The best serger machines for your money are ones that will last you a long time and give you the quality of stitches that you are looking for. There are many different serger brands to choose from, but I have narrowed it down to my three favorite: Babylock, Juki, and Brother. All three of these companies offer great features like color coded threading, easy to use tension controls, fast seam finishing and rolled hems! You can’t go wrong with any one of these sergers so I suggest you consider your budget and which features are most important to you. If you have already asked yourself the question ‘do I need a serger?‘ and the answer is yes, let’s find the right one for you.
Babylock brand sergers are the gold standard. If you have money to spend and you want the very best, that’s what I would suggest. Babylock was the first company to come out with Jet Air Threading, which is a fancy way to say super fast and fun to watch automatic threading of the serger’s bottom and top loopers. Babylock sergers usually come with an automatic threader for the needles as well. Juki also has the technology for air threaded loopers and automatic needle threading now, see below for more about that.
Top of the line Babylock sergers have a greater range in stitch types and widths available, as well as more advanced features such as fully automatic tension adjustment, up to 8 different threads at one time for lots of stitch options including overstitching, and up to 5” to the right of the needles (at least that’s the biggest one as I write this!).
Unless you are willing to shop secondhand machines, you can only buy Babylock sergers from a dealer. Some people love buying sewing machines from a dealer because of the classes and personal support. If you are an avid sewist who wants the best possible serger then I suggest you visit your local Babylock dealer and ask for a demonstration. I currently own an older model that was nearly the best when it came out (the Evolution) and it is a joy to use.
Just a note about overstitching: my Babylock Evolution serger can be set up to do the same job as a coverstitch machine and Babylock dealers will show you how easy it is to do that, but I bought a separate Janome coverstitch machine anyway because some clothing patterns (especially for knit fabrics) require switching back and forth between the two types of stitches and I didn’t like having to re-thread my serger to do coverstitching and then back to serging just to make a pair of leggings.
Juki sewing machine company is based in Japan and has been around since 1953. Their industrial and home sewing machines are known for their durability, reliability, and long service life. I love my Juki TL2010Q straight stitch sewing machine!
Before I bought my Babylock serger, I owned a Juki serger: the MO-1000. It has amazing features at a much lower price point than the Babylocks. This sewing machine also has automatic threading for the needles and air threading for the loopers.
One thing I really liked about my Juki serger is the fact that I could thread the needles and loopers in any order. This machine has a beautiful stitch and very solid feel. Here’s my Juki serger review.
If your budget doesn’t permit you to buy a serger with air threading for the loopers or more than 4 threads, don’t worry! Brother makes a very good entry level serger machines that are great for sewing professional looking clothes and finished seams.
The most common stitch you will use your serger for is the overcast stitch that only requires 4 threads, or a rolled hem that requires 3. My sister has been using a Brother 1034D for many years now. I’ve tried it out at her house and it easily sews knit fabrics, finishes curtain seams, and more!
I hope this post has been informative and you found the perfect serger for your needs and budget. Don’t miss my post about my 7 favorite sewing machines for all budgets too!
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