Bernette Funlock 44 Serger Review
- User Friendly: The Bernette B44 by Bernina is easy to learn to thread and use, making it perfect for beginners.
- Color-coded Threading: Clearly marked threading guides make threading a breeze.
- Reasonable Price: This machine offers impressive functionality and versatility at a mid-range price.
- Limited Work Space: There are only a few inches of work area beyond the throat/needle plate.
- Bare Bones Features: This machine is completely manual, offering no automatic features found in more advanced models.
Where to Find the Best Value
|Bernette Funlock 44
Bernina might have skimped on some features typically found on more expensive serger models, but it didn’t cut any corners on construction quality and solid basic functionality. As a beginner’s serger, this model offers the best of the basics, including 15 built-in stitch options, a sharp, retractable cutting knife, smooth operation with little vibrations and solid, precise stitches, even at top speed. There is also an impressive array of additional accessories designed specifically for this machine.
Being able to adjust the stitch length and width on your serger allows you a wider range of creative stitch options. With 15 built-in options, the Bernette 44 is a step above other machines in its class. In addition to 2-, 3- and 4-thread wide and narrow overlock stitches, the Bernette 44 can produce three flawless rolled hem stitches, flatlock seam, and decorative stitches and a 4-thread overlock stitch with an integrated safety seam. Stitch length is adjustable from 1 mm to 4 mm wide and 4-thread overlock stitches are adjustable between 3 mm and 7 mm.
Speed: 1,300 stitches per minute
Weight: 16 lbs.
Dimensions: 16.3 inches by 13.4 inches by 14.2 inches
Adjustable Differential Feed
This important feature isn’t always available in entry-level sergers, but it’s vital for creating perfectly spaced gathers and controlling slick or multiple layers of fabrics. Being able to control the feed dogs ensures smooth, even seams on the stretchiest knitted fabrics or creating the most delicate lettuce edges on sheer fabrics. The differential feed can be adjusted from 0.6 mm to 2 mm.
All necessary adjustments to stitch lengths can be made with the turn of a dial conveniently located on the right side of the machine, while the differential feed control, cutting width dial, and presser foot adjustment dial are on the left.
Handy Waste Bin
The easily removable waste bin is even with the work area, which makes catching cuttings or threads an efficient process. It can be quickly attached and detached, which makes emptying the container a breeze.
Snap-on Presser Foot
The standard-size presser foot on the Bernette 44 is easily removable and the perfect fit for most serging projects. Its height adjustability enables it to easily allow the finest or thickest fabrics to smoothly glide beneath it without causing puckers. The flat sole keeps one or multiple layers of fabric firmly in contact with the differential feed dogs, ensuring tight, flat seams and flawless rolled hems.
This popular Bernina model includes a 5-year warranty on mechanical components, a 2-year warranty on electrical parts and a 1-year warranty on labor.
The Bernette Funlock 44 entry-level serger by Bernina is one of the easier sergers to thread and operate. In addition to featuring 15 different stitch options, it easily handles a variety of fabrics from crepe and satin, to knits, to corduroy and wool. The price is reasonable and the machine includes an impressive set of accessories conveniently located behind the looper cover. If you enjoy crafting and creating your own garments, this is a great machine on which to build your serging skills.