Consumer Reporter Heather has been hot on the trail of a new serger and I thought I’d get your input, oh wise Sewernet. I’ve been using a second-hand Brother 1034D for the last 2 years, and I think it’s time to acknowledge that it’s toast. I’m having major tension issues (the threads break all the time, especially over changes in fabric width) and I refuse to spend another $100 to get it serviced when I can find them so inexpensively on Amazon.

Here’s my dilemma; I don’t have a huge budget, so I can’t go for a Babylock or Bernina though heaven knows I’d love to get my hands on one of those beasts. I was actually quite happy with the Brother until it started flaking out on me, and despite the fact that it could wake the dead with its timber. I am tempted to just buy a brand new one to replace it since it’s universally acknowledged to be the best “cheap” model but I am open to other suggestions.

I’m really curious if anyone has ever purchased the Brother Designio Series DZ1234 . It’s functionally the same as the Brother 1034D but apparently it’s a little quieter, perhaps worth the $30 upgrade. Anyone have experience with it?

This Juki MO644D also looks promising. It’s apparently strong and quiet (the Lord Darcy of sergers?) but it doesn’t have a free arm which makes me uncomfortable.

Open to other suggestions as well! Let me hear your serger thoughts before I ship the wrong thing to my dad’s condo in Arizona…


Hi! I'm Heather Lou, a pattern designer and sewing educator for the modern maker. At Closet Core Patterns, we transform your imagination into step-by-step implementation that helps you create a wardrobe you love - not one you're limited to buying off the rack.

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