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Date: 12/8/13 10:11 AM

Okay, so admittedly I am not sewing much at present, as evidenced by my level of posting on Misc. threads. But I do think I would like a serger that was a bit less challenging to use. Not that mine is so difficult but.......

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Date: 12/8/13 10:27 AM

Yes!!!!

I have a BabyLock Enlighten and it is the best thing ever. I love sewing on it.

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Date: 12/8/13 10:42 AM

Yes! I just upgraded to the BL Evolution, best decision I've made in a long time!

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Date: 12/8/13 10:49 AM

After 3 manual (meaning not computerized) sergers, about 14 years ago, I bought an Elna 925 serger! It changed my sewing life completely! No more struggling with tensions on the serger that for some reason, I just could not keep adjusted at all, and it had more different stitches that I would ever use. For me, it certainly did make a big difference. If you are like me and struggled with tension, then definitely move up to a TOL! You will be amazed just how much more you will use it than the current model you have. And you will find lots of uses for the extra stitches it gives you.

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Date: 12/8/13 10:49 AM

Ok, I felt I needed to respond as this decision could easily part you from $1500-$2500 of hard earned money.

First: Assess your current serger. When you set the tensions, is it consistent? How much time does it take to get it to the correct tension?-- 1-4 scraps?

Second: Threading. If it is a traditional threading serger, you have to thread it in order. How much time have you spend just playing with threading? I guarantee that if you spend an hour or so getting it down, it will go much speedier for you. Also, you might need to wear cheater when doing it and use your tweezers and/or wire guide. But once you have it down, you have it down. People who work industrial sergers don't have fancy air threading but because they work on them so much, they can recover from a broken thread much faster.

Third: Does your serger have differential feed and the stitches you need for what you use it for? Some older sergers are just overlockers and do not have differential feed. If yours does, get to know the tricks of it. Play with your serger as if it were the only machine you have and get what you can out of it before you deem it useless for you. Do you like the stitching your machine does? Can it do a rolled hem that looks clean?

Fourth: Do you really need a serger? Do you have a sewing machine that is capable of overlock stitches? Does your machine do stretch stitches? How does your sewing machine sew on knits? You might not really need one. In that case you can sell the one you have and have more room to stack projects, patterns, and notions. Then you can play more with one machine and have more intimacy in it's capabilities.

Fifth: Consider your motivation. Are you frustrated with yourself because you haven't had the mojo? It is very common to feel like perhaps your machine is what is frustrating you or the struggle you have with it is causing your lack of motivation. I think we often look to purchase our way out of this kind of feeling. Whether it is new fabric or pattern to give us the "inspiration rush" or our dusty machines feel tired and cause us to revisit a last bad experience. Face this head on. Clean your machine and make it shiny. Get fabric scraps and thread out and go through the manual with it. Move it to another part of the house if necessary if the room feels like it is looking at you in reproach for neglecting it. Make up some potholders or table napkins. Watch some serger videos and YouTubes and follow along. You will feel better and might fall in love again.

Signed, Your Machine Therapist.
Keeping seamstresses and their machines together through the tempting season of no-interest new machine deals.

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Date: 12/8/13 10:50 AM

yes, yes yes! I cannot believe how much I love my Babylock Enlighten - I have used a serger, and used it extensively since the 1980's and thought I did not 'need' what a Babylock offered. Was I ever wrong. I cannot say enough good things about this machine. Go for it, you won't be sorry!

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Date: 12/8/13 10:50 AM

From personal experience:

A Babylock serger and BL coverstitch has changed the way I sew and has increased my desire to get into my sewing room--and GET SEWING!

They remove layers of frustration and procrastination, and "un-sewing".

I started with a BL Evolution--and added a separate CS machine.

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Date: 12/8/13 12:23 PM

I received my Viking Huskylock 936 as a birthday present from my DH back in 2008. I was looking for a serger that I didn't have to WASTE MY TIME adujusting the tension on. I have two older model Baby Locks. One is a 3-thread from 1986 that I still use for seam finishing. The other is a 4-thread with differential feed that I purchased in 1996 as an upgrade to the first one. I'd wasted too much of my precious time everytime I changed the type of fabric I was using. No more with my 936. I turn it on, program what type of stitch and fabric type/weight I'll be working with and it does the rest. Very seldom does it need tweeking.

The 936 has cover stitch capability, but I opted to get a stand-alone CS, a Janome CP1000, since it takes time to make the CS conversion on the 936.

The 936 and CP1000 both save me time when I'm in the Sewing Room. THAT was the main reason they were purchased. Find whatever machine you want for your particular needs if it gives you the satisfaction you're looking for.
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Date: 12/8/13 12:28 PM

Depending on the variety of stitch/finishing you want, one of the air-jet threading BL models may have you never wishing for another serger.

Have had my Imagine for a few years and it has never been threatened with abandonment.

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Date: 12/8/13 12:52 PM

What serger do you have now?

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