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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > what should I do?? Confused. ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 5/14/11 8:29 PM

To make a long story short I sold my BL serger and coverstitch machine as I thought I would not be sewing that much.Turns out I did start sewing again and miss them both very bad :(

I have been looking for both of them used,but looks like they are hard to find.

I have been thinking of these options.

1.Buying a Babylock evolve and using them for both.
Can somebody tell me how hard is it to convert it to Coverstitch function?

2.Buying a brother serger and Coverstitch machine

2.Buying brother serger and Janome Coverstitch

which options do you think would work better?

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Date: 5/14/11 9:15 PM

I have the Evolve and switch back and forth between coverstitch and serging frequently. The switch is more of a mental chore than an actual chore. It takes just minutes - no more than 3 minutes when I time myself. The hardest part is switching the needles from serging head to the coverstitch head and that isn't really hard - just have to locate the little screw driver thingy and the little brush with the hole in the handle to hold the needles because my short stubby fingers don't really fit in the space. I love having both functions on the same machine and not having to find space for two machines.

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Date: 5/14/11 10:16 PM

Suggestions:

Buy the BL Imagine or Enlighten and buy a separate coverstitch -- Janome is good. I hate the Brother coverstitch but don't know about the Brother serger.

I don't like combo machines.

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Date: 5/16/11 10:28 AM

There is a used Evolve for sale in the classifieds.

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Date: 5/16/11 11:10 AM

I would say go with one machine. I don't have a Babylock but rather a Bernina and I find it really easy to convert. Honestly I do have a backup serger without cover if I want both at the same time.

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Date: 5/16/11 11:18 AM

I have a Brother serger and a Janome CS. Honestly, I'd go nuts if I had to switch one machine back and forth, mainly because I tend to sew garments where I'm using the CS in between construction steps where I use the serger.

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Date: 5/16/11 12:14 PM

I'm with LoneStarLady. I love my Evolve and it is very easy to switch. The instructions that come with the machine are clear. I bought mine new, with the thought of not having to buy another cover/serger ever again. It was an investment for me and glad I 'went for it'.

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Date: 5/18/11 12:55 PM

Here's another vote for the Evolution. I bought mine at the end of the last month, and agree that though you need to pay attention, it is not difficult to switch. I try to plan my sewing so I do as much cover-stitching as possible, then switch to overlock. The automatic threading makes it really easy.

Glad you're back to sewing!

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Date: 5/18/11 6:03 PM

I have used both the Imagine and Evolve, and I didn't really like serging on the Evolve as much as the Imagine - because it's a dual purpose machine the feet end up being bigger/longer, and I felt that material handling (particularly turning tight corners) suffers a little bit on the Evolve. Interestingly enough I have another dual use machine (a Pfaff) and I feel the same way about it's serging ability... that the larger feet just get in the way. Someone who hasn't had the two side by side to compare might never notice the difference, but for me it was enough to solidify that I was happier with my Imagine.

Switching between serging and coverstitching on the Evolve is easy and fast thanks to the air jet threading, but even with my Pfaff it only takes about 30 seconds to be up and running either way.

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