Brother 1034D review

The best thread serger according to our research

Are you looking for a good quality, reliable thread serger?

You might be dealing with large amounts of work which would take less time if you had a thread serger that you could use efficiently to do a lot of your stitching.

For certain sewing knits, sergers are the standard go-to machine – especially if you’re working on projects such as a large number of t-shirts, table cloths and so on. Overlocked seams allow for an amount of stretch and recovery which is difficult to achieve with a regular sewing machine – and when you can, it takes up a lot of time.

In fact, many sewers use their sergers for most of their work, reverting to the standard sewing machine only for more intricate or delicate tasks. However, more modern sergers can even deal with such challenges by themselves, as we will see. All this means that a good quality, modern serger can be a stand alone machine for those whose work is best suited to them.

It’s modern and versatile

The Brother 1043D is a three and four thread serger which can be used for standard serging as well as more decorative designs. You can use it on a wide range of fabrics and achieve the same, high-quality, professional looking results.

Narrow, rolled and blind hems are not a problem for this machine, and you’ll find it works wonders on formal wear (you can use the serger to create your own ruffles, etc.) as well as other fabrics such as those used typically in swimwear, gym outfits and tablewear.

The threading paths are color coded, which makes it easier to thread each needle and looper properly without making any mistakes.

It also has an adjustable presser foot which is adjusted using a dial depending on what type of fabric you are working with. And there’s also a free arm which you can use to make light work of cuffs and sleeves.

It’s also a very lightweight machine, especially for a serger. At 15lbs it’s no effort at all to carry the machine from place to place, which means, if you have a sewing class to attend, or you like to mix up where you do your sewing, none of that should be an issue at all as you can simply carry the serger under your arm without it being too heavy.

You might be surprised by its features

I’ll come to the majority of features in a moment, but firstly, you have to know that the Brother 1034D is capable of being fitted with standard sewing machine needles, so you don’t need to go out and look for special needles which might be difficult to replace.

The machine itself has 22 built-in stitches with both three and four thread overlock stitches, and it can work at an impressive rate of 1,300 stitches per minute (that’s almost 22 per second, in case you were wondering). All of the stitches can be customized between 0.8 and 4mm.

There are two snap-on feet, needles and a cover (although it’s only a soft cover) as you might expect.

One of the most useful features on most sergers, and the Brother 1034D is no exception, is the differential fabric feed. This machine’s has a feed ratio of 0.7 to 2.0. You can adjust it to avoid stretching seams, make light work of putting in set-in sleeve caps, gathering ruffles and so on.

It has several advantages over other machines

22 built-in stitches might not seem many when compared to some of the other top machines on the market, but when it comes to thread sergers, it’s a very respectable number. It means you have a wide scope for creativity in your serging designs. You can come up with all kinds of decorative stitches, which can really make a big difference in your garments when compared with garments which have been serged in a more traditional or standard way.

As mentioned earlier, it’s lightweight and it doesn’t take up too much room either. This is important if you decide to use it in conjunction with a standard sewing machine or perhaps and embroidery machine – you won’t exhaust yourself moving the machine from one place to another and it’s not going to take up a lot of space.

It’s a lot easier to use than you might think

Sergers are often thought of as being complicated and difficult to use. A machine which is designed to save time is sometimes avoided because of a fear that it will take a long time to figure out how to use it.

I know about this, because that’s exactly what I thought before I’d heard about the Brother 1034D. However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this machine – even a beginner can sit down and get to work relatively quickly (and depending on the tasks you want to achieve, a serger is sometimes the best machine to start on for a beginner).

My advice is not to be afraid, read the manual and acquaint yourself with features such as the color-coded threading system. I would be surprised if you’re not serging and getting the results you want within a half hour.

Overall, the Brother 1034D is the best choice if you want a serger

I think, in terms of ease of use, variety of stitch designs and overall user-friendliness, it’s going to be difficult to find another machine which can top the Brother 1034D. The learning resources that come with it, clear instructions and other features make it a great choice for beginners and those who have never used a thread serger before.

And for those who are used to sergers, this machine will not disappoint with its fast rate of stitching and scope for creative designs giving it an edge over the competition.

P.S. After reading about the Brother 1034D’s features, ease of use, variety of design capabilities and suitability for beginners, you might still want to compare it with other machines to make sure it’s what you’re really looking for.

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