One of the disadvantages of my $20 garage sale serger is that it did not come with any kind of manual. I contacted Baby Lock and asked about buying a replacement, and they said it would be $16.99 plus shipping. Hmmm. I decided to wait.
In case anyone else runs into the same issue, I bought a Baby Lock Protege BL5370ED, also known as a BL402, and I couldn’t find the manual for free anywhere on the internet. I’ve been figuring it out as I go along, not wanting to spend almost as much on a manual as I did on the machine.
Well, today I went into the local sewing machine store to see if I could order a lower knife for the machine. When trying to serge knits, I’m getting a raggedy edge, and according to my reading that means I need a new lower knife. The nice man was able to order the part for me for $3.95 and he also (without realizing it) gave me a huge tip in my search for a manual. He said my machine was manufactured by Tacony for Baby Lock and that the same manufacturer did identical machines for Riccar and Simplicity. Using the part number as a reference, I googled and figured out which Riccar is the same model, and SCORE! The Riccar website has the manual available for free download.
So, in total the machine has now cost me $23.95 🙂
In case anyone else needs it, the Riccar model is RL 739ED, and the manual is here.
Update: I no longer own this machine, I broke my lower looper and was unable to find a part to replace it, and I’ve moved on to another serger. I love comments, but pretty much everything I know about this serger is in this post, so I can’t really answer any questions that the manual linked above doesn’t answer.