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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > My new Babylock Enlighten! ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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My new Babylock Enlighten!
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Date: 3/11/13 3:15 PM

I picked up my new Babylock Enlighten on Saturday......WOW, is all I have to say. This machine is simply awesome. I had no idea how much better having a serger can be! In one hour, I was able to make napkins and a cover for my Ellisimo and Enlighten...and that includes cutting time.

I sewed a 3 thread narrow hem on the napkins. To do 8 only took me about 10 minutes....I was floored. I used to do napkins with a 1/4" hem and mitered the corners and that took forever. Not anymore! The 3-thread narrow hem result was so professional looking and perfect in every way. I tried the rolled hem, but it didn't look that much different to me than the 3 thread narrow hem, so I gather my fabric might have been a little stiff for the rolled edge to form.

I REALLY LOVE the Inspirational Guide and recommend anyone considering a Babylock serger purchase to get the Inspirational Guide thrown into the deal. It goes into great depth with the stitch formations and also shows you how to use the extra feet available for the Enlighten (or whatever BL serger you own). I had that out right next to me the whole time.

In any case, MANY MANY thanks to all who helped with my questions and posts. I am going to love this machine.
-- Edited on 3/11/13 3:16 PM --

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Babylock Ellisimo Gold
Babylock Enlighten
Kenmore 1914
Kenmore 1814

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Date: 3/12/13 0:50 AM

Congratulations on your new Baby. It makes a world of difference to have a machine that performs to your expectations and beyond. I have the Evolution and am just amazed at everything it does and how it performs.
Enjoy and happy serging!!

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Sewing is a passion, so relaxing and calming!

Babylock Ellisimo Gold
Babylock Evolution
Babylock Melody
Viking 190
Babylock Coverstitch (I know, I know - but had
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Date: 3/12/13 1:01 AM

Congratulations on our new Baby....lock! I'm still learning my way around mine and haven't ventured much beyond basic sergering yet. I guess I need to get a move on it. lol Have fun!

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Date: 3/12/13 9:34 AM

I have a new Enlighten too that I bought a couple of months ago. I've owned a serger of one brand or another for 25 years, but the Enlighten is in a class of its own!

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Patricia
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Date: 3/12/13 1:47 PM

You will love it! It's so nice to thread it and serge--I've found I'm not spending as much time adjusting it to get a good stitch which is a real time saver. I took the craftsy basic serger class when I got it and that really helped me get to know my new serger! Have fun! Martha

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Date: 3/12/13 2:14 PM

I have to say I was pretty leery of the automatic thread delivery system (auto-tension) without any manual override, other than the looper adjustment dial. But after spending the weekend with this machine, I really love the way I can go from a rolled hem, to a narrow hem to a regular 3 thread overlock stitch with just a switch of the dial. And the fact I don't have to worry going from one fabric to the next without adjustments is also a huge benefit. The stitches are absolutely perfect with no problems. I sampled cotton, jeans, stretch knit, and a few other fabrics and it just purred right along forming the same great stitches on each.

I think I got a great deal and paid $1850 out the door with everything, including the workbook and the extra feet set. I'm just glad I decided to go on the higher end now, then upgrade later. I love the lighting and the threading system is great and never fails.

There was a brief second where I thought, "hmmm...maybe I should have gone for the Evolution" after I realized how much I liked the Enlighten. But I really don't mind a separate coverstitch machine and I have the room for it. Not only that, but I like the smaller feet on the Enlighten and Imagine over the Evolution. I tried that at the dealer and felt the foot was pretty clunky. Of course, this is just my opinion as I know there are LOTS of people out there that love their Evolution.
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Date: 3/12/13 3:47 PM

I love my Evolution too (unlike you I did not have room for a separate coverstitch machine so wanted the combo) and the first thing I did was a bunch of napkins and tablecloths for my mom's small kitchen table -- although I'm not as fast as you :)

Anyway, congratulations and enjoy!

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Now a Babylock girl almost all the way - Ellegante 3, Evolution, and Melody. Plus a Sailrite LSZ-1 for those heavy duty projects

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Date: 3/13/13 1:25 AM

I am so happy to hear how happy you are with your fabulous new serger! I wish all sewers new to serging could get a BL.

To me, getting something cheaper first is such a false economy. Start with a machine that is so incredibly fun and easy to use, that does beautiful serging, and makes you WANT to serge anything that sits still long enough, rather than beginning with a cantankerous ill-mannered bad-tempered beast that makes you want to shove it back in its box and to the furthest reaches of the closet for the next decade.

Would love if BLs weren't quite so pricey up-front, but they're worth every penny, and over 10 or 20 years are a pretty decent bargain.

Happy serging to you!

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
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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Date: 3/14/13 2:17 PM

Thanks, Lynn....I have to say I read alot of your posts on this machine and that's what convinced me to get it as well as the separate coverstitch machine. I haven't bought the CS yet, but am hoping to do so at the end of the year.

I totally agree with what you said about getting something cheaper in the beginning. If I had never sewed or done anything before, I might have. But I'm pretty experienced and this isn't a "passing hobby" so I didn't mind spending the money. Not only that, but people seem to hang onto their BL's forever and it appears they retain a pretty good chunk of their value, so I had no problem hopping on board!

And you're right....this easy machine makes me want to serge whatever I can.

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Babylock Ellisimo Gold
Babylock Enlighten
Kenmore 1914
Kenmore 1814

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