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Serger – What type?

jncbtlr | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello all,

I made a general statement to my boyfriend that I wanted to replace my 25 year old Juki serger.  He surprised me and had an industrial Reliable GN7-00 serger delivered to my home.  (It was really sweet but I would have preferred to have selected my machine)  Anyway, does anyone know anything about these machines?  The operating instructions are very general.  Do I keep it? 

I would love to hear from you if you love your serger.  What make and model to you have?  I would like to be able to disengage the cutter and sew seams on knits etc.  Of course, ease of threading is important.  I have sewn miles with my old juki and loved it.  It definitely is a work horse.   

Thanks for any feedback. 



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    blingy | | #1

    I bought a serger in November and frankly I was scared to death of it!  I sewed in High School some 30 years ago and only got back into it a couple of years ago.  I took a trip to a new Jo-Ann store and I saw the Viking sewing Center for the first time.  I ended up with a Viking and have traded up 2 times already but I kept an leary eye on them serger things.  In High School I had never even heard of them.  I wanted one but had no idea how to use them, what to do with them and like I said, they scared me.  But I bought one anyway and I love it!  I bought the floor model of the Huskylock 936.  All the bells and whistles, like my sewing machine.  I figure you only live once so...and if I ever need help the women there are always very helpful.  Now I go out of my way to find things to do on the serger.  I was in the Operations class with a lady who bought a Singer and Dear God, what a time she had threading it! It was small, cramped and unimpressive.  I am glad I bought the 936 and highly recommend it, especially because of the support that goes with it.  Its easy to thread and change needles and can fly like the wind!  Good luck with your new machine.

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    I agree with Blingy!  I love my Husq/Viking Huskylock 936 serger and have had it for years.  It is amazing to this day and has never had a problem.  Currently I am making serger lace scarves and embellishments with no fabric, just water soluble stabilizer and lots of cool threads and yarns. 

    I don't know anything about the serger you received but google the company name to see if they have a website, it might be a gem.  Mary

  3. Tatsy | | #3

    For years my sister had her own home dec business sewing for decorators in her area. She loves the industrial machines. They are generally much faster than the home machines. However, they are very often dedicated machines that are meant for one specific type of sewing. In the case of sewing machines, a machine will be capable of only sewing on buttons or making hems. I have no idea if sergers are this specific, but it's something to check out before you make up your mind. 

    1. goldenthreads | | #4

      I have a Janome June-- got it on sale at Hancock Fabrics for $179.  It allows me to dis-engage the knife and sew seams.  It's a small machine but is really fast.  A little difficult to thread, I think, but this is my first serger, so I have no relative experience.  My little serger is a workhouse.

      1. Tatsy | | #5

        That's a terrific way to start. When you get really comfortable with it you'll know if you need to move up to one with all the bells and whistles. I love my Babylock Evolve but would never have gotten it if I hadn't worked my little Brother serger to its limits.

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