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Babylock vs. Bernina sergers

Norma_Bybee's picture

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I am ready to buy my first serger and have done some research, but would like personal experience recommendation. I understand the patented threading system that Babylock touts. Is the Bernina threading very hard? I use their sewing machine and have been very happy with both the quality of the machine and the service given. I don't want a serger that is so difficult to use that I never get it out though. If anyone knows, please respond.

Georgia_Stone's picture

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You might want to look at a Juki, they are made by Bernia and have a different name. The one I have is really nice and has a self threading lower looper. I had a baby lock and really liked it but after doing something dumb, I needed a new throat plate and they were not available anyplace. Georgia

lin_hendrix's picture

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Hi Norma,

I love my Babylock. I first bought the Imagine machine and loved it so much I upgraded to their Evolve. I had a Pfaff serger before and believe me the auto threading and auto tensioning are worth every penny. Fast!

--lin

Debbie_Michels's picture

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Hi Norma.

I thought you might like yet another opinion...I traded in a Singer model for a Bernina a little more than a year ago. I love it and have had no trouble with threading. I tie off and have only struggled with wooly nylon. I personally know of others who have traded up more so because of other features such as differential feed. The only way to really know is to work on one..Your dealer should let you sit at one and sew and change thread. I have never seen a dealer who would not. You will know what you like when you find it. Good Luck.

Joan_Weakland's picture

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I'm a beginning serger-er and I bought a Babylock Eclipse.

After taking an intro serging class with a variety of users and their different brand machines, I was very happy that I'd bought the self-threading Babylock.

The only reason I can think of to choose another brand of serger over a Babylock is if having a coverstitch is essential to you and you don't want to go as far as top-of-the-line; Babylock only offers the coverstitch on its highest-end machine, which is an 8-thread machine, whereas most other lines offer it on 4 or 5 thread machines.

Although I initially really wanted a serger with a coverstitch, the 8-thread system was intimidating to me, so I bought my 4-thread Eclipse (with differential feed). The self-threading feature and ease of use sold me on the Babylock.

Joan

Linda_H's picture

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I, too, am thinking of buying a serger. This is very new to me. Just what is a coverstitch and what makes it so desirable? Thanks.

Mary_Harris's picture

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Hi Linda,
I purchased the Baby Lock with the air threader last year. It is so easy to use. The puff of air really makes it quick. I have used a lot of other sergers as I am a professional seamstress and have seen a lot of shops. The BL is by far the easiest to thread and use. It has a built in differential, you can stop the cutting blade, and the manuel is very easy to understand.

Lee_Knott's picture

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The coverstitch is how many RTW items are hemmed - similar look to a double needle topstitch.

You can use the DN topstitching or do a Jean Muir hem with machine topstitching.

All Brands has a coverstitch only machine. Otherwise, it's only available on the over $500 sergers.

It can be a pain to change the machine over to do a coverstitch, so research carefully.

Linda_H's picture

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Mary--Which model of the Babylock do you have? I'm leaning toward the Imagine. Do you have any ideas about it? Thanks, Linda

Mary_Harris's picture

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Linda,
I bought the Babylock Imagine last year and have enjoyed it very much. It is very easy to thread, and the built in differential is great. I have several different feet for it, ruffler, blind hem, etc, but have yet to use them. For me it has been well worth the investment. I purchased it off the net from a place in Florida for about $600.00 less the extras.

Norma_Bybee's picture

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Thanks to everyone for your input. I bought a Babylock Imagine and am delighted with it. Threading is a piece of cake, so there have been no frustrations and lots of fun.

Jean_Moates's picture

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A week ago I purchased the Baby Lock Imagine serge as my first. The dealer offers a free basic lesson and also a free advanced creative lesson. The serger comes with easy to follow instructions and a teaching video. Quite frankly, this sold me. I had not planned to go over $500.00, but do not regret my decision to do so. So far, I have had no problems except the needle threader needs an adjustment.
Jean

Gabriela_Ortiz's picture

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Mary, I have been looking for the Babylock Imagine and can't find it for less than $1,000 through Allbrands. Can you remember the name of your source and their web address? I would sure appreciate it!

Denise_Bean's picture

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Mary,

What is the company from which you purchased your Babylock? I am interested in buying this machine.

Thanks,
Denise
denisebean@hotmail.com

Lana_Gibaldi's picture

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Mary,
Where oh where did you buy the babylock imagine for $600, I just paid
$999, but I can still return it. Also, you are right, I was intimidated by my other serger, but love the babylock.

pdxcreative's picture

Well since the Bernina (post #25497, reply #15 of 15)

Well since the Bernina Sergers are made by JUKI in China you may as well just buy the JUKI and a Bernina sticker (for bragging rights) and save a few hundred bucks!

Or you could co with the inventor of the serger and choose a Babylock.