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My White 534 Superlock is Dying!
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Date: 8/9/05 2:47 AM

My good ol' White 534 Superlock is near death. I bought it brand new in 1985 and have used it so much the paint is rubbing off the front. I wonder how many yards of fabric I havve sewn on that thing? I sewed 80 sets of softball uniforms out of Dazzle cloth (tops and shorts) for DD's softball team and also all the baby clothes, kid clothes costumes etc for 4 kids and now am working on school shorts for DS. I am looking for a good replacement 4or 5 thread as cheap as I can possibly go! I have a Bernette coverstitch machine (that I have a love-hate relationship with) and a Bernina 1630 that runs great but I am wondering if I should get rid of it and get something more simple. I don't need all the crud it has on it...I could get by w/ a lot less since I have an embroidery machine too (Brother 2002D). Anyway, which serger should I get? I am looking at the White 2000ATS and the Brother 1034D--any others around that price range? HELP!!!

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Date: 8/9/05 8:51 AM

Pfaff sergers are good. They have a basic four thread serger that is reasonably priced. It's the Hobbylock 4752.

http://www.pfaffusa.com/317_318.html

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Date: 8/9/05 9:41 AM

I replaced my White 503 with a Viking 905, which is fairly heavy and sews quietly. The older Whites are so quiet and smooth, I couldn't get used to using a noisy bouncy serger, like some others I looked at. There's also a 534D and a 734D on ebay right now.

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Date: 8/9/05 9:41 AM

I'm partial to Juki. :-)

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Date: 8/9/05 10:31 AM

After doing a LOT of test driving segers, I'd recommend a Bernina 800DL. This is the one I plan to buy---someday. Costs $799 or about. The lower priced model, the 700D is $699. I test drove a Viking. The only thing I did not like on it was the tensions. Could not get them set properly! Believe me, we tried, and tried and tried.... Other than that, it was a good machine. I don't have a Juki dealer near me, but they make Bernina's. Phaff Hobbylock 4752 is nice, but the model I tested shook a lot. They kept saying "its the table" but I did not believe them. Babylock Eclipse is a great machine. I just did not "bond" with it.

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Date: 8/9/05 11:20 AM

I've had my White ATS 2000 for 4 or five yrs and I love it-haven't had any problems at all. It's basic, 4 thread, w/ differential feed, picot and rolled hem-does everything I need and is easy to thread (compared to the Berninas I tried-don't know if it's the same one Carol suggested-they may have improved by now!). But *the price* on the White is excellent :oP

Good luck!

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Date: 8/9/05 12:07 PM

I bought my White 534 in 1985, too. They were still made in Japan back then. It served me well and honorably with never a tune-up or repair. A few years ago I grew tired of not having differential feed, so I retired the 534, and bought a Bernina DL800. I've been very happy with this model, and the very few teensy little problems have been caused by operator error - easily fixed when I READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Transition from the 534 to the DL800 was not a problem; in fact, I never took the free lessons that were offered with the Bernina, because serger experience combined with the DL800 manual made it so easy to use.
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Date: 8/9/05 3:27 PM

i love my white 534, bought it new in 1990. sometimes i wish i had differential feed, but i've survived this long without it. :)

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Date: 8/9/05 6:03 PM

Funny, I would never buy a serger with differential feed. However, on my industrial Juki I have to open the table top to get into the side door of the serger and then loosen a screw to move a lever for the differential. I just don't do it that often.

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Date: 8/9/05 7:47 PM

I got along without the differential feed for a long time, and I could probably still do it - but I don't want to. I like the ease with which I can eliminate ripply seam allowances. Chalk it up to getting lazy in my old age. Of course, if I had to start removing table tops and opening doors, then adjusting it would never ever happen. I'm so lazy that I line up multiple projects that require the same color thread, just to minimize changing thread colors. I am a Bad Role Model; do not adopt my bad habits.

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