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Date: 7/23/13 4:34 AM

Hi, I am looking into replacing my old janome serger with a combo machine like the janome 1200d or the babylock evolve. I have been reading old posts from 2009 saying combo machines were not really that great. Is this still the general thinking or have they now evolved into something worth buying. Obviously they are a huge amount of cash to part with and get it wrong. Just wondering what you all thought?
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Date: 7/23/13 6:35 AM

I have the Janome 1200 and I love it. Very easy to use - very easy to thread.

I sold a Babylock Imagine to get the Janome - we never bonded.

Debbie

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Date: 7/23/13 7:24 AM

Thanks debbie, do you find it a pain to switch from serging to coverstitch. This was the one i was going to go for as my old machine is a janome and I thought threading might be similar, but people say learning how to use it is a real challenge as the instruction book is super useless
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Date: 7/23/13 8:47 AM

I don't have either but I have a Bernina 1300MDC - very easy to go from serge to cover - I have it down to about 3 minutes.

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Date: 7/23/13 10:29 AM

What is good for others may not click with you.

The best way to find what is right for you and what you want to be able to do with the machine is to visit dealers with a list of what is important to you and try out the machine. Start with threading and then do test stitching on various fabrics. You will need to take samples of the fabric types you are primarily interested in.


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Date: 7/23/13 11:46 AM

I have the Evolution and love it. I think switching is very easy, but I always threaded my Elna combo overlock/coverstitch by hand.
I agree with the previous poster, though, go to the dealer and try both out. I resisted Berninas for a long, long time--just didn't give me the warm fuzzies, but now I can't imagine sewing on anything else (other than the BL overlock, of course)

Juliette

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Date: 7/23/13 12:14 PM

i also have an evolution, and i love it. it is my first serger, so i have only heard about difficulties in threading, etc.

i find it very easy to switch back and forth between overlock and cover. i have to pull out my cheat sheet when i do, but it only takes a couple of minutes (part of the delay for me is threading the needles and triple checking that i have all of the switches/knobs set to the right setting).

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Date: 7/23/13 3:44 PM

Thanks everybody, obviously need to do a bit more homework, I think I see THE one but then someone suggests a different one and I am oohing at that lol. Great suggestion about trying them out but am finding it hard to find dealers here. I think maybe more people buy online in the UK. Very envious of you guys across the pond especially your fabric stores. I could probably spend half a day in some of them.

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Date: 7/23/13 5:07 PM

I recently bought the Elna 745 which, I think, is the equivalent to the Janome 1200d and I love it. Everyone on here raves about the Babylocks. I didn't have the $$ for the Babylock so I didn't even go try one out. The Elna was a sum of money too but less than half of the Babylock. I think you should go look and try out both to see what you like and what you can afford.

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Date: 7/24/13 0:25 AM

I also have the Evolution and cannot say enough good things about this machine. Switching is easy once you have done it a few times. This is a stress free, fun machine to use. Do go try the ones you are interested in - see for yourself which feels good to you!

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