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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Help deciding on sergers ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Help deciding on sergers
Want a new serger...so many options...???
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Date: 2/19/13 12:54 PM

Greetings all!
I am new to the site..new to sergers as well...
I bought a serger from my mother's friend, a Ptaff 774 & had to pay $150 to get it working...it does not have deferential feed..and other stitches...so I am in the market for a new one...I have read a ton of reviews..which have helped, yet I am still having trouble deciding..
There is a Juki MO 735 or MO 655 that is not that expensive...or a Bernina 1150 MDA for $1200 or a Babylock Enlighten for $1999.95..I am also in the market for a coverstitch machine...I could get Janome Cover Pro..not sure which one..for $599...And a demo Bernina cover & chain stitch for $650...If I bought new machines the would give me classes...and if Juki..online so no help really...Can anyone help..PLease! Wanted to start sewing a week ago..

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Date: 2/20/13 8:01 AM

I love the Baby Lock Enlighten. It threads itself and has no tensions. The lighting is excellent and it has a wave stitch. Very very easy to use. And if I could choose for you, I would add the Baby Lock Coverstitch machine. It has air threading for the looper and sews like a dream. The Baby Lock CS machine will allow you to chain off, which many other machines will not do.

You will pay more for Baby Locks, but they are so much easier to use that it is worth every penny.

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Simplicity 350 serger, bought about 1997
3 Tajima Neo single head embroidery machines
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Embroidery software: Tajima DGML by Pulse (commercial) also know Designer's Gallery and Floriani for home use.

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Date: 2/20/13 8:09 AM

Universally, BLs are considered to be the sergers/coverstitches to own.
I have one and it's worth its weight in anything.
I skimped on the first ones that I bought and I was sorry, sorry, sorry. Then I got a BL. Could've saved money in the long run by buying the BL in the first place.

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Linda

Bernina 830LE
Brother Dreamweaver VQ3000
Bernina B530
Janome 6600P
Pfaff 1209
Babylock Evolution
Janome 644D

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Date: 2/20/13 10:45 AM

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Universally, BLs are considered to be the sergers/coverstitches to own.

Some of us might disagree about CS machines. I love both my Coverpro & my Brother 2340 and am not tempted a bit by BL CS.

And I am quite happy with my basic Janome-made Kenmore sergers. Others believe BL sergers are to be the only way to go for them. Your mileage -- and budget -- may vary.

Bottom line: try them out and decide what works for YOU and your sewing needs.

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Date: 2/20/13 12:22 PM

I have the BL Evolution which does all the serger stitches as well as coverstitch and chainstitch. I'm very happy with the quality of stitching, ease of threading and range of stitches. I still have my old machine, Elna 905DCX which is now 14+ years old and it is still going strong.
I know some folks complain about having to switch back and forth, but it really isn't that bad, especially if you plan projects so you can do most of the CS at one time.

Good luck!

Juliette

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Date: 2/20/13 1:50 PM

I also have the Evolution and love it to pieces. I'm a beginner to serging and coverstitch and it's been very easy to learn. It does take some time to switch out between coverstitch and serger, but I don't need to do it that often and my sewing room is getting pretty crowded, so I thought one machine vs 2 would be better. Like some others, I feel that the extra cost for BL, if you can swing it, is well worth it for ease of use and frustration-free sewing.

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Now a Babylock girl almost all the way - Ellegante 3, Evolution, and Melody. Plus a Sailrite LSZ-1 for those heavy duty projects

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Date: 2/20/13 7:54 PM

I also have the Babylock Evolution and love it. I started with a Huskylock S25 then added a Janome Harmony then a Coverpro 1000. Recently I sold the first three and bought my Babylock and it is everything it's stacked up to being. Love it!
Cheri

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Date: 2/20/13 8:41 PM

I have recently gone through the same thing and I will agree with pretty much everyone here about the Babylock's. I happened to acquire 2 within a couple of days - an Eclipse and an Imagine. Both have the Je-Air threading and it is so amazing! I never serged before, but can tell you that I can see how complicated it can get with some of these machines when it comes to threading. The Babylock's with the Jet-Air threading are a real time saver.

One thing that I noticed is I think I actually like having the tension dials of the Eclipse rather than the auto tension of the Imagine. I think I just like the ability to fine tune my tension to however I like it. But tons of people on here and elsewhere will swear by the Auto Thread Delivery system on the Babylock's and these are people who have serged for years. So I would definitely take their advice.

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Date: 2/20/13 9:14 PM

Best suggestion I can offer is to go test drive machines. See what they can do, where the controls are located, ease of threading, cost of tuneups. For combo machines how smooth does the hem feed under the machine. What attachements are available for your machine? Bring your own fabrics, serge side seams and then try turning under a hem to see how well it sews both over the seam and how straight the stitching is.

For me personaly I love having a separate serger and a cover stitch machine. I have a whole sewing room and most of my machines are set up ready to go. Today I sewed a new knit pattern with a lot of gathering, a new to me neckline and the pattern size that had to be graded out. I used my Cover pro chain stitch to baste the whole thing to try on. Then I used my serger to sew it together, used the Coverlock to gather, top stitch back yoke, baste in sleeves, serged side seams on serger and cover stitched sleeve hems/bottom.

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