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Brother Serger, 1034DX, Durable Metal Frame Overlock Machine 1,300 Stitches Per Minute, Trim Trap, 3 Accessory Feet and Protective Cover Included
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- METAL FRAME SERGER: The Brother 1034DX is a durable serger made with a metal frame
- HIGH PERFORMANCE: A high performance 3 or 4 thread serger that can handle multiple layers of denim and other thick materials
- 1,300 STITCHES PER MINUTE: Serge more in less time by sewing up to 1,300 stitches per minute. Control speed with the included foot pedal
- EASY TO THREAD: Easy-to-learn with the included instructional videos, color-coded thread guides and numbered upper and lower thread loopers
- INCLUDED ACCESSORY FEET: Standard, blind stitch and gather feet are included with the 1034DX along with a soft, protective machine cover
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For those who are searching for a diverse serger with multiple thread options, the Brother 1034DX is an affordable choice. Perfect for finishing, home décor, and creative fashion sewing, the 1034DX allows you to expand your creative options while getting more serging done faster – with sewing speeds of up to 1,300 stitches per minute. This 3/4 serger works exceptionally with either three or four threads. In addition to finishing edges and hems on a wide range of fabrics, this serger allows you to easily create decorative edges and gathers or ruffles and use decorative threads for customized details.
The conveniently placed colorcoded guides printed on the machine show you exactly where to place each thread for troublefree threading. Plus, the addition of a stitch width adjustment dial allows you to change your stitch width between 5.0mm (3/16 inch) and 7.0mm (9/32 inch). Adjusting the stitch width lets you create serged seam finishes that lie flat, especially on lightweight fabrics. For added convenience, the trim trap collects the fabric trim as the serger knife trims and serges your project and can be easily detached from the serger. Also, the trim trap can conveniently store your foot controller when it’s not in use.
The Brother 1034DX Serger comes with everything you need to get started right in the box, including 2 snapon feet, a foot controller, a soft cover, needles, four mini spools of serger thread, an instructional DVD, and an instruction manual in English and Spanish. This product is backed by a 25year limited warranty with free technical phone support for the life of the product.
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Brother 1034DX Serger
Perfect for finishing, home decor and creative fashion sewing.
Expand your creative options with the 1034DX serger. In addition to finishing the edges and hems of a wide range of fabrics, this serger allows you to easily create ruffles, decorative edges and gathers, and use decorative threads for custom details.
Comes with everything you need to get started
3 or 4 thread capabilities
This serger works with either 3 or 4 threads, for added flexibility. For example, you might use 4 threads with 2 needles for a strong overlock seam on wovens, and 3 threads with 1 needle for overlock stitching on knits, suits, blouses or slacks.
Up to 1,300 stitches per minute
Get more serging done, faster, with the ability to sew up to 1,300 stitches per minute. Simply using less pressure on the foot controller allows you to sew slower, to suit your comfort level and project.
Instructional DVD Included
Have no trouble setting up your Brother serger with this instructional DVD. This DVD provides a clear step-by-step instructional video that will have you ready to start on your first creative project! (Hard copy manual is also included in English and Spanish).
Brother at your side
With the Brother 1034DX Serger you receive free online and technical support for the life of the product.
Color-coded threading guides
The color-coded guides printed on the machine show you exactly where to place each thread, for trouble-free threading. No need to pull out the manual when you want to thread your machine!
Removable trim trap
The trim trap collects the fabric trim as the serger knife trims and serges your project, and can be easily detached from the serger. Also, the trim trap can conveniently store your foot controller when not in use.
Differential feed ratio of 0.7 to 2.0
The differential feed controls the movement of the feed dogs that move the fabric through the machine. The ability to adjust the feed dogs helps provide smooth, even stitching and versatility. With a turn of the differential feed dial, you can help prevent puckers in lightweight fabrics, create gathers, or create decorative lettuce edges.
Convenient stitch width control
Simply turn the stitch width adjustment dial to change your stitch width between 5.0mm (3/16 inch) and 7.0mm (9/32 inch). Adjusting the stitch width allows you to create serged seam finishes that lie flat, especially on lightweight fabrics.
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After many years of not sewing, I was introduced to quilting, which led to me purchasing a small BROTHER machine (CX155LA 199.00) machine and i returned to sewing. After a couple of quilts, because I'm difficult to fit (36" inseam and long arms) - I decided it was time to start sewing garments. However, as I'm no longer in my 20s (LOL) no more "home made" stuff like I made in my 20s... TNow my things must have superb finishes. I knew I needed a serger.
I signed up for CRAFTSY UNLIMITED (now called BLUPRINT) - and a well spent 15.00/month to refresh my sewing skills, improve my quilting skills, and learn some fine tailoring tricks. To my delight, there was also an abundance of lessons for sergers as well - so this helped immensely.
All I'd heard re: sergers was a) they're awesome for finishing, and b)they're a nightmare to thread. I had to question how true this threading issue could be, as sergers are hot sellers! In spite of all this, I knew I needed a serger. Ready to (possibly) throw my sanity out the window, i did a LOT of homework. Critics raved about the 1034, however, no longer made, the DX was the new model. I couldn't argue the price - a small investment, and if I didn't enjoy/use it, I'd sell and cut my losses.
I'm very pleased with this machine. So far, in the week I've had it, I've made a few small projects (blouse/pouches/purse) to begin mastering my machine. I appreciate the machine arrives pre-threaded, so I was able to look at the manual and follow the threads, understanding how it worked. I was still very intimidated re: threading the machine (sometimes you CAN read too much! lol)
Two days into sewing, my lower looper thread got off the track, and suddenly my machine wasn't sewing. No answers online, so I went back to the manual (duh!), and realized it was a very simple place the thread had come away from, but it was time to learn to thread the machine, so I removed all the threads. On my first try, I had the whole thing threaded in 10 min. It was a piece of cake! I couldn't help but wonder why so many had such difficult/nightmare-ish experiences! It can't get any easier!
I'll say there are two tools I purchased as a result of my online serger classes, that have made threading/changing needles much easier. Neither of these tools are included, but both are about 5.00 ea at a local craft store.
1. Machine needle inserter & threader.
It's not rocket science to insert the needle, but this threader has a mechanism that allows replacing the needle much easier - esp. if you don't have teeny tiny hands... lol Your serger uses two needles. This threader - omword, where has this been all my life?
Dritz 253 Machine Needle Inserter and Threader
2. Serger Needle/Looper threader
The looper has a small hole which many might find a tad difficult to thread. This tool makes your looper threading SUPER easy. It's very long, allowing you to reach spots that might be tough with larger hands or less than great vision.
Dritz Serger Needle Threader
I feel these two tools are a little expensive on Amazon. I'd get a coupon from the craft store and buy them for several dollars less.
Your machine needs to be lubricated prior to use, and I recommend watching a youtube video, because I don't feel the manual makes it obvious for one of the two recommended spots to lube. I highly recommend ZOOM SPOUT oiler because it has a long thin tube which allows you to reach into the hard to reach places for oiling. :) Sewing Machine Zoom Spout Oiler 4 oz.
Sergers create a lot of fluff while cutting. Just like you'll find a lot of fluff in your bobbin area of a regular machine, when you open up the front of the serger to expose the threading areas, and where thh looper arms are, you'll see "fabric/thread lint" (see photo). I recommend using good thread, don't buy cheap crap. The cheap thread fuzzes and will create more stuff to clear out of your serger. I bought Toldi-Lock (Guittermann) thread b/c I've had good luck w/their regular sewing thread. The lint shown in the photo is from some red batik fabric, this thread hasn't shown any signs of "fuzzing" so I'm very happy with it so far! Again, use your craft store coupons, a cone is ~3.59 each, but on sale, much less... You'll need 4 cones of thread. I found it helpful to use the four threads that came with the machine to sew scrap fabrics so I could become familiar with the different roles each thread plays in the stitching. This helped me determine if I really needed to change ALL FOUR to a matching color, or maybe I only needed to change the upper/lower looper threads...
I'm really happy with this purchase, and excited to learn more about the machine. It's a magnificent complement to my sewing machine, as the two each serve different purposes.
What this serger does:
The threads lock around the seam to prevent fraying, and also cuts off the seam allowance as it sews.
Before we bought this 1034DX serger and after reading all the reviews I noticed some confusion about the differences between the 1034D and the 1034DX. There are several. In some questions asked about the differences between the two I noticed an answer from a "Brother Customer Service" associate that mentioned the only difference was the LED lighting. That was kind of interesting and I would expect a more knowledgeable answer from a company rep.
Anyways enough ranting. Make sure you have Product code 884-B03 which is on a sticker on the back of the 1034DX machine.
The differences that I noticed are these:
1.) The controls on the 1034DX are on the right side. 1034D are on the left.
2.) On the 1034DX There are no tension release buttons above each tension disc like the 1034D has. On the 1034DX you raise the presser foot lever to release tension to all discs.
3.) On the 1034DX you thread right to left.. Lower looper is the right blue tension disk. Upper looper through the green tension disc is next. Then the right needle red and left needle yellow.
(Watch videos for the Lock M343D. Same machine just the Canadian version I think.)
4.) When you thread the lower looper on the 1034DX (and the Lock M343D) there is a lever (step #9) to slide the lower looper out to make it easier to get to. This lever is NOT on the 1034D.
5.) The thread goes through the thread tree a little differently and through 4 plastic holes instead of metal guides.
6.) The 1034DX uses 75 watts of power which is less than the 1034D.
5.) And of course the 1034DX has a LED whereas the 1034D has a regular bulb.
Basically when you watch videos of someone threading a 1034D it is not the same. They will thread the green first and then the blue.
I did notice the DVD that came with the 1034DX is a higher quality video. The threading part really is helpful. Make sure that lower looper thread goes behind the upper looper when you thread it...!!
I have the 1034DX product code 884-B03 so I noticed these differences right away.
WHAT I LIKE:
1.) Lower looper has a lever (#9) to pull it out and make threading it easier. This is not on the 1034D. (See picture)
2.) DVD that comes with it is in HD and does a good job of explaining the threading process which can be a little tricky.
3.) LED light. I don't know if it's any brighter than the 1034D but it will last longer...💡.
4.) Threads right to left not 3 4 2 1.
5.) Tension is released to all tension discs at the same time by raising the presser foot. You don't have to do each one manually or set the dials to zero.
NOT SO GREAT:
1.) I didn't like that they cut the power a little on the 1034DX. Probably some because of the LED bulb but not sure how much on the motor.
2.) The foot pedal seems to not start out at a low speed. You have to press it maybe 1/3 of the way and then the machine starts running a little fast. Once it starts then you can slow it down to what's comfortable. Kind of like starting in second gear instead of first. A little annoying but I'll live.
I tried to sew a bean-bag pillow with the beans already in the bag and I broke my 1034dx. Little foam beads went everywhere as I tried to force layers of fabric under the foot at full throttle. I broke both needles and the machine wouldn't make a chain after I replaced the needles.
After hours of trouble shooting and online advice, I fixed it. It works like new and I became very familiar with the parts of the machine while trying to fix it.
It's a pretty good overlock machine, durable. It's my first one and I love it.
I recommend this machine for beginners. Be patient, go slow, and follow instructions exactly. I am still learning and getting hours of fun out of this machine.