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Thread: Serger Recommendations?

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    If I could afford it, I'd get a Babylock version.
    I'd stay away from the Viking (Husqvarna) sergers, I've heard lots of people at the swedish sewing board having big troubles with them.

    I've had my Singer coverlock (serger coverstitch combo) for 9 years now. I love it! I've sewn tons of baby/childrens clothes on it and even some for myself. It is really robust and changeover between overlock and coverstitch takes about 4 minutes (I've timed it).

    Anyway, that is my recommendation.

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    I bought a Viking, 2nd from their best; Huskylock 21. The store had decided to quit selling them so instead of paying over 1,000 for it, I paid 350 for it. Awesome price. Its not self threading but it has the guides on the front and a DVD so its really not that hard. The key to threading is that you cut the thread above the thread guides, then tie on the next thread you will be using and pull it thru. Makes it even easier. Its a great machine and couldn't believe it was so cheap.
    While I was waiting for the CD to come in I went to a Babylock serger event thinking I'd learn lots about sergers, which I did. I also learned the one we were learning on which was their latest did things that others don't. I had the credit so I bought it, knowing that I could sell the Viking for what I paid for it and not lose any money. I didn't even register it so the warranty hasn't started yet either. I've just been so busy to list it anywhere. I think both Brother and Viking make great machines. The brothers with the air threading are on the expensive side so one thing you'll have to decide on is how much you want to spend. Plus some have dual setups, overlock and chainstitch, both of the two I have do but my old Singer doesn't. When I bought my Singer over 20yrs ago, I was able to manage the threading so I figured I could do it with the Viking, and it is easier now than it used to be. So if anyone who doesn't live to far away or is willing to pay shipping, I have a Viking serger for sale for the 350 I paid plus shipping if it needs to be shipped
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    Quote Originally Posted by mariatherese View Post
    If I could afford it, I'd get a Babylock version.
    I'd stay away from the Viking (Husqvarna) sergers, I've heard lots of people at the swedish sewing board having big troubles with them.

    I've had my Singer coverlock (serger coverstitch combo) for 9 years now. I love it! I've sewn tons of baby/childrens clothes on it and even some for myself. It is really robust and changeover between overlock and coverstitch takes about 4 minutes (I've timed it).

    Anyway, that is my recommendation.
    The thing is, you should test them if you can. It isn't hard to find users who have had issues on every machine out there. Some is the machine itself and some of them can be user error. I don't shy away from things until I've really researched them and hopefully tried them out. I have several Viking machines and no problems with any of them, I've used Brother machines at events and they are great and I own an old singer and a Kenmore made by Janome, these all have been great machines. Do your research and try them out if possible. Make sure you have a warranty or if you buy on line see if there is a dealer in your area that can help you learn. I take classes and I've made two jackets, a purse, a throw quilt, a table runner with decorative stitches and a few other things completely on my serger. They are great machines and I think are under used.
    Judy

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    Judy, that is true. You absolutely should try the machine out!

    I helped a lady out with her Viking serger and I thought it worked perfectly after some adjustments. But at the swedish sewing board I am at, there are a lot of threads of strange errors connected to the Huskylocks. It might be user errors, but it could also be that there are lots of lemons.

    And I should be partial, as it was originally a Swedish brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariatherese View Post
    Judy, that is true. You absolutely should try the machine out!

    I helped a lady out with her Viking serger and I thought it worked perfectly after some adjustments. But at the swedish sewing board I am at, there are a lot of threads of strange errors connected to the Huskylocks. It might be user errors, but it could also be that there are lots of lemons.

    And I should be partial, as it was originally a Swedish brand.
    thank you, the thing is if you try them out and also have a shop in your area to help if needed, you will know if you are doing something wrong or if its the machine. My Huskylock has made me think I had a problem several times because I'm spoiled. My Viking emb machine automatically puts the pressure foot down and starts when I push start or the peddle. There has been many times when I thought my serger was messing up, just to find out I'd forgotten to put the pressure foot down because its not automatic on my serger. Thank goodness I have a great teacher and as soon as she sees my sewing she knows the problem. Having a dealer (rather you buy from them or not) that will help you is a big help. I have my Viking dealer and our Sew n Vac store handles Brother so I'm covered.
    Judy

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