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Date: 9/20/07 12:43 PM

Hello Again,

Are there more than 2 that have this machine???? Does it function well with hemming RTW garments and will it perform well for making light to woven weight drapery and curtains???? Baby Lock suggests using a HAX1SP needle with this machine, size 75. Does this make it perform better????

Thank you, Cheryl

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Date: 9/21/07 11:02 AM

I can't help you with info about the Baby Lock Blind Hemmer but I believe it's a straight needle hemmer and they are not generally well reviewed. I have a Reliable blind hemmer that is a three-quarter version of the old US hemmer that most people like a lot. Curved needle and it doesn't pretend to do anything but put in hems. Very nicely. Most of the blind hemmers that used curved needles are similar and are not terribly expensive. And, yes, to answer your question, using the recommended needles is advisable.
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Date: 9/21/07 11:28 AM

Yep, straight needle- HAx1 SP in size 75(11) is in the standard home sewing machine needle system. It has an offset blade and is often referred to as a stretch needle.

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Date: 8/17/08 9:47 AM

Sewing Diva Susan states in her sewing machine review that the BL101 blind hemmer takes a curved needle. Everything that I read states that it takes a straight needle. Can anyone tell me for sure which kind it takes, and also how easy this hemmer is to use. Thanks.

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Date: 8/17/08 9:57 AM

I have a babylock blind hemmer, model # BH600, and I'm not crazy about it. I has a straight needle, that goes sideways. I lost the instruction booklet (which was really only pages copied from the original booklet), and I've never figured out exactly how it's supposed to work. It's usually hit or miss. I've never done a satisfactory hem with it, and when I have gotten close, a lot of the stitches have pulled out when I've removed the garment from the machine. If anyone knows where I can get the full instruction manual, and has any advice on how to use this machine, please let me know!!!

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Date: 8/17/08 11:04 AM

Hi Deb, this is a link to the All Brands site that lists the manual for the BH 600. Hope this helps. http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp04646.html

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Date: 8/17/08 11:52 AM

I've got a photo review of the Simplicity BH-600 at right here; this is identical to the Babylock BL101 machine. I also have a scan of the one manual page that explains how everything works (it's towards the end of the review).

If definitely takes straight needles -- what that means is that the machine "bends" the hemline upward so that the straight needle can clip the pieces it needs to. A curved needle would be able to pass through a flat hemline. Perhaps the curved is better for larger work; the straight needle approach has worked for what I've asked the machine to do (pretty much just altering and hemming pants).

I also had the manual dilemna -- bought one and then lost it. I contacted Babylock -- no luck. Simplicity didn't have the manual listed in their downloads; I emailed their customer support contact. She scanned a manual for me and emailed the entire thing! Actually, you only need that one page to figure out how things work, though. Mainly just how to thread the thing and how to insert the working piece.

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Date: 8/17/08 12:14 PM

I had this machine and eventually sold it because of lack of use. As mentioned, it is the same as Simplicity BH600. You use household sewing needles (straight). Once I learned how to accurately guide the fabric, it worked well on light to medium weight fabrics. However, this machine was not designed to hem heavier weights, such as denim, etc.

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Date: 8/17/08 12:24 PM

It seems that the Babylock blind hemmer hasn't received the best reviews here and on other websites. Could those of you who currently have other brands of blind hemmers offer some more information and comments on those machines? From what I can tell from an earlier discussion as well as this discussion, there are several of us who are interested in buying one. I have been thinking about buying the Tacsew 500. I know there are several other brands as well.

Which one do you have? How often do you find you use it? Is it fairly user friendly? Does it do a good job? Any and all information and suggestions on any blind hemmers would be welcome! TIA

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Date: 8/17/08 1:31 PM

I just purchased the tac sew BLST 2 from ebay for $239 (no tax free shipping). It has a curved needle. I am very pleased. It is made of metal (quite heavy). I was a little nervous to purchase online at first, since I had never used a blind hemmer before and didn't know if it would be difficult to figure out. Very easy to use/setup. I recommend this machine.....especially for the price.
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