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Help!! Need to buy a serger!

az2cc1 | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi! I have 2 daughters who have been learning to sew and now want a serger. I have been looking online and am thinking of a Juki MO654, a Bernette 006D or a Pfaff Hobbylock or even an Elna. What I think would be good is one that is easiest to thread, doesn’t need to have plates taken on and off, diff feed… What do you all suggest? And do you have favorite models?

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  1. BYDEZINE | | #1

    get an elna... they make the entire threading process so easy. and to switch to a rolled hem you just lower a lever, adjust tensions and start sewing, my elna makes the most beautiful rolled hems on earth. I love it so much I bought another for a back up. that is real devotion isn't it?

    I also have a bernina coverstitch/overlock machine and while I love what it can do, it can't match the elna for ease or for the rolled hem.

    1. az2cc1 | | #2

      Thank you for the suggestion. Tell me though which elna is not only a good machine but a good value for the money.

      1. BYDEZINE | | #3

        If you can find a 634 buy it instantly. you should be able to get one for $500 or under. It is probably the easiest basic serger to thread. The next up is in the 1000 range or higher. Elna makes a top of the line model which has programmed stitches including coverstitch and chain, but that one is very expensive. Even though I forked up the money for a machine with coverstitch capability, I find that I only use it a quarter of the time while I use my basic little elna continually.

        And check e-bay, sometimes a well loved used elna shows up. new machines can't be sold over the phone or internet. Plus elna has a website... http://www.elnausa.com I think.

        And buy some canned air, you will want to blow lint away from the blade often to keep your stitching perfect. but don't blow it into the machine. and invest in or rig up a scrap catcher to keep trimmings off the floor.

        And your first thread purchase should be four different colors so you can learn which threads do what while you are learning to perfect threading and tensions. you'll get the hang of it and find that a serger revolutionizes the way you sew, the speed and the quality.

        Sorry I kept going on and on :)

        1. az2cc1 | | #4

          Thank you for all your info. My girls have a great sewing teacher so I am lucky she can teach them all about it! I will look on ebay too.

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