Monday, February 6, 2012

Serger Tips & Tools: Part Two

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Go HERE for Serger Tips & Tools: Part One.

Last week we looked at whether or not you actually need a serger. Today we’ll look at how to choose one. (If you’re unsure about what exactly a serger does, check out THIS video that demonstrates a serger’s stitches.)

When I was shopping for a serger, I didn’t do anything more than read a few articles online and then read lots of Amazon reviews. Then I narrowed it down to a few and read all sorts of reviews from anywhere I could find them online. I finally chose mine.

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I bought the Brother 1034 D from Amazon. My other machine was a Brother, so I knew I liked the brand. I was impressed by how people rated its ease of threading (which trust, me still isn’t all that easy). The only thing I wish I had taken into account was how local Brother repairmen were to me. I haven’t needed to look into servicing this machine yet, but I am finding that getting my regular machine serviced will mean an hour drive.

If you’re wanting to be more in depth about choosing the right serger for you, I found some great articles and blog posts online for selecting the best machine.

*Linda Lee Originals provides a great bullet point list about details to consider when choosing your machine and some suggestions regarding the experience you’ll find at different stores while shopping.

*Overstock.com provides three clear and concise, yet well encompassing, points to consider.

*eHow Style gives five easy steps to choosing a serger.

*Sewing Alterations & Patterns Blog helps you consider what functions you’ll need for the fabrics and projects you’ll be working with.

Updated: A reader, Allison, shared this great tip from when she bought her serger: When I was shopping for my serger, I went to a smaller quilting/fabric store which also sells an extensive line of good quality machines (Bernina, Janome, etc) and ended up getting a fantastic deal on an older, used Bernette serger. If someone is looking for a serger and the prices are out of her budget, I would suggest looking at smaller, privately owned stores to see what their used inventory is.
Thanks for the tip, Allison!


Next week we’ll look at how to actually use your serger. While I know that like sewing machines, sergers are very different from brand to brand, but there are some things I’ve been learning along the way that I hope will be helpful to you!

3 comments:

  1. I am currently shopping for a serger. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your tips and such helpful links! :)

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  2. When I was shopping for my serger, I went to a smaller quilting/fabric store which also sells an extensive line of good quality machines (Bernina, Janome, etc) and ended up getting a fantastic deal on an older, used Bernette serger. If someone is looking for a serger and the prices are out of her budget, I would suggest looking at smaller, privately owned stores to see what their used inventory is.

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