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 I'm in the market for a Serger. Never had one but with my B-day and Mother's Day coming up (I gave my family "permission" this year to do a combo gift, lol) I've asked for one. I would love some feedback on your serger experience and what brands you have so that I can start my search. Thanks!! Can't wait to hear from you! 

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Comment by Angee Barbe on April 19, 2011 at 12:49pm
I'm such a novice.........I wouldn't know what a Serger looked like nor what to do with it if it was given to me.  Can you tell me what they do and why you want one so badly?  Then maybe I can ask for one too! :)
Comment by jodijean on April 19, 2011 at 11:18am

i sell you mine for a really good deal (it's broken though) ... and from my understanding i know have to find a dealer to fix it ... booooooooo

 

with all the hassle it has caused me i don't think i would buy another babylock ... the air-jet threading isn't really worth it.  i can thread my brother 1034d almost just as fast (seriously)

Comment by Andrea Schlickbernd on April 19, 2011 at 9:27am

Ok so who wants a new serger and wants to sell me their Babyloc for a really great deal?? LOL

 I need to find a local dealer and get my husband on board. I think he thought he was going to get a good deal this year doing a combo gift for my B-day/Mother's Day. Not looking good honey!!

 

Comment by Valerie Carroll on April 18, 2011 at 7:43pm
I have my 4 thread Singer Serger from 1986, however I love my Viking sewing machine so I just bought a Huskylock S25 serger by Viking.  I can't tell you a lot about just yet since I haven't used it yet.  But I will repost something this weekend after I use it on a project.  I will let you know what I think of it.
Comment by Sandra on April 18, 2011 at 3:03pm

Congratulations, Happy Mothers Day, Happy Birthday, Happy Everything.

I have the Brother 1034D.  It's inexpensive and easy to learn.  I bought it because I needed to learn the art of serging and felt that if I broke it (which I did to the first one I bought) it was no big financial loss.  I kept the first one for parts, and have used a couple of the parts.  It's a very user friendly machine once you get confortable with the threading.  I suppose the threading is the hardest part of serging.  Once you get that down it's off to fun things you can do on a serger.  I must tell you, too, that I was somewhat afraid to use a serger and saw no need for one.  However I now wonder how I got along this long (I've been sewing over 40 years) without one.

Comment by rose cooper on April 18, 2011 at 9:35am
I have a baby lock serger and I it.  Make sure they get you one that's is easy to thread, and mine is.  If you want it hemming this is not the machine your looking for.  I've had this machine for 15 years and have never had trouble with it.  Good lucking sewing. ...Cooper
Comment by Arlene Hanna on April 18, 2011 at 1:28am
Guess I'll add my two cents.  My first serger was a simple brother.  A good basic machine that lasted many years with basic capabilities.  When I finally killed it my mother gave me her older Babylock and it is the worst. Really turned me off ever trying Babylock anything.  My next serger will be a Juki, the original serger, always considered a high quality industrial machine.  My second choice would be a Janome.  Janome makes such quality machines.  I always think of Janome as the Honda of sewing machines.  Not the fanciest of machines but high quality, long lasting workhorses. Probably is best to buy the middle or upper end of any serger you pick.  I will buy mine on line but some may feel the need for additional support.  Good luck in your search
Comment by Sue Woods on April 18, 2011 at 1:21am
I have the Baby Lock Imagine.  Love it.  threads itself, no tensions to set. sews beautifully.  Have had it several years - there are newer ones out but look at the Baby Locks.  At that time, mine was 3rd from the top of the line.  Paid about $1000 for it.  But so worth it.
Comment by Beth Missel on April 18, 2011 at 12:19am
Andrea, You are the first person I have ever run into that uses a Nicchi machine!  That is what I have and I love it.  Wow, how cool.  I got mine thru a local dealer in Montana and haven't seen another one since.  I've had it for over 10yrs now and it's still going strong.
Comment by Shari Ortega on April 18, 2011 at 12:14am

GET as much as you can for the money.. I had a 3 stinger.. and found it worthless...but  I have a four stringer  and love it.. I use it alot to finish off edges before turning them under. also I have longare quilt business and if I am not going to quilt a top right away I edge it so it does not unravel..

I have made lots of old school napkins from left over cotton.. so now I dont have use paper towel to dry my hands, or wipe kids faces.. save inviroment too..

REALLY make sure you can thread it before you buy..

there is a great video out there by mary jo... its on dvd now.. she shows you how to thread several different kinds... but the big thing is she tells WHY a thread has to go before another one..

the sequence... she is wonderful..

good luck

shari ortega

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