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bigeyes
« on: March 16, 2006 09:17:38 AM »

I searched and the last serger thread was from 2004, sooooo....

can anyone tell me which sergers to avoid?  I am searching for a fairly cheap one, and would like to know if there are any that just plain suck, or any that are really great.
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2006 08:09:33 PM »

I'm doing research too, the two places that seem to actually have reviews are amazon and eopinions
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macgirl_k
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2006 06:51:54 PM »

How about a Kenmore 3/4D serger model 16641? Does anyone know anything about it?
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meriweather
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2006 03:53:21 PM »

So, I have had 3 sergers. The first one was in the 70's and I never could get it to run, it would get loose with the tension, and was impossible to re thread. Thank heaven they have come along way. I bought the one I use now in the 80's it is a Bernina, and was costly, but the same level is cheaper now.
The main concerns are tension and threading
Do go in person, and see how easily you can thread the model.
Also whichever serger you have make sure it is in a stable place. They vibrate a lot, which works the tension undone. I sit mine on that slip free shelf lining .
If you buy a used machine, still be sure you can change the needle easily and thread the machine yourself, before you buy.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2006 03:56:32 PM »

thanks, meriweather, I didn't have any idea what to look for.

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2006 04:30:04 PM »

With sewing machines, you get what you pay for. Keep that in mind. For just a little money,  you can find a new stinky machine. For a little money, sometimes you can find an older machine that will need some work but will run for you.
My general advice when getting a machine- get an older one or an import. If you are lucky enough to find an older juki- SCORE!! Also, talk to your local sewing machine repair/sales person. People will trade in their machines and so you can get a reconditioned machine for a song.
I have a computerized elna, but I'm lucky to have a mom who worked in a sewing machine store.
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2006 09:05:39 PM »

I would say definitely go for the two needle models.  My serger, which was given to me by a friend only has one needle which means that i have to also sew a seam in with my regular machine (which is a giant pain in the bum).  However, if that thought of doing that doesn't phase you (though I assure you it is really irritating) then the mini serger (which I don't think they make anymore, but you might find at a garage sale or on ebay) is not a bad opition.  Just ask if you want more info or if i made no sense at all (which is entirely possible. damn you, allergery medicine, damn you.)
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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2006 09:41:03 AM »

I can only tell you about the Serger I have... it's a Janome & we paid a bit more for it than perhaps necessary but it has 2 needles with 4 cones of thread -- plus it has tons of functions.  I got it because it does everything I could ever need a serger to do, plus some things I never thought I'd be able to do with a serger.  We bought mine on sale and it included some of the optional feet (beading foot, cording foot, gathering foot, etc.).  You can view the model here:  http://www.janome.com/product_show.php   

I would suggest that whichever serger you do choose, I'd recommend 2 needles as well as a cutter!   Good Luck!!  Smiley
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bigeyes
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2006 02:12:53 PM »

OrangePeel....which model is it?  The link took me to a blank page. 8(
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