I recently purchased a new machine for myself. I purchased it directly from a shop that specialized in sewing machines.
While there I inquired as to wheter thier was a machine that did both sew and serge - I was told no (maybe this was only for the lines they represent).
I was informed that there are stitches that mimick serger stitches and these are referred to as overlock or overcast stitiches and they were located in the "stretch stitch" grouping on the machines I was shown.
As for the Singer, I did lots and lots of research before buying my machine (including a sewing machine search here in this forum) and learned that Singer uses a tremendous amount of plastic working parts in thier newer (for the past 15 to 20 years in some models) machines.
My aunt that has sewn for as long as I can remember reccomended Bernina(?), Pfaff, and Elna (but she has a $3000 machine!).
The dealer I chose sold Pfaff and Baby Lock. I desperately wanted a Pfaff until I realized (from reading at the Pfaff site online and actually viewing the machines in person) that for my price point ($200) I got an awesomly constructed machine (all metal working parts) with very few options.
I saw that the Pfaff was awesome and you really, relaly got lots for your $$ when you got into thier higher end, thus thier higher $$$$$.
I had also gotten good feedback on the Baby Lock and it had all metal working parts and many options!!! These options included two overlock/overcast stitch options and 8 stretch stitch options.
With Baby Lock I could get a qulaity machine with a few more options (If I needed or wanted them) in my price point.
I sat down with some of my own fabric swatches and gave it a whirl! WOW!
Supposedly the machine I purchased - Baby Lock Denim Pro - retailed at $299 (there was even a little sales sticker on it that reflected that
) and was normally sale priced at $249. But with a Baby Lock promotion (I did see mention of some type of promotion for Baby Lock at a few sites) the machine was on sale for $199.
I have had it for over a week now and have never left the "stretch stitch" grouping. Mainly this is because my projects require the stretch and/or overlock/overcast stitch.
This machine really can handle some bulk - I have put some really, really thick items under there and they have still fed through (with a little tension and stitch width adjusting). Even DH has been impressed. Not only will it accomodate the thickness that I need it for it does it with some speed and smoothness.
The overlock/overcast stitches really work great and help to achieve the nice finshed professional look. No, it does not use as many threads as a serger, nor does it trim the edges; but dang it still does a good job!!!!
After sewing on my aunt's high-end Bernina and her serger, I am still quite impressed and pleased with my Baby Lock.
Too, by purchasing directly from the machine shop I got the following perks -
- 25 year warranty (serviced in shop w/ a 24 hour turn around)
- 2 years of maintenance at my descretion (the fabrics I am working with leave behind considerable residue, I can have the machine cleaned monthly for the next 2 years if I want!)
- Lessons if i want to learn how to use some of the additional features and stitches on the machine
- 1 year from now I can trade up for and use the $200 I paid for this one towards the machine (any brand they have) of my choice
- 30 day money back guarantee if I am not happy for any reason
I hope that this lengthy and detailed post helps you!
Can you tell I love my early bday present -
DH gave me the $$ for my machine in an effort to help me get my WHAM biz started!