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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 Sue Militello on April 17, 2011 at 9:50pm

Oh Happy Birthday too!

 

Comment by Sue Militello on April 17, 2011 at 9:49pm
Baby Lock is the only way to go, but get one of the three top line models.  NO TENSIONS you can use any thread from regular to crochet cotton in the loopers for a neat look.
Comment by Londa Rohlfing on April 17, 2011 at 9:47pm
A serger is one I would FOR SURE purchase from a dealer!  And - don't leave the shop until you can thread it confidently without their help!  I'd look for one that would do 2, 3, or 4 thread.  Unless you need to be able to do a chainstitch as well, I think the 2 thread capability for overcasting and roll hemming is indispensable.  I'd not worry about a cover hem.  I have it and never use it - utilizing the stretch twin needle on my machine instead.  I had a machine dealership for 13 years - and that is my advice.  Brand doesn't matter, but WHO you buy it from DOES.  Oh - and differential feed, that is important.  and LESSONS on basic use.
Comment by Andrea Schlickbernd on April 17, 2011 at 9:41pm
Mary,
Thank you for the birthday wishes!! I too love eBay but that is where I purchased my 6110 nicchi and had tons of issues. My dealer allowed me to send back the first one and I have to say the second was much better but this back and forth took over four months. I LOVE a great deal but am a little gun shy to deal
far away with my sewing equipment. Four months and many phone calls was not fun...but I really want a good machine and can't afford $1,000!!! Perhaps we should add a swap piece to our SWN site!! Someone getting rid of one item to upgrade allowing someone to give an item a try!! Hmmm....I'll have to talk to Susan about this!!
Comment by jodijean on April 17, 2011 at 9:32pm

you should be able to sew a varitety on any machine ... from sheer chiffons, to satin to heavy denim ... you change have to adjust the tension for the heaviness/thinness ... and change the cutting width

 

Comment by mary on April 17, 2011 at 9:26pm

Call me frugal but I am a big ebay fan.  I research the serger I want and  then bid to get the best price.  I at one time had a white speedylock.  It was useless.  By the time I learned the proper way to thread it, it had a major meltdown. The white site is useless, no information and no one to call.  I finally went and researched and got a used huskylock.  I love it. I don't think I could break it if I tried.  Just turn on, it is easy to thread. the stitches are great and I paid less that one hundred dollars for it.  It is an older model but I got a great buy.  I can still take any classes I want at the local sewing center.  If you really want to research the onlly site I found was sewing review . com.  Happy Birth day

Comment by Andrea Schlickbernd on April 17, 2011 at 8:38pm
Again, thank you gals for all of your helpful feedback!! I truly appreciate it! Finding a dealer sounds important and I will go local as my dealer purchase for my regular sewing machine is literally across the country and trying to do fix it repairs and stuff is nothing short of a nightmare!! I had no idea these babies (sergers) could cost so much!! I love the auto tension idea and need one that will sew satin to duck!! I have much to learn!
Comment by Lisa Koyama on April 17, 2011 at 8:28pm
Make sure you buy it from a dealer nearby to get lessons. Be sure they will be able to service the machine.  Nothing is more frustrating than trying to find someone to fix the machine down the road, if needed.
Comment by Betty Creel on April 17, 2011 at 7:12pm

i wish i had gotten a brother or babylock jet-air. i know people who have them and they love the machine. my kids bought me the singer ultalock differential feed for christmas a few yrs ago. and i am NOT impressed with it. go with babylock or brother serger. i wish i had...thats going to be my next

gift request a brother or babylock. buy from a dealer...

Comment by jodijean on April 17, 2011 at 7:04pm
oh and i got my brother 1034d from allbrands.com ... BUT i'm regretting not buying from amazon.com (they offer free shipping and include a bunch of extra feet) ... bummer.  oh well, it's a great machine!

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