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baby Lock Evolve looking for information

Margery_Lang | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

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I am thinking of buying a baby lock evolve and I would like to hear from anyone who has one. Are they as good as they sound? Is the conversion to the cover stitch function easy and what is the stitch like? Any pitfalls that you’ve noticed? I already have their blind hammer and I just love it. If anyone can help I’d very much appreciate it . Thanks Margery

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  1. chocobar | | #1

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    I have an Evolve. It has good, quality stitches, and everything you might need. It is incredibly easy and quick to thread, and can be threaded in ANY order. I think it is a great machine.

    The cover stitch is great, but you must have (I think) a size 14 in the left and size 11 or 12 in the right. You can only use a specified needle when you do the cover stitch (Schmetz EL type needles, in size 11 or 12 and 14). You can use regular needles for the other stitches, but I usually stick with the EL's to make things easier.

    This machine doesn't have too many bad points, but I will say that the regular foot is bigger than some other sergers I've seen, making it a bit more difficult to see what's going on right near the needle. Compared to my sewing machine and other (Babylock) serger, it's louder, but I don't know how that would compare to other similar sergers. Also, it does not have a free arm. That has turned out to be no problem for me; I just turn my project inside out to sew rather than putting it around a free arm.

    My favorite stitch is the 5/8" seam interlock stitch, which seams and overlocks in one go at the 5/8" sewing line. It is wonderful! I also think the narrow hem is a beautiful stitch, though I don't use it as much as I do others.

    It is very easy to change between stitches.

    1. Margery_Lang | | #2

      *Dear chocobarThanks so much for taking the time to reply to my request. Your thoughts have confirmed the fact that I REALLY do want one!!! I have a Baby lockk blindhammerr which I adore,but because the brand is not so well known in Australia and not even sold in the town I live in I decided it may be a good thing to ask some questions. Thanks once again, as soon as I get a moment next week I'm off on a 400elmm drive to buy a newBaby lockckRegards Margery.

      1. Margery_Lang | | #3

        *Dear chocobarThanks so much for taking the time to reply to my request. Your thoughts have confirmed the fact that I REALLY do want one!!! I have a Babylock blind hemmer which I adore,but because the brand is not so well known in Australia and not even sold in the town I live in I decided it may be a good thing to ask some questions. Thanks once again, as soon as I get a moment next week I'm off on a 400 klm drive to buy a new BabylockRegards Margery.

        1. Rosemary_Lowman | | #4

          *Baby Lock Pro Line - shall I buy it? I no longer sew very much, but had to take my little old Husquvarna for repairs. As I left I stopped to look at a new Viking ($600 model) but the dealer lead me to the Baby Lock Pro Line ($500) which he considers a great buy for the kind of sewing I do - says it's an in-between - not cheap enough for some or fancy enough for others. It looks great, and why would Baby Lock make a bad machine? But need some assurance that it isn't actually just a lemon!

          1. Pam_Petranek | | #5

            *Hi RosemaryI have the Babylock Proline 550 And am very happy with it. I got it the end of May, and it's my first serger. I did take a lesson, because I had never used a serger before and it is different from a regular sewing machine. But it has handled everything I've tried with no problems at all. It has an available freearm, easy color coded threading (NOT jet air threading though), rolled hem without a plate or foot change, and comes with 3 extra snapon feet (pearls/piping, blindhem, ruffler). Only thing it lacks is a coverstitch, but any current machine with a coverstitch costs quite a bit more. Only quibble I had was that it didn't come with a needle inserter, and doesn't even talk about one in the instruction manual. As a total newbie, I was REALLY frustrated trying to change needles using only locking tweezers. But I learned all about needle inserters at the class, and have had no trouble since.My instructor seemed to think that my machine was a little louder and prone to vibration than the Berninas the other ladies had. She also felt my rolled hem was not as tight as the other machines produced. But I saw no problem with the rolled hem, and picked up one of those mats like a mouse pad to set the machine on. It is quieter now, and doesn't walk at all. If you have the chance to try one, please do. The other ladies paid a lot more for their machines, and I really didn't see any difference.Once Sewing World comes back up, read the Babylock folders there. I've never read about anyone being unhappy with their Babylock.Hope this helps!Pam

          2. A.Pearl | | #6

            Babylock550

            Hi there, I just got a babylock 550 for a good price. The only problem is that it didn't come with a manual for it. It came with a vhs but I cannot use it. I was wondering if you would have a dvd for the babylock 550 that I can get from you. 

            Also, the lady who sold me the babylock550 told me that it does covertich and rolled hem. Is this not the case? I realize this is an old post, but I'm corssing my fingers for help here.Thank you for your time. 

            Pearl

          3. marymary | | #7

            Manual

            Go to http://www.babylock.com/downloads/manuals/.  You will find a manual for the Evolve.

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