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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My New Serger!

After a year or so of struggling with a hand-me-down serger I inherited from my grandma, I finally broke down and bought myself a new one. It's a Babylock Eclipse- their least expensive model with air-threaded lower loopers.





I hadn't even really thought I needed a serger until a year and a half ago when I took a sewing class at a local community college right after I came back from Tonga. When I realized just how easy they are to use and how quickly and nicely they finish seams, I saw what I had been missing all that time. I knew I had to have one! 

I dug the Pfaff Hobbylock serger that I had inherited from my grandma out a box in the garage and took it in to get a tune up. Despite being stored in a garage for about three years (a HUGE no-no for sewing machines, FYI), it still worked, albeit with some issues. It was still kind of sluggish and I had to turn the go-pedal plug to just the right spot to make it start and stop (a very annoying feature). To top it off, threading the lower loopers was a nightmare! I never figured it out, even going through the manual step-by-step, and I had to take it to the sewing machine repair place just to get it threaded. It finally bit the dust when I was working on my Laurel dress in April and I just decided I wasn't putting any more money or time into it.

My plan at that time was to save money for a while and get a nice air-threading serger after a year or so. (Air threading was a must after all of the grief the Hobbylock threading gave me!) However, once I made a few projects without it I missed having a serger too much! I read Sunni's post on how much she loves her serger, and my mom was urging me to just buy one, so I decided to take the plunge.

Luckily, my local sewing store offers payment plans, so I was able to get this air-threading model for a monthly price I can afford (and trade in my old one!). I've already used my Eclipse once and it works like a dream and is very easy to thread. I'm signed up to take the beginners course next month and I'm excited to learn more about what it can do with it!



 I was really debating between this model and the model above it, the Babylock Imagine, which has air threading for the top as well and doesn't need to have the tensions adjusted. I decided that for what I'll most likely be doing with it- finishing seams, the Eclipse should be just fine and I probably didn't need to spend another $600 for fancy features I probably wouldn't use. Anyway, the store has a 90-day exchange policy, so I can always change my mind in the next couple of months!

What do you think? Do you use a serger? Is it an essential part of your sewing or just an "extra"? And has anyone tried the Babylock Imagine or Eclipse? I'd love to hear from you!

13 comments:

  1. I have this serger, and I love it! http://www.amazon.com/Brother-1034D-Thread-Threading-Differential/dp/B0000CBK1L/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371564645&sr=8-1&keywords=serger

    It's also set up to where you can use regular spools, instead of costly cones.
    I've had it for about a year, and use it to finish seams everytime I sew.

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    1. I've got the same one, and I LOVE it! It wasn't too expensive, and it does exactly what it's supposed to. I do have to thread it, though...once I did it a few times, though, it was easy to figure out!

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    2. Looks like a good one! I was just so traumatized by the Hobbylock I was afraid to get something that required lower looper threading!

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    3. I really feel that for the yardage, cones are much cheaper than spools. Although sometimes I have to buy thread at Joann, at least with a coupon the cones aren't too pricey. In LA, there are shops where you can buy excess thread from factories for $1/ea or less. They are used, but have at least 1000 yd, and although the color selection isn't guaranteed, I stock up on my common colors and make it work.

      I love my serger! I sell a lot of leggings, and it paid for itself very quickly. I've never tried air threading, but it sounds very luxurious. I assume you drink a glass of champagne every time you use it.

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    4. Yeah, I just bought the cheapo thread cones from Walmart, so they weren't too expensive for me, and so far the cheap thread hasn't been a problem. I really need to make it down to the Garment District in LA one of these days- it sounds like there are great deals to be had! The air threading means that the serger threads automatically by way of air pushing it through the holes. It's great for people like me who can't figure out how to thread sergers, but of course they're more expensive.

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  2. my mom has a sewing machine but u not all this advanced! but she hardly puts it to work now ....

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  3. Oh, this reminds me of how much I really need to learn how to sew well. My skills are elementary and that must change!

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    1. You should! It's so much fun! Especially living in Florida- you can make cute sundresses to wear every day!

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  4. It looks like you'll be having a lot of fun with this one! I inherited a brother serger from my husband's grandma a month ago and have been enjoying it. I still haven't threaded it myself yet, although my father in law showed me how....I guess that's what YouTube is for!



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    1. Awesome! Have fun with your serger:) I don't know why they make those things so incredibly tricky to thread!

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  5. I have the Baby Lock Lauren. I thought it was the cheapest Baby Lock serger! I love it though. I use it to finish raw edges and sew knits. I love that I can sew a t-shirt on it in just a couple of hours. Mine came with a class too, where they showed me how to thread it and the different seams it does. It does a rolled hem that I love! They also showed me a trick so I wouldn't need to thread it manually much. Just tie the old thread to the new thread and pull through!

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    1. I think the Lauren is the cheapest Babylock. I was looking at that one too but I really wanted one with the air threading- so I chose the cheapest one that has that feature! Mine came with free classes too and I'm really excited to take the first one next month! Sounds like there are lots of fun things you can do!

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  6. I just got a serger too! Mine is a Bernina 1300 MDC...it doesn't do air threading, but I decided I could handle the threading after learning how on my mom's old White. I would usually have to thread the White 4 to 5 times before I got it working. With the Bernina it's just once. I found my Bernina on Craigslist from a woman who had 3 other sergers and found she wasn't using it. Score for me! It will also do a coverstitch, but I haven't tried/figured that feature out yet. As far as I know it involves removing the blade, adding a 5th cone of thread and doing more threading...not sure how much I'll use it.

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