I'm considering buying a serger, either now-ish (if I give in to impulse) or maybe late November, early December. I don't genuinely need
a serger, it's more in the nature of a toy for me, so I can't justify spending over $300 for one and would prefer to keep it under $200. If I do get one, I'd want something low maintenance, that's easy to find replacement knives and such for.
Has anyone used the Singer Ultralock 14SH654? (You can see it here: http://www.singerco.com/products/
.) Wal-Mart sells it for under $200. I believe, earlier in this thread Alisasaur said she'd just gotten one and was having trouble learning to use it because the manual is poorly written, but I didn't see a review from anyone who'd used it much. The only reviews I could find online were four at Amazon: one very bad, one complaining about not being able to find needles, another saying they didn't know why the previous person couldn't find the needles when they are easily available, and one person saying it was a good value. Not much help there.
If I don't buy one at Wal-Mart, I would probably look at Sears next, because of so many people here praising their Kenmore sewing machines--and I know at least one person praised her Kenmore serger. I'd be interested in hearing about any specific Kenmore models people have had good results with.
Do sergers ever go on sale in the post-Thanksgiving sales? I've never noticed because I stay out of stores as much as possible from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
I've used a similar Singer serger at college. I find it to be pretty good. It gives nice, clean edges and looks very professional. Ask for a demonstration and if you decide to buy it ask for lessons as well. But you may need to go to a sewing machine speciality shop for that. Hope this helps.