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blueskyy23
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Date: 7/30/12 12:07 PM

Hi everyone~

This is my first post here and of course I start off with a question! I found a BabyLock 5360ED on Craigslist for $100. The machine hasn't been used in 2 years but is in working condition. There is no manual, but there is a foot pedal. I have a BabyLock Grace and the dealer I bought it from said it would be about $100 to service the serger.

EDIT: I will offer $60 because of having to get the machine serviced and having to buy the manual and stuff. The seller seems motivated.

Poking around however, I'm seeing the rave reviews people are giving the Brother 1034D. When you add up the cost of the used machine, the manual, the needles, and the service/cleaning you are at about the same as a new Brother.

So, what do you guys think would be my best bet? I'm new at sewing and have never used a serger before, so even if I try the used before I buy I'm not sure I'll know if I'm buying a dud. Actually I can't try because the seller has no idea how to thread it and neither do I.

Is a used machine of unknown origin with dealer support better than a new machine with everything you need in the box?

Thanks in advance
-- Edited on 7/30/12 12:08 PM --

Harriet P.
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Date: 7/30/12 1:41 PM

I would get the new Brother serger. I had an old Babylock serger that I bought new about 20 years ago. I had to get on the floor in order to thread the lower looper. The new sergers are so much easier to thread. Also, the Babylock serger that I had only used special needles that I could only find at a Babylock dealer. I finally got rid of it and got an Elna computerized serger about 15years ago.
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Date: 7/30/12 1:46 PM

The new Babylocks sound amazing; I don't know about an older one. I have the Brother and love it. I bought it off Amazon last year. It is easy to use and is a good basic serger. Nothing fancy but threading is easy.

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Date: 7/30/12 1:51 PM

Given the 2 choices, I'd take the brand new Brother (I have one and LOVE it). It is a great little machine and will have a full warranty. Mine came from Amazon - I have a Prime membership with free 2 day shipping, I was serging that weekend.

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Date: 7/30/12 5:29 PM

I also really like my Brother 1034D serger. I love the clean finish it gives. Really easy to thread if you follow the pics in the manual.

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blueskyy23
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Date: 7/30/12 8:59 PM

Everyone loves the Brother!

Funny, I can't even find much info on the BL 5360ED. I'll probably still go look at it tomorrow. Maybe it won't need to be serviced right away? The seller agreed to $60.

Thanks everyone!

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Date: 7/31/12 9:47 PM

I don't have any info on the 5360ED either. There were some older Babylock models that were the 5380ED and also the 5260 and 5260D that were made in Japan and take the the needle system DCX1F that is a a round shank commercial needle that can be hard to insert correctly but those needles do last a long time.
I had one of these very similar older models that was one of the first to have differential feed and it was a wonderful serger. I ended up trading it in because of a tension knob that broke.
I do think that newer models are easier to use but even my tech says they sure do not make sergers like they used to..like the BL's made in Japan. These were made by Juki of Japan like their bigger commercial overlockers for home use and known as "the baby".

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Date: 8/1/12 11:18 AM

So....I wound up getting the BabyLock.

Other than being dusty, it looks to be in very good condition. The straight thingy across the top front that has the 4 color-coded holes for thread(very scientific, I know)is cracked but that's pretty superficial. On that same side the metal thread guide was bent, so maybe someone sat something on it? Well whatever happened it runs smoothly and it's pretty quiet.

Apparently the person I bought it from, got it used from someone else. Last time it was serviced was somewhere in Atlanta.

I spoke to someone at a different local repair shop and he said if I brought it in they would sit down with me and help with threading and changing the needles. If it needs servicing it'll be $79.

Hopefully it'll be $60 well spent!

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Date: 8/1/12 1:10 PM

For $60 and working, would be hard to go too wrong, imo! Enjoy!

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Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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