I am in the midst of buying a serger and I do not know which one to pick.
My choices are between the Brother 1034D or the Janome 3434D.
I am leaning more towards the Brother only because it uses regular needles, but any advice you ladies have will be greatly appreciated.
I have a Janome. I am boycotting Brother because I had one of their sewing machines and it was a total pain in the bottom. I now have a Janome serger and a Janome machine. Both wonderful and neither has caused me any trouble, unlike the Brother which (some readers may recall from my ranting on here at the time) was a heap of junk. I vote Janome!
Is it hard finding needles for it? This is my only concern with the Janome. I much rather the Janome then the brother.
Does it do the flatlock stitch?
I have a kenmore machine, but the are made from Janome and I love it. I have had it for 14 years and it still works great. At the time I bought the machine I did not know that Janome made them.
I have a Brother 1034D, it's really easy to use and re-thread, though I haven't used it to it's full potential yet. I think I was influenced by my sewing teacher, it's what she has. I got to practice a little on hers before I asked Santa for mine!!
If you have a local store see if they will let you "test drive" a few different models before you make your choice.
I also have a Brother Innov-is 350SE sewing machine, I upgraded from a Brother starter model when I found a passion for sewing.
I've only been sewing for about 18mths.
BabyLock sergers are also good - air-threading, anyone? Sounds good to me! Viking makes an S25 with a coverstitch. Most ASG members here have Bernina sewing machines and BabyLock sergers, and then, other random assortments of back-up and embroidery machines.
Flatlock vs. Coverstitch: http://tinyurl.com/7wcyee2
(Most entry-level sergers have/are neither.)
I have a Singer serger. I can't recommend it due to 6 mos. in, the L needle won't hold tension. Annoying. I don't think I'm that rough with it.
Update, I am going with the Juki MO-654DE. I got it from Allbrands. It comes with a nice assortment of things.