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Does anybody really use 8 threads on their serger?
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Date: 4/4/13 11:03 AM

I had somebody ask me what the purpose of using 8 threads really is, and I just didn't have an answer. I love my Baby Lock Evolution, but I really can't say that I've really gone beyond 5 threads. I love love love the auto tension and the wicked good air threading.

Personally, I'm not really sure why I would need or want 8 threads. I hope somebody can give me some real world applications of it. Is it more decorative than anything else?

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Date: 4/4/13 2:21 PM

I do occasional on my Babylock evolve. Not a whole lot though, for just regular garment sewing at all. So, I would consider it just more decorative, unless you want a super wide stitch width of stitches for some other reason, like having super loose woven hand woven kind of raveling fabric and you really want many rows of stitches in a super wide width instead, to keep it all together later.

But if you do, you can then of course just even get a much wider "stitch width", with a overlock for some stitches there, in one single pass, than you could with another serger that was not even made that way at all. But at the same time, you could also even just do much the same thing though, with all the other ones, by sending your fabric though the machine in two passes (one pass for overlock and another pass for cover stitch, and just next to each other) rather than just one pass.

So machines like that are just made so you can use both banks of needles, the cover stitch ones and the overlocking ones at the same time, if you want to, in a way others are not. If you would ever do that or want to, is sort of just up to you. I don't mind just having that capability on mine at all though. As no disadvantage to it, at all either.

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Date: 4/5/13 6:06 AM

I have only tested the 8 threads for my workbook. I think if you are into making borders, then maybe. But truthfully, most owners of the Evolution also have a machine with decorative border stitches as a built it. That would be prettier I would think. I haven't used those either though.

No, if I could redo my decision I would go with the Imagine and a twin needle or perhaps a separate CS machine.

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Date: 4/5/13 11:57 AM

I had been planning to get the imagine until I saw the lighting on the evolution/enlighten. It is soooooo much better. I attended an event and got a super good deal on our class machines (used for 6 hours- 3 of which were by me personally), so that is how I wound up with my evolution. I'm hoping I will start using the cover stitch more though.

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Date: 4/5/13 11:59 AM

Ok, that makes sense. It is nice to know a real world example of how to use it. I agree, it certainly doesn't hurt to have the option! :)

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