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Which serger is the easiest to use?

nowasp | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am interested in replacing my Bernina Bernette Fun Lock 004-D serger which I have had for fifteen years.  It is too difficult to thread and adjust.  Does anyone have any recommendations on brands I should research before I make my final selection?


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    matzahari | | #1

    test drive babylock  and elna. both famous for easy threading, neither is cheap but the machines are fantastic.

    1. nowasp | | #6

      Thank you  for taking the time to reply.  You provided some good guidance which I will keep in mind during my search.   Nowasp

  2. suesew | | #2

    I have the babylock imagine and while it is very easy to thread it is still faster to tie new threads on than to go through the threading process. Also I do not have access to tensions to make minor adjustments when I want to make them. The machine does all the thinking for me and sometimes we don't think alike.

    1. nowasp | | #5

      Thank you for taking the time to replay and for forwarding useful information.  I appreciate the effort.  Nowasp

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      gae | | #7


      Go back to your dealer for a class,  you can adjust the tension on the Imagine.  It'll do anything you can do on any 4 thread serger.   There is a workbook available to show all the little ins and outs of serging with the thread-feeding system the Imagine uses.  Awesome serger, second only to the Evolve by Babylock.

  3. Pattiann42 | | #3

    Hi nowasp!

    I have a Funlock 004, purchased in 1989!  Yes, it can be a pain to thread.  I am going to try out the BabyLock.  I told my dealer I would be back to check out their top of the line just as soon as my BL Ellegante is paid for!

    Make a list of what you would like (self threading is my #1 request), then test the machine and dealer.  Take your own fabric sample for testing if there is something that has been giving you a problem.

    Buy the machine you like the best from the dealer you like the best!

    1. nowasp | | #4

      Thanks for taking the time to reply.  You gave me some good ideas to take forward in my search.  

  4. MaryinColorado | | #8

    Husqvarna/Viking 936!  I love this machine!  Also, go to http://www.patternreview.com, they have many machine reviews.  You can join for free or as a paying member.  Hope this helps.  Always test drive and be sure to get a dealer who will provide free know your machine classes. Hope this is helpful.  Mary

    1. nowasp | | #9

      thank you so much for taking the time to reply, your information will be added to my search.   Nowasp

      1. feismom | | #10

        Babylock evolve is easiest to thread and switch from overlock to coverlock/chain  Huskylock 936 is very versatile and can be used more for decorative work, bit more of a learning curve


        1. nowasp | | #11

          Thank you so much for taking the time to replay.  I will add your information to my file.  So far, Babylock seems to be the machine most recommended but your distinction between that one and the Viking being more useful for decoarative work is particularly helpful.  Nowasp

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