sergers may come with 2 and you interchange between using them or use none. Well, on the Stylist, it slides in and out or anywhere in between. I know if you haven't used a serger, this is hard to understand but I love the sliding stitch finger. Makes it super easy to get your stitch looking exactly as you want it. You can slide it forward or backwards as you're stitching to see and get the results you want.

The Stylist has a great little freearm. The hardest part about the whole serger is remembering to push the little lever which is located under the extension table towards the machine to remove it in order to expose the freearm. I think people tend to want to pull the lever. Your accessories are inside the extension table.

After I bought the Stylist I serged through a bag of clothes that I intended to donate. I practiced all the techniques, curves, everything. Looking back, this little serger was one of the best purchases I ever made for myself. It was so easy and fun that it opened the doors to all that was possible with a serger. I bought the Singer 5 Thread shortly after I bought the Stylist thinking I wanted bigger and better. My thoughts were that I would return the Stylist. But I decided to keep them both and am glad I did. A couple years later I bought the Stylist 11 which I love too. So I have 3 great sergers and spent far less money than would have cost me for one Babylock. I can set up an assembly line and have each set for a different function or color.

I always tell everyone who is new to serging to read more than just your serger manual. You need to read more than just a camera manual to be a great photographer. Same with serging. The serger manual teaches you how to use the serger. Good serger books teach you how to unleash your creativity and use your serger to its fullest potential. A really good book for a beginner is The Complete Serger Handbook They only have used copies right now but used is OK. I've boughten many used books and they've all been fine.

All of my Singer sergers use the 2022 needles They must be good because I rarely, and I mean rarely change my needles and I've had no problems with stitches. They must be made well to last so long.




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Date: 11/26/13 6:44 PM

hi thank you so much for all the advice! I think i will buy this seger whent he time comes! but i was reading the product discription and it said it had a removable free arm?
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Date: 11/26/13 7:29 PM

Oh my, Pj3G, you have really outdone yourself! I didn't know I had the Stylist II, and that there was a Stylist with a free arm. If I had, I would have bought it. And your comments about the five thread--soo very helpful! Thank you!

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Date: 11/26/13 7:37 PM

I would suggest purchasing your first serger at a dealer, irrespective of the brand. You'll get instruction on how to use it and free or low-cost maintenance. I don't know if Singer is sold at dealers or not, but you can get nice and inexpensive Janome, Juki, and Brother machines at dealers. There are also online dealers you can purchase from that offer more than Walmart can as far as support. I hope you find one you like, where ever you purchase it!
ETA: My local Janome dealer often has trade in machines from other brands. You might be able to find your machine or a similar one for a lower price.
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Date: 11/27/13 3:36 PM

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hi thank you so much for all the advice! I think i will buy this seger whent he time comes! but i was reading the product discription and it said it had a removable free arm?
-- Edited on 11/26/13 6:47 PM --

That is a typo. The extension comes off exposing the nice little freearm. The extension piece is the part that has a lever underneath it. You pull the extension table towards the left while pushing the little lever to the right to get it off. I couldn't find a pic on the Internet of the Stylist's freearm with the extension off so here's one of mine from my Flickr set:


And for comparison, here is the Brother's 1034D freearm:


The white spot on the blue part of my Stylist is a little stick on thread cutter I bought somewhere. The stick on wouldn't stick good so I super glued it on so I could cut threads. I also use Bendable Bright Lights That's what I'm holding in the photo. I have little squares of velcro on all my machines so I can easily put on a light. None of my sergers/SM's have enough light for me.



-- Edited on 11/27/13 3:37 PM --

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Date: 11/27/13 4:55 PM

Thank you Miss Fairchild!

One reason I like the Stylist so much is for the freearm and it's lightweightness. I don't have a dedicated sewing room. I have to get machines out and put them away. It's a pain but I love sewing so it's all worth it. Anyway, if I need to do some minor serging I always use the Stylist because it's not so heavy to get out and put away.

I'm the second poster on this thread Just want you to know your Singer Stylist 11 serger is exactly the same as the much higher priced Husqvarna/Viking and if you want a thread catcher you can order one through a Viking dealer. They are located in Joann Fabrics. I made my own thread catcher bags out of a scrap of vinyl but decided to spring for one like on the H class 200S

Also, keep this in mind should you ever decide to purchase the Singer 5 Thread serger. Bookmark this thread about getting clear feet for it from Joann's I really love the clear feet!

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Date: 11/27/13 5:11 PM

Thank you so much for that link! I've bookmarked the thread and I think I'll buy the clear Coverstitch foot for now.

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Date: 11/27/13 6:36 PM

The clear feet fit the Singer 5 Thread serger, not the Stylist 11.

Just want to be clear about the clear feet!

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