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Old 01-02-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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tell me about sergers

I sew a lot of dresses for dd's spring/summer wardrobe and think it's time I invest in a serger. I don't know the first thing about what to look for when buying one. Obviously, cost will be an important factor. I am just a hobby sewer so I don't need any big, expensive, industrial type machines....just something to eliminate the need to turn all my edges when sewing garments. I don't have a price range in mind just yet as I'm just beginning to look into getting one.

What do I need to know when shopping for a serger? Do you have a machine you recommend?

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Re: tell me about sergers

I have a low-end Brother Model, and it does all that you want to do for a reasonable price.
This link shows some pictures and talks about another family that got a similar model. I have been using mine for 10 years and have had is serviced 2x. Thicker fabrics (denim x3) have caused it to get off on timing, but anything else (dresses etc) have never been a problem. 200-300$ is reasonable for a simple home machine.
http://www.learnhowtosewnow.com/meet...-1034d-serger/
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I normally don't recommend buying from Walmart or Joanne or the likes but if you are just a casual or hobby sewer and you would be serging mainly lightweight fabrics like cottons, then something loke the brother at walmart will probably suit your needs.

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yeah all you need is 3/4 thread...those are reasonably priced. that 1034 brother serger gets a lot of good reviews from DS. I believe it also does a rolled hem.....which is a great finish for the bottom of ruffles to decrease bulk and increase twirl and fluff factor! having a girl you may want the rolled hem. I don't recommend Singer Sergers, I had 2 that were lemons.
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Re: tell me about sergers

I have the Brother 1034d and love it. Since quite a few of the mamas on here had it at the time and gave it good reviews, I decided to give it a try. So I ordered it through WalMart 2-3 years ago. I do a lot of sewing and haven't had any problems with it.
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I have had my Singer Serger for almost a year & still love it. It is so easy to use & thread.

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Re: tell me about sergers

Thanks so much everyone. After I read these posts, I started looking into the machines mentioned and DH comes and stands over my shoulder and says "what's that machine supposed to do?" I pulled out one of Magdalena's shirts and showed him the serged seam and explained how that's different than what I have to do when I sew clothes for M and how much difference it will make to me. He says, "are you trying to sell it to me?" (apparently I was very convincing!) so when I told him I was going to keep an eye out for sales he never even questioned it, which means I got the okay to buy one when we have the money!
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I have had my Singer Serger for almost a year & still love it. It is so easy to use & thread.

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I have an expensive serger and also picked up te Walmart singer just for back up and it works fine for lightweight serging.

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I have an expensive serger and also picked up te Walmart singer just for back up and it works fine for lightweight serging.

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I did denim the other day & it worked great. I was working on a purse for my dd made out of regular jeans.

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