My Serger

 

To continue with Sewing Machine Month, I want to tell you about my serger, one of my best friends.

What brand and model do you have?  

I own a Babylock Imagine Wave.  

How long have you had it?

Since October 2008.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

$1700.00

What types of things do you sew?

I sew clothing for our toddler daughter, tote bags, napkins, aprons, and plenty of other useful items that can be done with cute fabric…

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

I sew often, several times a week.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does it have a name?

I love my machine.  It does not have a name, it is not a person, which is weird, because I referred to it as one my best friends.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

All of them!  First, and foremost, the jet-air threading.  My mother-in-law advised me on this–sergers can be difficult to thread.  I ran my campaign on that alone, I never looked at another brand.  I enjoy the rolled hem, especially when used with wooly nylon, I have made plenty of napkins this way.  I love the elastic foot, this is especially important when making skirts, the elastic will not roll at some point of wearing it.  If you want to make an ironing board cover, the elastic foot will be your best friend.

ironing board cover


Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

It does not make dinner.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine? We want to hear it!

I obsessed about a serger for months before getting one, thanks, Jimmy!  

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

Hell yes!  It does everything but a straight stitch.  I can (almost) completely make some skirts and aprons on here, of course, I use my machine for topstitching.  I have not used the "wave feature" yet, but I got it for the same price as one without it.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

My mother-in-law told me to take fabric that you will sew with often and test it on the machine that you are considering.  

Make sure that you understand the basics (threading machine, operation button, changing stitches, etc.) before you purchase.  Take classes at the shop in which you purchases your machine, if offered. I did not do that because I am a know-it-all.

Do you have a dream machine?

This is it.

 

 

5 thoughts on “My Serger

  1. You know, somebody needs to create a machine that makes dinner (or at least a fresh cup of espresso!). I may have to get an elastic foot for my serger now that you’ve tempted me. I sort of use my machine for the basics but I think it’s capable of much more. Fun!

  2. I REALLY want a Serger 😉 My little sewing machine is so pitiful….but maybe it is because I bought it at Wal-Mart for around $150. One day I’m going to upgrade, buy a serger, maybe a cricut machine, some welding tools….my list goes on and on 😉 I’m glad I know which Serger to buy now!!

  3. I have an ancient serger that I can’t figure out how to thread. 😦 I’m determined that one day it will be my friend!

  4. Hello,
    I have just purchased the Baby Lock Imagine and I am starting to play with it. You mentioned that you do the top-stitching on your sewing machine. Have you ever top-stitched a serged elastic with either a knit or a woven fabric, like the top of a gathered skirt? What did you do on the sewing machine to have the fabric feed evenly during the top-stitching process?
    Thanks

  5. I work with quilting cottons, mostly. When I top-stitch on a gathered skirt, I just treat the item as if it was quarter-pinned and stretch it while I sew. If you use knits, use a ballpoint needle when top-stitching. Hope that helps!

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