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 I'm in the market for a Serger. Never had one but with my B-day and Mother's Day coming up (I gave my family "permission" this year to do a combo gift, lol) I've asked for one. I would love some feedback on your serger experience and what brands you have so that I can start my search. Thanks!! Can't wait to hear from you! 

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Comment by jodijean on April 17, 2011 at 6:59pm

i have a babylock imagine and a part broke and NO one has been able to fix it or is able to order the part ... i'm now on my third repairman (it's been out of commission since NOVEMBER!).  it's a LOT of money just for air-jet threading.  and it has auto-adjusting tension ... BUT sometimes i wish i could adjust it because it's not how i would want it ...

 

i bought a brother 1034d just to hold me over until i got my babylock fixed and i'm actually REALLY impressed.  it's super affordable, EASY to thread and is REALLY REALLY easy to switch back and forth between rolled hems and regular serging.  (plus it came with instructional dvds ... i haven't watched them because i sew a LOT and didn't need to ... but they would be GREAT for someone just starting out)  i also have the brother 2034cv (a coverstitch machine) and i LOVE it ... i primarily only sew with knits so i separate machine was a necessity (i didn't want to have to switch back and forth constantly)

 

so there's my 2cents ... from a designer who sews/serges/coverstitches DAILY on my machines ...

Comment by Anna Jaros on April 17, 2011 at 6:49pm
I know people love their Babylocks but I was not impressed.  A lot of money for not a very heavy machine.  I didn't think it stands up to a Juki or a Janome (which I bought and am very happy with).  You must try them to decide for yourself.  I find my machine very easy to thread and usually just pull the new threads through.  Every time I thread it I think, "I could have paid double the price to have the machine do this."  And I'm happy I didn't.
Comment by Laura Arlington on April 17, 2011 at 6:17pm
I have the Babylock Evolve and I love it!
Comment by Elaine Nagel on April 17, 2011 at 6:16pm
A baby Lock.... no question about it. I have one and love my Baby lock dealer. they are soooo helpful.
Comment by Yvette Chilcott on April 17, 2011 at 5:50pm
Andrea, I really don't think it matters what brand you purchase as long as you buy from a local dealer that offers lessons.  If you can afford it, don;t buy "bottom of the line", rather, go middle of the road. Sergers can be intimidating, so having a dealer to go to for help, one that you are comfortable with, can make or break your satisfaction with the serger you chose.
Comment by Beth Missel on April 17, 2011 at 5:29pm
I have to agree, Babylock is the way to go.  I purchased mine back in the mid-90's and LOVE it!!  Never misses a stitch.  I have the 4-thread Protege.  Auto tensions and rolled hems....it's a breeze to operate on all fabrics.
Comment by Susan on April 17, 2011 at 5:21pm
I have the five thread Singer and love it.  It has a cover stitch and you can do a two thread overlock which is great for doing sheer fabric finishes.  Easy to use and also have a workbook on the website you can download for free.  It tells you step by step how to set the machine up for the different techiques you are looking to make.  The price was great too.  I got mine at All Brands in Baton Rouge, La but you can order them online at their website.  Great Machine!!
Comment by Sue L. on April 17, 2011 at 5:20pm
Babylock is the way to go.  I have had my Imagine since 2002....It is a work horse and I absolutly love it.  Jet-Air threading just can't be beat.  Also auto tension and rolled hems.  But the best advice  I can give you is try them all.  What works for me may not work for you.  :-)
Comment by Jeanne Green on April 17, 2011 at 5:01pm
Angela, by all means look at the Babylock sergers.  They are great and very user friendly.
Comment by Sherryl Lockley on April 17, 2011 at 4:50pm
I have the Babylock Imagine Wave, also.  The Jet-air threading is good and the instructions that come with it are well written.  If you are close to a dealer so you can go to their free classes it helps with any machine you purchase.

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