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I’m new in this forum.

Last week my mother gave me a very old, very simple serger, and so today I spent an hour with the threads, oil and so on, only to sew two little pieces of waste clothes just to see the stitches. And the machine literally burned out, smoke coming from the engine. So I guess I have to find myself another serger.

I’m a novice, with a new brother sewing machine, and wanting to learn how to sew in jersey and stretch fabrics, mostly baby clothes for now.

I have found two used sergers in near distance. One cheap end Elna 614DE and one more skilled Bernina 1300 DC. Both about 10 years old and working.

Elna provides a couple of stitches but no cover stitch. No manual. The prices is 80€. Bernina provides 24 stitches and coverstitch. The price is 330€. And comes with a manual.

Will I regret not having bought the expensive one, or do i really need cover stitches and 24 different stitches all in all? I think I will probably use the cover stitch and 1-2 different serger stitches all in all anyway.

I make around 10-20 sewing projects a year if I do my very best and perhaps some years only 2-5 sewing projects.

I hope you will give me your advise.



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    Jan 16, 2014, 10.28 AMby motera

    Forget cover stitch. Only the most expensive and complex sergers have it. If you need it , better to buy a regular serger and a separate cover stitch machine. I get the same effect as the cover stitch using a twin needle on my regular zig zag machine.

    The stitches I use on my serger are the the regular double needle 4 thread stitch for seams in knitwear, same in three thread for seam finish in all fabrics, plus the rolled hem stitch. I never use anything else, never use the attachments. That being said, it is fantastic for those three purposes.

    The manual should not be an issue, most are available online these days. Elna is a good make, for the modest price, I would go with it, get a feel for what you want to use the serger for and then upgrade in the future if the Elna is limited. I suspect it will not be. I have a Baby Lock Imagine.

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    Jan 27, 2014, 06.14 PMby Ninajani

    I don’t know about Elna 614DE and Bernina 1300 DC. I have Brother 1034d serger and loves it, i bought this from amazon with free shipping. Although it not provide cover stitch but i have separate cover stitch machine for this. Yes this serger comes with manual also.

    This proves to be the work horse for me and 10-20 sewing projects will be a piece of cake for this serger. Hope this helps you.

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    Jan 27, 2014, 08.20 PMby MrsCharisma

    I always vote for the Brother 1034D. It is an EXCELLENT value for the price. I have had mine for almost a year and I use it VERY often. I have had absolutely no problems with it and once you learn to thread it, it only takes a few minutes to rethread it each time. $200 well spent, imo

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