Sews up to 1,500 stitches per minute to save both time and money. Features 2-,3-, and 4-thread sergers. Works excellent on a variety of fabrics, including thicker materials such as denim or fleece. Arrives with additional accessories for user convenience.
Reports of the machine being difficult to thread, especially for beginners.
This product can sew up to 1,300 stitches in a single minute and up to 4-thread stitches. It is a 110V model, and you can adjust everything from the stitch length to the knives. This high-quality Singer product won’t disappoint.
Some buyers say the knives become dull fast, and there is difficulty getting replacement parts because the machine hasn’t been on the market very long.
High-quality build, as it features a metal frame and reliable components. Color-coded thread guide on the dials helps beginners get their bearings with the machine. Instruction manual also comes with a helpful, step-by-step DVD.
Occasional reports of missing parts, including spool parts or oil.
Arrives with 3- and 4-thread options. Separates different threads to prevent unnecessary tangles or stretches. Users can retract the upper knife to keep themselves safe while threading. Has quick-changing facilities. Includes thread, screwdrivers, tweezers, manual, DVD, and more.
Some of the parts can take quite a bit of effort to fully start.
Maximum speed is 1,500 stitches per minute. Features color-coded threading guides, adjustable stitch length, and single-rotation thread tension dials. The knife system has a dedicated drive for easy cutting.
If a small part breaks, it can be more expensive to replace that part than to get a new machine.
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If you’re serious about sewing, a serger is a great tool to have because it creates overlock stitches using multiple threads. Though a serger is less versatile than a sewing machine, it is the easiest way to create the durable and elastic overlock stitch.
Though a serger is limited in its functions, it works far faster than a sewing machine and gives your creations a tidy and professional look. The number of threads a serger can handle will vary, with most machines ranging from two to four threads. Most machines will include a variety of stitch types by varying the tension and stitch length. You should have a clear idea of what projects you will use your serger for before you pick out a model.
A serger can make a great addition to your arsenal of sewing tools, but it’s a purchase that should be made after careful consideration.
What's the difference between a serger and sewing machine? It's a common question, especially from people looking at these machines for the first time.
Even the best serger will not replace your sewing machine entirely. Although they can do it, most are not great for zippers or buttonholes, and no serger can perform top-stitching.
The numbers above represent the number of threads a particular machine uses to create a stitch. It stands to reason, then, that a 2/3/4 serger offers more stitch variety that a 3/4 serger. However, two-thread stitches are more specialized (you can use them for creating a rolled hem, for example), so for many consumers, a 3/4 machine is all that is needed.
On the surface, that would suggest that the 2/3/4 sergers gives your more choice. But there's much more to choosing the best serger than the number of threads it uses.
With several threads to deal with, sergers aren't always easy to set up. A conscientious manufacturer takes this into account and makes the process as easy as possible.
Professional garment makers tell us that the most important single feature in serger stitching is differential feed. It controls the speed at which your material passes beneath the presser foot. It's vital for creating gathers and for the successful serging of fabrics without pulling. All of the sergers that made our final review have this feature.
A serger gives you control of thread tension and stitch length, but does not necessarily give you control of stitch width. Additionally, most manufacturers will make your life easier by providing a number of pre-sets for things like rolled hems.
Despite the fact that it’s a 3/4 machine, the Brother 1034D offers 22 stitch types, making it by far the most flexible serger of our final five. In fact, although this is a fairly low-cost machine, it's a feature you'll find hard to beat at any price.
Is a serger difficult to thread? In truth, this can be one of the most intimidating aspects of using a serger. One thread is difficult enough; with a serger, you’ve got four to deal with!
Manufacturers understand this, but unless you're spending thousands of dollars on a professional machine that uses jets of air to blow the threads through, you’ll probably need a little time to get used to the threading process.
Colored thread paths and printed charts can help you along. Instructional DVDs are common, and there are numerous online videos at YouTube and other sites. Some sergers even come pre-threaded, which is great for beginners.
A free arm is a must-have if you work with sleeves and cuffs.
A foot control (similar to what you’d see on an ordinary sewing machine) gives you speed control and keeps your hands free.
All sergers have knives to cut away extra fabric, but the amount of control you have is often minimal.
Sergers come with a variety of accessories: screwdrivers for changing needles, tweezers, oil, a cleaning brush, a hex wrench, sometimes a pair of scissors.
However, while most of these things are nice to have, it's unlikely you'd find anything in the accessory realm that would “make or break” your serger choice.
How much should you expect to pay for a serger? It's difficult to find a capable all-rounder for under $150, though prices do fluctuate, and there are often sales or promotions you can take advantage of.
Professional sergers can easily cost ten times that amount, though it's our opinion that most home users can get the machine they need for less than $400.
Many sergers come from companies you already recognize as makers of sewing machines or other home electronics. Others may not be so well known, but take a glance at these machines, and they look remarkably similar.
So how do you differentiate the good from the mediocre?