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« on: December 18, 2009 06:31:05 AM »

I broke down and finally got a serger......after 2 or 3 years of shopping around, this is literally the only machine I could thread in all the stores I went to and that I could afford.  We've had nothing but awesome experiences with our Brother products, even my first machine which was a lower-end one from Walmart is still in AWESOME working condition and is nearly 10 years old.  Here's to hoping this is the same Smiley
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Since my girls actually nap (knock on wood), I am going to start trying to work off my negative feedback.  Life got hectic with their early arrival.  I apologize for the inconveniences my flaking caused.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2009 10:17:51 AM »

Oh oh oh!!!  Tell me what you think!  I'm looking on amazon, and this one has tons of great reviews & is at the top of my list at the moment!
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2009 05:28:41 PM »

this is literally the only machine I could thread in all the stores I went to and that I could afford.

There's a trick to threading a serger... tie off your new thread to the old thread and pull all the threads together from the stitching point. As for "affordable" Brother sewing machines I will keep my opinions to myself Wink.
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2009 07:01:22 AM »

this is literally the only machine I could thread in all the stores I went to and that I could afford.

There's a trick to threading a serger... tie off your new thread to the old thread and pull all the threads together from the stitching point. As for "affordable" Brother sewing machines I will keep my opinions to myself Wink.

well, there is a problem when you can't even initially thread a machine.  I like brothers, some people don't.  I just happen to be one of the ones that does.  All I need is a very basic serger anyway just to do things like baby wipes and receiving blankets
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Since my girls actually nap (knock on wood), I am going to start trying to work off my negative feedback.  Life got hectic with their early arrival.  I apologize for the inconveniences my flaking caused.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2009 02:56:51 PM »

I love mine Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2009 07:19:43 PM »

Well, I think my problem with Brother machines can best be summed up by something a sewing machine repair man told me several years ago. This old repairman was telling me about a customer of his who kept bringing in a Brother sewing machine that he bought at Walmart. The customer used his machine every day but it needed adjusting every month or so. Obviously this started getting expensive. The customer asked the repairman what he could do to ensure fewer visits to the sewing machine repair shop. The repairman's response? "Get a different sewing machine. Brothers are junk."

This isn't sewing machine snobbery either... Brother actually makes decent industrial machines and the really old Brothers were good as well. But those bargain Brother machines serve only one purpose and that is to make money for Brother and frustrate the heck out of novice sewers who think they are getting a great "starter machine". My advice: start with a vintage all metal American-built machine from a thrift store for far less than the cost of a new Brother, take it to a repair shop and get it tuned up and enjoy it for probably the rest of your life.
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2009 07:41:02 PM »

I have 8 sewing machines, a serger & an industrial machine (Juki).  Ahem.  I obviously have a problem.  2 of my machines are Brothers.  Both were purchased at Walmart, both I've never had problems with.  The XL 6452 is one I've had for 8 or 9 years (not sure) & my absolute favorite, it's a work horse *knock on wood*.  I won a Singer Curvy online last year, it's my second favorite.  One machine is an Alden with a table I bought from my upholstery class teacher, I love it, too..it sings.  Really, it does.  The others are Singers that come with good tables-I bought them at estate sales & auctions.  They all work like a dream.  My serger is also one I got from Walmart, a Simplicity Serg Pro that I've had for about 7 years, too.  I have my Singers serviced once a year & the others every 6 months cos they get a lot of use.  I also do what I can at home to make sure they're always cleaned..even bought a mini-vacuum!  My embroidery machine is an Innov-is 4000.  It, too, has served me well.  I think it's up to a person, really, as far as preference is concerned.  My dream is to get a Babylock Evolution or Enlighten, though.  *SIIIIIGH*  Someday.

Good luck on your serger!  I honestly don't know what I'd do without mine!  And tying off is something that has saved my hubby from having to hear screams of frustration coming from the craft room, he's learned to do it, too.  Cheesy 
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009 10:59:48 AM »

I got one of these for Christmas!  Within the first 10 minutes, I had to rethread with different colors, so I tied my knots, and one of them broke on the way through.  I was, like - OMG!  Sergers are hard to thread!  I'm a goner!  But no!  It took a few minutes and a walk through the DVD tutorial and I was up and running!  Here's my first joined seam - woohoo!



Now to learn to flatlock so I can use it as a shortcut on hemming. 

Not sure if the machine is junk, but it gets great reviews, and I sure like it so far.  My other machines two old Singers (a 66 and a 91) and a Pfaff.  So far my only problem with Serging is that darn knife action.  I keep wanting to disengage it and not use it (but then, whats the point?)

Have fun with yours!

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