As one who works in the industrial sewing machine industry, I strongly
suggest NOT going the industrial route unless you really are setting up a
business. They really are NOT for home users. If you want details, email
me privately and I'll explain exactly what mean.
Enough to say, stick to home machines. they are versatile, safer for home
use, and are clearly, based on your post, what you are looking to buy.
I do agree that a serger is a smart idea. i have a serger and love them.
mine is a Brother machine and while i don't like the way it threads, Brother
is a reliable brand and an industry leader. Baby lock, which is now owned
by Juki (consider Juki and Baby Lock one and the same) has been doing home
sergers the longest, being the first to scale down the industrial models to
home use. I had my Baby Lock Protege for 11 years before it gave out.
I recommend both the Brother and Juki brands for sergers (aka overlock
One nice thing about sergers is that they let you do garb very quickly. a
tunic dress can be done almost entirely on a serger with only a turn down
heming for the neckline, sleeve edge, and hem done with a conventional
sewing machine. Add trim and you're done in less than 2 hours without any
worries about even the most ravel prone fabrics becoming undone. It's much
easier than pinking sheers any day!!
Lady Biya Sama
Knowne World Aviculturists
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