Brother 1034D ¾ Lay-in Thread Serger Review

It is rare that you find a list of the best sergers and don’t find the Brother 1034D ¾ Lay-in Thread Serger near the top of the list. It does the basic things well, without costing you an arm and a leg.

What is a serger?  To the uninitiated, it is a scary demon full of thread cones, bobbins and sharp instruments that threatens to devour the sewer who attempts merely to thread it.

In reality, though, the above-mentioned gadgets that outfit a serger produce a time-saving, feature-heavy dream machine that makes light work of tedious sewing tasks and produces professional quality garments and projects.  The serger allows the seamster to sew household linens with rolled hems, work out clothes made of tricky stretchy or sheer fabrics without puckering and elegant clothes with decorative detail, lace and trims.

Like everything from toasters to cars, the price point can be budget friendly or wallet crushing depending on the make, model and features.  Today we showcase an entry-level serger that is an aid to the master sewer and user friendly to the beginner, the Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-in Thread Serger.  By the way, the 3/4 means you can use it as a 3 or 4 thread serger.

Offering a range of 22 stitches, interchangeable feet and 3 and 4 thread overlock, this machine handles the basics with ease. The Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger performs decorative sewing and seam and other finishing techniques on a wide array of fabrics.

Among the pluses, the machine is intuitive and user friendly.  It even comes pre-threaded out of the box and is color-coded for easy set up and use. We also love that it uses standard sewing machine needles, has an easy to follow manual, as well as a DVD with live demonstrations which, we think, should be a standard teaching aid on any technical machine.

We found it efficient and produces precision stitching.  It offers stitch width control, outside differential feed control (which gives you many sewing options and more control) and stitch width control. If you would like a free arm convertible surface and snap-on presser feet so can easily switch stitches and projects, well the Brother 1034D has them.

The downsides?  Well, at this price point you don’t get the cover stitch, some complain that it is noisy and can be a challenge to learn to thread.  However, the hundreds of positive reviews demonstrate that these issues are not dealbreakers for lovers of the Brother 1034D.

Product Features and Specifications

  • ¾ lay-in thread serger
  • 22 built-in stitches
  • Interchangeable feet
  • Narrow and rolled hemming
  • Uses standard sewing machine needles
  • Free arm
  • Speed control via foot pedal
  • Measures 15.3” x 13.1” x 12.6”
  • Weighs 17.8 pounds
  • 5-year limited warranty

 Try it.  We think you’ll like it.

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