One of the most frequently asked questions I see in many of the sewing groups and pages I follow is “What is a good serger to purchase for a beginner?”
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When I decided to purchase my serger, I did quite a bit of research on the different brands and models that were available. I knew I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a machine that might end up unused in the corner. (Because let’s be honest here. We have all dreamed of buying that “thing” that we thought we just HAD to have, only to leave it sitting in the corner, untouched.)
After learning more about the various brands and prices available, I decided to purchase a budget friendly model that could perform the basic functions I was looking for. I wanted nice neat finished edges, rolled hems and maybe a few ruffles. The Brother 1034D 3/4 Thread Serger with Differential Feed appeared to fit the bill perfectly. I called up my sewing machine dealer and I placed my order.
That big beautiful box arrived on my doorstep within a week. I opened the box and set the serger up on the table for a test drive.
I grabbed some scrap fabric and placed in under the foot. Then I dropped the presser foot down, put my foot on the pedal and took off! Weeeeeee …….what an amazing ride. And then…. I realized I had no idea what I was doing so I grabbed the user manual and gave it a quick read.
That was in January, 2013 and my Brother 1034D Serger is still going strong. This little baby does more than I ever imagined it could. I use it for almost everything I sew. Baby does not sit in the corner!
Do I still dream of the one with the fancy bells and whistles and the air threading? Of course! Who wouldn’t? But I am very pleased with the Brother 1034D. I am still especially pleased with the price. Because I do sew to sell, this sweet machine has more than paid for itself. In the future, I plan to add at least one more to my lineup so that I can dedicate it to rolled hems.
The Brother 1034D Serger with carrying case is available on Amazon for under $250.00 brand new. If you have Amazon Prime it will even ship for free!
Check out this great class on Crafty for quick and easy Serger projects.