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    Help needed!

    I am looking at buying a serger machine. I have never had one. My question is which one do you recommend? I am excited to get one now that I have been looking at them.
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    I recently got the Brother 1034D for a basic model. So far it works fine and I have had no problems with it.

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    I have the Brother 1034D for about 2 yrs now and I just love it very user friendy easy to tread. Love It.
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    A serger will last you a long time! So buy the best one that you can afford! I am still using the same one that I purchased 32 years ago.It's on it's 3rd. motor and going strong! It's been through 5 kids, 16 grandkids, and 5 greatgrands so far! Which ever machine you choose, just remember to keep it well serviced and maintained. Mawluv

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    Baby Lock with the burst of air threader.What a nice machine.Won't sit there like allot of sergers because of threading problems. Like Mawluv said get the best you can afford.

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    Toni C is right that if you can afford one that threads easily, you will be happier.

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    I have Babylock Proline my husband bought 15 or 15 years ago. To this date, it is still going. I love having a serger, made a lot of napkins, doll clothes etc.

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    Whatever you get, make sure it's a self-threader!

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    I recommend one of the Baby Lock self threaders. They are wonderful! I bought the Evolution earlier this year and I love it.

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    I agree with everyone, I have a Baby Lock with the self-threading feature and it is so nice. However, if you can only afford a basic serger, the most important feature to me would be self-adjusting tension. My first serger didn't have that and I was forever breaking thread and having to rethread (and no self-threading). Rarely do I break a thread with the self-adjusting tension.

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    I purchased the TOL Bernina Serger almost 30 years ago now and it's still going strong. I want the BabyLock Evolution but just can't justify it. As for the air threading etc.. that would be nice but it's not necessary. Almost all the sergers are fairly well labeled on the paths to thread.

    If I didn't have a serger I would purchase the BabyLock Evolution but that's me. I've spent a number of hours test driving the various machines and it is a very very nice machine. So the most important thing is for you to spend a great amount of time testing. Define precisely what you want (write a list!) and take that with you when shopping and grade each machine in each area. Then you will know what is a fit for you and your pocketbook.

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    I have a Husquevarna Viking Huskylock 905 that I adore. My mom has two that she uses for her business, and she puts them through the wringer.

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    I have the current Bernina TOL serger which I bought lightly used at a very good price and like a lot. I took the classes and don't find threading a big deal. I really like the micro control to get tensions just perfect. It is 3/4/5 thread and has coverstitch too. It seems to do everything I want without being fussy. But is is made by Juki and Juki makes similar models that are cheaper.
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    I have the Bernina 1150. I didn't go top of the line because I doubt that I'll ever need to do a cover stitch. I'm not sure I've even done a rolled hem. The Berninas are not self threader, but it's not hard once you know how to follow the diagram on the inside of the machine. Don't go bottom of the line no matter what you get. And take a class or something to get started. They are fun machines!

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    If you are considering a serger - go try one out. Most of the ones that people here have are very good sergers. I found that some are make it harder to do small items with the distance between the knife and the stitch. I do doll clothes at times and got frustrated with the larger foot. There was one Elna and the Imagine that had very short feet. I own the Imagine and have played with the Evolve. The Evolve is a very nice machine, also Babylock. It serges and cover stitches in one machine. I found the foot too wide for my taste although it is one of the easiest sergers to convert to coverstitch. I have an Imagine and a separate coverstitch. The chain stitch is handy for decorative.

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    Babylock has the best threading so if I were in the market babylock would be my choice
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    Quote Originally Posted by moosie View Post
    Almost all the sergers are fairly well labeled on the paths to thread.
    I agree, mine is well-labeled on how to thread, but actually threading it is a different matter! I have to use tweezers, a flashlight, a hand mirror, and a Twister mat!

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    threading on some are a frustrating chore-----baby lock is a dream to thread --- watch the threading being done on all the machines you check out

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    I have an old Bernina that works fine and has sewn many things. But if I were looking for another serger I would definitely look into the Baby Lock air threading machine. A serger is very finicky to thread and can be frustrating.

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    BabyLock again Ihated the threading process on my Husky and got rid of it. Babylock rules

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    Do lots of research and try them out. I have two Husqvarna Vikings, a 910 and a 936. The 936 is nearly always set up for the cover stitch. I make a lot of fleece throws for charity and use the 910 for that. I used to do a lot of apparel sewing for the DGKs and myself, but now I just do the throws and pillowcases. The threading is the most annoying thing about the Vikings, but they are workhorses and I do love them. Just make sure you get your machine cleaned yearly if you do a lot of sewing with fleece or flannel. Mine seized up on me, thought the motor had gone, but it was just packed with lint way inside. Doesn't matter how well you clean what you can see, the fuzz migrates way inside.

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    Go to some local shops and try out various brands - find out if they offer classes on their machines. I believe classes and support far outweigh most other features!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni C View Post
    Baby Lock with the burst of air threader.What a nice machine.Won't sit there like allot of sergers because of threading problems. Like Mawluv said get the best you can afford.
    I agree with Baby Lock. They are so easy to thread with the air threader. I have the Baby Lock Imagine and LOVE it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni C View Post
    Baby Lock with the burst of air threader.What a nice machine.Won't sit there like allot of sergers because of threading problems. Like Mawluv said get the best you can afford.
    I have this and love it!!! It can do so many stitches, cover stitch as well as serging! Well worth the high price tag!

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    I just don't think a serger is used enough to make the purchase worth while (?)
    I've seen many posts here about purchasing a serger, and it sits on the shelf and never used.
    Are you sure you will use a serger enough to account for the purchase price?

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