It's a little bit loud and likes the finer threads, but the stitch is very nice. I'm liking my new little Janome, "Sarge". (I name all my sewing machines.)
I sew professionally and have been sewing for many years. I purchased this serger because I needed a secondary serger. I also own a Juki MO654 serger and a Janome cover pro machine. The American home serger has a similar feel to these two other mid priced sergers. This serger has a good, solid feel. It is very quiet and hums as I sew. The plastic on the machine is thick and does not feel cheap. When I sew, the machine feels very solid and has suction cup feet, so it does not vibrate around on the table. This serger can do a rolled hem however, you must change the face plate and make a few setting adjustments in order to achieve this stitch. This was not made clear in the product description. If you don't know anything about serger machines....on a more expensive machine a rolled hem is achieved by merely flipping a switch. This isn't really a problem for me, but it would have been nice to know. Over all, this is a really nice serger especially at the price I paid...$***...free shipping and no tax.
My first impression was not great but than I had to factor in the price and realize that I was comparing it to my high end Husquvarna that was out for service. With that in mind, I am starting to really like it. It's not as heavy duty for sewing through thicknesses of heavyweight fabric but for general purpose sewing it does a nice job. I do like the sewing without a presser foot which my other machine doesn't have. I will consider Janome for future purchases should my need for a new machine arises. Good low expense machine.
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