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Date: 6/29/14 11:05 PM

I have the Imagine Wave serger and separate Coverstitch from Babylock. My serger has been very reliable, but I'm seeing the great features on the new serger models and I am tempted.
I haven't used a machine that you convert, so I don't know if I'd sell both of my machines for a combo or not.
Feel free to throw some ideas out there.
I'm not in a hurry, just thinking at this point.
Thanks for your input.

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Date: 6/29/14 11:15 PM

Depends on what and how you sew. I have a new Imagine (no wave), but auto tension, jet air threading, etc. Thought about trading up for the new Ovation in order to get a coverstitch, but considering the way I sew, I decided on 2 separate machines, and that is what I did. Love it! For example, I like to sew knit garments, and did not want to switch a machine back and forth from serger to coverstitch, back to serger and then back to coverstitch just for 1 garment. Granted, if all I did with the coverstitch was hemming at the end of sewing the garment, then a combo would be fine, BUT I really enjoy using the bias binder attachment and making neckline and armhole bindings, etc. There are pros and cons for going combo or having separate machines. Think about the types of things you like to sew and then work through the process in your head, and see how many times you would have to switch the machine. Good Luck!

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Date: 6/30/14 0:17 AM

I started out with an Imagine and liked it very much. Then I decided to trade it for an Evolution.

Not long after I had the Evolution I decided to buy a BL coverstitch machine because I found it annoying to switch back and forth. I also find the coverstitch machine annoying because the thread breaks often. Seems to chug along, then the thread breaks. Chug, break...

I went to a class just after the Ovation came out. Now that's the best serger yet. It has the 5 inch space so there is more room to stitch and do more creative things. When cover stitching, it can be run off the edge of the fabric to finish. The foot lift is in the front of the machine and there is a knee lift so the fabric can be held in place while lowering the foot.

I liked the Imagine, I liked the Evolution. The coverstitch? Not so much. Can't wait to pick up my new Ovation Tuesday. I happened to be at my sewing machine store Friday and there was a floor model on sale. Yippee!

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Date: 6/30/14 1:25 AM

I have the Evolution and just love it, but did not like changing back and forth so now have a BL Coverstitch and love that as well. It's easy and I enjoy the streamlining of moving to each machine as needed (faster, more efficient for me).
It seems that each person needs to make up their own mind. It's a personal preference thing.
Visit a dealer and try a combo machine - switch it back and forth a few times to see how you like it.

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Date: 6/30/14 7:24 AM

I have a Bernina that can switch back and forth but decided to go another route so it's now my backup. Last time I used it for cover a lot of thread breaks.

I have an Enlighten I use for serging and a brand new Babylock cover stitch to go with it. It's a dream team! I did a shirt based on a T Shirt this weekend it went together like a dream! The serger did what it was supposed to do and the cover stitch did it's thing perfectly.

Prior to getting these two machines I didn't realize how much having two machines would make such a difference in speed and ease!

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Date: 6/30/14 7:58 AM

I have a BL Enlighten and I love it. Went to the BL dealer several times to check out the Ovation and was very, very close to buying. Went home and thought about it, again, and decided to get the BL cover stitch machine. I'm glad I did. I know myself, I know that switching the Ovation back and forth would have annoyed the hell out of me.

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Date: 6/30/14 8:06 AM

What put me off when I saw the Ovation was SIZE! No way that could have been put into my cabinet! I want to make a nice cover for the Coverstitch so it can sit on top when the cabinet is closed.

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Date: 6/30/14 8:18 AM

Count me among those who bought the Evolution and then decided to add a BL Coverstitch. I think the best combination would be the Enlighten along with the Coverstitch; to me that makes the most sense if you have room for two.
Your Imagine with the CS would make a nice combo.



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Date: 6/30/14 8:49 AM

Considering how much I hate switching out my Ellegante from sewing to embroidering, I knew I needed a stand-alone coverstitch machine. I have the Imagine and just bought a lightly used Janome CoverPro 1000. Both fit nicely on a small Ikea table.

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Date: 6/30/14 9:04 AM

Just wondering how those with two separate machines set up the matching thread. Do you buy double the thread cones, or spools, so you can have both machines threaded, do you wind bobbins from a main cone and thread both machines that way, or do you switch the thread back and forth (which would take longer than converting a combo, I would think). I usually wind extra bobbins but then wind up with several bobbins wound with matching thread that I either have to find ways to use up or unwind. I like having the two machines but I do think a combo might be more convenient when it comes to thread usage, though I don't have a combo machine to use for comparison.

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