When I first heard about a serger that is threaded by a puff of air, I couldn’t wait to review one. That opportunity came with I reviewed the Ovation by Baby Lock at Cynthia’s Fine Fabrics in Tamarac, Florida.

At A Glance

Even before getting a chance to look inside the looper door, the thing I noticed first was the thread stand. The Baby Lock Ovation can sew with up to eight cones of thread.

Baby Lock Ovation

Baby Lock Ovation

I am accustomed to seeing a variable speed control slider on sewing machines. The Ovation, however, is the first serger I’ve reviewed that also has a variable speed control slider that lets you sew up to 1500 stitches per minute.

Variable speed control slider

Variable speed control slider

The Ovation has no tension dials or controls because the tension is adjusted automatically. With all this, the one thing that took me completely by surprise is the placement of the presser foot lifter.

Instead of placing it behind the needle bar, the presser foot lifter on the Baby Lock Ovation is located on the front right side.

On board color threading chart

On board color threading chart

Features

  • 87 stitch options
  • 2-8 threads
  • 1-3 needles
  • Presser foot lifter on front of the machine
  • Variable speed control slider
  • 2x as much lighting as conventional sergers
  • Built-in thread cutter
  • Presser foot lever in front
  • Built-in accessory storage
  • Built-in ribbon/tape guides
  • On board color threading chart
  • Color-coded single antennae with thread guides
  • Wide sewing table
  • Needle drop tray with magnet
  • Needle clamp safety plate
  • Safety switch on front door cover

Working on the Baby Lock Ovation

Threading any serger can be a daunting task. The very idea of threading an eight thread serger can be downright intimidating. The Extraordinaire air threading system is fascinating to watch.

Extraordinaire air threading system

Extraordinaire air threading system

All you have to do is pull off a length of thread – the owner’s manual specifies 22 inches or 56 centimeters for those who prefer metric measurements – then insert the end into the appropriate opening inside the looper door and push the button.

The thread actually automatically goes all the way through the machine and out the other end without you having to do anything at all.

The instructions tell you that if the thread doesn’t go all the way through on the first try, to push the button again.

With up to eight threads to work with, the Extraordinair threading system certainly makes the threading process much less taxing. For your convenience, a graphic color coded threading guide is affixed to the inside of the looper door.

For this review, I sampled the flatlock hem stitch. while working at the slow and intermediate speed settings, the Baby Lock Ovation ran smoothly and without any perceptible vibration.

When I set the variable speed control slider to the highest setting, however, there was definite vibration – not so much as to affect the work, but definitely vibration, nonetheless. The stitch quality was neat, secure and the stitches were well formed.

Neat and secure stitch quality

Neat and secure stitch quality

Fabrics

  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits(Medium to heavyweight only)
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers

Accessories

Standard accessories

  • Snap on presser foot
  • Extension table for chain stitching
  • Lint brush/needle threader
  • Needle threader
  • Tweezers
  • Looper threader tool
  • Thread nets
  • Spool caps
  • Knee lifter
  • Cone holders
  • Soft cover
  • Screwdriver

Optional accessories

  • Optional snap on presser feet
    • Beading
    • Blind hem
    • Elastic
    • Lace
    • Piping
    • Ruffling
    • Curving
    • Clear
    • Cover/chain
    • Pintuck
  • Optional chain/cover stitch accessories
    • 2 Belt loop binders (3/4” and 1 ½”)
    • 2 double fold bias tape binders (28mm and 36mm)
    • Fabric guide
    • 2 Plain hemmers (1/4” and ½”)
    • 3 Single downturn fellers (1/4” 5/8” and 1”)
    • 2 Single fold bias tape binders (28mm and 40mm)

Maintenance







After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Lubricate
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

After my review, I spoke with a woman who owns an Ovation and she shared with me that she had a little bit of a learning curve since she moved from a traditional serger to the Ovation.

She went on to add that once she got the hang of it, she absolutely loves her Ovation and all that it is capable of doing.

I made a point of asking about the Extraordinair threading system and whether or not it works as well as it did for me during the review.

She answered that she has had her Ovation for a couple of months now and that in addition to loving the fact that she can just push a button to thread the Ovation, she would never go back to working with a serger that required manual threading or one that required her to manually adjust thread tension.

The Ovation was only introduced to the public in August. Now, just a few short months later, it seems to be the next best thing in home serging. One thing is certain.

If the Baby Lock Ovation stands the test of time, it definitely will change the way everyone looks at the traditional home serger and overlock machine.

Baby Lock Ovation Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Intermediate
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Speed
Ease of use
Maintenance
Pros
  • Easy to thread lower loopers
  • Multi-functional serger/overlocker
Cons
  • Lots of different options for use
  • Not recommended for beginners
4.3Overall Score
Reader Rating: (41 Votes)

64 Responses

  1. Jean Ouellet

    Find UL needs several tries for threading port. Find subisdiary looper not easy to remove from UL. Sometimes a little friction on cutter knife. R and L overlock needle threads not easy to hold on place sometimes. Deplore the fact there is not video for self review and teaching. Am visual. Had great time with Evolution. A real jewel. Hoping to be same once completely used to Ovation. Long life to your wonderful machines.

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    • Mary Jo mark

      I have the same problem. If you are still having this problem, let me know. I will tell you what my tech told me, to make it work.

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      • Jean

        Referring to subisidiary looper. Had it removed after second one put in. Have eye problems. Too bad I can’t use with 2-thread flat lock on wave/ovlck stitches. Wish they would give and option like old days with a sperated subisidiary easy to to up on U/L. Went through various brands in my life and Baby Lock jet air deifnitely the best. Still am waiting for Baby lock to come out with a thorough DVD on tutorial and projects. Cheers. Jean.

      • Mary

        Actually when I took the serger into the tech for 3rd time, he had finally found out how to fix it. At least he said it was the best fix he could do. So far it hasnt separated since then. I hold my breath every time. If I were you I would have had them replace the whole serger. It is a great serger, but if I had my druthers I would have an elna 5 threadDC, but I have no idea where to get one.

  2. Debbie Beeler

    Have had this machine for one month. Was not my first serger. I found it easy to thread and change stitches. The instructions were well writen and the accompanying card with quick threading info is great! The extra lighting and additional space to the right of the needles are wonderful for large projects! It has been well worth the money. Shop around before buying for the best price and additional equipment like feet, trolly, and inspiration books.

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  3. Dorothy Vermeulen

    I was told a very easy machine to use for beginners. this machine IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS I wasted my money on this machine will never use it again it has brought me to tears. it will become a closet serger.

    If anyone wants this machine think again if you are a beginner.

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    • Judy Reginaldi

      Dorothy, I am so sorry you are not happy with your very expensive serger. I’ve had a Babylock eclipse for about 30 years and it still works like new, but certainly doesn’t look new. If you also have the Inspiration Guide, I would encourage you to play around with your machine and do some fun projects with it.
      I wanted to upgrade my Babylock eclipse and bought a top of the line Pfaff which I hated. I finally sold the Pfaff and I’m so glad I kept my Babylock. I would really hate for you to have to go through the same thing I did. Please be patient with yourself and with your machine. The Ovation and Evolution are the 2 top of the line Babylocks, and truly, you can’t find a better machine.

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      • SARAH

        I know these comments are a few years old, but I am looking to sell my Ovation and would love to chat about it! Let me know!

      • Heidi

        Can you tell me why you don’t want it, why you want to sell it?

      • SARAH

        I know these comments are a few years old, but I am looking to sell my Ovation and would love to chat about it! Let me know!

      • Judit

        Sarah, I’m looking for a used Babylock Ovation. Where are you located?

    • mike m

      Dorothy, have you gone back to your dealer for classes? This machine with the air threading gives you much easier threading than any serger

      pull out the threading guide, its the 3 fold with the pictures of the serger in different threading methods. once you get the basic intro to the machine, you should be able to use that guide to do all the threading as long as you walk through every step (since you may have been doing chain stitching and have to reset the loopers)

      Look to see if there is a serger 3 day class at your dealer. Sara Gallegos does a 3 day that goes through a lot of the features on that serger.

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    • janet

      I was just wondering if you ever had a serger before this one? What do you consider a beginner?

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    • Lorna

      I have the Evolve and I love it. I am experienced but the old type sergers frustrate me to no end. I could not endure the looper threading and trying to get the tension right on every thread. I love this machine because it adjusts the tension automatically no matter which thread you are using. I use three regular threads and a wooley nylon many times and this machine makes it a breeze and sews beautiful. I have only used about 6 of the 87 stitches on mine but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I bought a used Elna Lock and I hate it. It seems like the person that sold you the Evolve would also teach you how to use it.

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      • Joyce Casey

        Oh my goodness, I love love love this serger! I only wish I had this when I was a beginner because it is so much easier than that first one I had that was a nightmare to thread and it would take hours to get the tension as right as it could be, and this was an every time use nightmare! The ovation is the greatest thing since sliced bread as far as I’m concerned! Any serger has a learning curve, if you haven’t used one before please go take a class or two, and just play with it! Watch some of the wonderful YouTube videos and just have fun with it! It is not a take out of the box and do a project machine but if you give just a little time and practice, you will love it, I promise you will!

  4. Vernelle

    Hello all.

    I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to visit Sewing Insight and engage in the type of dialog that is taking place here. It is one of the reasons Sewing Insight even exists.

    The Ovation is definitely NOT a machine for beginners. Although some dealers say it’s easy to learn, I disagree. If you are not already familiar with working on a serger and some of the intricacies of what a serger can and cannot do, I think the Ovation can be quite overwhelming.

    If, however, you are adept at working on a basic serger, the Ovation can be a wonderful experience. If you invested in an Ovation and it is your very first serger, don’t give up. I do, however, encourage you to take as many serger classes as you can possibly get in and then play around with the Ovation Inspiration book. It might take you a little while to get up to speed, but in time, you will really appreciate your Ovation.

    Happy Stitching to you all.

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    • Mary

      I’m glad you said it. The ovation surely is not for beginners. The machine is built for people that have been very familiar with their sergers. People whom spend much of their time going from one setting to another and just get tired of rethreading or trying to anyway. For those people and I am one of them, it is a timesaver.

      On the other hand, for a person that may be just jumping into serging, it can be very intimidating. There is a beautiful notebook that is available but most dealers don’t want to spend the money to include it with the purchase. They should be able to order it though, and sell it along with the serger. It would stop a lot of frustrations.

      And then there are people such as myself, whom have been serging for 30 years, used to threading and using decorative threads. We buy this ovation and it is so far beyond what we have been doing to serge, that we find it almost too easy, hard to accept the ease. But! Good news…….we get used to the ease.

      I would encourage babylock to pay someone like Sue Green to put a video together. She has the best serger teaching skills that I have ever encountered. It surely would be worth their time and money.

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    • SARAH

      Hi Vernelle! I hope you don’t think I am trying to spam your blog! 🙁 It’s been an awesome resource of knowledge for me. If you know anyone that is looking to purchase an Ovation serger, please let me know! We (like many) bought it for its great features and was told it would do everything we asked, however, that ended up not being the case in the end. We have the machine, trolley, inspo book, and 22 foot kit as a full package deal (or individually!). This is the first place I’ve seen with interested people! We love the machine overall but our projects now don’t require it! THANKS SO MUCH! Sew long for now!

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      • Heidi

        What kind of projects are you doing that don’t require serger? Is this your first serger, have you had experience with using a serger I the past? I am looking to replace my singer serger, updating the one my husband bought for me for xmas years ago.

      • Sarah

        Hi! We’ve been working on athletic wear and stretch knits and we’re told we would be able to flat lock knits but our fabric was too stretchy. We also love the cover stitch capabilities for hemming and can do double or triple needle stitches. I personally have an elna serger but it doesn’t have all the other cool features of the Ovation and is only for overlocking.

      • Pegan

        If you still have it I would be interested in contacting you to discuss my interest in purchasing an Ovation. If you would allow Vernelle to share your contact information with me. with me.

    • Debbie Wilson

      I so thoroughly disagree with the comment the Ovation is not for beginners. I was fairly new to serging having bought an Evolution after trying unsuccessfully with a Viking 936 I hated. The Evolution was easy for a very impatient person like me. Only trouble I had was when tired I could tangle threads trying to raise and lower the presser foot. Along came the Ovation and oh my goodness, presser foot in front, knee lift and more space. Even though I have small hands I found the evolution cramped. I love my Ovation. It is the easiest serger ever. If I find it easy just about anyone would. If I had had this serger when I first started I wouldn’t have given up on sergers until the evolution came along. If you just remember you have two machines, cover and regular serger and treat them separately its a breeze. The Viking 936 nearly ruined me forever on sergers. I had to be convinced and this one is wonderful.

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  5. Avis

    I taught myself to serge and coverstitch using the Brother 1034 serger and the companion Brother cover stitch machine. When my husband saw the Evolution on sale locally, he encouraged me to try it. We bought it on the spot. It was a huge improvement, especially the looper threading. However, I felt a bit overwhelmed with all the features, so I always refer to the threading chart and keep the PDF of the manual open on my computer so that it is easy to reference. I came across a Nancy Zieman workbook that follows closely with the serger workshop videos she has done with Pam Nahshie. Between the videos and very well organized workbook, I feel that I have more than mastered Evolution basics. So sorry that I did not know the Ovation was being released right after we bought the Evolution. The increased space to the right of the needles is very appealing to me since needle threading has become a challenge as my eyesight declines and my hands are less steady. The Ovation presser foot lever on the side rather than behind the needles would be frosting on the cake. I encourage you to keep your Ovation and take advantage of online tutorials and workbooks if you are unable to attend classes.

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  6. Sarah

    Hi Vernelle, just a quick note to let you know that you have mistaken millimetres for centimetres when discussing the air threading.
    “22 inches or 56 millimeters” should read “22 inches or 56 centimetres”
    Cheers, Sarah

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    • Vernelle

      Sarah –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight… and many thanks for the catch. In case it wasn’t already obvious, I almost never use metric measurements.

      Happy stitching.

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  7. Mary

    I’ve had my ovation for over a year. From the beginning, I have had trouble getting the air to shoot thread thru the upper looper. Finally took it back into the service fellow. He said there was nothing I could do about it, the tube that the thread shoots thru is not aligned with the tube it I supposed to aligne with. A real pain because I like to use decorative threads and trying to get any one of them thru is a real hassle. I finally have resorting to tying threads and pulling it thru, however, thick knots won’t got thru the tubes. The serger is a bit of a pain at this point.

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      • Mary

        Oh I do use the thread cradle, but the problem is that the two tubes that meet, after locking the machine, don’t meet. So, the air shoots out into thin air, not the connecting(supposedly) tube that carries it to the upper looper. The thread that is being shot to the upper looper, just hangs there at the end of the first tube. It’s frustrating as all get out. Thank you for your suggestion though….if only it were that easy.

      • Vernelle

        Hello, Mary –

        Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

        You invested a lot of money in this machine. You deserve to have it working properly.

        I have a few questions.

        Did you take classes on how to use and maintain your Ovation at the store where it was purchased? Did you share your concerns about the threading issue during these classes? Did you ask the dealer to take a look at it when you first noticed the problem? Sometimes issues like this can be rectified by a minor adjustment by an authorized service repair professional. Nearly all authorized Pfaff dealers have a service expert on the premises either full time or part time.

        You said that you have had it for more than a year. Have you taken your Ovation back for servicing? All computerized machines should be serviced at once every 12 months in order for them to maintain peak performance levels.

        Happy stitching.

      • Mary Jo Mark

        I thought that I answered your questions yesterday, but I don’t see the comment so will send it again.

        I did take the new owners class. I’m had the UL problem while in the class. The instructor whom was also the dealer, was impatient with it and said I just wasn’t doing it right. Well, I accepted her words, and continued trying to thread the UL. She would not try to thread it herself…..my mistake for not insisting. After a couple of months with this problem, I took it into the tech. He knew right away what it was….and showed me right there. I was stunned. The UL tube connector was hanging to the right of the first tube. He told me to use curved tweezers to pull/push it to connect with the first tube. That’s what I have been doing, but now I just tie the threads together and pull it thru……just like old times.

        I just read another instance, at the top of these comments, where the gal was having the same problem with hers. She doesn’t know it, but that’s why she has problems with the UL. I’m wondering if these machines were machines that dealers were trained on, and then bought at cheaper prices. Dealers can mess up a machine at those training classes.

        I’m taking it in on Wednesday, and I’m going to insist that it be fixed. This is ridiculous!

    • janet

      I talked to the Babylock dealer in Sturgis and he showed me how the tubes are easily aligned. Yours should be able to be aligned very easily. It was the only concern I had before I buy one. He actually showed me how to align the tubes. Were you able to get this fixed yet?

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      • Mary

        Not sure what I’m rating there!
        Have finally found a place that can fix it. In Eustis Fl., Sew Mini Things. I just purchased a fantastic Elna 900 from Timm, the owner of the shop. He assured me that they would be able to fix the ovation. When the I go back for my elna class with him, I will take the ovation. They sell babylock as well as Ellna, Janome, singer and probably others. They also have 3000 bolts of great fabrics. I was impressed. Wished I had found them before I bought my Bernina, which I now have for sale. I’ll let you know when the ovation is finally fixed.

    • Joyceb

      Decorative threads need to be pulled through on all these jet air sergers. Read the manual there is another way to thread these threads but with out an illustration I hate to try to explain. I love this machine. However I have been using a serger for probably 15 years. If there is a misalignment you should insist it be fixed, as it is still under warranty. I have a very good shop I go to and they would correct it for me. Once I was using wooly nylon and it broke and I could not get it out of the tube. I drove to the dealer and they got it out for me the same day!

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      • Mary

        Thanks for the info Joyce. I was surprised about the woolly nylon getting stuck in the tube….wonders never cease. Since I acquainted myself with Sew Mini Things at Mt Dora Fl., I have felt confident that should I have problems with the serger again, I will take it to them. They are great! As far as threading now, when I hit the thread button, if the tube misaligned itself, I just take my Closed tweezers, with the bend at the points, and gently nudge the tube into alignment. I have given up on Paulas Fine Fabrics……have had terrible luck with them. She always wants to blame the customer, and won’t zaccept that there is actually a problem with the machine.

        Thanks again for the tips!

    • Joyce Casey

      Why hasn’t your dealer sent it back to the manufacture? If I were you I would call babylock directly about this problem!

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  8. Vernelle

    I agree that you should demand that your Ovation be fixed and that it should operate properly. If you do not get satisfaction from the dealer, you might consider contacting the folks at Baby Lock directly and lodging an official complaint. To my knowledge, this is one company that still takes customer service very seriously. They need to know when their dealers are not upholding that same commitment.

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  9. Diana

    Why to you have an X for thick or multiple fabric layers…I thought that is what these machines are supposed to work with. Other baby locks have this marked with a Check mark.

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  10. Janet

    Would you suggest getting the insurance policy when buying it new from the dealer?

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  11. CEM

    I just bought an Ovation about two weeks ago and I LOVE IT! I have only been sewing for less than a year and also own a Sophia2. The primary reason I bought the Ovation was due to the fact that it has speed control and automatic threading. This is life changing for a beginner! I spent a few hours watching YouTube videos learning how to thread the 8-thread configuration. When I went to my class, I asked my instructor to watch me thread it and she corrected two of my threads. After that, I was a whiz at it and have since sewn a nice tshirt in an afternoon which included 4 thread overlock and 3 thread cover stitch. I’m super slow but it was a big achievement for me to do this in one afternoon. It was so easy to fit because I just kept shaving off the sides 🙂 🙂 til I got it to fit correctly. I’m so happy with this machine, I would almost be willing to side line my Sophia, but I know I still need her. I bought two books: Serge with Confidence by Nancy Z. and The Complete Serger by Chris James. Between those two books, I have what I need to understand construction order on the serger vs. what is in the pattern instructions. I also purchased a couple Kwik Serge patterns just so I had the instructions for a newbie like me. What impresses me most about Babylock is the features they incorporated into this model. I watched their launch video and it struck me (as a software development project manager) that they listened to what the customer wanted and incorporated the features that make sewing more pleasurable. Speed control, ease in which to raise the presser foot, air threading, laminated threading cards (still need YouTube to get started!), lighting, wider deck, etc. They get it. I wish more companies would get it too. Babylock should be a case study in usability! I’m so happy I bought this machine and will spend my summer playing around with it experimenting.

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    • CEM

      Forgot to add one more thing about the price. It is expensive! But if you do your research, you can get a very good deal. My dealer let it slip and told me their cost. Believe me, they have a lot of padding built into the price. The lowest price I found was Patternreview.com which was the leverage I needed to get my price. When I added up the cost of an Imagine plus a Cover Stitch machine, I could get the Ovation for the same price but with many more features, and the coveted speed control, which is essential for a beginner like me! Thanks for listening to me…I’m off to start my next project!

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  12. Jo

    Drug DH down to look at the Ovation today. He’s thinking of getting it for me for my Christmas gift (I’m thrilled!). However, I’m wondering if any of you feel it’s worth the significant price differential vs. an Evolution? Seems like a pretty big jump for what I perceive as just a few enhancements. (Not much dealer competition in this town to really shop around.)

    I’m an experienced serger, having self-trained on a Bernina 2000 DCE and a separate Bernette cover stitch/chain stitch machine. So to me, the key reasons to upgrade would be the air threading system, the wider workspace to the right, and more decorative stitching options. (I always thought the older Bernina switch-over to cover stitch was such a pain, which is why I got a separate cover stitch machine.)

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    • Mary

      In my estimation…….the ovation can be an annoyance, especially if you like to use decorative threads in the loopers. The tiniest of knots maaaay get thru the looper tubes, but it was way easier with the Elna and even the Bernina sergers that I had. If I had it to do over, I would take the decorative threads in and try them. My ovation has been a problem, but I have a dealer that really doesn’t help much. The looper tubes don’t meet, thus the threads don’t go thru. It’s a struggle to get around it. The tech says there is no way to fix it…..

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      • Joyce Casey

        Yes it is worth the price difference! I got mine a few months ago and love love love it!

      • Amber Ovation

        Hi, Mary

        You’re suppose skip air threading and do manual threading when using decorative threads. 🙂

      • Mary

        Yes, I am aware of that. As simple as it sounds, it is still very tricky to get the heavy threads working properly. Do you use the decorative threads often?

        My ovation has a tricky upper looper quirk…..that the tech at the shop I bought it from says he can’t fix. I am thinking there is some type of misalignment in the works.

      • Amber Ovation

        Hi, Mary. No, I haven’t used decorative threads yet, just got my Ovation about 1.5 weeks ago! I think I read that we should choose upper looper or lower, but only one per operation, not both in one operation. In other words choose one looper or the other 🙂 I look forward to using my Ovation a lot more.

      • Mary jo

        Well that was news to me, about not being able to use two deco threads at a time. Odd! I am an old time serger gal, started out at Palmer pletch serger class at Oregon in 1985. They taught us to use any and everything on sergers. I’m missing my Elna 5 thread…..the ovation is quite a machine, but! I’m sorry to say I would trade it in a flash for the 5 thread. What would be the use of 8 thread machine,when you can only use one deco thread?

  13. Jo

    Thanks for the responses so far. Well, looks like I’ll find out within a couple of weeks because we called in the next day and gave them a down payment to hold it for us. I justified it because they gave me a decent trade-in allowance on my ’98 Bernina 2000 DCE and the Bernina cover stitch.

    Mary, I sure hope I don’t have issues with the decorative thread in the loopers as you did because I love decorative serging. The dealer told me if I have a difficult thread I can tie off and pull it through that way, or I assume that’s part of the reason for the bypass port for special thread. Also, this dealer seemed to be very helpful and the manager who sold it to me also teaches the free classes. Although I consider myself experienced, I’ll probably take the classes anyway to understand any nuances. I’m hoping it won’t take too long to come up to speed since I self-taught myself on the old machine that I had to painstakingly thread and adjust tensions. But time will tell! 🙂

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  14. Sarah

    Thanks for posting such a great review! We love our Ovation and all of its awesome features! Sadly for us, the in-house development of our product was short-lived and we are actually hoping to sell it. We have the travel trolley, foot kit, and inspiration guide to go with it. If you’re interested in it, let me know!

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      • sarah

        Yeah! We created a post and have some viewers and watchers, but haven’t had any true hits. The price is intimidating but the value is really great if you know how awesome the machine is, and we are open to negotiate offers. 🙂

    • Sarah

      Hi! We did a lot of preliminary development using the machine. But the one feature we needed was not workable for our fabric in the end, and actually requires a special machine for bulk production.

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  15. Sarah

    Hi! We have no sold it yet and are hoping to find a buyer. Right now we have it on eBay. I’ve put the link below if you want to check it out!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/282274364096

    Includes: BabyLock Ovation Serger sewing machine, Trolley Bag, 22 piece Foot Kit, Inspiration Guide

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