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Monday, January 21, 2008

Meet Babylock



Today I want to introduce my serger which has been sadly neglected since I started quilting. I spent some time this afternoon sewing sweaters from the white fleece I bought in Fargo. This Babylock serger is the most amazing machine you can imagine. It can use 8, yes count them, 8 threads at a time but I usually make do with 4. The other 4 are for flatlock stitch, which is the one found on the bottom of t-shirts. The most amazing thing of all, though, is that it is self-threading. If any of you have spent time cussing an improperly threaded serger (overlocker for those of you down under) you will know what I mean. With this machine you just put the thread into the correct hole on the lower front of the machine, push down the lever that is beneath the holes and a big poof of air sends the thread all the way to the needle area. Unlike most sergers, there is no correct or incorrect threading order. On my old serger, an Elna, if you threaded the wrong one first the thread would keep breaking. Sewing with it today reminded me of how fast and neat the seams are with this machine. I can see some more garments in my near future, if only to use this wonderful machine.


12 comments:

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I HATED my 1st serger - so complicated to thread/adjust tension. Now I have a White (ATS2000)which is fairly easy - only 4 threads though! I've had it 5 years and get tons of use out of it! But maybe, just maybe some day when I am ready to replace it - I will look at these self-threading models!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Exuberant Color said...

I have the model under yours, just 4 threads, but love the threading. I had so much trouble with the old one I wouldn't use it. Now I don't mind changing thread 3 times on one project.

dot said...

Oh if I had a serger this would be it. I have heard and read good things about them. Enjoy. Can I send my garmet sewing out to you?

Quilt Pixie said...

I've never owned a serger, but everyone I know swears at the threading of them. I have borrowed a friends and joined the swearing club... a self-threader might entice me to consider ownership 'cause manual threading is certainly a MAJOR deterrent!

atet said...

I've always wanted a serger -- now I know which one I want to get :0).

Duyvken said...

My mil swears by her serger! Happy garment making, J.

Judy said...

Yes, I must confess that I think twice (or is it 3 times?) before I drag out my serger (a Bernina) due to the threading! Wish you had written this post a couple of years ago, before I bought my "new" serger!

xo

Thimbleanna said...

I've always heard such wonderful things about that air threading system. After many years, my serger and I have had a meeting of the mind and now we're friends -- I've learned how to thread her without taking all day. I LOVE sergers -- they make such quick work out of the tedious!

meggie said...

I kid myself I would sew more if I had an overlocker... but I am not sure about that! LOL.
However, that is the one I would want! Happy sewing.

upstateLisa said...

I would love to get a serger some day. You recommend this brand?

Libby said...

Oh my - I am sometimes challenged to thread my regular machine *s*

Jane Ann said...

Awfully late chiming in here, but among my serging pals, the machine you have is apparently just the sweetest one around. You evidently feel the same--lucky you!