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Date: 6/11/13 9:48 AM

I have a Pfaff coverlock 4862 which I have had for a long time. I have never become proficient at using it. I have considered trying to sell it to buy a babylock. I sewed on my friends Babylock Enlighten but it felt "tinnier" compared to the Pfaff machine. I have learned to thread the Pfaff but get confused with adjusting the width, length and which stitch to use. Can anyone speak to my dilemma? I have also considered buying the Babylock Coverstitch machine to have a stand alone coverstitch machine so I don't have to change backand forth. Please help

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Date: 6/11/13 10:37 AM

You might get more responses if you post this in the serger and Coverstitch area.
Sergers and Coverstitch Machines

Good luck!

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Date: 6/11/13 10:38 AM

Hands down...Babylock.

For sewing, I'd choose a Pfaff over anything...but for serging, it's Babylock all the way!

I sold my Pfaff 4874 a few years ago for a Babylock, and wouldn't go back for love nor money. NOBODY will get my Babylock Enlighten or Coverstitch machines...I'm taking those babies with me when I go!

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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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Date: 6/11/13 10:53 AM

Not even a choice IMHO...Babylock!!

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Date: 6/11/13 2:46 PM

Babylock Enlighten.

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Date: 6/11/13 2:52 PM

This is a double post - load up the old serger and head for your BL dealer.

Try out their products and once you decide, they may take the old serger in on your trade-up.

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Date: 6/11/13 2:53 PM

I was in a similar situation as I had the Pfaff 4872 for a while--disliked it intensely. As a serger, it was okay, but the coverlock stitch never worked. O why couldn't it be like its sister, the sewing machine!

I eventually sold it and bought the BL Evolve and then, when a dealer closed shop, the separate coverstitch machine. If I could do it again, I'd buy the Imagine Wave rather than the Evolve because as a combo, the Evolve has a really large presser foot. Not nimble enough for small curves. Both models have since been upgraded. I love the BLs.

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Date: 6/13/13 1:38 PM

I had some issues at first with my Paff 4872 coverstitch - then found the simplest easiest (yet not in the manual/threading instructions!) solution - just had to put the needle threads through ALL THREE needle thread guides, not just one or two as shown. Perfect always each time after! This has to be done on your model as well. Do you use the chart in the manual to make those adjustments? Sometimes we just never bond with a machine, that's ok.

I have looked at the Evolution but I really do not care for it. It's louder and conversion to coverstitch is more cumbersome IMO than on my Pfaff. I know some sewing friends who have it, wanted It because they did want the coverstitch but rarely use it for this reason. I find I HAVE to have the card to refer to on what to change on their machines to convert, but on mine the steps are right there on the computer screen. I had thought about an Imagine + coverstitch (personally I prefer the Janome for multiple coverstitch options plus bigger sewing base), but then realized I'd give up the 5 thread option of the combo machine and I use that a lot.

Go to dealers and try out various models. What works for one of us could be completely wrong for another, see what makes you most comfortable. The best serger or combination is whichever YOU will USE and enjoy!

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Date: 6/21/13 0:23 AM

You said you have never become proficient at using your serger and I don't know what that means so I am going to take a leap and believe it means it is a little intimidating.

I too was intimidated by my original serger (now have babylock evolve). On "Sewing With Nancy" tv program there was an episode the featured "Ready Set Serge" by Georgie Merlot. Wonderful book and all projects take an hour or less. You can buy both the book and dvd. For me it was a great buy.

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Date: 6/21/13 1:15 PM

I vote for the Babylock. For me, while the threading, yes, is very easy, it's the self adjusting tensions that puts it way ahead of the rest. I can serge a light fabric and then serge a heavy fabric without changing a thing.

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