Brother Serger, DZ1234, Metal Frame Overlock Machine, 1,300 Stitches Per Minute, Removeable Trim Trap, 3 Included Accessory Feet and 2 Sets of Starter Thread
- METAL FRAME: The Brother Designio DZ1234 is a durable 3-4 thread serger made with a metal frame
- HIGH PERFORMANCE: A high performance 3-4 thread serger with an adjustable stitch width between 3.0mm to 7.0mm allowing you to select the right stitch width for your project
- 1,300 STITCHES PER MINUTE: Create more in less time with the DZ1234's fast stitching speed of up to 1,300 stitches per minute
- EASY TO THREAD: Easy-to-use with color-coded thread guides, numbered upper and lower thread loopers, included instructional video and printed manual
- INCLUDED ACCESSORY FEET: The DZ1234 comes with 3 accessory feet including blind hem stitch, gathering and piping feet in addition to 2 sets of starter thread
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Did you ever need to shorten a pair of jeans or a dress quickly? Introducing the Designio DZ1234 Serger designed specifically to cut and finish garments quickly and with ease With both a three and four thread configuration this tool utilizes differential feed for better stitch quality on a wide variety of fabrics The DZ1234 even comes with two sets of starter thread and a Blind Hem Stitch Foot a Gathering Foot and a Piping Foot to give you even more options for that professional specialized finish you're looking for on your designs It even includes an instructional DVD to get you serging in no time.
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Brother Designio Series DZ1234 Serger
Did you ever need to shorten a pair of jeans or a dress quickly? Introducing the Designio DZ1234 Serger designed specifically to cut and finish garments quickly and with ease. With both a three and four thread configuration this tool utilizes differential feed for better stitch quality on a wide variety of fabrics. The DZ1234 even comes with two sets of starter thread and a Blind Hem Stitch Foot, a Gathering Foot and a Piping Foot to give you even more options for that professional, specialized finish you're looking for on your designs. It even includes an instructional DVD to get you serging in no time.
- Includes Blind Hem Stitch Foot, Gathering Foot and Piping Foot, plus 2 sets of starter thread to give you everything you need to create customized, high-end finishes on all your designs
- Versatile stitch options allow you to choose from 4 thread overlock, 3 thread overlock, narrow hem, rolled hem, and ribbon lock stitches
- Fast, up to 1300 stitches per minute T
- he stitch width can be easily adjusted between 3.0mm to 7.0mm, helping to provide the perfect stitch width for your project
- Built-in storage allows you to keep accessory tools on the front panel flip-down door, and use the removable trim trap to store the foot controller, and to collect trim while serging
- Brightly lit work area
- Uses standard sewing machine needles
- Bilingual operation manual and instructional CD
- Easy color-coded threading
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Threading is simple and each step clearly marked and color coded; Inside the looper area, they have little numbered pictures - making threading essentially foolproof - the only thing you need the manual for is to tell you the proper order to follow. As long as you thread in order, you will have no trouble at all. My final comment on threading is to immediately take the thread spools provided with the Brother machine and THROW THEM IN THE TRASH - and thread the machine with quality thread purchased elsewhere. The "complimentary" threads kept breaking and made my first 2 hours on the machine more frustrating than needed. Save yourself the headache! Once I put some decent thread on the Serger, it was smooth sailing from then on.
Another advantage to this machine is that it uses standard sewing machine needles, so you don't have to buy special needles for it; you can interchange with your regular sewing machine, which is a cost savings.
Overlocking is a breeze. I've tested out denim, super-light stretch fabric, and swim suit fabric; and I've also stitched through 4 layers of Polar Fleece without any trouble (made my son a fleece bathrobe/PJ pants for Christmas). Love the differential feed which prevents stretching!! With only minor adjustments to stitch widths, lengths and tension dials, I have successfully serged flat seams on every fabric I've tried so far. I cannot gush and rave about this Serger enough. I haven't yet tried to do a rolled hem. But a flatlock seam was easy enough. Simply keep the manual open when trying new things and everything seems to work exactly as described.
The fabric cutting knives can be disengaged with the flip of a switch, and the upper knife can be easily moved out of the way by simply pressing it down inside the machine. Move it back into position when needed again. No danger of cutting yourself the way it's set up.
This machine has helped me make quick work of some pretty big projects that would have taken 3 times longer on my sewing machine. I couldn't be happier with it!! I love this Serger so much, I just had a second one shipped to my Mother... she's pretty excited to start sewing knits again. I highly suggest you save yourself the money and give this Brother a try... my experience has been high dollar results and amazing finished looks at an incredible price.
1) The upper looper (3rd position/ green) thread goes first.
2) The lower looper (4th position/ blue) thread goes second. You have to pull out a metal tab to finish threading, the directions are on the machine and there is an arrow to indicate where the tab is.
3) The right needle (2nd position/ red) goes next, followed by
4) The left needle (1st position/ yellow)
Once everything is threaded, make sure the threads are to the right of the needle gizmo and start threading a chain. Once you have your chain, you are ready to stitch your first sample (see pictures attached for the 4 thread overlock stitch sample)!
If you are looking for fun projects to do, Craftsy has a few serging classes that will guide you through making fun things with your serger (like a scarf and a bag). I am currently taking a fun with knits class- the whole purpose of this class is to be able to sew knits without a serger, but I'm totally going to use my serger to sew my fleece hoodie! I will update with results.
A few things that annoyed me about this:
The machine came pre-threaded with 4 white threads. The 4 threads were all knotted up when I opened the box, and it took a few minutes to untangle everything. I also don't like the fact that it has an old fashioned light bulb in there....the light is not very bright and it gets hot a few minutes after turning the machine on. I still gave this 5 stars because I can easily change to an LED bulb when this light goes out....and the knotty thread problem was fixed in a few minutes.
Edit (1/18/2016): I had a lot of fun making pillowcases for Christmas presents with this baby. It made the process so much faster and the finished product looked really good. I still used my sewing machine to hem the edge to give it a nicer look, but 90% of the work was done on the serger. Ironing the fabric after pre-shrinking it took longer than serging the 3 sides, so it's a great way to make a lot of presents really fast. All you need is 1 yard of fabric, fold it in half on the fat side (rather than the long side), and serge two sides of it together (don't forget you have 1 fold and 1 opening). This is really great for straight lines, but I found it pretty tough to work with for L-shaped edges...almost impossible to have a completely closed seam with this kind of edges. I tried to make a knit dress the easy way but the arms got really tricky. I'm fairly new to sewing and serging, so there's probably ways to get around this.
Also, I made a stitch binder- this helps A TON. Every time I try a new type of stitch, I will make a sample and stick it on a piece of paper. I will write what type of stitch it is, what my thread tensions are, stitch length, etc. It REALLY helped me get to know the serger quite a bit more, I'm now much more comfortable with this tool.
Update (9/2/2016): This is awesome for serging straight edges (e.g. pillowcases, napkins, table linens). I still consider myself a beginner sewer/serger and I am able to troubleshoot most of the problems by myself on this. I've not really had any issues with the settings, mostly when my stitches look bad it's because I'm using the wrong needle and/or thread. I am having a lot of difficulty moving on to other kinds of edges- there is no proper way to control/ vary the speed other than via the presser foot. Right now, it is either too fast or too slow, and I find it pretty much impossible for knit clothes because of tricky angles. If you go too slow, things start to go wrong. Hemming is OK, but only for larger hems (ie not cuffs/sleeves). I think it is something that comes with practice, as there are tons of videos out there of people making shirts with just a serger.
Sure, I can do a sort of overlock on my sewing with one of the fancy stitches on my BabyLock sewing maching, but this serger? Bam! It's done. So much faster than zig zag, amazingly fast!!
I will be taking serger classes locally so I can learn what else this bad boy is capable of.
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This is my first serger and i was worried about the dreaded threading and would I be able to manage all the settings. I have very little patience fir reading manuals.
This machine is a dream to use. I threaded it perfectly the first time! And the second time too.
Videos are a bit outdated style wise but tge information is good and clear. Machine us powerful and quiet.
Highly recommended this machine.
Amazing value for price.