I bought my serger from Amazon about a month ago and so I thought that it was about time that I gave a formal review of it in case any of you are looking to invest in one too.
The Good : I can't believe what a great deal this is. I was pretty skeptical because it was so cheap, but it had so many other great reviews so I thought I would give it a try. I sew a lot and so have probably already made 5 garments with it and it has been great. No tension problems (my biggest fear). I havn't tried a lot of the extras yet, but am planning on doing some posts soon as I explore those. I couldn't recommend this machine enough, especially for a first serger. I am sure that eventually I may want something more fancy and sturdy, but for the time being this is all that I can afford and so I am so happy that I can have a machine that does the job for the time being.
The Bad : I will say that I can feel a big difference in sturdiness between this and my Bernina sewing machine. I doubt that it has many metal parts - mostly plastic - which will not last as long. It's pretty loud and shakes a lot. My husband does not love it when I serg while he is trying to watch TV. My biggest complaint is that it is not easily portable. It has a dinky handle on the back and so every time I end up moving it I end up unthreading it or having pieces fall off. I live in an apartment and don't have room for a designated sewing area so I end up moving it from the kitchen table to the closet constantly. Any suggestions?
Conclusion : Overall I would say that this is a great machine for the money you pay. I doubt this will be my last serger, but I hope it will at least last me for 5 years and at the price I feel like that is a steal. It has changed the way I sew to have a serger. If I had waited to afford an expensive serger I would have had to wait for at least another couple of years so I would say that I am very happy with the purchase.