Singer Featherweight

Singer Featherweight
What is the best heavy duty serger that is less than $500?

I just learned how to sew about 4 months ago and I now love making clothes for my little ones. I have a 1948 Kenmore and a cheap featherweight Singer. I am thinking about buying a serger because I am so tired of how messy the clothes look on the inside (especially after washing). I can’t seem to find helpful reviews regarding heavy duty sergers. Am looking to spend less than $500 but don’t know if that is possible. Hope someone out there can help.

Find yourself a Juki dealer and try out some machines would be my first suggestion. They’re not well advertised in the US; their home sergers show their industrial roots in terms of sturdiness (but they’re much. much easier to thread), and Juki also builds Bernina’s sergers.

Some of the available models:

Minimal serger for your purposes, imo, is a 3/4 thread machine. That allows you to do the basic construction stitching and some decorative stitching. Don’t buy a machine without differential feed… it’s just too useful. (Virtually all sergers have differential today, but older ones may not.)

Coverstitch is handy when you’re sewing knits, but the folks I know who have a combination coverstitch/regular serger just never seem to convert back and forth and use the machines to their fullest. Those of us with a regular serger and a coverstitch machine get a lot of use out of both.

You might also want to join the yahoo group “sergers” and read some of the archives and ask questions.

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Audio Mixer: Chuck Ainlay. Recording information: Plantation Studios, Charleston, SC; Sound Stage Studios, Nashville, TN; Sputnik Sound, Nashville, TN; The House, Nashville, TN; The O Room, Nashville, TN. Photographer: Jim Wright. The very title Fighter suggests David Nail is defiant, a trait it has in common with its 2014 predecessor I’m a Fire. This 2016 album also opens with a bit of fury, as Nail taps into the calamitous stomp of the Lumineers for the opening “Good at Tonight,” but that’s about as noisy as the record gets, as much of Fighter mines a sentimental vein. Nail is suited for such emotions. Not a forceful singer but also not a featherweight, his easy touch sounds best on ballads, where he never seems to be trading in cheap emotions. Certainly, Fighter gives him plenty of opportunity to lay back – it’s not just the ballads, although there are many of those, but there are slick midtempo pop tunes that showcase his mellow delivery. At times, Fighter proceeds so softly, it can recall the heyday of sensitive singer/songwriters: “Babies” evokes the gentle touch of James Taylor, while “Old Man’s Symphony” plays like a sequel to Dan Fogelberg’s “Leader of the Band.” Both songs highlight the shifting tides of generations, a topic that underscores how sticky Nail’s emotions can get, but fortunately Fighter often explores interpersonal territory, offering songs of heartbreak and devotion. Nail excels at both emotions: his habit of underselling his delivery accentuates the underlying feelings in the songs, turning the record into something quiet and insinuating. Fighter doesn’t command attention but if it’s given attention, it is seductive, even compelling: a mature, confident record from a singer who sees no reason to grandstand. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Phase II

Phase II


Personnel: Steven Cruz, Hugo Gmez, La Primera, Robinson Hernandez (guitar); Dan Warner (electric guitar); Tony Rijos (banjo); Daniel Garcia, Orlando Forte, Juan Arauza, Michael Guillen (vihuela); Ronald Campo (violin); Darwin Araujo (trumpet); D’Lesly “Dice” Lora, Sergio George (piano); Angel Vasquez (keyboards); Adan Gomez, Christopher Mercedes (bongos); Arthur Hanlon (drum programming). Recording information: Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ; El Estudio D’Oro La Perla, PR; GML Recording, Miami, FL; Polo Parra Studio, Republica Dominicana; The Hit Factory, Miami, FL; Top Stop Music Studios, Delray Beach, FL. Photographer: Mateo Garcia. Having taken a few more cues from the R & B crowd – like dropping his trademark “Royyyyyccce” at the beginning of tracks – Prince Royce’s mix of urban, bachata, and Latin pop felt especially fresh and exciting as this sophomore effort landed on shelves, but this ballad-driven release is far from gimmicky. From the massive “it’s the little things” hit “Los Cosas Pequeas,” to the broad and uplifting dance-pop of “It’s My Time,” Prince Royce proves himself to be a talented, heartfelt singer, pulling a lot of soul out of a soft, amiable – you could even call if featherweight – voice. It’s that light bit of his delivery that makes him approachable, and even if he’s got the pedigree of a Dominican kid growing up in oh-so-cool N.Y.C, he’s both hip and growing increasingly true to the music, delivering the album’s more Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, and Selena moments in a style that’s connectable over just crossover. With the genre-spanning and the man’s delivery both more natural, the rewarding Phase II is a substantial step up from Royce’s debut. ~ David Jeffries

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