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Yearning, maybe, for a Baby Lock serger????? How many threads?
Have a Huskylock 936, considering Baby Lock Eclipse DX
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Date: 5/20/12 6:55 PM

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Own your own Baby Lock Eclipse DX serger today for only $999, a savings of $1,200! MSRP on the Eclipse DX $2,199.99.

continues to tempt me.

I had a trial with a Baby Lock serger. Honestly, it didn't go well. I bought the workbook, went through every page and became well acquainted with the operation. There was always excess looping at the right edge The dealer support turned out to be more miss than hit. No classes or lessons as promised. Each time I broached my concerns/problems with the extra looping to the side I was told that that was just the way it was; that I should expect that with a Baby Lock

The answer to any other questions was use stabilizer. I'd been working with the old serger (which was still working and I sent to my niece) for nearly 25 years. It didn't require stabilizer for every bloomin' thing.

I think the dealer just wasn't a good fit for buying a serger. I see lots of favorable comments here about Baby Lock sergers. I can thread a serger, but the self threading is really tempting.

I've seen several sewing shows this year that feature Baby Lock products. The serged seams are nice and snug, no extra looping hanging off the edge. Is this what most of you are getting at home with your Baby Locks?

There is a dealer just over an hour away that seems set up to really offer support and classes. I'm thinking about giving it another try. And, I'm thinking that the Eclipse looks very interesting, especially since I could consider keeping the 936 and setting it up for full time cover stitch.

So, here is the big question. Will a 4 thread be enough? I admit, a 5 thread serger is my favorite. I'm not into using the serger for decorative anything. I do like to know that my knits, activewear and swimwear will stay together. It's a little family joke that if I sew something the fabric will fall apart before the seams do.

Any and all comments are encouraged. The ,I have experienced comments. The, you must have been a bozo to not figure out how to use a Baby Lock before comments. The I have 3 threads, wish I had 8, or the I have 8 threads wish I had 3.

I don't have to get in a hurry, but if the price is a good value for this particular serger and it seems to be a good fit anyway, then I'd like to investigate more before the promotion ends.

Obviously, I won't be checking out anything with the local dealer.

Anyway, please let me have it with all barrels loaded. The priority is quality stitching the fastest and easiest way I can make it happen.

Thank you.

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Date: 5/20/12 7:11 PM

My Imagine serger is giving me really beautiful stitches. I work on swimsuits at the moment. I think 4 treads is just enough.
I don't have any experience with other brand sergers, so maybe what is good for me, is not that good for the others ? Any way, soon I'll go to serger classes. just to understand what to expect from the serger.
Did you try Imagine serger ?

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Date: 5/20/12 8:06 PM

I use 3 threads for all but jeans and slacks, and no problems at all. Five threads are just too bulky for my taste.

No, there shouldn't be loops hanging off the edge! If my BL did that, it wouldn't be living with me! Some dealers, regardless of brand, are total idiots.

Go to the other dealer, make the trip an outing by stopping enroute for lunch, and try the Eclipse out. If you fall in love, then you'll have company on the trip home.

If you don't fall in love, you'll have a nice outing and got to play with some machines. Win- win!

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Date: 5/20/12 8:44 PM

I use three threads for knits tops and woven pants without any problems. I love my Babylock Imagine Wave, and suggest you try one. I bought mine used and taught myself to use it without any problems.

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Date: 5/20/12 8:49 PM

Thanks LynnRowe.

Great advice. The distant dealer carries Baby Lock, Viking and Janome so I can make comparisons in house.

If I fall in love, hubbie always like to know I have company on long drives If not, I'm sure there will be another day and another promotion.

I would like to take more of a minimalistic approach on the serger. The embroidery machine tipped the sewing room way out of balance.

I was just thinking this afternoon that streamlining your household and incorporating machine embroidery into the sewing room are counterproductive goals.

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Date: 5/21/12 11:56 AM

Be sure the loopers threads are really in the tension discs.

Is this model the BL that has tension adjustments? If so -- tigthen up both loopers or widen the stitch width slightly.

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Date: 5/24/12 3:11 PM

I went to the BL serger class today. Dealer is offering monthly classes. It was the first class. During the class I understood, that my BL is making perfect stitches. No hanging loops on the side. I asked about hanging loops and what to do when it's happening. Lady explained, that if the loops are hanging on the side, it mean the knife is too close. It's cutting more fabric then the stitch width is. I don't know if it makes any sense

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Date: 5/24/12 5:02 PM

I am so in love with my babylock symphony I am buying a matching serger next year. My janome 1200D does the job just fine but to have that jet air threading and not have to spend 10 minutes re-threading for a difernt project would just be heaven.

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Date: 5/24/12 5:55 PM

I love, love, love my Babylock Imagine serger. I paid it off on layaway last October, brought it home and played with it a month before taking the dealer class.

A few things I learned...occasionally I lifted up my presser foot and would forget to put it down. It's not like a sewing machine where I could tell if it was up or down. Duh!

And the second thing. When I was in the dealer class with 5 other new Imagine owners, the instructor noticed my stitching was different. It was not the same quality as the other machines. She had the tech look at it right after class, and he discovered a screw (or something like that) that was off a whole turn from the usual factory setting. This would produce inconsistent and less-than-perfect stitches. Not a typical thing that occurs, but it can happen.

Once it was adjusted, all my stitches were fine.

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Date: 5/24/12 5:59 PM

Thanks Brigita and everyone. And, yes, Brigita, that does make sense.

This just seems to be another situation illustrating that if buying a new machine from a dealer it is extremely important to carefully select your dealer (if your location allows that option).


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