Looking for a serger
I’m trying to get started again in my quest to really sew good. Also I’m a soon-to-be grandma and thought that I could sew lots of items but also think that a serger would be useful now. Wouldn’t it be best to finish off seams and strengthen by serging rather than stitching? I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg but I would like something fairly quiet and reliable. My dealer has Vikings, Berninas mostly and some Brother machines. Any recommendations? Thanks;-)
I think you would like a seger for small children's clothing. You can make tiny but sturdy seams that wouldn't rub delicate skin. Also, you probably would be wanting to work with knits and stretchy fabrics. But, you still need a sewing machine for some things. See if you can do both.
http://www.marthapullen.com has lots of great books and patterns for baby items. I love Cathy McMakin's book Serging for Babies from that website. I have a Viking 936 serger, it is increcible and does everything I can imagine and then some. Wooly nylon thread makes expert tiny rolled edge seamsYLI makes a soft sewing yarn on a spool that also works nicely with baby items. Congrats and have fun "gramma" Mary
A wonderful serger is the Elna 945 or Elna 744 (I think). I have had the 945 for years and it is a workhorse. If you have an Elna dealer or there is one close by it is worth a look.
I have a Baby Lock evolve which is a high end serger but you don't have to play with thread tensions. They have several different models with the Air Threading so I would look at them before you decide on a serger. I use mine a lot for things for the grandkids. I have done blankets, costumes, bibs, burp cloths etc. I have lots of material for garments for the kids, I just need time now. Congrats and enjoy being a grandma..
Edited 1/14/2007 10:26 pm ET by ctirish
Thanks to you and the rest who replied. I've been on all the websites for the sergers and unfortunately there aren't any Elna dealerships around and Babylock is not in the immediate area either. By me is a place that sells Vikings and Berninas. My sewing machine is a Bernina so I know the quality of that brand. I was just trying to see if there are other brands that are good without being so costly, if you know what I mean. Anyway, thanks for the advice.
If you purchase a serger from a Bernina dealer it is probably made by Juki. You might find the Bernina price higher than if you purchased a Juki however. I have seen some good prices for Juki sergers lately at on line dealers. When I was looking for a Coverhem only machine the Bernina coverhem only machine was priced at $800. It did not offer the triple seam cover hem that I wanted. I did end up purchasing an Elna 744 for the same price and it has auto tensions and does 3 coverhems including the triple seam along with around 17 stitches in the dial a stitch program. The 744 is now discontinued and offered at on line dealers and there are some new Elna models on the Elna website.
Bernina does have some new model sergers that have some exclusive special features for quality stitches.
Good luck to you in finding a serger that you love and fits your price. There are many good sergers in different brands and some are quite low in price. You might wish to check the reviews by owners on line at PatternReview and also Epinions. I have owned several sergers through the years and loved them all. One I purchased for as low as $199 new on line from a dealer with free shipping. My daughter uses it and it is a 4 thread with differential feed and a very good serger.
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