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Subject: Babylock Proline? Anyone know about this model? Lemon? Fix? Retire? Help! Date: 9/14/12 2:50 PM

I am editing this to hopefully get more help. Original message is below the line.

I bought a Babylock Proline made by Juki 3 years ago for 200$ from a local dealer. I had a three month old baby at the time, and now I have a almost 2 year old. The thing did not get much use. Everytime I got ready to use it, it had to go to the shop. So- 3 years and 2 shop visits for "tune ups." And I think it needs to go back.
Maybe it is me???

I sew for about 3 hours and then the lower looper thread breaks, and breaks and breaks. I cut the threads at the top and thread with a naked machine. I am putting the lower looper thread over the upper looper thread. She messed up first in mid stitch. I changed needles, cleaned, and oiled her. I get perfect stitches for about half a project and bam, breakage. It looks like there is thread being wrapped around the lower looper but that would indicate being threaded wrong. Right?
I called the dealer I bought from, they said they did not do estimates, but they would call if it were over $80. Ken's sewing is an hour away- Im ready to drive out there, at least his crew will shoot me straight- but with the cost of gas thats $25 in gas plus $40 for babysitter (I would like to look while there- last time we were there...OoooOOOooo those ppl are saints bc my children were quite disruptive. But after an hour+ (lost) in car seats they were ready to roam. ) --- $65 to go, plus repairs, plus going back to get it.

I love this machine, I know how to do just about everything with her. I took a class here and I have the know your Babylock book.
Anyway- what do I do? Is this a machine worth keeping or is it time to move on and get the Juki 655, which I understand is the last Juki made in Japan? It looks just like my Proline, and I would be pleased with it, I assume. It might mean a fight w DH, and I don't want to get rid of an old tank just because I am doing something wrong.

Insight please?
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I love my Proline, but about every 3-4 hours of sewing, she starts breaking the looper threads. It gets a tangled mess underneath around the lower looper. I am at a complete loss. I vacuum it, oil it, change the needles, and its not had maybe 5 hours on it since it was serviced. At 100$ a pop I could be on my way to a Juki 655. I am a bit frustrated.
THe husband says to get it fixed one more time. I want to throw it out the window right now.

Advice?
-- Edited on 9/16/12 9:51 AM --

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Date: 9/14/12 3:11 PM

Would you like to borrow my hubby for the day. He nursed the washing machine along two years ago. When it broke this time and it was the same problem complicated with other issues, we both agreed that the history, age and cost of what would be a short term repair were not worth it. We got a new machine.

You use it and feel strongly about it. If the funds are there, you might put the numbers on paper for him to understand better. Your time with fiddling is to be considered in the equation just as we figured in hubbie's time with the washer as well as the washer down time at a most horribly inconvenient time. We do have to remember that, paycheck or not, our time is valuable. If you don't work, I'm sure you do whatever you can to keep things running smoothly to help your husband to be able to more easily focus on his job. You need whatever efficient tools are within reason for your household to do this.

Yes, I'd be a screaming meaming if I was dealing with your serger.

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Date: 9/14/12 4:40 PM

:Bless you!

I wonder if I show him the yards of Under Armour fabric waiting to be made into winter gear for fishing he would let me have another machine.

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Date: 9/15/12 10:52 PM

Surely he would want you to have an efficient machine to use in making his fishing wardrobe! (How much does he spend on fishing stuff every year, anyway?) Seems to me a creative, productive, non-frustrated wife would be worth a lot--especially when she's making things for him. Frustration with poor equipment takes all the joy out of sewing---get a better serger!

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Date: 9/16/12 9:51 AM

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Date: 9/16/12 9:56 AM

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THe husband says to get it fixed one more time. I want to throw it out the window right now.


It's easy to see that your husband is not the one who is fighting with the serger.

If it has been repaired a few times already for this problem, it might be time to cut your losses and trade it in. You'll soon have more invested in repairs than what you paid for the serger.

Life is too short to fight with balky sewing equipment.
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Date: 9/16/12 11:04 AM

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I wonder if I show him the yards of Under Armour fabric waiting to be made into winter gear for fishing he would let me have another machine.




If this is what you are serging, it could be the problem and not the serger.

Thick fabrics can cause any sewing apparatus to go out of time.

It may not matter how often you have the serger serviced or if you buy another - they can only handle so much.

I knocked a serger out of time by trying to serge a rubber backed bath mat - got the new serger, but no more bulky serging for me.

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Date: 9/16/12 7:04 PM

That is good to know. I have had trouble sewing thick fabrics. A serger should be able to handle denim though right?

I was actually working on a Tshirt...so no.

So is it possible that it is not threading and is the serger. Everything I research says it is the threading, but I can.not see how.

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Date: 9/16/12 9:47 PM

It may be time to make a decision: new serger or new repair person. Something in the tension or timing is causing the problem.

I would trade the old serger for a new serger.

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Date: 9/16/12 10:01 PM

Which brand thread are you using?

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