Originally Posted by haleyelianasmom
It sounds like Berninas are a solid choice based on what I'm reading here. Are they better than Janome or Viking? I take it they're better than Singer or Brother?
And do many machines do overlock? I was using my MIL's machine for a while, but she wanted it back so now I'm searching for what to get. I'm pretty clueless as to what I need to look for. And what about sergers? Are they worth it?
An overlocker or serger is a different machine altogether. It cuts, trims and finishes a seam all in one, but does not take the place of a sewing machine. It's a compliment to your sewing machine. Some sewing machines say that they have an "overlocking" stitch. It's not a true overlocking stitch such as you would find on a serger.
I can't say Bernina's are "better" than another brand. The right machine for you might not be the right machine for me. When I was looking for my main machine years ago, I purchased a Janome on recommendation and strong reputation. I didn't like it at all and ended up returning it for a Brother which I simply adore. So if you were to ask me I would say a Brother is a great machine. I've owned 2 and both were fabulous in my opinion. However many people hate the Big Box lowend Brothers but I also know many people who are pleased with them. There is no doubt that Janome enjoys a solid following and reputation. It just was not the machine for me. I felt it was kind of clunky and just didn't enjoy sewing on it. I say all that to say that no one but you can pick out the machine that's right for you. You need to go test driving. Look at all the brands, make a list of features you want, see what the dealer has to offer and consider used since many sewer will upgrade and you can get a great machine for much less. Good luck!