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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Should I buy? What would you do? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Should I buy? What would you do?
Babylock Eclipse DX
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Date: 9/7/12 1:40 PM

I'm in the process of disposing of 2 old sergers. One I sold for price I paid,and the other one I plan to list "as is" with full disclosure as I bought it at an estate sale and found that it was damaged, and learned not to buy machines at estate sales. Recently purchased a Janome Magnolia serger at a quilt show (from a local dealer), have got it out a couple of times just for practice & seems to sew well although one looper is a little difficult to thread because of hand tremors. Although tremors are intermittent and have both good & bad days. On good days I can thread with lots of patience , tweezers, & dental flossers-read another person's review . I've always wanted a Babylock & found a Babylock Eclipse DX for $650 plus shipping, Pretty sure I could sell the Magnolia, but my husband would prefer I sell present machines before buying another. Have talked to the owner of Babylock in length. She purchased on impulse, used a couple of times & has been sitting in closet for 4 yrs. She wants to clean out sewing room.Last couple of years mainly did quilt piecing, but now getting into garment sewing for myself & daughter. My daughter is planning on having a baby in a couple of years & planning on sewing baby items now as have advanced lupus that is progressing.At same time I'm far from giving up. My vision is impaired as result of last flare, but have adjusted & can sew with magnifiers. When having tremors extremely difficult to thread a needle. I've always wanted a Babylock. Is this a good price & would you purchase or keep the Janome Magnolia? I've talked to the seller at length on the phone, she seems very honest, & is willing to work with me as far as making payments & not paying for all at once. Recently sold Viking Designer II & purchased a Pfaff 2140/2170 which I love. It's what I refer to as my "bucket list". No one knows how much time I have but I feel that with positive attitude I'm enjoying every day & it improves my odds. Once again I'm asking you for your years of sewing experience and sound advice. Thanks!

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Date: 9/7/12 3:04 PM

If had had vision problems and hand tremor problems and it was interfering with my ability to sew, and I could afford it, I actually would pay anything for any tool or piece equipment that made things more easy for me to do what I wanted on a sewing machine or a overlocker.

And I do think having the jet air loopers might make that more easy to thread the bottom loopers. Also having a built in threader might make the needle threading more easy too. However, without out actually trying it first, because everyone's disability could be different, I don't think there is any way to know in advance, without just trying something first, each time.

So I think you should find one, and just try it and see first. Because there is also a very big factor working in there sometimes, of that you do get used to using something, in a certain way and there is a lot to be said for that ease of use just out of even ingrained habit, also sometimes.

If you were to switch to something new instead, and actually never got up and running on it, and never got used to sewing on it, from just habit, ( or decided you did not like it later or something on it actually made it more difficult for you) then it could end up as a "unused sitting in a closet" machine instead, and then your other overlocker that you actually do use now and can use, but with difficulty, would just be gone.

Sometimes when something like that happens, people are actually sorry later that they switched to something new. And if that happens, then maybe they do sew a lot less or even give up sewing. You don't want that to happen!

So I actually think, you should think about trying one and getting one, but because of your disabilities and because that is the reason you think you may want one, but instead you should just buy one from a real sewing machine dealer. Even if it costs more than just used from a private party. Because you also probably need someone close to you to help you keep it running too. And in case you broke or lost something on it, and ever needed a replacement part. And you should make part of that purchase, and be sure to include real sit down individual lessons with you, to make sure you can use all of it, very easy, before even leaving the store with it.

And I think you should very much just keep your other overlocker that you can use with difficulty now, at least for a while, at the same time, while you get used to and are learning to use the "new one" if you do that. Then if you have a new Babylock Eclipse DX, and after you have actually had it a while and are using it, and finding that it is more easy to sew on, just for you if that is the case, only then should you part with that Janome Magnolia.

I think that would be the most optimal thing to do, if you could really afford to do that, because that would give you the largest personal "safety net" , in doing that. And be the most flexible option too, and not burn any bridges behind you.

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