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    Agreed - the new burst of air self-threaders are nice, though I often go back to my White Superlock 2000....just can't part with it. The color coding for threading makes it relatively simple to set up. Either way, go for the best you can afford and don't let it sit on the shelf!! Don't be intimidated by it. You will not regret your purchase - best of luck!
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    Whatever you get, make sure it's a self-threader!

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    I don't see the question asked, what do you plan on using a serger for? Not all sergers are alike. Decide what all you want to do with one and buy the best one you can afford. I agree Babylock makes a great machine. Try them all out.

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    Definitely the Baby Lock self threader. So easy even a novice can do it.

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    When I bought mine White was the machine of choice so I bought one. Took it out of the box and put it in the rolling carrier and have never had it out again. Just seemed to complicated and intimindating. I would like to sell it as it has never been used. Still is threaded with the factory thread.

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    I have the Babylock Imagine which is a self threader and uses 4 spools of thread. You need to have a dealer demo some models and decide what you want now and what you will want in the future. GET A SELF THREADER. SAVE THE CUSSING! SAVE THE FRUSTRATION! SAVE THE DOWN TIME! and when things go completely wrong on the wrong day, save the crying! The more advanced models with more spools do things that don't even look like serger sewing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni C View Post
    Baby Lock with the burst of air threader.What a nice machine.Won't sit there like allot of sergers because of threading problems. Like Mawluv said get the best you can afford.
    Yes - buy the one with burst of air threader! I have an old one that I use fairly often but threading is a pain. One of these days I'm gonna give it away and buy a new burst of air threader.
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    I NEVER have to thread my serger's bottom loopers - the ones that everyone hates to thread, and I have had it for more than 20 years. When I want to change colors, I cut the looper thread about two inches above the tension disks. This is just below the thread guides. Take off the old thread cones and add the new ones. Put the thread through the guides until you come to the cut end that is still in the machine. TIE THESE ENDS TOGETHER SECURELY.
    For the top threads, I remove the spool and pull out all the thread. The top threads are very easy to get through the needle and put under the foot.
    Then just sew until your new looper thread is coming out under the foot.
    Well, once in a while the knots come loose, and I have to rethread the bottom, too, but a few times in a few years doesn't bother me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni C View Post
    Baby Lock with the burst of air threader.What a nice machine.Won't sit there like allot of sergers because of threading problems. Like Mawluv said get the best you can afford.
    I have this machine and love it. I use it all the time in concert with my other sewing. Never again will I fear threading my serger.
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    I have an Elna that I bought over twenty years ago. I don't use it a lot, but I'm glad I have a serger. Yes, it has given my fits from time to time. I'm so happy when the tension is right and it sews beautifully. I didn't know they now make sergers that are self-threading. If I used mine more, I'd seriously think about upgrading.

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    If you can afford the self-threading ones, get one of those because machines of that quality are going to be quieter and nicer to work with.

    I have the Brother 1034D and it's been working great for about 3 years. VERY easy to thread - next best thing to self-threading. Switching to narrow rolled hem or back to normal serging takes about 10 seconds.

    But it *is* noisy. I just live with it because I love it so much. But, when it breaks, I'll look at the air-threading sergers and see if I can afford one of those. If not, I'd definitely buy this model again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    I cut the looper thread about two inches above the tension disks. This is just below the thread guides. Take off the old thread cones and add the new ones. Put the thread through the guides until you come to the cut end that is still in the machine. TIE THESE ENDS TOGETHER SECURELY.
    I've tried this and for some reason, it just doesn't work for me! I tie the ends in a square knot, but the thread breaks before it finishes its journey. I sure would like to know what I'm doing wrong.

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    I have a Babylock, one of first sold back in early 80's, a three thread and it is a wonderful machine, although threading can be a pain, it is not that bad. Looked at the new self threading baby lock and could not justify the cost when I had the baby lock. Go check them out and then check Overstock.com and see if they have it on there and how much they want. I got a brother sewing machine for $131. including shipping and Wal Mart wanted $199 for same machine. Also, maybe a used one that someone is selling. Here in FL they come up for sale when someone passes on and you can get great buys on almost new machines.

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    I have had 3 sergers. The last 2 (which I still have) are Babylocks. The jet-air threading is a life saver. The first serger I bought (another brand) Had a wonderful stitch, but I spent more time threading it that sewing with it. The Babylock sergers are so much easier to use and so much more versatile.

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    Make sure it's self threading, whatever it is. I also like the differential feed on my Janome. I can put ruffles on things in one swipe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni C View Post
    Baby Lock with the burst of air threader.What a nice machine.Won't sit there like allot of sergers because of threading problems. Like Mawluv said get the best you can afford.
    This is what I have also...had it for 15 yrs...best thing ever...never had a problem with it either and I have used it dailey for window treatments and duvet covers,etc.( home business )
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    Ilove my baby lock.

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    I have the basic ones. one is a kenmore and one is a singer. very old by the way but still going strong. my first one didn't have the freearm on it so i got a free arm later. so my suggestion is maybe one with the freearm would be something to concider. If one ever bites the dirt i would love to get a self threader. that would be nice. either way i love my sergers. just did 2 quillows the other day they make sewing the edges so fast since it sews and cuts at the same time so fast, then it was all nicely even i just ran another stitch around it with the regular sewing machine on the outside .. . then i just had to birth it. now if i could get the decorating done so fast LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Weisberg View Post
    I am looking at buying a serger machine. I have never had one. My question is which one do you recommend? I am excited to get one now that I have been looking at them.
    I have been using my serger for the past week and LOVE it. I have 2 BabyLocks. The first one I got 12 years ago - Babylock Eclipse DL, and then hubby bought me the BabyLock Imagination last year. Have to say, I still use the 12+ year old Eclipse 95% of the time.

    Lasst week I used the ruffler foot to make a dust ruffle, and then I made a quilt/embroidered coverlet for king size bed, and after I did the quarter inch seams on regular sewing machine, I also serged ALL the seams (this will be washed weekly). And today I even serged all the seams on a polar fleece doggie blanket that I embroidered. I know you don't have to do fleece, but since this will be washed weekly I wanted to make doubly sure all the seams will stay.

    I absolutely LOVE my serger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I've tried this and for some reason, it just doesn't work for me! I tie the ends in a square knot, but the thread breaks before it finishes its journey. I sure would like to know what I'm doing wrong.
    Peckish, don't give up. Give those knots a little tug to be sure they are really tight. And cut off most of the loose thread from the knots. Leave about a half inch. Hope that works better.
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    I love my Baby Lock with the burst of air self threading I had an Elna that I lost in a house fire and it frustrated me no end when I had to rethread it. However, with my Baby Lock no problem whatsoever!! Check it out and you'll be sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    I recently got the Brother 1034D for a basic model. So far it works fine and I have had no problems with it.
    I have the same one and no problems even after it fell off the table(tv tray) onto its head . The part that telescopes broke off , thats it. I was so surprised I thought it was dead for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni C View Post
    Baby Lock with the burst of air threader.What a nice machine.Won't sit there like allot of sergers because of threading problems. Like Mawluv said get the best you can afford.
    I, too, have a BabyLock with burst of air threader & what a fantastic feature. You should still know how to thread your serger manually but the air threader makes things sooooooo much easier. Like Mawluv said & I totally agree, "get the best you can afford" & make sure you check out several brands. I don't know how I would manage without my serger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    Peckish, don't give up. Give those knots a little tug to be sure they are really tight. And cut off most of the loose thread from the knots. Leave about a half inch. Hope that works better.
    Are you making sure you loosen ALL of your tensions before pulling your thread thru? Either that or you may be using, excuse the phrase "cheap" thread in your serger. Your tensions, either dials, levers or whatever must be turned right down to 0 to allow your thread to pass thru the threading channels. Hope this helps.
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    I have had a My Lock 34 D for about 10 years. I did upgrade to a Viking 910 several years ago. I loved both of them and once I understood how to thread, no problems. I really need to say, it is what works for you and how you understand and plan on using your machine. Same as a sewing machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    I have the same one and no problems even after it fell off the table(tv tray) onto its head . The part that telescopes broke off , thats it. I was so surprised I thought it was dead for sure.
    Well that's encouraging!! I too would love the self threading Baby Lock, but, alas, mine cost $200 and the other one is several thousand dollars. Mine seems to work fine for me at this point, and I do use it for non quilting related items.

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