I have a Pfaff Hobbylock 4870 Serger and I really like it, but it doesn’t do the coverstitch. I’m thinking of trading for a Babylock Evolve, which seems to do everything in the world, but I’m wondering if it isn’t too good to be true. I’d appreciate some advice from those who have this machine. What have been your problems with it, what don’t you like, and what do you like. Thanks!
I have the Evolve and I love it. I use it a lot and I haven't had an ounce of trouble. The air threading of the loopers makes it worth every penny of the price. It almost threads itself! It does every type of stitch possible on a serger, from chain stitch to two thread flatlock to an eight thread magnum opus that I have yet to find a use for, although it's nice to have if I ever need it! I am thrilled with my evolve, and wouldn't want any other machine!!!
I looked at every one of the big brands of sergers at the Toronto needlework show and decided on the evolve from all the machines there.
The only downside is that it looks and sounds like it's industrial roots, it's bulky and a little noisy, but considering all the good points, the two little negatives are easily overlooked.
Hi Kat Krazee! Thanks for the information on the Baby Lock Evolve. Have you used a heavier thread such as wooly nylon or pearl crown rayon? I asked the salesman about these and he indicated you might have to tie the end of heavier thread to a regular weight thread. Also, as you serge with different weight fabrics, do the stitches really come out good? After using a serger in which I had to adjust tensions for different fabric, it's really incredible to think of not having to do that! Thanks!
It's scandalous what I've used in my serger! :-D I've used everything from silk to fine knitting yarn in the loopers. I leave the thread in the looper path, tie the new thread in, and draw it through. I've not had trouble yet, but I know creativity can be taken too far occasionally. As for different weights, I've sewn denim to silk and everything in between, and the only time it was balky was going over the multiple layers of denim at the crotch, but that can stump industrial machines. So far mine purrs like a kitten And I haven't had a bit of trouble with it!.
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