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    Senior Member wanttobe's Avatar
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    Question about serger

    I found a Huskey Lock serger with case and some extras on craigslist. I have a regular sewing machine but I thought this would be a great thing to have. Do you have a serger, do use it a lot and is it easy to use? Thanks in advance.

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    I have a Simplicity brand serger which is about 20 or so years old. It's been nothing but a headache nearly every time I try to use it. On the rare occasion I get it working well, it gets all messed up if the thread breaks or I have to change colors. Even if I tie on the new one to the old one, it still doesn't thread right. I have had it in the shop a few times. I think if there is any slack in the threads, they cross over wrong. I'm not spending any more on it. I wish I could get it working...it's nice for making curtains. If I ever got the desire for another, I'd buy the self threading one. But they are pricey, so that's likely not going to happen.

    Be sure you try it out before you buy it. Try googling for sewing machine reviews also. It's always good to read about the particular brand/model to get feedback from owners.

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    I have a Kenmore that is over 20 years old. Have only had to have it serviced once and that was in 2011. I love it. I use it when making log cabin or disappearing 9 patch quilts. Wouldn't be without a serger.

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    I think a serger is the most useful tool to have. Just watch a few online sewing shows that give you an idea of how to use them and you will be hooked. I've got a Baby Lock and find it far superior to the other two that I had. However, they were good for their era too and one of them was a Husky.

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    I have three Bernina sergers and love them. Although I have used them for quilting (much to the shock of the quilt police), they usually sew children's garments. With a serger you can make a T-shirt in five minutes.

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    I have a Husky 936 serger/coverstitch and love it. At first the machine was a bit intimidating but once I got the threading down it's easy breezy now. I use it almost daily for all kinds of things. Just remember to clean it will and keep it well oiled and it should work for you just fine. If you have a Hus. dealer in your area they might offer classes on serger use. My dealer did and that is where I learned how valuable a serger can be.
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    I have a 'hand-me-down' Simplicity serger and, quite frankly, I don't know how I got along without it! I LOVE it. I whipped up three fleece throws for grandchildren for Christmas and it took me less than 1 hour - including changing thread colors. I've made myself Yoga pants on my serger and pot holders and just today, I am making a wine bottle cover for a friend. Sure it takes some time to learn but if you read the instruction book it will help and you too will love it.

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    I have an expensive serger but every time I try to use it, the threads break. I can't thread it myself because it seems so daunting. I take it to the shop I bought it at and the gal there threads it. I finally just put it in the closet because I couldn't finish one project without the threads breaking and the gal at the store acted tired of threading my serger for me.
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    I bought a self-threading Babylock serger and I use it all the time. Since I bought it I have started sewing things I had never sewn before. My next project is to make a serger quilt.

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    My firrst serger was a Juki that I used for making clothing for my 4 daughters. Then I decided I wanted one with the cover stitch and bought a Pfaff. Your need a 5 spool for the cover stitch. I make scrub tops occasionally and when I do I set them both up with different color threads and do assembly line sewing. I can sew a bunch quickly. I don't use mine daily but when I need it I really need it. I think everyone that sews should have a serger.
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