Serger Reviews with Comparison Table

Serger Reviews Comparison Table

Brother 1034D Serger

Brother 1034D Serger, our top pick for a basic serger

Looking for the best serger reviews?  We’ve compiled our serger reviews here along with a handy serger comparison table.  Having a great serger is a must for efficiently sewing professional level projects.  Sergers have so many features and some can be hard to tell whether a serger has manual tension, coverstitch capability, a free arm, if they’re rated highly or if they’re not worth the price…it’s a jungle out there!  Thankfully we break it down in the following table for quick reference so you can purchase with confidence.  You can also see our Best Serger for a Beginner article for more insights.

If you’re not sure about any of the terms used here a quick explanation is provided below the table.

PictureSergerNumber of ThreadsStitches per minuteTensionCover stitchFree ArmPriceAmazon RatingDetailed Review
Brother 1034DBrother 1034D3/41300ManualNoYes$$4.6Brother 1034D Review
Singer 14CG754Singer 14CG7542/3/41300ManualNoYes$3.9Singer 14CG754 Review
Juki MO644DJuki MO644D2/3/41500ManualNoYes$$$4.6Juki MO644D Review
Juki MO654DEJuki MO654DE2/3/41500ManualNoNo$$$$4.3Juki MO654DE Review
Brother Designio DZ1234Brother Designio DZ12343/41300ManualNoYes$$4.6Brother Designio DZ1234 Review
Singer 14J250Singer 14J2502/3/41300ManualNoNo$$4.2Singer 14J250 Review
Janome 8002DJanome 8002D3/41300ManualNoNo$$4.7Janome 8002D Review
Singer 14T968DC ProfessionalSinger 14T968DC Professional2/3/4/51300AutomaticYesNo$$$$3.5(not available)

Glossary and Definition

Number of Threads:  Different sergers can do stitches with different numbers of threads.  A 2 thread serger will create a basic simple edge.  3 thread will do a much better job of looking professional and preventing fraying edges.  4 thread will allow locked stitches and a nice wide strong seam.  5 thread is by far the most adaptive serger but will cause a large price jump over a 4 thread and is unnecessary for most hobbyists.

Stitches per Minute:  Just as it says this is how fast the serger can stitch.  Most beginner sergers are about 1300 stitches for minute.

Tension:  The tension on the thread is manually adjusted with a knob on a manual adjustment machine, while an automatic adjustment relieves the user from having to mess with it.  All entry level sergers have manual thread tension.

Coverstitch:  A type of stitch that forms a pattern that looks ladder-like.  This is frequently used to complete hems of knit garments.

Free Arm:  A free arm allows you to extend out the area under the needle, making it much easier to work with curved pieces like cuffs and collars, or smaller sized items like children’s clothing.

Here is a link to more information on sewing definitions:  Sewing Dictionary


Other Resources:

Best Beginner Serger

What is a Serger?  Sergers vs Sewing Machines