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Posted on:4/17/14 8:27 PM
Approx price paid:$120
Had this machine for:1 yr
Recommended? Yes
Online Merchants:Amazon.com
Features
  • Free Arm
  • 4 Thread Serger
  • Differential Feed
  • Rolled Hem
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Review Babylock Protégé

I bought this machine from a flea market. It was packed in the original box, but there was no where to plug it in and nothing to test it with. I bought it anyway.
The Protégé is a versatile machine that uses 2, 3 or 4 threads and offers over lock and flat lock seams, and rolled hems. The differential feed allows you to adjust the feed dogs to accommodate different fabrics.
This machine did everything I asked it to do. But, sometimes it required a bit of time and effort to set up the machine. Everything on this machine is manual, from tension to threading to differential feed. The owners manual includes charts for each stitch and the range of recommended settings.
Many people recommend keeping notes of settings, and I am one of them! When you’ve tweaked the settings just so for your fabric, write down all the settings and staple a small square of the fabric to the notes. Keep them in a binder near your machine. It will take a while to build your own “library” of settings, but once you have them they will save you a lot of time.
Threading the machine was tricky the first few times, but it got easier with practice.
If you are the kind of person who want to sit down at a machine and start sewing instantly, this machine is probably not the best choice for you.
If you enjoy manual machines or tweaking with settings, then this is the machine for you. This is also an ideal machine if cost is your biggest concern. It offers a wide range of functionality all manually controlled. This is an older model so it’s a super economical choice.

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Mufffet said...
Thank you for your review! This sounds like you bought a very nice machine and good for you! Nice that you took a chance and now have an excellent and very well made serger. Interesting review. :)
4/17/14 9:18 PM
Melinda In Tulsa said...
The BL Proteges are great little machines that make beautiful stitches. I bought mine back in the mid 90's and now my DD has it. I only upgraded to the Imagine Wave cuz I couldn't see well enough to thread it.
4/18/14 10:22 AM
smockeymama said...
I have this exact same serger! Bought it new from dealer in 1997. It still works just fine. I don't serge a whole lot so it hasn't had heavy use, but it always works just fine when I need it!!!!!!!!!!!
4/19/14 3:46 PM
 
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