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buying a used serger

siggecreations | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

hello all,

my name is Pernilla Sigge and i’m new to threads. i’m trying to find a used serger/overlock machine that is in good shape. read somewehre that the Brother models are no good. do you all feel the same way? what brand would be better to look at  instead? i’ve seen a brother on-line for $95, dont know model number, but it doesn’t look very old in the pic.

thanks  for any feed back 🙂



  1. Tatsy | | #1

    I bought a Brother to see if I really wanted a serger before I plunked down the money for an Evolve. I had no problems at all with it and passed it on to my daughter-in-law when I saw how useful a machine it really was. The only difficulty you could run into is that the machine has to be threaded in exactly the right order. Make sure you get the instruction book with the machine. $95 seems like a good price for a used machine. Is there any way you can make sure it's still working properly before you buy?

  2. Palady | | #2

    Tatsy offered you intuitive information.  If this will be your first serger, it might be the better for you to work through a dealer should this be possible.  Being uanble to test run the machine may later be an issue. 

    If your using one is a maiden trip, consider -


    This next site addresses a middle-upper end Brother.  Scroll the page.




    1. SewistKitty | | #3

      When you buy a used serger or sewing machine you usually are not getting any guarantee that it works properly and you will have no instruction to help you learn how to use it. With a reputable dealer you will have the guarantee and instructions. I think that as a novice I would not buy a used machine. If I were an expert I would consider it.

  3. Vick | | #4

    Janome is the one to have by far. Janome makes several other brands of machines your familair with. The top of the line for thejapan company  is their namesake Janome.

    1. rbjohn | | #5

      Might be too late, but I read on another forom today that Fabric.com has the Brother 1034 on sale and is also honoring coupons and free shipping with it.


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