Are you new to serging? Have you been looking for a serger sewing machine that is a good value? You could consider the Brother 1034D for the price and the performance, this serger has a perfect balance. Toyota Sewing Machines also carries a line of serger or overlock sewing machines.
You may be concerned about being able to figure out how to use a serger sewing machine as so many people talk about taking a class, but it will take but a short time to know this serger sewing machine inside and out. Its setup is uncomplicated and you will be able to get right to work. There’s something to be said about passing over the computerized sewing machine that can “do it all” and buying one that just does what you need. This Brother serger sewing machine comes with how-to videos and instruction manuals which makes it the perfect beginners sewing machine.
1) The “how-to” videos are wonderful for the visual learner. You can pick up the same knowledge from the thorough instruction book(s) included, but the videos reinforce the book. Watching the video on “threading” once, and following the line drawings on the machine itself, and you will be able to thread the machine in 5 minutes. It is really not that difficult; and it is all color coded and the steps are numbered.
2) Included are two additional feet, one for a blind hem/flatlock and another for gathering ruffles as you sew. This is a $60 value that comes included with this serger sewing machine. The feet are “snap-on” feet which are primarily metal with some plastic pieces on the blind hem foot. The “snap-on” construction is very easy to use and solid so nothing is going to snap off over time.
3) You will find it is very easy to set the tension and the manual has a very clear chart on troubleshooting uneven stitches since with 4 threads there are multiple things that can be off with the tension.
4) There are several different stitch functions.
- 3/4-thread overlock This function uses 4 threads and is best for use with knits or upholstery fabric.
- 3-thread overlock in two widths – 3mm (using only the right needle) and 5mm (using only the left)
- Rolled hem which is great for edges of napkins, pajama bottoms, frilly skirts, etc.
- Flatlock stitch which is for decorative or flat seams.
- Blind hem