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Thread: Serger - your opinions

  1. #26
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    I just got a Baby lock Imagine. Worth every penny. Threads so easy and no dials to monkey with. Great investment.

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    I've had my Singer serger (overlocker here on Oz) for over 30 years. It doesn't get used as much as when I first got it but I was making DH's Mess Jacket (Military Formal Jacket) and also had 3 daughters whom I sewed for as well as myself. I do still use it but only sew for myself these days. Must admit though I'm glad of it when it's needed. I'd love an up to date one but can't justify the cost.

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    My serger is so old that I can no longer find parts for it -- even from the Bernina dealer whose opinion is trust implicitly. I have had to repair my own using hot glue and a large button to get the "spider" which holds the threads reattached after the machine suffered a drop onto some grass. At least it didn't fall onto the concrete sidewalk. Sigh!

    That being said, I love the serger. I can do clothes or rolled hems for napkins and tablecloths so easily in one step. The biggest drawback is that ripping out a seam is indeed a chore. Plus, the seam produced by a serger is so narrow that there is absolutely no room for making adjustments. I've learned to clean finish the edges of the seams and put them together with a regular sewing machine. This is particularly important when doing costumes for high school productions.
    Sometimes I try to act "normal," but it gets boring so I just go back to being myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyncat View Post
    I love my Babylock Enlighten. The jet air threading makes all the difference, and it also automatically adjusts the tension. Two great features!
    I completely agree with Babylock with jet air threading..........it makes all the difference in the world. A bit more money but the stress of threading it yourself is gone !! It's a joy to use.
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    I wouldn't buy a serger for that reason alone. I love having a serger, but I use it to mend and make alot of things. I use mine every week for something. I just made receiving blankets and baby wash cloths this week. A serger is a machine that is not for everyone. So give it a lot of thought before you make that investment.

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    Super Member lovelyl's Avatar
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    I hear a lot of my friends say they don't use their servers cause they are so hard to thread. That's why I purchased a Babylock that has the air threading system. I love it. So much easier to thread!
    There may be times we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. - Elie Wiesel

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    'Ya know, after reading all these glowing posts about lovin' their sergers, I think I'm really not lovin' mine because the dang threading of that monster....it has color coded paths, but it's still not user friendly....not this non- user anyway! .I may look into the auto thread ones......it sits now with one needle removed and two threads unpathed! Long story..won't go into it! May put it in my garage sale next month!

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    I purchased the Babylock Ovation and it's the best, wide harp, does the wave stitch, cover stitch and I can sew on binding with it. I also have made many quilts using it. I didn't think I needed a serger but now that I have it I have made so many things with it. I took some classes which were free when I bought it and one thing the instructor told us was to go home and practice so we'd remember. That was very good advice.

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