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From: boudicca
Date: 12-09-2004, 07:49 PM (1 of 4)
Hello there, I am on the verge of buying a serger, with which I intend to make what I hope will come to be the majority of my clothes, and possibly sell a few pieces. Not actually start a business as such, but make things of professional quality - hopefully indestinguishable from the 'real thing'.
I definitely want a good 5-thread, but I am wondering if a domestic machine will not produce the same standard of results as an industrial. I know industrials have a speed advantage - this is really of little concern to me though. Will there actually be a poorer finished garment if I go with a domestic machine?

Help would be much appreciated - thanks.
User: boudicca
Member since: 09-25-2004
Total posts: 4
From: MaryW
Date: 12-10-2004, 07:20 AM (2 of 4)
Hi Boudicca, and welcome to Sew Whats New.

If you are only going to make a few choice pieces, I wouldn't go to the added expense of a heavy duty machine. In fact, i don't know exactly which ones are "industrial" sergers. Anyone???
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: bridesmom
Date: 12-13-2004, 10:10 PM (3 of 4)
Today I test drove a Janome Series II Mylock 634D which is considered a semi-industrial machine. (now remember I know a tiny bit about serging - just started a few months ago) The lady showed me how this one has quite a bit of stainless steel inside where the 644D Janome (not a semi-industrial) was mostly plastic. It seems that this type of machine is made for home based business types. Now, in trying out about 5 different sergers today, this one appealed to me because of the stainless steel, it seemed much more 'solid' than some of the others I looked at. The woman told me she had actually put an edge on carpet with this machine. So, don't know if this helps at all but it sure has made me rethink my choices.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: sewcr8v
Date: 12-23-2004, 11:45 AM (4 of 4)
Industrial sergers are necessary for volume, made stronger (stainless steel, metal etc) for very high usage in factories etc. For what you have explained there are several excellent domestic machines on the market. Don't waste your money on something that isn't necessary. I rave about my 14 yr old Juki MO634DE all the time - this machine runs for hours every day and it has never been in the shop - EVER! I have changed the knife blade once, always put new needles in, use good thread and oil it regularly - about once a week. It sings like it is new. We all end up with a pet machine!
Keep the world sewing...
User: sewcr8v
Member since: 09-05-2004
Total posts: 30
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