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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Pffffssstttt!!! ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Air-threading sergers, what a hoot...
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Date: 10/6/12 6:20 PM

... It's all your fault. Yes. All of you!

I have heard such good things here about the BabyLock auto tension and the jet-air threading thingummy I had a dealer show me an Enlighten today.

When the first thread disappeared down the little hole like a ferret down a drain I was utterly sold.

Now all I need to do is save up the 1100 to buy one!

*sigh*

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Date: 10/6/12 6:24 PM

Yep! I've had my Imagine for 18 years now and it was one of the first made. Even after all this time it still pops my garter to watch that WHOOSH happen!

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Date: 10/6/12 6:37 PM

Gives me the giggles everytime I see that thread whooossh, vanish and appear again in the little dish.

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Date: 10/6/12 7:02 PM

My jaw dropped this afternoon when I realized I was serging on the BL with the presser foot up and it was doing a pretty decent job!!!

And, I'm on the slow sewers thread but after making my first pair of knit, all serged pants, on the BL I'm concerned about my 'slow' status. It isn't just the jet air threading, it's everything. Fast and easy - easy and fast. Slky chiffon to heavy knit with doubled over seams right into a near paper thin super stretchy and clingy rayon knit.

The only pampering anything gets is a little nudge now and then with a thin extra long bamboo skewer. Great for starting the seams on that thin rayon knit.

I've mentioned before that if I was doing it all over that I would have purchased the Enlighten before purchasing an embroidery machine. Today I was thinking that it might have been a great idea to have purchased an Enlighten and an Imagine before purchasing an embroidery machine. I am so impressed.

Best wishes on your BL savings.

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Date: 10/7/12 8:59 AM

My Babylock serger (Evolution) is my machine that is closest to perfection!

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Date: 10/7/12 9:07 AM

Ditto!!

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Date: 10/7/12 11:28 AM

I have to admit I'm ready to jump on the Babylock train!

I've read so many great things about their sergers that I'm ready, but my pocketbook isn't!

I currently have the Brother 1034D and I LOVE IT, but I have a feeling the BL will just give that extra something that will make serging even better... so now I'm trolling craigslist, ebay and saving up to purchase a used Imagine.

CAN'T WAIT to drink the Kool-Aid ;-)

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Date: 10/7/12 11:49 AM

The more I use my Enlighten the more I love it. It is the perfect machine for me - it's almost IDIOT PROOF!

I do like the threading - that is certainly cool but..... the lighting, and the fact that it just sews perfectly no matter what is what I really love about it. Well, unless you sew with the presser foot up.... (Been there done that too!) The worst that happened is that I gulped and wondered what I had finally managed to do to break it.

Last time I used it, I was making a muslin out of red tee-shirt material. I wanted the seams finished in red but I didn't want to bother buying red serger thread. I had one cone of red serger thread that was cheap garbage that I bought when I bought my first serger. ( Not a good experience. ) On the other 3 spools I used two regular red thread - not even the same brand of thread - and good serger thread in a tan for the right needle.

So - yes - 4 different brands of threads, types and quality of thread and my Enlighten did not even flinch. Perfect stitches, no fiddling with tensions. How unreal is that? Just thread and go!

THAT, IMHO is why you will really love your Enlighten. The new ones aren't that bad to thread really, but I don't think most do what I just described without some tinkering with tensions and so forth.

BTW - when I took my lessions, even the instructor was surprised to learn that the Enlighted also threaded heavier thread - a wooly nylon in this case - without even flinching. No thread cradle, no nothing, just through the port and off we went.
-- Edited on 10/7/12 11:54 AM --

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Date: 10/7/12 12:56 PM

I'm kinda lusting after an Enlighten. :)

It's just one more thing to look forward to after I get a few dragons slain in my personal realm. :)

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Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 10/7/12 3:29 PM

I love my Enlighten beyond reason. After years of using sergers, I dunno why it took me so long to get to BL, but OMG there is no going back not ever for this chickie!

As for the oops presser foot still up thang...I once serged an entire knit top seam with the foot up. Didn't notice until I chained off. If my Enlighten noticed, he was polite enough not to mention it.

The air-threading is a lot of fun; the ability to change any thread in any order at any time is extremely convenient; the auto tensions and perfect stitches it does regardless of fabric or thread or any combination thereof...priceless!

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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