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Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger with Easy Lay In Threading

Pros: A top choice for its high-performance serger, which provides professional edge finishing on fabrics from knits to formal wear.

Cons: Cannot create coverlock or chain stitches.

Summary: Earns top marks for its ease of use and reliable performance. You won't find a better serger on the market, especially in this price range.
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American Home Serger Sewing Machine AH100 by Tacon...

Pros: No other unit conveniently sews a seam, finishes the edge, and trims excess fabric in just one step.

Cons: Requires a small wrench to get to add or remove needles -- an inconvenience for some users.

Summary: Owners rave about this machine's reliability, but it lacks several features that come standard on its less expensive competitors.
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Janome 8002D Serger

Pros: Ensures a consistent professional finish thanks to its built-in rolled hem feature.

Cons: It's difficult to get the lower looper thread through its path.

Summary: The price tag is a bit steep, but satisfied owners boast about this machine's commendable quality and performance.
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JUKI MO644D Portable Serger

Pros: Unlike close competitors, this unit's color coded threading and breakaway looper adjustment affords precise and correct threading.

Cons: Frustrating to thread, particularly for beginners and less experienced users.

Summary: A bit of initial frustration aside, this machine gets the job done smoothly and appears to hold up well over time.
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SINGER 14CG754 ProFinish 2-3-4 Thread Serger

Pros: The differential feed keeps fabrics from stretching and puckering.

Cons: Can sometimes be tough to thread.

Summary: Not only is this serger a reliable bet for longevity and performance, but it also has a great selection of features for the price.