Pros: Jet Air Threading, Cover Lock and Overlock serger in a single unit.
In my opinion, the Baby Lock Evolve is by far the best serger on the market. This is an 8-thread machine. I have a Kenmore conventional sewing machine, but I found that I wanted a machine that would also serge and overlock my seams. A serger was my answer.
I started researching sergers online, reading reviews, doing a lot of looking and asking questions. I gave other manufacturers serious consideration (Bernina, Juki, Singer), but purchased the Baby Lock Evolve because of the following:
1. Post-sale dealer support, such as FREE lessons for lifetime.
2. Several FREE pressure feet, such as rolled hem, binding foot, gathering foot.
3. Jet-air automatic threading, which allows me to easily thread the machine in any order. The air ports are marked and labeled in such a way to quickly identify which thread goes into which port. Just put an inch or so of thread in the port, push down a lever, and 'swoosh' it's threaded.
4. Cover lock stitch PLUS overlock stitch. You can choose to do one or the other, or a combination of both.
The Baby Lock Evolve features a unique stitch called the Wave. I have not tried it yet, but if I decide to make decorative pillows, I am sure I will try it out.
The threading really is very easy and I can thread the machine quickly. This is very important to me because if I happen to break a thread while sewing, it doesn't take long to rethread it.
I have used the cover stitch a lot for making new drapes for my home. My husband, who couldn't believe I paid what I did for the machine, actually complimented me on the drapes without being asked. He said they were very, very nice and he was being sincere. I have used the serger/overlock stitch for finishing seams and also for putting a nice edge on a fleece blanket.
The stitches are perfect, provided the machine is correctly threaded. An instructional DVD was included, along with a quick thread guide and full instruction booklet.
Something for newbies to consider if looking at sergers. A serger does not replace your conventional sewing machine, if you need a buttonholer, or the ability to sew on a zipper.
This machine is very expensive (over $2000), but this is because it is a Baby Lock Jet Air threading machine that features both the cover lock and an overlock serger in one unit.