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Babylock Imagine Serger
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Date: 2/24/13 11:14 PM

I just "test drove" the BabyLock Imagine serger...Think I died and went to heaven!! Has anyone else used this one? It threads itself on the bottom - then you just have to feed the needle threads through....It also has a needle threader...Seriously want one - but would love any feed back from anyone out there...!

thank you!

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Date: 2/25/13 0:20 AM

I bought a used imagine a couple months ago... (Upgraded from a Kenmore serger). I love it! Works great. The only problem I have had was working on the shoulder seam of a cowl neck dress. It was really hard to get the seam started. So, I machine stitched the seam and then sergered it. (Eta: 5 layers of thinner jersey)
I do love the auto tensions maybe more than the auto threading!
Good luck with your decision. I also follow a baby lock serger yahoo group that is a good resource for questions
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Date: 2/25/13 4:45 AM

If I had room I would get the Imagine and a CS machine as I like the narrower foot on it. I nearly got it but the dealer had to reorder and then the Evolution came out. So I got the Evolution instead which does both OL and CS but the foot is a bit wider. A few people prefer other brands but most BL serger owners defend them to the very end.

While some have demo'd it and remained on the fence, I have never known anyone who fell in love during the demo and really explored how it serged everything to get it home and change their mind about it.

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Date: 2/25/13 6:16 AM

I have had the Imagine for almost four years and I love it. The jet air threading is great. I have not used the needle threader. I use it for knits and finishing seams. I have used the rolled hem as well and was pleased with the results.

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Date: 2/25/13 6:47 AM

I've had my Imagine for about five years now. I put my Bernina in the closet and haven't seen her since. Every time I use the Imagine, I just grin because she is such a dream to use. I can't believe how easy she is to get perfect seams. She does make a bit more noise than the Bernina, but there never is any tension or adjustment problems and she never breaks a thread and if I ever had to rethread her, it is so easy, unlike the Bernina.

The Imagine is a two-minute setup, where the Bernina used to take me at least 15 or 20 minutes and then would break a thread at some point. Rethreading her mean't I had to take all threads out and thread in a specific order. (You can thread in any order in the Imagine.) With my old eyes, it was hard to see where to run the threads in all of those thread paths. With the Imagine, I just stick the thread in the thread port, push the lever, and whoosh, it is done.

I love this machine.
Chris

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Date: 2/25/13 7:34 AM

I had the Imagine and loved it. The rolled hems were perfect. Mine does not have a happy ending though. The right thread port never worked quite right and although I had it in for service yearly, was told it was fine. The handle was always hard to push especially while threading the right port. After 2 1/2 years the air jet threader handle broke with a horrible thud and all the tension springs needed replaced because they were totally worn out. I believe there were another couple of issues, but after 2 1/2 years, can't remember them all. You should have seen my serged seams. Very wonky and not perfect like they used to be. None of this was covered under warranty according to my dealer. I was devastated. I chose to get another brand serger instead of fixing it due to my huge disappointment that these parts wore out so fast and weren't covered under warranty. In hindsight, I should have fixed it (even though it was not a cheap fix) and then if those parts wore out/broke again then changed brands. I was out $1200+ and heartbroken.

I still highly recommend the Imagine but be sure you have a good dealer extended warranty that will cover those things if they do break/wear out. The light bulb can only be changed by your tech since you need a special tool to get it out.

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Date: 2/25/13 7:39 AM

I have had my Imagine Wave for maybe 5-6 years. I love it. It is so easy to thread and I am going in no time. I sold my Bernina serger. I do miss it for the amazing rolled hems it did but it was a Juki made serger and I plan to pick one up secondhand someday or when I am in dire need of those rolled hems. The Imagine does them too, just not as tight and smooth as my Bernina did them. For the majority of my needs the Imagine wave is perfect.

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Date: 2/25/13 8:16 AM

I've had an Imagine for about 4 years. I've never used another serger so I have no comparison. Also I'm totally intimidated by sergers in general. So, from my limited experience the imagine has been easy to use (for a serger) and nothing has gone wrong with it.
Sis

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Date: 2/25/13 8:30 AM

I use the BL Imagine for doing demos at my BL dealer when they have events. My own serger is a BL Enlighten. You couldn't pry it outta my hands for love nor money...nor nuthin' else!

Best sergers EVER, imo.

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 2/25/13 8:44 AM

Well I will agree with everyone else. I love my Imagine and have had it for years. I can change thread color in a minute or two. You will not be sorry.

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