It’s simple, there are few things to remember but, here are the important criteria to check to buy your serger:
Ease of use and understanding: overlockers that offer 2,3 and 4 thread stitches are often easier to take in hand, because they benefit from small non-negligible automations such as the automatic or air needle threader pulsed, simplified buttons to switch from one mode to another, diagrams drawn on the shell to help you follow the threading steps.
However be aware that those with 3 or 4 wires will be cheaper than those with 2, 3 or 4 wires but that is enough to do a lot of things. With the best best beginner serger this is essential.
Check that the knife is retractable or deceivable for circular seams
Check that the waste container is well supplied with it because it is a real plus (we put it everywhere with the knife that cuts the excess fabric at the same time as we sew!).
The free arm is important for sewing tubular pieces such as sleeves or pants feet
Which over lockers we would advise:
For their ease of handling, we personally turned to the brand Brother 4234 D and (about 539 ear) which offers points with 2,3 and 4 wires but in 3 and 4 wires you will also find the 1034 D (approx. . 279 euros) and the 3034D (approx. 386 euros);
But other brands offer good machines that are as simple to “tame” such as:
The case of the Lid serger
The positive points:
This serger will allow you to sew 2, 3 and 4 thread stitches. The knife can be deactivated (it goes up), it has a button to adjust the differential and will allow you to sew jersey (4 thread overclock) and other stretch fabrics without problems, make rolled hems, or just overcast the edges (overcast 3 son). You will not be limited by its possibilities if you are a beginner, but the risk is to be put off by its handling which is not very easy.
The negative points:
Threading is not easy. For beginners, you risk tearing your hair out a bit for this step, but with habit, it comes quickly and becomes less and less difficult.
It does not have a waste collection bin (tissue cut by the side cutter)
It tends to move when you sew quickly with it because it is not heavy enough. It is therefore necessary to sew without depressing the pedal fully to prevent it from shaking and moving during sewing.
Why not if you have a small budget and you absolutely want a serger, but if you have a slightly higher budget, do not hesitate to invest in a machine that will be easier to handle.
It is nevertheless robust and allows you to do a lot of things with it
The thread tension dial : sometimes the threads are inserted too far to the right, they then end up against the tension dial instead of being caught in the tension disc . The points are then very ugly, stretched, the thread breaks.