I'm interested in buying my first serger but I'm not sure what to get. I'm a very casual sewer and the things I do sew are usually light weight materials. I was trying to decide between 2 different sergers:
I've been sewing for almost 50 years. Over those years, I've owned three sergers, and five or six sewing machines starting with a treadle, mechanical, electronic, computerized, et.al. I've sewn everything from underwear to an overcoat and everything in between. I love to sew.
How do I say this?.......You get what you pay for. Not that you need to spend a lot for a decent serger. Allbrands.com sometimes has Brother 1034D for $149,
But if you're a casual sewer, why do you need a serger? Sergers are not necessary. Believe me they are nice to have, but a good zig-zag, a stretch stitch or a pair of pinking shears will accomplish the same thing on most garments, especially for a casual sewer.
If you spend $200 for either the Yamata or the Walmart machine, you are buying a piece of metal that will probably require more time and attention to adjusting the tensions and figuring how to thread than is worth it. These are not even half-way decent machines. Save your money and buy something worth buying. Learning to thread a serger properly takes a lot of patience; and if you don't get it right, the serger doesn't serge. The cheaper the machine, the more problematic the threading. The reviews are there to help you avoid wasting money.