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Yes sir, that’s my baby!

2014 May 8
by elizabeth_admin

Baby Lock, that is.

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Last week, I tried to take apart my serger and work on it but to no avail.  I knew that I didn’t want to pour more money into it and still risk not having it work right.  So I went looking on Craigslist to see if anyone was selling some used sergers in my area.  I found one, a Janome, but when I went to look at it, I found it difficult to thread and it didn’t feed/cut my fabrics well.  So I passed on it.  Then I called SewingMachinesPlus which is relatively close to me to see if they had any used machines, but the woman who helped me over the phone couldn’t say for sure if they had  any in stock or not.

So Monday, after trying once more to fix my machine, I decided to just bite the bullet and drive over there to see what they had.  I wanted to look at used or new Jukis.  When I got there, they brought out a Juki 735 which was nice.  But then they remembered that someone had brought in a Baby Lock Imagine serger to trade in that Saturday.  How amazing is that?

I tried it out right then and there.  Thankfully, I had the forethought to bring a bunch of test fabrics with me.  I threw everything I had at it.  And this machine could take it.  Oh and the jet air threading for the loopers?  Magical.  I could rethread that machine over and over and never get tired of watching those threads magically end up threaded.  It is so cool.  I can’t get over it.  And I didn’t even mind threading my old Brother 1034D.

Speaking of which, they took that Brother 1034D as a trade in.  They gave me a great price on the Baby Lock Imagine serger, especially after the trade in of my old machine.  I’m pretty stoked to have a new to me serger back in my arsenal, but a Baby Lock?  That’s just icing on the cake.  I didn’t think I could ever afford one.  Happy early birthday to me!

I have already used it on two projects since getting it into my sewing room on Monday.  I made another set of Kwik Sew 3661 leggings and I finished the seam allowances on my dream skirt today.

Here are the leggings…

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You’ll have to be patient on the skirt.  I made it for Mother’s Day, but I need to make a blouse to go with it, so I can’t model it until the blouse is done too.  But I can tell you it came out wonderfully.  And I didn’t even have to worry about French seams and a side zipper.  Phew!  I can’t wait to show you the entire outfit.

Before I forget, thank you for all your comments on yesterday’s post about how I’m not a natural at sewing.  It made me feel a lot better to hear that many of you felt the same way about sewing and your skill levels.  It can be a frustrating hobby.  I am glad that sometimes things work out though or I wouldn’t have any motivation to keep at it.  Again, thank you!

Happy serging everyone!

18 Responses leave one →
  1. May 8, 2014

    How wonderful! I am so very envious, I’ve been lusting after a Babylock for years!

    Enjoy!

  2. May 8, 2014

    Congratulations! I now have serger envy….

  3. Carolyn permalink
    May 8, 2014

    I have an Imagine also and love, love, love my serger! I know the air jet threading is magical but what about the automatic tension! Just awesome! So happy for you!

  4. Holle permalink
    May 8, 2014

    Hi,

    I bought my Imagine over 15 years ago and it’s still going strong. The self threading feature is what sold me. May you have many years with your Babylock.

  5. May 8, 2014

    Fantastic leggings! Enjoy your new baby…you’ll just wish you bought it yonks ago.

  6. May 8, 2014

    I am SOOOOO excited for you. This machine was a game changer for me. I went in, unprepared to spend the money, but I couldn’t resist and I’m so glad because I am grateful for this machine every day. BTW, I didn’t have a serger to trade in and I’m in TO. I got a great deal and it still cost me 1700 bucks. I suspect, you got a much better deal 🙂 I didn’t know how I could justify that pricetag as a new sewist, but it’s more than paid for itself.

    Congratulations! Enjoy.

    PS: Much more recently I bought a “cost-effective” cover stitch machine and I regret it. Wish I’d spent the money and got the better brand. So live and learn.

  7. Judi permalink
    May 8, 2014

    For sure Happy Early Birthday to you!!! That will pay for itself…ever so worth every penny. I have the Enlighten…it’s not getting used enough…that’s subject to change. Your leggings are pretty! Isn’t it nice to sew without getting frustrated?

  8. May 8, 2014

    How exciting! I would be devastated without a serger at this point, so I can see why it was affecting the mojo. The new leggings look fantastic though! I really need to make myself some leggings really soon…

  9. May 8, 2014

    I’ve had a Babylock Imagine for several years now. I absolutely love it! It is so easy to thread that I HAVE to matchy-match my seam finishes to each fabric. Love it. Have fun!

  10. May 8, 2014

    I have a babylock, too, and I love it. I also love your leggings!

  11. May 8, 2014

    Congrats on your new baby. Good equipment makes all the difference.

    Have you ever put in extra length on the front of your t-shirts? Just put in a couple of tucks about where bust darts normally start. That will get rid of the drag lines below the bust.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      May 8, 2014

      BMGM, I did not make this top. It’s a lululemon top and I didn’t adjust the ruching at the side seams.

  12. Kathy - Ohio permalink
    May 8, 2014

    I have a Baby Lock serger and love it.

  13. BeckyW permalink
    May 8, 2014

    You will love this serger. I bought one in 1997. I was so upset over spending so much on it. I have never once regretted it. I still love it to this day. I’ve used it a ton.

  14. May 9, 2014

    Congratulations on the new arrival! I love those leggings too, the fabric is gorgeous.

  15. May 9, 2014

    YAY – YAY – YAY!!
    You deserve a Babylock after all the hassle with the Brother.
    This worked out beautifully and may you serge many happy seams on your new machine.

  16. May 9, 2014

    What luck! A Baby Lock no less and I’m sure there’ll be smoke’n needles in your sewing room from now on.

  17. May 9, 2014

    that’s awesome that you got such a fabulous deal on the babylock! I’m close to finally breaking down and getting a serger. this is fabulous luck that you got such a great one 😀

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