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I'm seriously considering a new overlocker and I know I'll have to try
them out but I'm interested in opinions so I can narrow down the brands
to look at.
What to people think of the Huskylock 905 and/or the Huskylock 936?


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Can't speak to the 905, but I had a Huskylock 910 which I loved!
http://www.sew.husqvarna.se/index_centrera_java_new.html?url=http://www.sew.husqvarna.se/overl910.htm
After I won *another* Huskylock (the 905) at the state fair last
summer, I called the donor and asked to be allowed to upgrade to the
936.  She was happy to do that and even allowed full retail for the
trade-up.  I have given the 910 to my older DD, and as soon as I get
my new sewing space organized, we're going to have few training
sessions.

I *really* like the 936, although I haven't done much more than thread
it up and do some quick samples.
http://www.sew.husqvarna.se/index_centrera_java_new.html?url=http://www.sew.husqvarna.se/overl910.htm

One of the things I was disappointed in with the 910 was that the
little gizmo which converted it to two-thread rolled hem was missing,
and my local dealer never did get me a replacement.  I did like many
of the features of the 910, especially the differential feed.  My
previous serger did not have that feature.  I also really, really,
REALLY liked the quick-change to rolled hem.  My older serger
(Bernette MO234) required changing both the needle plate *and* the
foot.

The 936 doesn't require a gizmo, just a couple of changes in the
threading as I recall, but again, I haven't taken it for much of a
test drive yet.

HTH,

Beverly



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I had a 905 and it "walked" terribly. I didn't realise how bad it was
until it broke. I borrowed an overlocker from school and sewed a seam
on it, then automatically tried to move it back into the right place.
It hadn't moved! That's when I realised that I had become conditioned
to sew a seam, move the overlocker back to its starting position, sew
a seam...

Just my 2p worth, I know other people like them.

Sally

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Sally Holmes wrote:

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It needed a tune-up to stop the vibrations!  Mine doesn't do that.
Well, not usually!  It's one of the symptoms for getting it serviced.
It will shift a bit when going at top speed through heavy stuff, but I
have it on a very slippery surface, so to stop that and the noise in
those circumstances I have it on a non-slip mat.

I find that at top speed it's twice as fast as my little Toyota, which
otherwise is a great little machine.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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I remember watching them demoed at  Expo  one year and that was the
techs complaints too.  No matter what they did the machines literally
jumped all over the place.  So each machine that was sold got the
'Special' blue rubber mat thrown in.  I have worked on them an reduced
the vibrations a bit but they are still famous for walking.  We get
the school kids doing it deliberately some times.  So far none have
actually taken a tumble but mostly because they 'walk' backwards.

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In case you have not considered the brand, I have a Juki Pearl
line--hmmm, think it is a 655 model that I LOVE>  Very Heavy and solid,
and sews like a house afire........  It has 5 threads but no cover
stitch.  Look into it.......they also make commercial machines I
understand.......


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On 31 Jan 2006 13:36:50 -0800, "Pat in Arkansas"

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Janome makes a really nice cover stitch machine.  Reasonably priced
and a breeze to use also.  Not got one yet as I have not had the need
but do know several who have them and I did use one for about 4 hours
on a course. They are configured just like a sewing machine.

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melinda wrote:
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I have the Huskylock 910, like the 905 but with the memory.  Great
machine: has chewed through pins!  Mine gets a lot of work at times as I
sew professionally.  You can see what I get up to with it on my web
site.  The only real problem I've had with it since I bought it in 1998
was when some very linty poly satin wicked the oil out of it and I
needed to send it in for some serious disemboweling and cleaning.  I use
a higher grade machine oil in it these days, and clean it and oil it
regularly.  It's a bit rattly at the moment and I broke a needle out of
the stitch plate (my error!), and in need of a tune-up, but that's
because I use it such a lot!

One of the features I love the best is the free-arm!  :)

I didn't bother to upgrade to the 936 as I get just as good results with
the 'mock' cover stitch using a wide twin needle in the sewing machine.
  I don't sew knits enough to bother with the fiddle of doing the
practice needed to get good results on the 936 cover stitch.  One thing
the newer machines have that I do rather envy is the 2 thread conversion
gadget is built in!  Mine is a separate thingy that is prone to wander
off and mislay itself...  :)

If I had my time gain I probably wouldn't spring for the memory on the
910: I hardly ever use it, and otherwise it's the same as the 905.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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melinda wrote:
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Hi Melinda

I had a 910 and upgraded to the 936 last year. Loved the 910 and love my
936 - I upgraded to get cover stitch so I could do more stretch fabric
sewing.

If you are OK with thread tension settings etc, I would not waste the
extra $$$ on buying the 910 with the "sewing advisor" or whatever they
call it - that was my only regret about getting the 910 - the 905 would
have suited just as well and been cheaper as I didn't find the sewing
advisor necessary (as I find the tension stuff reasonably easy).

The machines are solid workhorses, pricy but worth it.

HTH Sarah

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First you have to decide what you want in a serger. Then compare the
models.  All sergers are made by the same 3-4 companies.....only one
brand name actually has its own serger..  You can and will find that
across the machine  sewing machine names,  many sergers are identical
with different brand names.  Often you can get a better deal that way
too.
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There are several other machine brands who have these same
models....They are a pretty good  serger, but because they are a
common model across several sewing machine brands see who will give
you the best deal, the most add ons and the best service.  This must
include lessons......the more the better. Make sure that you take with
you what you will be working on as far as fabrics and use the machine
yourself to see what steps are involved to create the required
results. Have fun with the process too.


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