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Date: 2/20/06 3:39 PM

I am considering getting a serger, and am interested in the BabyLock Eclipse SX. My local dealer quoted the regular price as $799, but it is on sale for $699 until March 3. That was a little more than I was thinking of spending, but I would like to know if that is really a good price, and if it's worth it. Can anyone give input about what you paid, and what you think of this serger? Thanks!

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Date: 2/20/06 8:37 PM

I have the Babylock Exclipse BLE1 ..I think it is the DX model..it doesn't have the digital screen. I wanted a purely mechanical machine as it will last forever with no electronic problems.
I am in Australia, and can't compare prices. Any Babylock machine costs an arm and a leg here..I was lucky to find an almost new one, preloved, for half price.
It is easy to thread, no threading order and if I can't pull the threads thru, there is the air threading.

I recently took it for a service and the mechanic who works on industrial machines too, said they are a well made machine.

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Date: 2/21/06 12:45 PM

I have the Babylock Imagine, which I love, love, love. Does the Eclipse have jet air threading? If it does, then that is a pretty good price. If it does not, then the price might be a little high.

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Date: 2/21/06 1:47 PM

A little more info:

The Eclipse SX does not have the jet-air threading. I am interested in this particular model because I know that BabyLock makes great machines (my SM is the BL Crafter's Choice, which I love), and this is their most basic model as far as I can tell. I don't need any fancy bells and whistles, just a good reliable serger for finishing seams and sewing knits.
I have seen some sergers from other brands a lot cheaper (200-300 range), but I don't know how good or reliable they are.
Also, I have always had good experience with my BL dealer (customer service, etc) and they offer free lessons when you purchase a machine. I suspect I might need to take advantage of this to learn my way around a new serger. However, I have no way to compare prices because there are no other BL dealers around, so I wouldn't know whether I was paying too much or not. When I went to find out the prices, I was expecting something more around the 400-500 range, so the price did surprise me. Did I just have unreasonable expectations about the price?

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Date: 2/21/06 5:50 PM

I was thinking the model you are wanting, has the air threading. That was the only reason I bought my Babylock.
I have a Janome with differential feed too. To be perfectly honest, I like actually sewing with the Janome much better.

My Janome is old and they now have easy threading models.
Are there more brands you could look at before making a final decision?

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Date: 2/22/06 11:00 AM

I have a Babylock Imagine with the Jet Air threading. To my knowledge only the Imagine and Evolve sergers have the JA threading and auto tensions. Not to say the other BL sergers are not good, just that they do not have the same features as the more expensive models.

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Date: 2/22/06 3:31 PM

The BabyLock Eclipse Dx does have jet air threading, but it doesn't have automatic tension adjustment. I bought mine in December, 2004 for $799 (on sale). Recently sold it since I upgraded to a Viking 936.

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Date: 2/25/06 10:19 PM

Thanks for the input. I decided that $699 was more than I was willing to spend for a first serger, even though I would like to have bought from the dealer. After reading through alot of the reviews and comments here about different models, I decided to go for the Juki 654DE, which seems to be a good quality basic serger for half the price of what I would have had to pay for the Babylock I just ordered it this morning and can't wait to get it and start playing!
Of course, with the lack of lessons, I'm sure I'll be here asking questions once I start trying to thread it and try out the different functionsI did order the book "ABCs of Serging" as well, so I hope that will help some.

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