The Brother 1034D Serger is a device for home embroidery and sewing. It’s a 3/4 thread serger with a couple of needles for working on the edges and hems. The unit features 22 stitch options, 1,300 SPM of maximum speed, and the ability to cope with a wide range of fabrics.
The Brother 1034D has the dimensions of 11 x 11.7 x 13.2 inches, weighing 13.45 pounds. It doesn’t take much space on the desk and can be moved around effortlessly if required.
The Brother 1034D is easy to use due to the color-coded threading and the responsive foot pedal for a smooth start. Besides, the device is safe since it won’t work when the front cover is closed. The knife blade is retractable. So, one can move it away if trimming is not needed. A free arm for the cylindrical parts of clothes also makes the 1034D’s convenient to use.
The serger’s differential feed is one of the most essential advantages. It allows working with problematic materials, like stretchy or knitted fabrics. Besides, the item cuts easily through a couple of layers of denim and fleece. This model also features adjustable stitch tightness. It is possible to control each of the needle’s tension specifically. The Brother Serger 1034D manual reveals all the details about how to prepare, set up, and control the machine.
The machine is designed to use 3 or 4 threads during the operation, make rolled, narrow hems, and dedicated stitches to add wired ribbons. However, it’s necessary to buy an optional presser foot separately to make the flatlock stitches and blind hemming available. Besides, the hemming can be challenging on thick materials. Still, the device is very functional, having the regulated stitches’ width within the range of 3–7 mm, and their length from 2 to 4 mm.
Personally, I liked the fact that the Brother Lock 1034D is compatible with the common spoons and needles. This allows using them for both this serger and a regular sewing machine. Note that this model needs pre-oiling, which may be a downside for some users. Still, it won’t produce a crunching sound in the follow-through operation.
This overlocker is a heavy-duty device with a metal frame and plastic exterior to reduce its weight. It has a thread tree with a spool stand on the top, a spool pin and support on the back, and a thread take-up cover together with the tension dials on the front. Unlike most similar items, the control elements are located on the serger’s left side, which may be a pitfall for the right-hand users.
The item comes in a soft cover. The pack includes spare needles, a trim trap, tweezers, a cleaning tool, a screwdriver, 4 spools, 4 spool caps, and the same number of thread nets.
The Brother Serger 1034 offers versatility, meeting the entry-level and experienced sewers' needs. The unit is easy to use; however, several nuances require reading the manual before getting to work. The overlocker is more suitable for home sewers who are into basic projects and simple serging rather than professionals. The machine doesn’t have the cover lock and chain stitches that they usually need. Besides, it lacks a thread cutter.