Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger

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

  • Reliable, high performance 3/4 thread serger delivers professional edge finishing on a wide range of fabrics, including knits, linens and formal wear. Create ruffles, decorative edges, gathers; join laces; serge narrow sleeves, spaghetti straps, and more!
  • 22 built-in stitch functions with 4-thread overlock, 3-thread overlock, narrow, rolled hem, and ribbon lock stitches, with specialty stitch functions for formal and bridal wear, home decor and crafts, heirloom and reinforced tape applications
  • Differential fabric feed;for truly professional, even stitch quality, even on thin, knitted, and stretchy fabrics
  • Easy to thread, easy to learn and use; with included instruction video, printed manual, and completely color-coded and numbered upper and lower looper threading. Includes free phone support for the life of the product, and a 25-year limited warranty
  • Comes complete with 2 snap-on feet, foot controller, soft cover, needles and more. Uses standard sewing machine needles. Please note: This machine is not recommended for use in countries that do not support 120V AC, even if a voltage adapter is in use.
The Brother 1034D serger features a 3/4 lay-in thread system with lower looper threader.Stitch options include 4 thread overlock 3 thread overlock narrow hem rolled hem and ribbon lock stitches.Additionally you can sew blind hem pin tuck and flat lock stitches by purchasing optional presser feet.The machine has a free arm/flat bed convertible sewing surface.The 1034D also offers a F.A.S.T. lower looper threading system for easy thread changes.The differential feed improves sewing results on stre

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3 Responses to “Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger”

  1. Jamie Jaques says:
    2,813 of 2,816 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great overlock serger – but there are some things it won’t do, September 13, 2006
    Jamie Jaques (Portland, OR, United States) –

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    I think if you’re looking at this machine, you’re either a) new to serging or b) impressed by the price and interested in the quality. I’m completely new to sergers, but I did my homework before buying this one, and for the price and the performance, this serger has a perfect balance.

    I was also concerned about being able to figure out how to use it on my own (so many people talk about taking a class) but within a day I felt like I knew it inside and out. It’s setup is uncomplicated and I was able to get right to work. There’s something to be said about passing over the machine that can “do it all” and buying one that just does what you need.

    1) The “how-to” videos are wonderful for the visual learner. You can pick up the same knowledge from the thorough instruction book(s) included, but the videos reinforce the book. Watching the video on “threading” once, and following the line drawings on the machine itself, I was able to thread the machine in 5 minutes. (It’s really not that hard – it’s all color coded and the steps are numbered, but the videos help)

    2) Included are two additional feet, one for a blind hem/flatlock and another for gathering ruffles as you sew. Together, they themselves are an $60 value. The feet are “snap-on” (when I read about that online I instantly thought of breakable plastic, but the feet are primarily metal with some plastic pieces on the blind hem foot) – the “snap-on” construction is very easy to use and solid (i.e. nothing is going to snap OFF over time)

    3) It’s very easy to set the tension and the manual has a very clear chart on troubleshooting uneven stitches (with 4 threads, there are multiple things that can be off with the tension).

    4) The company description says that it does 22 stitch functions, which I think is a little misleading (it does the basic stuff and they show different applications for the basics).
    1. 3/4-thread overlock (uses 4 threads; best for use with knits or upholstery fabric)
    2. 3-thread overlock (general use) in two widths – 3mm (using only the right needle) and 5mm (using only the left)
    3. Rolled hem (great for edges of napkins, pajama bottoms, frilly skirts, etc)
    4. Flatlock stitch (decorative or flat seams)
    5. Blind hem
    1. Coverlock stitch (stretchy stitch with two straight lines on the front of the fabric). If you’re sewing for yourself (i.e. not selling what you make), you can fake this stitch on your regular zigzag sewing machine with a twin needle. It’s not quite the same, but close enough for me.
    2. Chain stitch (a semi-straight stitch, similar to a regular sewing machine but easier to rip out (i.e. good for basting) and a good reinforcement for upholstery)
    Other sergers I looked at that did the coverlock stitch in addition to overlock, etc. had complicated and time consuming adjustments to be made to switch to the coverlock. If you’re going to use it a lot, consider getting a separate machine that does it (the Brother model is 2340CV).
    The one feature the 1034D is missing for me is the ability to do a 3-thread overlock and a chain stitch at the same time – good for upholstery but something available only on a 5 thread machine.

    5) Nice little things:
    1. You have the option of using regular thread spools (cheaper and smaller if you don’t need 1000 yards x 4 of whatever color you’re buying)
    2. You use regular needles – so you can use them in both your regular sewing machine and your serger
    3. It’s really easy to control speed with the foot pedal – very responsive
    4. Disabling the knife (that trims your fabric as you sew) is done with just the flick of a switch
    5. Differential feed allows you to sew any thickness of fabric, line up stripes evenly, etc.

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  2. Sewcrazy says:
    578 of 579 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    awesome for a first-timer, February 11, 2006

    This review is from: Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger (Kitchen)

    I’ve been sewing since I was 6 years old. I make fashions for myself and others. However, I’ve secretly feared “the serger” for years. I’ve quietly been hiding my fear by avoiding wearing any of the knitwear I’ve made. My conventional machine is a top of the line Viking with many features yet I’ve never been happy with finished look of knits made on any conventional machine. They just can’t match yet alone exceed the look of RTW knits. The purpose of my lengthy introduction is to support my high rating of this entry-level serger. I had no problem dropping $1500 for a conventional machine but was not prepared to make such a big investment for something I might hate. I’m an experienced seamstress who’s obviously missed the boat on the necessity of a serger. Before choosing this serger I did my research. I’ve read reviews here on Amazon and several other sites about it taking into consideration everything users had to say. Many people wrote about the user’s manual and software and were disappointed it them. I was so excited when it arrived that I didn’t even look at the software. I read the manual, removed the sample thread, re-threaded it, and was serging in 30 minutes!! Everything on the machine is marked by color and number. Try to forget every frightening thing you’ve ever hear about it and jump in. I think the fear factor has made many seamstresses look for monsters in the loopers and needs. My ONLY problem has been that I’m used to the presser foot lifter being on the left not the right..big deal. Biggest thing to remember is to thread it in order no matter what. Few people want to change thread but if you take your time and literally follow the numbers, you’ll be serging a sample in 5 minutes. I’ve tested scraps of every type of fabric I could think of and made the adjustments as the book describes and everything’s been perfect. Yes, it’s a bit loud but putting a rubber mat underneath it helps a lot. I was lucky enough to get a new one on Amazon for approximately $180 delivered. It’s worth every penny and more. I’m only mad at myself for waiting so long to enter the world of serging. It’s cut my construction time in half. I won’t be buying any RTW knits anymore. I’ve had it for a week and I’ve completed 3 projects though I work full-time. I’ve gushed enough, gotta sew.

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  3. Kathleen "Kathleen" says:
    257 of 262 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Brother 1034d, March 15, 2006
    Kathleen “Kathleen” (East Liberty, OH USA) –

    This review is from: Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger (Kitchen)

    18 months ago I purchased a Brother 1034d serger for my business. I have been using this machine consistantly (2 – 3 hours each day) with no problems. I’ve been so impressed with its performance and reliability that I purchased a second Brother 1034d last week. Threading is easy, motor is quiet and adjusting tension is a breeze. I highly recommend this machine if you want an inexpensive and reliable “work horse”.

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