|What Sew Nanny likes about this machine|
I've owned a serger of one brand or another for 25 years -- Bernette, Janome, Juki and Bernina. My last serger was the TOL Bernina 1300MDC that converts to a coverstitch. I didn't like jumping through all the hoops necessary to covert from serging to coverstitching, so I sold the Bernina. After reading all the glowing reviews of Babylock sergers, I decided that a Babylock would be my next serger purchase. This was right around Christmas and Babylock was having a promotion on the Enlighten which included 6 extra feet, the inspiration workbook and 4 cones of thread. All the reviews are true -- this is an awesome machine! Saying it is easy to thread is a gigantic understatement. Threading the needles is quick and easy. Threading the loopers is a no-brainer because of the electronic Extraordin Air Threading System. Instead of dreading changing thread colors, I look for reasons to change the thread just so that I can push the button and watch the loopers automatically thread themselves. And, you don't have to thread the needles/loopers in any certain order, which is great. This serger has differential feed, stitch length and width knobs, presser foot pressure adjustment and can be automatically converted to the wave stitch. There are no thread tension dials. There is a thread delivery system that automatically adjusts the tension, based on the setting you choose. The manual is very thorough, and the cheat sheet with the correct settings for each stitch is invaluable. The Enlighten can perform a 4-Thread Overlock, 3-Thread Overlock - Wide, 3-Thread Overlock - Narrow, 3-Thread Overlock - Narrow Hem, 3-Thread Rolled Edge, 3-Thread Flatlock, 2-Thread Overlock, 2-Thread Flatlock - Wide, 2-Thread Flatlock - Narrow, Flatlock "Topstitching", Blind Hemming, Blanket Stitch, Ladder Stitch, 3-Thread Wave Stitch and 3-Thread Rolled Wave Stitch. This machine makes serging fun!
What Sew Nanny does not like about this machine
The soft cover is clear vinyl. I threw it in the trash. I do miss having a container on the front of the serger to catch the scraps.