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Reviewed by:Plays with Fire
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Posted on:7/29/14 4:17 AM
(Updated: 7/29/14 4:43 AM)
Approx price paid:$50
Had this machine for:1 week
Recommended? Yes
Online Merchants:Amazon.com
Baby Lock :BL3-408 (Serger) by Plays with Fire

Features
  • Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
  • 3 Thread Serger
  • Rolled Hem
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Review Rating: Very Helpful by 5 people   
Review:
Tell us about your first impression when you used this machine.
This machine had been in storage for several years and was covered in dust. It needed cleaning, oiling and a new needle but nothing else. It is a nice solid little machine. It does a 3 thread and a rolled hem only but does them well. I tried it on several fabrics. Cotton lawn, quilting cotton, bamboo lycra knit, cotton lycra knit. It handled all well with minor adjustments to thread and presser foot tension.

This model does not have a built in light. It has a light attached that is not part of the machine. Like many older machines it does not have a switch. Some parts did not move freely until it was cleaned, oiled and ran for a bit.

Was the machine manual sufficient?
The manual is fine. It tells you how to handle the tension (only lines no numbers). Once I got the hang of it I found it easy to deal with.
Did you buy any accessories? Do you use them?
No accessories known for this model.
Is this your primary machine?
No
Did you take any classes specifically for this machine?
No but I did buy some vintage serger books and am looking forward to getting them.
Was this a gift/pre-owned/garage sale etc?
Garage sale/ Gift. My husband found it and brought it home for me.
How often do you use it?
Daily for the past week. Probably will use it often in the future.
Would you recommend this machine to others?
What this machine does, it does well but there are no bells and whistles. If you are new to sergers then you will find it difficult to thread. If you are used to modern sergers with auto threading then you will probably hate it. I had no trouble threading it without looking at the manual but I must have gotten lucky because you need to thread it in a specific order and the manual makes it look trickier than it really was. Not hard just takes patience and tweezers.

If you are on a budget and are a bit mechanically inclined (or have someone close to you that is) then this machine might be just the thing. Be cautious though if you have never worked on older machines. You really need to know how they work at least to some degree if you want to own and use vintage machines. They require cleaning and oiling often to keep them running smoothly.

Troubleshooting:
Have you had any trouble with this machine? Please elaborate. No trouble just needed a good clean. It took an hour or two and I was up and running. That doesn't happen that way to often with used machines. I feel very lucky to have it.
Do you do regular maintenance on this machine? How?
This machine will require regular cleaning and oiling to keep it running smoothly.

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Terri A said...
How fun! Sweet dh to bring this home!!!
7/31/14 9:25 PM
Mufffet said...
What a cute machine and WOW...a Babylock!!!!
7/29/14 5:20 PM
MartiP said...
Thanks for the review. If I remember correctly, BabyLock was the first one to come out with sergers for domestic use.
7/29/14 4:07 PM
Nancy Rhodes said...
Lucky you, a DH who brings home MORE sewing stuff! And a great findů Love it when vintage machines are saved. Thanks for sharing your BL story.
7/29/14 7:30 AM
 
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