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I need a Serger,too….

ineedaserger329 | Posted in General Discussion on

I have been looking for a serger for some time now, I looked everywhere, and can’t seem to decide on one. I love all of the features of the pfaff 4874 creative coverlock. I looked at Husky and like the 936, but it doesn’t have the variety of the stitches… I am hoping to launch my dressmaking business into full swing asap, but i am a beginner with a serger and would like to get the best machine for my buck…
Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!!!


  1. Cherrypops | | #1

    Many of our lovely ladies here own sergers/overlockers.

    I personally own a 4thread Bernina 800dl. This does not have the coverstitch feature. This coverstitch, I assume will be a great asset to you and your upcoming business.

    Many ladies have provided wonderful information about their own.

    I am sure you will find some useful information.

    Use the advanced search engine function and type in 'serger' you will see a list of all members contributions. Make sure you change the setting Order By to Newest other- wise you will be getting information from many years ago and these models may not be available today.



    1. ineedaserger329 | | #2

      Thank You!!!! I appreciate the heads up

      1. Betakin | | #3

        You might also wish to check the on line reviews of sergers by owners at Patternreview. When in the site the models are listed by brand at the stop of the machine and serger review page by brand names.

        I think Pfaff makes great sergers that are a bit more heavy duty than most. I owned a non coverhem 4842 that I gave to a DDIL since I  purchased my Elna 744 coverlock because I also wanted the three different coverhem stitches. Both the Elna and Pfaff coverlocks are made in Japan and can take many of the same feet. I think you will be happy with the 4874. It is a serger that really does it all. It would be my serger of choice in a serger with many threads.

        1. ineedaserger329 | | #5

          Thank You so much! I just signed up and I am searching for the serger I want to see what everyone has to say.

  2. Crazy K | | #4

    I presently have 4 sergers.......My first was an Elna 745Dex.  I don't think they make that exact model any longer but a similar one and that has been great.  I've had it (and abused it!) for nearly 10 years and have not had a repair.  I did change the knife once only in all that time.  And, I do quite a lot of sewing.  It is my workhorse.  I also bought a Janome 234 just to have a spare (keep black thread so I can quickly go from light to dark without changing threads!),  I have a Janome  Compulock which is the computerized Janome that does a coverhem and lots of stitches and most recently I purchased a Babylock Evolve 8 thread.  It does a lovely coverhem, either double or triple.  It is so very easy to thread...........a dream to use.  The machines that have the coverhem feature are more expensive but if you do lots of hemming on knits, children's clothing, etc. it is worth the extra...........at least in my humble opinion.

    Good luck!

    1. fabricholic | | #6

      Crazy K,You have 4 sergers. You go girl!!!Marcy

      1. Crazy K | | #7

        I am so blessed........and I've having the time of my life!!!  I have two embroidery machines, 4 sergers and another sewing machine and a fabric stash that rivals many small fabric shops!  I have everything from fleece to satin..............  I do mostly t's and sweats for the little ones, fleece hats, scarves and hooded scarves for the homeless, receiving blankets as gifts and to donate to charity.........I could go on and on.  I have 22 grands so lots of opportunities out there for me!  I have been doing machine embroidery for about two years and loving that too!

        Aint' life grand?????  I have another thing.........a husband who is so supportive of my 'hobby'........as long as I do something for him just once in a while! ha :-)


        1. ineedaserger329 | | #8

          Crazy K-
          I am working up to the type of set-up you have.....I have two sewing machines as of yet and am working on the serger and supportive husband part....I don't think my boyfriend would like that part though....at least not yet...lol...but I just cut back on my stash of fabric and yarns...knitting is officially out of season for me....I want to work on getting more notions for my stash so I dont have to run out to the store every time i need something. I don't have a sewing room yet, but am hoping to move in the near future to a bigger place and will have a big enough place to set up a sewing 'area'....but I am a little afraid of showing my boyfriend my fabric stash...currently out of site, it is at my parents....he thinks the two closets I have here are excessive....but some day he will understand.

          1. MaryinColorado | | #11

            Even if they don't understan, they adjust and adapt!  After thirty years my hubby still seems to think I have too much sewing stuff, but he doesn't complain.   Of course, he has lots of woodworking and gardening stuff, tools, etc.  and really gets carried away with his scrollsawing stuff. 

             I even borrow his 5' measuring tool that has a crosspiece on it when I need to straighten the grain of new fabric!  Also we compare ideas for the best tracing or copying techniques when patternmaking/copying.  He loves the old cutting mat and rotary cutter I handed down to him.  It's funny sometimes to discover that we have things in common like this.  We are very different in most ways. 

            I also "stole" his adjustable gooseneck flytying lamp with adjustable magnifying glass.  It works great for sewing!  Mary

          2. ineedaserger329 | | #12

            Haha......serves him right for leaving it in plain sight, right...lol... It's great to see that you have so much fun together. My boyfriend hasn't seen half of the stash yet and already complains, but he only does it when I mention his stuff, so it's fair. But he is supportive. And that makes it work very well. I helped him start his tree business.....I might add that I am terrible at it.....and he plans to help me with the start of my business....
            I figure it's fair........

          3. MaryinColorado | | #13

            relationships are all about learning to compromise!  and with a little cajoling, bribery, cooperation, lots of love and affection of course.  Sounds like you two are on the right track!  Mary

        2. fabricholic | | #9

          I am glad you are enjoying it. 22 grands, well you need a lot of machines just to keep up with sewing for them. I am very thankful for my hobby, also. Marcy

        3. Betakin | | #10

          I'm blessed too. I have 26 grands and 6 are grt grands. I have 3 sewing machines, an embroidery machine and 2 sergers, one being a coverlock. I wish I did have more time to sew, I take care of grand babies during the week. I don't have a sewing room nor do I have a DH and on weekends my apt. is usually full of sewing. I use all of my machines.

          Edited 3/17/2007 10:40 pm ET by Betakin

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