Vintage Sewing

Buying a Serger?

April 29, 2011

I was thinking lately about buying a serger to work through my projects a little faster.  Are they worth it?  And do any of you have suggestions on which one to buy?  I was looking to stay around $300 – $400 range.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Please come and say hi at my blog The 50’s Project if you would like.

  1. I got a refurbished Janome 3/4 thread serger at about 2 years ago for around $160. It's a pretty basic machine, but it's worked great for me. It's kind of a bitch to thread when a lower thread breaks, but I've heard that's true about most machines unless you are spending big bucks on one of the fancy vacuum tube ones.

  2. I got the Brother 1034D for Christmas this year and I LOVE it! I already can't remember how I sewed without it. I find it very easy to thread and use.

  3. I think you'll love a serger if you get one, and you would definitely be able to get a quality one for your price range.
    As far as working through your projects faster, it definitely makes seam finishing less of a chore. Rather fun actually. And I know people can sew knits on sewing machines with special stitches but I personally think I would find that too tedious, the serger is sooooo quick!

  4. Add another for the Brother 1034D. I did quite a bit of research before getting mine (on Amazon as well) and it's the best serger for the money in my opinion.

  5. I have a 1034d I bought refurbished through via eBay. It works for me! For $300-$400 you can get something higher end, but I know a lot of people have the 1034d, and I have yet to hear anyone complain about it. Great machine for the money!

  6. Id recommend going to a dealer. they can tell you all the options of a 3, 4, and 5 cone serger. I think your price range is great. I wouldn't go below $350 for a mid range serger. Of course, the more cones the pricer the serger.

    I have a Singer from the 80s. Its a 5 cone with a differential feed (thats fancy for taking knits and making ruffles) and will last forever with professional maintenance. I haven't played around with the feeds yet, but I will.

    If what you are looking for is simply something to sure up edges, then Id get a 4 cone.

    Good luck!

  7. Thank you all so much for your comments. I think I am definitely going to get one now. I'm not sure when I'm going to get around to buying it, but it certainly looks like it would be worth the money. 🙂

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