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valleygirl66 | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am in Ontario Canada and am looking to buy a serger – used would be OK too.

I have looked at Babylock  Eclipse with  jet air threading,  which sounds good.   What about Pfaff Coverlock 3 or 4 or one of the Husqvarna sergers. 

I am told to really pay attention to the threading which can be difficult and also to how the machine holds tension.   Any feedback on what machine has had good experience and reasonable ease of use.    I am looking to pay in the $1,000 range.

Would love to hear from everyone.



  1. Crazy K | | #1

    serger questions

    You would love the Babylock with the jet-air threading.  They have a great 'cheat sheet' to with drawings to show threading patterns.  You mentioned a Pfaff coverlock......coverlock/coverhem machines do coverhems only.  They are not true sergers.  I have a Babylock Evolve that I use primarily for coverhem and an Elna 704 (older model, similar to the 745) that I use for most projects.  There is a learning curve on the threading but once your become 'friends', you'll wonder why you waited so long.


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    gabbynow | | #2

    Which serger to buy

    Look no further.  Get a Baby Lock if you want to spend more time serging and less time fretting!  I just purchased my first serger used on Ebay.  It was an Evolve with 8 threads which I suppose I really don't need but hey, for less than an Imagine I got all that I will ever need. 

    1. HelgaPataki | | #3

      Which serger to buy

      I miss my babylock.  its super easy to thread, and you can purchase extra accessories for it. I had a lot of fun with it.  The Janome My Lock is also easy to thread except for the end spool thread and the dark small space to look into, and I need a flashlight for that. I had to return a lot of Singers because I had difficulty with either threading, gauge, or both. 

      1. JMH3309 | | #4


        I would like to add onto this post asking if anyone knows of a middle price serger to buy??  The most important thing I am looking for is one that is easy to thread.  Please someone help!

        1. sewchris703 | | #7

          Juki MO644D


          This is what my dd bought on my recommendation and that of one of my contract clients.  My client uses it in her clothing business and bought it to replace her old serger which was also a Juki.  This model is a newer version of her old one which died after many years of use. I can't speak about the ease of threading as I don't find threading a serger all that hard.  Fiddly and exact (must follow threading sequence to the letter--no short cuts) but not hard.  Usually I just tie off and pull the threads through. 


  3. Pattiann42 | | #5

    Buying A Serger

    Threading can be a bear!  Visit dealers and ask for demos and then you take a go at the threading.  Once that is accomplished, the rest is a piece of cake.

    Air-jet is super, but if it is out of the budget, then doing as many demos as possible is the next step.

    The lower looper is the toughest part of threading the non-air-jet serger.  This can be "handled" by tying off the new thread below the tension (or above and then open the tension by setting to 0) and then slowing running the machine until the new thread appears in the chain.  Be sure to reset the tension setting if you set it to 0 for the threading.

    I have the baby lock imagine and it is super.  I also, use an old Janome My Lock at another location - it is one of those "bear, but doable" models.

    I am always happy to be back with my baby lock!

    1. JMH3309 | | #6

      Yes threading it can be horrible! I have been visiting some dealers and looking at different kinds.  Have you ever heard good reviews or used a brother serger? I have found those to be in my price range.  Do you think sergers that are in the $200-$300 price range are not worth it? I visited one dealer and they said not to spend  less than $600 because they will not last.  I can't tell if they are just trying to get me to buy a more expensive one or if there are good brands out there that you don't have to spend a lot of money on.  My old serger I bought wasn't that cheap and it ended ip being horrible so I just want to make sure I do as much research as possible this time. 

      Thanks for all your help!

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