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Coverstitch/Pricing Babylock and Viking serger question
Babylock Imagine pricing and coverstitch?
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Date: 11/19/13 1:55 PM

Hi all,

I have a chance to buy the Babylock Imagine for $600 (BLE1AT) for $600.

Up until now I was looking at the Viking 936, because of the coverstitch, but have been hesitating because I really want a new or newer serger, but my budget isn't big I have a few questions for the group, if anyone can help...

1. Is this a good price?
2. It does do cover stitch correct?
3. How do you figure out what year sergers were manufactured/released? I couldn't figure this out for either the Babylock or the Viking. It doesn't seem like it should be hard to figure out so I must be doing something wrong!

Basically I am looking to upgrade from my ElnaF4 to a model with coverstitch (I only want the combo, not two separate machines).

Thanks for any info you can give me!
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Date: 11/19/13 2:43 PM

The Imagine doesn't do coverstitch. The Evolve, Evolution and Ovation do as well as a separate cover stitch machine they have.

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Date: 11/19/13 3:32 PM

annenet is correct, no cover stitch on the Imagine. $600 is a good price for one though if it is in good condition. I paid I believe $1800 for one new last year -- but wound up trading up because I wanted a coverstitch

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Date: 11/20/13 0:14 AM

I'm a local Viking customer. However, where sergers are the concern-Baby lock is my preference.
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Date: 11/20/13 0:51 AM

I have heard very good things about the Juki 735, at much much less. I own a Juki now and would't hesitate to buy this, and I will if mine ever gives out. It has a Coverstitch.
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Date: 11/20/13 3:43 AM

You might want to read reviews of the 936 Husky. Coverstitch isn't that great IMO. I prefer a dedicated CS machine that sews over bulk really well. Also they are not all that new, you might be able to find out when the last one was sold but I remember buying mine new in 1999. And they are popping up on ebay quite often, so either people are wanting to upgrade/ update or get rid of them.

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Date: 11/20/13 10:43 AM

I have a Babylock Imagine as well as a separate Babylock Coverstitch. I love, love, love my Imagine. You cannot beat a Babylock for a serger.
The Coverstitch also is a reliable performing machine, but it has its limitations. I have had my CS for about 7 years and find I don't use it that much because it has such a small throat. It is a good machine, but I must say that I am very disappointed with its limitations when it comes to trying to top stitch in the middle of a piece of fabric. There just isn't enough room for the fabric to the right of the needles. As long as you work on the edge, though, such as a hem, it is great. As good as it is for that kind of project, I seriously think I would have bought a different brand to get that extra throat space because a CS machine can do so much more than just hems....if you can get your fabric under the arm.
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Date: 11/20/13 11:26 AM

I agree that you can't beat BL for sergers. You might be able to get a deal on an Evolve or Evolution since they've been traded in for the new Ovation. I have the 936 & it's nice but you might want to take into consideration that it's no longer made by Viking so parts could be an issue. I know it's not easy to get accessory feet for it now. Good luck on your decision.
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Date: 11/20/13 1:19 PM

That's a great price in the Imagine but no coverstitch.

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