Hi people,
I desperately need your advice here. I am just starting to learn how to sew, i have a cheap TOYOTA sewingmachine and the old PMC ‘golden stitch’ of my mom (which is stronger and more suitable for jeans and thick fabricks). I really want to buy a lockmachine because i often work with stretch-materials and i love the seams it makes. I sew for myself and for my kids, and for presents and stuff like that, so nothing professional.

So which one you think should I buy? I heard good things about Husqvarna and Bernina, but the guy at the sewshop advices a Lewenstein since I don’t have the money to buy a Bernina or a Juki (which he says are top of the bill).
So, which ones do you have and why?
Tnx in advance!

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    Mar 25, 2011, 07.53 AMby urbandon

    I have a Janome ‘My Lock’ because I researched (asked the same question you did) , read plenty of reviews, asked my sister, who has been sewing for twenty years and wholesales her clothes (she has among others, a My Lock), and I came to the conclusion that the Janome was for me.

    The next comment,of course, will recommend another brand…

    The question is not of brand (sometimes) but how many threads- mine is a four thread- pros have five thread and don’t even consider a three thread (it will limit what you can do).

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      Mar 30, 2011, 02.44 PMby wendeltjon-ajong

      tnx! i’m def gonna check out that ‘my lock’ machine! does it have a free arm?

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    Mar 25, 2011, 09.08 AMby katexxxxxx

    5 threads are for folk who want the coverstitch process and don’t have room for two machines. :) real professional have dedicated coverstitch machines, as the swapping process is a pain and a total waste of time. You pay a lot for that extra thread, and it isn’t usually worth it.

    I don’t do enough that needs the coverstitch to bother with it.

    I do have two overlockers/sergers. As a professional, I couldn’t get by with only one. I have a Brother 1034D, bought for the free arm, and a Bernina 1150MDA, my main machine. Both are great, though when you use them side by side, you can feels and hear why the Bernina was twice the price of the Brother. I’ve taught people to use both with no problems. My son learned to use the Bernina when he was 12 or 13.

    In the past I have also owned a Husylock 910 (personally, if I was to buy another Huskylock, I’d go for the 905, as I never used the sewing adviser or the memory), and a couple of Toyotas, both of which were excellent.

    I swore off Janome after one vibrated off the table onto my lap, and the Bernette range for similar reasons. Don’t like the cheap, light weight tackiness of either, but it’s all personal choice. I’ve used and liked an Elna, and a Frister & Rossman, and liked both of them too.

    Look at your budget, try a few out, buy the one you find easiest to use and that does what you want it to do.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 02.43 PMby wendeltjon-ajong

    tnx for your advice!! it’s gonna be a 4thread for sure (i can easily make an ok coverstitch with a twin-needle). i think i’ll first buy a cheaper one now (seen my budget isnt that big and im just starting to learn how to sew).

    i’m def gonna check out that ‘my lock’ machine! does it have a free arm? gonna check out the Brother 1034D too. frister & rossman is a brand i have never heard of, gonna google that, see if they sell that in holland..

    tomorrow is my birthday, so i’m hoping ill get some money for my lock! tnx again!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 02.20 PMby sewingfan1

    I’ve got the brother 1034d too and it’s great. Wasn’t too expensive either, if you shop around online you can get some great bargains. It came with a ton of free accessories too which was really useful.

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    Apr 1, 2011, 02.50 PMby ruthw

    I have just bought a Brother 3034D. The 1034D is cheaper, but it’s not sold here in Turkey. Mine is a four thread serger and it has a free arm. I have had it for literally three days and I am IN LOVE! It’s so easy to use. It’s is so quiet and it makes such a beautiful stitch, so balanced and ooooooohhhhhh….

    Before I bought I looked around on the internet and comparison sites and downloaded manuals etc and looked to see what I could do with each and what extra feet and therefore extra functions they might also have. Then you have to find out if where the maintenance guys are and if they are easy to deal with and what’s the guarantee. Also, do you need to buy special needles? Brother just uses regular machine needles.

    Anyway, I’ve never used another one and I don’t know what’s available where you are and how much, but this one’s lovely!

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