A serger is a specialized sewing machine for making durable seams. Brother is the manufacturer of the 1034D and 3034D sergers. These models are similar in many respects. However, some sewing hobbyists and professionals may prefer one over the other upon closer inspection. The company provides resources that a tailor or seamstress can use to compare the Brother 3034D and 1034D models. Things that a buyer should compare before making a purchase of one of these sergers include the machine size, price and other specifications.
Access Brother's official product brochures for the 1034D and 3034D sergers. The company posts a copy of both brochures on the official website (see Resources).
Look at the features for each Brother serger. You will notice that they are the same in many respects. For example, both the 1034D and 3034D use 3/4 thread and can sew up to 1,300 stitches per minute. They also have the same differential feed ratio of 0.7 to 2.2 mm. Similarly, both Brother sergers have two needles.
Determine your preferred stitch dimensions. This is one of the major differences between these two serger models. For example, the 1034D can produce a stitch width of 4.5 to 7.0 mm. Conversely, the 3034D can handle stitch widths from 3.0 to 7.0 mm. Similarly, the 3034 can produce a stitch length from 0.8 to 4.0 mm. The 1034D length is 2.0 to 4.0 mm. If you have specific needs regarding smaller stitch length or width, then this difference could affect your buying decision.
Access Brother's online "Dealer Locator" page. Search for a local dealer by using your ZIP code. Call or visit the dealer to make a price comparison. Brother does not post a suggested retail price to the public, and retailers may run specials from time to time that affect the price comparison. As a general rule, dealers sell the 1034D for around $200 to $300. Conversely, the newer 3034D sells for around $400 to $500. Your local prices will vary.
Some buyers may find the actual serger weight relevant. For example, a buyer who needs to move the serger often may prefer a lighter model. The 1034D is 15 pounds, while the 3034D is 12 pounds. Space requirements are virtually the same, however. Both models are almost exactly the same size in height, length and width.
As of the time of publication, both Brother sergers have a five-year warranty in case you have problems. Speak to a dealer to get the actual terms of the warranty.
The 1034D comes with extra instructional material. This may affect the buying decision for a beginning serger user. The 3034D includes only an instructional CD and operator's manual. The 1034D includes those accessories plus a serger workbook and techniques CD.