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Nice serger for the money
on October 26, 2005
As a person who has sewn for a long long LONG time, I always wondered why a serger would be so important. Didn't think I needed one till I helped with a local little theater group and the costume designer showed me hers (an extremely expensive one made by another manufacturer). I was impressed though by the finished look it gave to the items we sewed. After thinking about it, I realized maybe having one wasn't such a bad idea. I couldn't see spending MEGA bucks if I could find one that did exactly the same thing. After checking out pretty much every serger out there around $200.00, I settled on this one. Why? Because it had everything the others had, plus a better warranty and extras the others didn't - like the ability to sew with 2-3-4 threads (most only offer 3-4 threads). The price was right too. After I got it, it took me about 20-30 minutes to learn to thread it (I did not rush thru this process because threading a serger is NOT like threading a sewing machine). I used the manual that came with it and haven't even viewed the video (though I'm sure if it's as thorough as the manual it is good). I'm very happy with this machine. It's easy to use, and (considering the threading pattern, etc) fairly easy to learn to thread. I did buy a serger threader which should help if I ever have to re-thread the loopers (the only really hard one is the lower one). I've already had to change out the needles (warning, if you need to change the right needle, it is easier if you remove the left one, too - and if you're going to do that, you may as well put in two brand new needles). I would recommend this serger. Oh, and btw, I checked out some really expensive sergers ($400+) and their thread patterns were identical to the Simplicity. Proving you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get a good serger. One other suggestion I'd like to make, make sure you buy (I made my own) a bag to catch the cuttings and threads that fall out of the machine. They can make a real mess under foot otherwise. Also, keep a can of pressurized air for cleaning out the dust/fabric bits that accumulate inside the machine. This will keep it running in tiptop shape. Don't overdo the air (short bursts, stop when the can heats up) - that'll keep moisture from getting inside the machine.