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As I'm currently looking for a new machine, a portable one, I've read - of
course - Kate's article about buying one. Husqvarna is rated OK, does any of
you know about this Husqvarna 2000 model?
http://cgi.ebay.de/Freihand-NAHMASCHINE-HUSQVARNA-2000-m-Zub-Alleskoenner_W0QQitemZ140323811560QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDE_Elektronik_Computer_Haushaltsger%C3%A4te_N%C3%A4hmaschinen_PM?hash=item20abf370e8&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1229%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

The offer is on for two more days and it looks good to me. Don't know if
it's worth bidding though, but I want something with reliable fancy
stitches.

U.



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I did a bit of digging and discovered it was a 1960 era model, so it
should be a solid machine.

http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/ko/527.htm

I guess it would depend on how easy it was to find parts.  I know that I
was advised against buying the 6440 model at one time because of parts
availability.

Ursula Schrader wrote:
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http://cgi.ebay.de/Freihand-NAHMASCHINE-HUSQVARNA-2000-m-Zub-Alleskoenner_W0QQitemZ140323811560QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDE_Elektronik_Computer_Haushaltsger%C3%A4te_N%C3%A4hmaschinen_PM?hash=item20abf370e8&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1229%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50


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Samatha Hill -- take out TRASH to reply wrote:
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The nicest thing about the older mechanical machines is that there is
very little that can go wrong with them, barring dropping them from a
height.  If the "innards" aren't plastic or nylon, they should withstand
general wear and tear.
--
Joanne
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Interesting that this should come up right now.  Prewsently, on my local
Craigslist, there is a serger.  Elna Club 4D. 4/5 thread serger  $125.00

I have never had - nor particularly wanted - a serger, but if this is
thought by the group to be a good buy I might just splurge.  What do you
all think?

Olwyn Mary in New Oreleans.

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Olwyn Mary wrote:
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If this is the one -
http://neworleans.craigslist.org/art/1208245811.html - I would say that
it certainly deserves consideration.  It would do anything you wanted,
other than coverstitch, which may be more trouble than it's worth.  If
it's in good running order, and from the tone of the ad, I'd guess that
it is, it sounds good to me.  You could try offering her $75, just to
see.......

To be clear, I'm not familiar with the make/model, but with sergers, I
don't know if that's important given that they're all made by the same
three factories.  ;-)
--
Joanne
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That's the one.  Anyone else know tis machine?  I have never used a
serger, so would be ataring from scratch.

Olwyn Mary n New Orleans.

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Olwyn Mary wrote:
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Singer has an excellent book for using sergers .
I love mine and use it for all kinds of things.
You just have to practice with it for awhile.
I do all kinds of things with it. It's much faster than a standard
sewing machine. I find it particularly good for sewing with knits  and
on fabric that fray a lot. Of course Kate can probably give you lots of
help using one and Joy will tell you they are unnecessary.
I would check it out and if you get it have fun.
Juno

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Yes, I have some of those sewing machine books which also cover sergers,
and yes, I KNOW I don't NEED one, haven't needed one all these years.
Just wondering if it would be a nice toy, or if I should steer clear of
this particular model.

Any opinions, anyone?

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans

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On 6/7/09 5:09 PM, in article h0hdpn$n0f$ snipped-for-privacy@news.eternal-september.org,

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Like Joanne said, all sergers are built by 3 companies; I know Elna is made
by the same one who builds the Pfaff.  I have had 3 Pfaffs and all were
excellent machines; now I have a BabyLock and it is of the same quality.
As for learning to use one, I bought a book at a nation-wide bookstore that
had all the info I needed to operate mine.
If you wish, I can post the name of the book tomorrow, it's in the other
room and I can't get to it tonight.
Emily


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Emily Bengston wrote:

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All in all, I think I'll let this pass by.  It was only a passing
thought, I have never really felt the need for a serger (I only sew for
myself) and I would have no idea what I was looking at.  Nowhere on the
web have I been able to find a review of this machine, so I think I'll
just keep my money in my pocket for the moment.

Thanks anyway for all the replies,

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.


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Olwyn Mary wrote:
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*pouting, wishing that a serger like that would show up at that price in
my neighborhood*

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Olwyn Mary, once you have a serger, you'll wonder why you waited sooo long
to get one.  (Provided of course that you take the time to learn how to use
it and to thread it correctly)

I waited till I 'officially' retired before I bought one and now I think how
silly I was to waste all those years and all those years of sewing and at a
time when I really did do some power sewing.

I too now tend to only sew for myself with the odd foray into sewing for the
grandkids, but even for sewing for myself and for domestic crud sewing, I
couldn't be without it.

One example - we have 3 dogs and live on a farm and of course the dogs are
treated like child substitutes and spend an inordinate amount of time inside
(usually on the lounge in the family room).

They're filthy little brutes - always down rabbit holes or digging in my
garden or rolling in a nice smelly dead kangaroo carcase and coming in
looking inordinately pleased with themselves.  The dogs need lots of towels
and I have found the serger to be THE best tool to keep the dog towels in
some semblance of decency.  All the faffing around to cut the ragged bits of
fraying towels with scissors and turn an edge on a standard sewing machine
just never happened, but the serger.....

I love it and use it all the time - more so for doing domestic crud I
suspect than I do for sewign my  own clothes.



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Olwyn Mary wrote:
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If you are doing lined and tailored things, or you love felled seams,
pass it by.  If you do a lot of knits, want to make your own swimsuits,
use volumes of stuff that frays where felling is inappropriate, go for
it.  I couldn't live without my two.  That said, I have just completed
two projects with NO serging on them, and am embarking on a third.
However, the serger will come into its own again later in the week on
some toiles and the prospect of a child's dance costume.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Kate XXXXXX wrote:
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Don't forget that rolled hem edge that turns a remnant into a
tablecloth, table runner, napkins, scarf, anything that would be
dynamite with a finished edge that looks absolutely professional.
--
Joanne
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Pogonip wrote:

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Frankly, I loathe and despise that "rolled hem edge", which is neither
rolled nor professional looking in my view.  I grew up with a bunch of
older female relatives who considered serged edges to be a sign of
"cheap, factory made", and I guess I caught it from them. If I want a
rolled hem, I'll do it properly.  I don't make my own swimsuits, and I
was taught "sewing with knits" years ago, shortly before sergers came
onto the home market.  If I am making, say, a pair of twill pants and I
think the cut edges might fray, a simple row of machine stitches or a
zigzag along the edges takes care of that.

Just my two cents.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.



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How do yoyu do a decent rolled hem on chiffon?

I don't make my own swimsuits, and I
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Snap!  But I still wouldn't be without my overlocker despite knowing how to
sew knits quite adequately on a conventional machine.  For knits, I consider
the overlocker to do a far better job than a conventional machine now that
I've had the experience of using both.  It's a case of a new love in my
life.

If I am making, say, a pair of twill pants and I
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And worth every penny despite the fact that we obviously aren't going to
convert you :-))



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This is true, but if you want cams and they are nowhere to be found, you
are sort of out of luck.

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Samatha Hill -- take out TRASH to reply wrote:
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I've got boxes of cams, but don't know what machine most of them go
with.  I have lots of Singer cams - tophats, flat and even the white
ones.  But then I've got all of these others, and they don't have a
machine name on them.  One person on TreadleOn is making a study of the
problem - she also has lots of sets, and is determined to find out where
they go.  I'm afraid the machines went one way and the cams went
another.  The challenge is to match them up again.
--
Joanne
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Pogonip wrote:
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Does TreadleOn still have the classifieds section, and are
non-list-members allowed to post ads (it's been a while)?  I just found
the buttonholer to my While treadle that I gave away to someone else
because the cabinet rehabilitation was beyond what I was ending up being
able to do (I still have my lovely parlor treadle) while I was cleaning
out junk, and I would love to find a While treadle owner who would like
a buttonholer attachment.

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Samatha Hill -- take out TRASH to reply wrote:
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There is a "flea market" posting that is updated weekly, but I'm pretty
sure it's for subscribers only.  While you wouldn't abuse it, I'm sure,
there are some people out there who would if given a chance.  There's no
fees, and TreadleOn membership is over 1K now.  Well over, IIRC.
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Joanne
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