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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Contrast on mono screens? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Contrast on mono screens?
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Date: 9/25/12 9:29 AM

Okay, so I'd gone around comparing some machines, deciding that I would explore possibilities of a sewing only machine that has a large harp. I'm not in the market immediately, but whenever.
My main complaint? Is it just me, or is there so very little contrast on the monochrome screens? I know I failed to ask if the screens could be adjusted, so it may not really be an issue, but I was looking for some input on the matter.
Anyone have a wide harp mono screen machine that has really good contrast?

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Date: 9/25/12 10:47 AM

It's adjustable on the Horizon.

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Date: 9/25/12 11:20 AM

It was a concern for me too. I just did not like looking at them anymore. I wanted color and I am so glad I bought it. My eyes like it much better. It is easier for me to focus, too. You are not alone when it comes to how your eyes adjust to mono screens.

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Date: 9/25/12 12:03 PM

I really like color screens. I had a Babylock Espire and one the things a didn't like was the monochrome. It was crisp and I could see everything clearly, but I prefer color. The new Babylock Cresendo seems like a nice machine with a large harp and a color screen. I wonder if it has a default left needle position. That was another thing that I didn't like about my Espire.

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Date: 9/25/12 12:33 PM

I had a Babylock Esante (BLN) before I upgraded to the Elllisimo Gold and it had the monochrome screen. Personally, I did not mind it at all and when I compared the Esante to the Ellageo, the contrast, crispness, brightness, etc. was the same. The only difference was one had a color screen and the other didn't. In fact, I was actually impressed at how well the screen displayed, and you can adjust it to your liking. Now, to be fully honest, when I upgraded to the Ellisimo Gold, I was blown away at the color screen and I could now see the colors for my embroidery patterns and could see the pattern much better as well.

However, if you're looking for a sewing only machine, then I don't think color should be that big of a deal only because you're not embroidering, so I don't see why color would be totally necessary outside of just a personal preference. I would check out the Babylock Symphony or the new Crescendo, which does have a color screen and is sewing only, plus it has the really large harp of 11.25"

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Date: 9/25/12 12:41 PM

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I wonder if it has a default left needle position. That was another thing that I didn't like about my Espire.


Actually, you can change this in the machine settings to default to the left needle or center needle position on start up. It's on "page 1" of the machine settings and you can select there. You just can't select this if you set the machine to default to the quilting stitches main page as opposed to the utility stitches main page.

I think most Babylocks have the ability to default to either position. I know my Esante did.

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Date: 9/25/12 12:56 PM

The think I hated about that with my Brother though, was that then you still had to remember the correct seam placement on the plate, as the plate was marked for the left default!

Good info on the screens. I wouldn't need color on a sewing only machine, but if it helped a whole lot then okay. I'd just like very very dark icons and such. And I wouldn't want white icons on a dark screen. This was one feature that blew me away on that TOL Janome 12000. The screen was so awesome. Very dark, heavy icons and fonts. I loved it. Might hurt the eyes after a while, but I'd seen nothing like it before.

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