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Thanks for the advice on Sergers

RhodaGayle | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Thanks to everyone for all the good advice.  I so appreciate your taking the time to reply.  I did go back to the archives Cherry referenced, and also plan to look more closely at Pattern Review which looks like an excellent site.

From the advice I have received here plus my own research, I’m leaning heavily toward the Huskylock basic model.  In addition to the objective information from this list and my own reading, the local dealer offers wonderful support, free classes, and is just a plain nice lady whom I would love to do business with. Jenome also looked very good from research, but the dealer is not nearly so pleasant to work with and didn’t offer me the same support and classes.

I will be checking back periodically and if anyone hears or reads anything new, (especially of any company having sales) I’d love to hear about it.  Since I’ll go with the more expensive machine, it’s going to take a couple months to save for that.

Thanks to everyone again. 

Rhoda Friend



Edited 11/8/2007 10:57 am ET by RhodaGayle


  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    Hi Rhoda.

    I did not respond to your initial request, but would have recommended exactly what you have now done...good thinking.

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    Susanc22 | | #2

    I finally bought a serger this spring and I do love it; it's not fancy but it has plenty of options.  When I first bought it, I was scared to death to change the stitch from what it came set at for fear that I'd never get the thing threaded properly again.  I just took the plunge and spent an afternoon with the machine, the manual, and 5 different colors of thread to help me study what each thread did.  I went through the manual and threaded each part and tried all the different stitches, and soon got over my intimidation.  I made helpful notes to myself in the manual and made swatches of sample stitches which I labeled with a pen for future reference, but I don't even consult these samples now, though they made me feel better about being able to accomplish the stitches.  I did this with no kids or other distractions around so that I could concentrate.  I also had three library books on serging with me that I had read and gotten some tips from.  I think I will get the Rodale book that others have mentioned here, though.  And now I have been finding all sorts of ways to use it so I can keep practicing. It's fun!  With your daughter being familiar with a serger herself, she will be a helpful source when you get stuck.   You can do it!




  3. Cherrypops | | #3

    Thank you for your update.

    You know within yourself the best avenue to take regarding machine type and dealership help and support.

    Patternreview is an excellent site.

    Let us know how your new sewing adventures go, sergers can do so many things.




  4. MaryinColorado | | #4

    There will probably be sales at the dealer you like if you wait for them.  Especially with the approaching holidays.  Also, ask if they have a newsletter and get put on it, sometimes that's the only way to know about a sale.  Or thier mailing list too. 

    Check out http://www.sewforum.com too. 

    Have fun figuring out what is best for you.  Did you test drive the Huskylock?  They run so smoothly and don't vibrate alot like some sergers.

    1. RhodaGayle | | #5

      Thanks to Susan, Spicegirl and Cherry for the affirmations and further encouragement.

      Yes, Mary, I did "test drive" the Huskylock and loved the feel of it.  I enjoyed sewing on my daughter's Riccar, and the Huskylock was even better.  Your idea of waiting for a sale is a good one. I'll see about a mailing list.

      Take care everyone.

      Red maple and yellow oak trees to you all.



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