Baby Lock Vibrant Serger Review
- User Friendly: For a manual serger, the Baby Lock Vibrant is easier to thread and use than models in the same class.
- Quiet Operation: High-quality construction keeps vibrations and noise to a minimum.
- Extra Accessories: This model includes a great accessory package, including an extra cutting blade.
- One Presser Foot: This model only includes one presser foot, but several others are available.
- No Instructional DVD: The Vibrant only includes two, but concise and well illustrated instructional manuals.
- Cost: Baby Lock quality makes this serger somewhat higher in price than other machines.
Where to Find the Best Value
|Baby Lock Vibrant
The Vibrant is a compact, yet powerful model from Baby Lock that lacks the automatic features and functions of the company’s more advanced models. The price is somewhat higher than similar manual compacts, yet the machine has a good selection of stitch options. You can also purchase additional presser feet for more involved projects, including a beading foot, narrow and wide blind hem foots, a cording foot, an elastic foot and a ruffling foot.
In addition to built-in 2-, 3- and 4-thread overlock stitch options, the Vibrant includes 2- and 3-thread rolled hem, narrow hem and picot stitches and flatlock stitch options, the Vibrant includes a super stretch stitch option for working on very stretchy fabrics. The stitch length is adjustable from 2.8 mm to 7 mm and stitch width can be adjusted between 1 mm and 4 mm.
Speed: 1,500 stitches per minute
Weight: 19.8 lbs.
Dimensions: 12.6 inches by 12.6 inches by 11 inches
In addition to a color-coded threading chart on the machine, the Vibrant includes two easy-to-follow, illustrated user manuals to help you learn to thread your loopers and needles. Everything you need to quickly thread the machine is included in purchase.
Adjustable Differential Feed
Having an adjustable differential feed gives you the best control on all fabric types. From sheers to denims. The owner’s manual includes proper tension settings of between 0.7 mm to 2.0 mm. Adding beautiful, even gathers or perfect lettuce edges to a project is a breeze wit this feature.
Lay-In Tension System
Manually setting the thread tensions on some sergers is often a hit-and-miss proposition, but the Vibrant features a lay-in tension system that makes it easy to adjust tension settings for use on any fabric type or weight.
Purchase of the Vibrant includes a 25-year limited manufacturer’s warranty, a 10-year warranty on parts, a 2-year warranty on electrical components and 1-year labor coverage.
The Baby Lock Vibrant might be a smaller manual serger, but it includes most of the features a beginner needs or an expert prefers. The presser foot pressure is adjustable and it includes a retractable fabric cutter for increased ease of use on certain projects and a removable stitch finger for quick conversion between hemming and overlock stitching. The streamlined size makes it extremely portable or storable and it was manufactured according to strict Baby Lock standards. This machine may involve a higher investment than similar models, but it will serve you for years.