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Date: 11/29/08 4:28 PM

My wife has made it known that she would like a serger. After looking at the various manufacturers I was thinking of the babylock Imagine Wave machine. This machine would be used for clothing, dresses, coats and like. She is not the type of person who will sew a lot of fancy designs, in fact I don't think she would ever make any. A quality machine is the main requirement, with being simple to use a second, and with cost not mattering. I am a contractor, and know what good tools cost, I wouldn't want any less for my wife. Her time is limited, as we are expecting our 5th child, with the oldest being 8 years old. I would expect that the 8 year old daughter will starting using it in a few years also. Thanks for the advice for a sewing novice.

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Date: 11/29/08 5:14 PM

This sounds like it might be a Christmas gift, but this can be dangerous territory - like the wife buying you a car without you knowing for sure what you want or need.

I know in either case, it would be a catastrophe at my house.

The Babylock Imagine is a top of the line machine. I have this model - not the Wave. It is very easy to thread (a major pain with most sergers) and use.

However, a serger alone is not the best machine for sewing.

A serger is a great addition to a sewing machine. I have used a serger for over 20 years and a sewing machine for over (let's just say over 20 years).

There are no combinations of the the two that have ever given good results. Like trying to build a house with a Swiss army knife.

There are nooks and crannies the serger simply will not allow you to get at.

You know how a table saw will not allow you to cut an inside turn without a lot of extra work - this is the same issue with the knives on the serger. It can be done, but it takes some finesse. There are a few other things best done on a sewing machine.

Sergers and sewing machines cannot be returned without a lot of grief. They are like that car your wife might surprise you with.

You drive it off the lot and it is not worth as much to the dealer as it was before you bought it. You may trade it in on a more expensive model, but you won't get the full value of the original purchase.

It would be best if you went with her to the dealer and asked for a demo. Have a few items in mind that your wife would like to sew and see how the machine will manage those tasks.

I think you both will be happier if she is comes home with the right type of machine(s) for her.

Best wishes to you and your family.

PS: Next year you get the new car or truck.




-- Edited on 11/29/08 5:22 PM --

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Date: 11/29/08 5:32 PM

If it is a serger she wants then I think she would be very happy with the one you have selected. I have the Imagine (but not the wave) and I love it. It is very simple to use and thread.

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Date: 11/29/08 5:52 PM

I have the Imagine Wave and love it. The wave is a nice little decorative stitch in lots of baby things, household things, and gifts.
Great choice, I would have been thrilled.
Ease of use was manditory for me.

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Date: 11/29/08 5:58 PM

Owners love their Babylock Imagine sergers and the Wave is even nicer. I think it is a wonderful gift and I "imagine" she will just love it.

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Date: 11/29/08 6:14 PM

I work at a babylock dealer and I can tell you out of all the brands of machines we sell, 5 in all, the Imagine is the number one seller. We sell more Imagine sergers than all others combined. No doubt it is reliable, easy to use, just a machine she will love to use. Make sure that the dealer includes the gold standard with the machine, it is really worth it. I know she will just love her new machine.

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Date: 11/29/08 9:48 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice. I will take her along so she can pick out what she wants. She has a Jerome sewing machine, and 20 years experience sewing, but for a long time money was tight, and she did without the serger. I had hoped to suprise her, but I think your advice is best. After all, what use is the machine if it is not what suits her the best. Her picking a tool for my needs at work probably wouldn't be what I would prefer. I guess in my ignorance of sewing I was not thinking that my choice for her would be the same.

PS: My wife thanks you all in advance for preventing (an expensive) hubby mess up.

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Date: 11/29/08 10:07 PM

Hi Susan,
I have read many of your posts. I am not trying to hyjack the thread I am reading. I am getting ready to start looking for a serger/coverstitch combo. I am considering a Babylock Evolve. Could you tell me what a fair price would be for new one? I have also seen them on ebay for around $1750-$1900 (could be risky--don't know if I will get all parts, or if machine will work proberly). Would that be a good price for a used one? This would be a big purchase for me. I hope I am not too forward in asking you such quesitons. Thank you in advance for your respone.
Also, if anyone else have thoughts they would like to share, I would appreciate it.

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Date: 12/9/08 5:54 AM

I have the baby lock evolve and I love it. It self thread itself at the push of a few buttons, which is great for me. Sergers can be hard to thread. It is the top of the line. I know your wife wouldl simply enjoy it. It does everything one would want in a serger, including cover stitch. Stop in at a Baby Lock dealer and see one. THE EVOLVE
Enjoy.

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Date: 12/9/08 5:56 AM

I have the baby lock evolve and I love it. It self thread itself at the push of a few buttons, which is great for me. Sergers can be hard to thread. It is the top of the line. I know your wife wouldl simply enjoy it. It does everything one would want in a serger, including cover stitch. Stop in at a Baby Lock dealer and see one. THE EVOLVE
Enjoy.

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