Singer 14SH654 Vs. Brother 1034D
When the serger machines of two giants in the sewing industry are compared, nobody loses. The Brother 1034D has long been conserved the benchmark model of entry-level sergers. And just as Chevrolet in introduced the Camaro to compete with the Ford Mustang, Singer created the 14SH654 in answer to Brother’s machine. Both models are comparable in both price and features and in the same class of sergers, so it’s worth the challenge of comparing them. What anyone interested in a good serger wants to know is which model offers more in terms of performance and construction quality. Both have been on the market for a while, so their strengths and weaknesses are well known to experienced serger users. Let’s examine the pros and cons of each.
The Major Differences
At first glance, these two machines have more in common than they do differences. Both contain powerful motors that can deliver a top stitching speed of 1,300 stitches per minute and both feature highly efficient differential feeds, color-coded threading, retractable cutting blades, dual needles and powerful LED lights. They’re both also comparable in size and weight. However, the few differences can make all the difference when choosing a serger that suits your needs.
- In simple ease of use, the Brother 1034D is one of the best machines someone new to serging can buy. The Singer 14SH654 requires a definite learning curve, especially when it comes to threading and tension tweaking.
- The 14SH654 is equipped with a function rare in sergers: an automatic reverse feature provides you with a little extra clearance underneath the presser foot lifter. This makes is easier to work with thicker or multiple layers of fabric.
- The Singer features an adjustable stitch width of 3 mm to 6.7 mm and a stitch length of between 2 mm to 4 mm, while the Brother stitch-width control adjust stitch width from 3 mm to 7 mm and stitch length from 2 mm to 4 mm.
- The light weight of these portables does little to prevent vibrations when operated at top speed, but the Singer can become somewhat unstable. Inserting a stabilizing pad beneath the machine will reduce or erase that instability.
The 14SH654 stitch options include 3-thread overlock and wrapped-edge overlock stitching, a 4-thread mock safety stitch and a flatlock and rolled and bling hem stitch. In addition, this model allows you to quickly switch stitch styles without changing the throat plate.
On the other hand, stitch options on the Brother include 22 built-in stitch functions, including a 3- or 4-thread overlock, a narrow hem and rolled hem stitch and a ribbon lock stitch.
The Brother earns its status as a benchmark serger, but it is slightly more expensive than the Singer model. Both machines are about equal in quality and performance. They both also produce smooth, high-quality stitches that are equal to much more expensive sergers. When you try out both machines (and you should), it’s vital to keep in mind what you’re looking for in capabilities, features and functions. Both machines offer superior quality and similar options, but as with your favorite sewing machine, choosing the one for you is a personal decision.
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