Brother 1034DX Review In Detail

Brother 1034DX Review In Detail

Brother 1034DX checks all the boxes as far as a beginner serger is concerned. It has good features, consistent stitch quality and it is affordable. 

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Brother 1034DX is a recently released model from Brother. The model no. seems familiar isn't it? Yes, I know what you are thinking. What is 1034DX doing when 1034D is running the show? We all know how popular a serger Brother 1034D is? It still is one of the best home sergers you can get in US. Basically, 1034DX is an updated model. However the features remain the same as that of 1034D. But don't have a false impression that 1034DX is just a model number update. 1034DX has some major design changes in comparison with 1034D. We will talk about the differences in detail, when we do a detailed comparison (Read the Comparison). Let us now focus on 1034DX.

Brother 1034DX is a two needle 3/4 thread serger. Like its predecessor, this one also comes in the entry level segment. The stitches available on this serger are

•    4 Thread overlock stitch
•    3 Thread overlock stitch 5mm
•    3 Thread overlock stitch 2.8mm
•    Narrow overlock stitch 2mm
•    Rolled hemming stitch 2mm

It has differential feed (0.7 to 2.0 Ratio). Color coded thread guides make threading effortless. This serger has a powerful motor capable of delivering 1,300 stitches/min (this is pretty much the standard nowadays).  Stitch width and length are adjustable with the help of dials. The overlock stitch width is normally set at 5mm, however you can adjust it in the range 5-7mm. Stitch length can be adjusted between 2-4mm (3mm is the normal setting). The cutting knife is easily retractable with the help of a lever.

Brother 1034DX comes with a trim trap, which helps you keep your sewing table clean. The trim trap can be easily detached. The presser foot pressure is adjustable using the adjustment screw provided on top of the serger. This serger has free arm capability, which makes sewing circular areas easy. A single LED bulb illuminates the work space quite well. Brother 1034DX comes with 25 year limited warranty. It weighs 13.45lbs which makes it very much portable. It comes with standard foot, blind hem stitch foot and gathering foot included in the box. It comes with a soft cover as well.

Ease of  Use

I am very much impressed with the user-friendliness of Brother 1034DX. Its predecessor was great in terms of ease of use and this one also doesn't disappoint. The user manual is well detailed, which is a great thing for beginners. You will also get an instructional DVD which is even better.

As far as threading is concerned, it is one of the easiest sergers to thread. You can follow the video instructions and thread the serger in a snap. The foot pedal is very responsive and you can easily control the sewing speed. This is very important especially when you consider the fact that 1034DX can sew at a maximum speed of 1,300 stitches/min.

I have tried this serger with really fine fabrics like georgette and thick fabrics like denim. The machine did not have any problem with different types of fabric. It delivered professional looking results with great consistency.

Drawbacks

Not much to talk about. It seems Brother has done an excellent job.

Review Verdict

I think Brother 1034DX will rule the serger market in the coming years. Brother has hit the sweet spot with this serger. It is affordable, it has the features and it has the quality to compete with the best of the best.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeSerger
Stitch Configuration3/4 Thread
Overlock Seam Width5.0 - 7.0mm from left needle
Cover StitchNo
2/3/4 Thread ChangeNo
Differential FeedYes, 0.7 - 2.0 Ratio
Change for Rolled HemmingRemovable
Underlooper ThreaderYes
Stitch Fingers1
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Knife Drive TypeLower drive
Stitch Width5.0 - 7.0 mm
Color Coded ThreadingYes
Double Chain StitchNo
Stitch Length2.0 - 4.0mm
Built-in Rolled HemYes
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed1,300 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes, 1 LED
Included FeetStandard foot, blind stitch foot, gathering foot
Machine Weight13.45 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter5 mm - 6 mm Lift
Snap-on Presser FootYes
TensionTension is Adjustable
Retractable KnifeYes
CoverDust Cover