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    Looking for a Sewing Machine with certain attachment?

    So I'm looking to get a new sewing machine after the new year and I want to get one that has a Serger Attachment with it. I have seen Singer Sewing Machines on HSN that have the attachment so you don't have to get a Serger Sewing Machine. I love a sewing machine with lots of stitches but the main ones are blanket and serger stitch. So if anyone has a sewing machine that they could recommend that would great. My budget is around $300-500 dollars I would like it to be a Singer or Brothers sewing machine.

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    This attachment does not have to come with the machine. You just need to have a machine with the correct type of shank (low shank) and a centered needle.

    Here is a link to the attachment on Amazon ($10):
    http://www.amazon.com/Side-Cutter-Se.../dp/B001HFBBA0

    Be sure to read all of the information on Amazon, including questions asked and answered:
    http://www.amazon.com/forum//ref=ask...A0&cdSort=best

    and user reviews:
    http://www.amazon.com/Side-Cutter-Se...ustomerReviews

    Edit: I would not want a Singer sewing machine. This is a company that has had a bad rep for the last 20 years or so. The last thing you want in a sewing machine that does decorative stitches is a machine that does not hold its tension well! Brother machines currently have a much better reputation than Singer machines.

    Edit 2: The above attachment is not the only one available. Here are links to others sold on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Kalevel-Multi-...dp/B00MPBF27I/
    http://www.amazon.com/SINGER-Attachm...dp/B00G6TW7ZK/

    Also, I just want to point out that this attachment does not do many things that a serger can do. For example, you can still easily stretch knit fabric edges. A serger will have "differential feed" which moves the knit fabric without stretching it -- something a sewing machine cannot do.
    Last edited by Prism99; 12-22-2014 at 11:13 AM.

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    Looks like the side cutter attachment is available separately. Why not find a machine you like, then add the attachment?
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    I purchased a Brother as an extra machine when my Babylock embroidery machine is 'busy'. It comes with several feet, and I also ordered the side cutter for overcasting (serging). Works amazing! Has an easy threader, a built in scissor for cutting threads, and a more 'open' throat instead of rounded, for the price range of these machines. The machine also has several stitches that are 'serging' stitches included, and the overcast foot is included. Very easy to learn and use. I too would never get another Singer-my opinion.
    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-PC420PRW
    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-SA177-Side-Cutter-7mm
    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-SA537-Extension-Table

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    NanaC, none of your links worked. When you cut an Amazon url, you can cut back to right before /ref but no further. I will try to add links here that work:
    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-PC420P...dp/B000XE3FGO/
    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-SA177-...dp/B001UYWJZO/
    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-SA537-...dp/B002U0K8BY/

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    Both of my Brother machines came with the side cutter attachment but I've never used it...I have sergers.

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    What kind of Serger do you have?

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    it does not look like this really will replace a serger.
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    I'm glad they do offer this attachment but I have never had a serger and don't know what kind to even buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    NanaC, none of your links worked. When you cut an Amazon url, you can cut back to right before /ref but no further. I will try to add links here that work:
    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-PC420P...dp/B000XE3FGO/
    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-SA177-...dp/B001UYWJZO/
    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-SA537-...dp/B002U0K8BY/
    these links worked. wow, I had no idea there was such and attachment for a regular machine, I wonder if it works as well as a serger. I could not be without my serger because I sew clothes for children besides quilting.

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    Oh how interesting! I never knew these attachments existed. I've been toying with the idea of buying a very simple serger lately but this might be a much cheaper (and smaller to store) alternative.

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    As long as the brothers have an overcast stitch and foot you can use any of them, most of their 7mm machines have the feature. if you want the sidecutter to cut the fabric that is extra attachment that doesn't come with their machines
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    This looks like a wonderful Sewing Machine I think I will get one like it!

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    I have always had Singer machines. The two I currently have...one is 2 yrs old the other about 4 or 5 yrs. No trouble with either. They are not the low end machines though. If I get the low end machines I usually wear them out in a couple years. The only machine I have ever owned that is not a singer is my Topaz 20. It is 4 yrs old. I don't usually take the Singers in for repair. The repairs usually cost more that just replacing them.

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    My personal preference is two different machines for two different functions. My sister has the Singer with the attachments for serging, never uses them; and brings her serging to me to do for her on my Elnitalock from 1985 or so. But, Merry Christmas, and good luck in your search.
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    Go on e-bay or Craigs list and buy a good used serger (babylock if you can) and a brother sewing machine, you should be able do get a used one from estate sale or someone who quit sewing very reasonable and my old babylock 418 is still going strong. Try overstock too. And don't be afraid of a refurbished.

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    My Brother machine came with a side cutter and it has a number of overlocker type stitches if that is what you are referring to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oklahomamom2 View Post
    I'm glad they do offer this attachment but I have never had a serger and don't know what kind to even buy.
    I have had many sergers and bought the best one that I have ever used when I retired. I have a 10 year old baby lock evolve and it is great. I use it more than my sewing machines and if it had a bigger throat, I would quilt with it as well!

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    I have had several machines that came with the side cutter serger-like attachment. I have to tell you that I have never used the attachment except for the one time I tried it to see what it did. It is better than nothing, but not much! If you want serged edges, you need a serger.

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    All I have to say is the Brother machine I had was crap, and never worked right it was bought new and my Singer has never given me any trouble.

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