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Newbie seeking advice on purchase of used serger

booknavel | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I have been offered a used Singer Quantum Lock 4 Differential Feed Serger [14U286B] for $200. They said it was only used a few times and lived in a closet since then, but it is 20 something years old. I have never used a serger and want to start learning and sewing my own baby clothes. Is this a good a deal for a machine that was technically never really used but still 20 years old? Would a newer machine be easier for me to learn on? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.


  1. marymary | | #1

    My opinion...$200 seems like a lot for a 20 year old serger.  Improvements have been made over the years.  Just because this one has been used only lightly does not mean that the plastic has not aged.   I do not know anything about the serger you are considering.  I suggest you shop around.  A good place to look is http://www.allbrands.com/products/abc0259.html.  You can get some idea of what is available.  I am not connected to them at all.

    The serger I use is 20 years old, and I love it.   The one you are considering could be just what you are looking for.  The only way to know is to compare.

    1. booknavel | | #2

      Thanks. $200 seemed like a lot to me, but I wanted to ask others with experience with these machines. My other concern would be getting the parts I would need if and when something went wrong.

      1. marymary | | #3


        Good point about the parts.  Several years ago I bought extra knives, plates, etc. for my 20 years old serger because I was afraid the parts would no longer be available.  I am glad I did.  I know I will have to replace this serger some day, but I will keep on using it as long as I can.

  2. stillsuesew | | #4

    I might buy something for that from a dealer who would stand behind it, but not from an individual.  They can last forever, but the threading has been improved so much since the early machines that I would think that alone would make a difference in my decision.

  3. Pattiann42 | | #5

    Used Serger

    There must be a reason the serger was only used twice.

    After sitting in storage for 20 years it is going to need major service.  This can run from $100- $150.

    Check with as many sewing machine dealers as you can find.  Buy new or used as long as they recently serviced the used serger.

    A sewing machine dealer can help you learn to thread - the dreaded lower looper can be the most exasperating feature of the serger - and will be available if you have questions, need lessons or when the machine needs service. 

    Sergers need very little service as long as you keep them away from extreme temperature changes and moisture.  Routine maintenance by the owner is very simple.

  4. BlueRoses | | #6

    if you have a sewing machine shop in your town, you might check & see what they have that is new or used.

    and see if they offer classes, make sure you get a instruction manual with  any serger you get..

    20 years old & $200.00 is going to need to be serviced

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