|What allorache likes about this machine|
This is a VERY preliminary review, but I am so impressed I had to comment. I am probably an advanced beginner sewer, new to serging. I work full-time and help care for my mom, so I don't have much free time to learn. I was interested in a serger because I kept reading things like "now this is so much easier if you have a serger". But I was very intimidated by them being notoriously complex to thread. when i read about the jet-air threading, I figured if I was going to buy a machine, it was worth spending extra money to save myself a lot of frustration. So this was my early (Black Friday) Christmas present to myself. I am just amazed. The salesman spent about 1/2 hour showing me how to thread it. I brought it home, unpacked it, looked at the manual, spent maybe another 1/2 hour or less threading it again and -- boom! I was serging away. I changed out thread colors, fixed a nightgown with a splitting seam, and made two belts. I am just so impressed that it is so easy to begin using. I will have 2 2-hour lessons from my dealer, and I've ordered some books on serging, but I just wanted to say if you don't have a lot of time to spend learning how to thread or re-threading every time you need to use it, this is the machine for you!
What allorache does not like about this machine
Nothing, so far. The only thing I DON'T like is how Babylock markets their machines. It's like how buying a car used to be. They don't allow dealers to ship machines. They don't include any price information online, you have to go to a dealer. Then at the dealer they have these "list" prices that are a joke, then you bargain as best you can for what it really costs. But you have no leverage. I don't think I got a great deal, but to shop with another dealer, I would have to go at least 50 miles away, and that is not practical for lessons, service, etc. So, I gritted my teeth and paid for it. On the other hand...what is the point of getting a cheaper machine if you have to spend hours and hours learning it and setting it up every time you want to use it? With my limited free time, I would never usei t.