Brother 1034D 3/4 Thread Serger with Differential Feed Review
Today, we will be taking a good look at the Brother 1034D – A sewing machine suited for both newbies and experienced sewers. Not only is this machine jam-packed with lots of features, you can also buy it in a really affordable price.
The 1034D is not just a typical sewing machine. It is a serger, which is also known as a smaller type of sewing machine. It also goes by the name of an overlock machine. Sergers specialize in trimming a fabric’s seam, as well as enclosing the seam allowance, or right on the fabric’s edge in just one go. A stitch’s own density and width are just two of the various things that a serger can fix. However, not all sergers carry the same kind of options. So the more cash you spend on a serger, the bigger the amount of choices it may contain.
The average serger can be found with loads of features for thread usage. A serger can help you produce lots and lots of stitches, all of them with varying yet satisfying results – It all depends on the number of threads that you use. And once again, this will all depend on the machine that you use, so a more expensive machine results in more features. Thanks to its small size, the serger can be used as a sewing machine for kids.
The Brother 1034D itself is a 3-4 thread serger. This means the machine will be able to work properly with up to three or four threads attached to it. Either way, the number of threads here will all carry a seam with lots of stretching abilities. A four-thread seam, which is the maximum amount of thread numbers allowed on a serger, will provide you with a bigger and wider seam on fabrics.
Plenty of these sergers also contain a rolled hem feature. This is done when you change its throat plate. When it comes to rolled hems, other sewing machines, including the Singer 7258 have this tendency to roll out right on the edge of the fabric to the other side, enclosing the edge with a line of thread.
4-thread seams are also known as mock safety stitches. That’s because the stitch is just as strong as a typical safety stitch, or has a different kind of seam – But without the added strength.
The 1034D also has a new lay-in threading with a different kind of feed. It acts like the typical serger – Finishing the hems and edges from various types of fabric. Plenty of sewers, dressmakers, and seamstresses have created, sewed, or repaired clothes without the help of a serger, preferring to use the ordinary sewing machine instead. But after the serger was invented, one has come to wonder why they have lived so long without its assistance. Sergers have been made to increase one’s own skills in sewing, thanks to its creation of beautifully finished edges.
As mentioned, this serger has a 3-4 lay in threading system, and comes with a lower looper threader feature. You can find plenty of stitching options, including a narrow hem, a three-thread overlock, a four-thread overlock, a rolled hem stitch, and finally, a ribbon lock. If you are able to purchase the machine’s additional presser feet, you can perform hem, tuck, flat lock, blind, and pin stitches too. This is similar to the Brother SQ9185 machine, in which you also have the option to get some presser feet.
There are loads of accessories and features that come with the Brother 1034D. Its needles come in sizes eleven or fourteen, with 22 types of built-in stitching functions. There’s also a differential feed of 0.7 up to 2.0. You can also adjust its speed up from 5mm to 7mm, and its maximum speed can go from 1300 SPM. The 1034D weighs 15.0 lbs.
Despite looking different from the average handheld sewing machine, the serger does not have the capacity to thread itself. People who own sergers have admitted that threading it is much more difficult as compared to a sewing machine – Especially when you’re doing it for the first time.
But the 1034D stands out from the rest, since threading the machine is very, very easy. It’s got easy-to-follow instructions found on its manual, and the machine itself serves as a guide too, since it’s color-coded. Just follow the steps carefully, and you’ll be fixing your stitches in no time at all. And if you’re still having plenty of difficulty in doing so, then you can head on over to youtube and watch a couple of tutorials. Learning how to thread a serger is the same as learning how to ride a two-wheeler bike – You just get better at it over time.
The 1034D comes with its own guide that tells you exactly where the thread should go next, and where to place them. But even though the machine contains the necessary steps to place in the third and fourth thread lines, the whole thing is still impossible to achieve without the help of the manual. This is a short booklet that guides you one step at a time throughout the entire process. It also informs you more about the different kinds of stitches that the serger can do, as well as the accessories that come with the machine.
Perhaps the only thing you have to really follow here is the direction where the thread should go next. So as much as possible, try to follow the manual until you have memorized the right steps for threading correctly.
The Brother 1034D also boasts a differential feed, one of it’s better features. This particular feature can come in handy if you end up working alongside stretchy fabrics, like wool, since you can adjust the speed of the needles. This prevents that bumpy or wavy look that occurs when you use the wrong needle.
There’s also another advantage that the differential feed comes with – You can use it to give off a professional look to any sort of fabric, like denim, and silk. If you prefer to use the traditional style of sewing, you can just detach the arm – This is one of the more unique features that come with the 1034D. It’s excellent to use when you’re planning to serge things like shirt sleeves or pant legs.
There are lots and lots of stitching options that come with the machine, making it highly versatile. When you use the presser foot, you can do the following stitches: four-thread overlocking, three-thread overlocking, ribbon lock stitches, narrow stitches, and rolled hem stitches. And if you end up buying additional presser feet, you can do flat lock stitches, pin tuck stitches, and blind hemming stitches.
Accessories that come with the 1034D include a gathering foot, a foot controller, a multi-purpose guide foot, an instructional CD, the instruction manual (in two languages), an accessory bag, and a soft cover. The machine itself has a warranty of 25 years. Also included are needle sets, a hexl wrench, a pair of tweezers, four spool sets, a cleaning brush, a trim trap, and a cleaning brush.
Of course, you can still visit your nearest hardware store to pick up additional items that the serger can use. Visit the official Brother Website to learn more about these extra items, as well as the other available materials for other Brother serger and sewing machine models.
One of its highly recommended accessories is a cover case. It might be very expensive, but it’s definitely worth saving up for, since it can protect your serger from early damage, and makes it easier to carry around. This is ideal for those who like to travel around carrying their sergers from one location to the next. But if you only do your stitching in your shop or at home, then this is probably unnecessary.
Pros: The 1034D is very easy to use. Although those who are using the machine for the first time will be slightly put off by the threading process, they’ll get the hang of it in no time. Learning how a serger works can usually take weeks, but it’s much different with the 1034D. The box that comes with the machine can reduce the amount of time that you have to learn when it comes to stitching and threading. One more thing that can make the threading process easier is by following the color-coded system.
One of the more important features that a serger must possess is the number of threads it can use simultaneously while working on a piece of fabric. The 1034D provides you with three to four threads, which can craft professional-looking stitches on almost all fabrics.
Despite coming with a whole multitude of features, the machine is still highly affordable.
Cons: You can only use the rolled hems on certain types of fabric, so it’s not exactly useable for thicker fabrics or pieces of fabric layered together. Another minor complaint is the low-res quality of the instructional video.
A lot of people have liked how versatile the whole thing is, especially when it comes to the machine. This makes the 1034D excellent for sewing projects, as well as a couple of advanced quilting projects too. They also liked how simple the serger looks, despite it holding so much power, as both a smaller sewing machine, and a quilting machines. It’s the perfect serger for beginners, thanks to its highly impressive brand of technology and quality. Of course, the more experienced sewers can use this as well.
All in all, people who own or have the Brother 1034D have praised its performance, as well as its value. As we mentioned earlier, this machine is great for beginners who want to save up to buy a serger, but cannot afford to do so due to whatever circumstance. Not only does it work nicely, it’s highly affordable too. It has all you need to do with whatever stitching or sewing project you’re currently working on. The machine can make clothes, blankets, quilts, curtains, gowns, and so much more. It’s also useful if you want to collect fabric, roll its edges, and plenty of other things. This machine can also last for a long time if you take care of it properly.
Found below the lower looper threader is the machine’s 3-4 threading system. Some of the available stitching options for the machine include rolled hem stitches, four-thread overlock stitches, three-thread overlock stitches, and ribbon lock stitches. If you buy extra presser feet from a nearby hardware store, you can also perform flat lock stitches and blind hem stitches. You can adjust the width of the stitches beginning from the left needle, from five up to seven millimeters. This create the perfect serger stitch for your clothes. There are a total of 22 stitch options for the 1034D.
Product dimensions are 15.3 x 13.1 x 12.6 inches. The machine also weighs eight pounds, and can perform up to 1,300 stitches every minute. A backlight is also included, which comes in handy when you want to work in dark areas, or during the nighttime.
The various types of fabric feed give off a better quality of the stitches, and they work just as nicely on nearly every fabric out there. This especially comes in handy for knitted, stretchy, or thin types of fabric. The machine carries a feed ration of around 0.7 up to 2.0, and is complimented by its fast stitching speed.
The 1034D works wonderfully with die cutting machines like the Silhouette Cameo 2 – Cutting can help slice the fabrics used for the garments, while the serger can sew the edges. This makes producing clothes so much easier to handle, and allows you to complete the tasks in no time at all. Other great cutting machines compatible with the serger include the Cricut Explore Air 2, and the Sizzix Big Shot. These machines, together with a sewing machine, can make your general sewing experience great, and allow you to make beautiful shirts, gowns, and dresses in whatever style you prefer.