Monday, February 20, 2012

Oh, Brother (1034D) !!

Incredible!  Hubby ordered my serger Saturday afternoon, and it arrived this morning at 10:30 - two days ahead of the estimated arrival!  I had to wait until the afternoon to take pictures though, because my camera had run out of battery.

I know some of you are interested in purchasing a serger, and in this machine specifically, so I've taken lots of pictures to show you what you can expect if you buy this one.

I got the Brother 1034D.  We ordered it from Amazon, and the list price is $199, which includes free shipping - pretty sweet deal, in my opinion.  I actually got the bundle which includes two books on serging, for a total of $220; but now that I've got the serger with its manuals and DVDs, I'm wondering if the books will be overkill.  Because guess what?  It's not that hard!

The machine comes pre-threaded, and all the threads are color coded.  So the first thing I did was take a good look at the paths the threads take.  It's very easy to follow, because the machine itself has pictures and numbers showing the threading paths.

front

back

with the cover open, showing the threading paths

Included with the machine you get lots of goodies:  

instruction manual
techniques booklet
instructional DVD
techniques DVD
dust cover

pedal
tray to catch fabric trimmings
bag of accessories, shown closer below
(MacBook not included!)

gathering foot
rolled hem foot
tweezers
hex wrench
lint brush
spool cones
extra needles - normal sewing machine needles!
4 "yarn bras"

It honestly took me longer to watch the DVD (I only watched the instructional one) than it did to unthread and rethread the machine, and I had to do it twice because one of the threads got caught on something the first time.  The instructions on the DVD are very clear,  made up of about ten mini movies ranging from 2 to 15 minutes each.  When I inserted the disk into my computer and opened it, the topics were in random order, so it took me a while to figure out which order to watch them in.   That was another reason it took me a while to watch it!  But the information given is solid.

Once I'd learned about the threading sequence, I took another good look at what was already in the machine:

the knives of doom - not so scary after all!


Then turned it on and tried it out, and immediately broke one of the looper threads! That's a good thing though - it forced me to rethread the machine on my own, and truly, it's no big deal!  It really makes sense.

Then I went upstairs and got some scrap fabric, and did my very first rows of stitching:

baby's first serging


I'm inordinately proud of myself!



11 comments:

  1. That's the one I have, works great!

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  2. Congrats! I've heard this machine is great.

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  3. Wow, you are going to be stepping up your game with this little machine. Your sample is beautiful so I can only imagine ....

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  4. Thanks for the intro, Gail.
    Am looking forward to seeing and reading about your progress/projects in the next couple of weeks.

    Don't cha just love brand new toys ! ! ! ! !

    hugs
    Gerry

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  5. Yay!!!!! I can't believe how fast you got it! Can't WAIT to see your first serged project!!!!!!!!

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  6. Oh, and when is your actual birthday? Can we have a computer-celebration???

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    1. Hee hee . . . birthday is Sunday :-) Don't know what a computer celebration would entail though. Can we figure out a way to make CAKE materialize through the screen?

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    2. Ooh yeah! What do you say we get Kirsty from The Sometimes Seamstress to somehow email us some of her coworker's lovely cakes?! I could drool on the keyboard when I see those! If only we could reach through the computer...

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    3. If only . . . I could eat a few, and then my skirt wouldn't be too big!

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  7. I'm so happy for you that you got your early birthday present so fast! An excellent way to celebrate your self-indulgent birthday week (as an aside, I think every woman deserves a self-indulgent birthday week... or two). Now you can finish that fabulous Madeleine skirt and give us your take on it. Yay for fun new sewing tools!

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  8. What a great present! DH gets major points!!

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