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BL eclipse dx.....or imagine?
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tweekgirl27
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Date: 8/9/11 5:01 PM

hi! i'm trying to decide between these two sergers (there was only one review on the eclipse dx that i could find); it will be my first serger. they both have the air jet threading. the imagine is completely automatic tensions...which honeslty freaks me out a little bit.

give me your thoughts ladies!
ty!

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Date: 8/10/11 0:00 AM

I have the Imagine -- no problem with the auto tensions. I was worried about that but now I am glad I got the Imagine.

Look at the Enlighten too... has better lighting.

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Date: 8/10/11 7:23 AM

I sold my Imagine and bought the Janome 1200D. I want to be able to adjust tensions - the auto tension didn't do it for me - the threading is real easy on the 1200D - the entire thread path is marked. My thread would get hung up in the air tubes of the Imagine.

Debbie

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Date: 8/10/11 1:46 PM

So with the Babylocks you cannot adjust the tensions? The Janome 1200D is said to have auto tensions too but I guess you can adjust the tension like I can adjust tension with my Elna with auto tension.
I do love the auto tension cause you just dial the stitch program that you want and all is set but I do sometimes like to tighten my lower looper more to get a tighter rolled hem on some fabrics. I don't think I would like not being able to adjust when needed.

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Date: 8/10/11 9:55 PM

i believe the janome's have an "pre-set" tension more than an "auto" tension; as you can still tweek it after it's set. i was told that the BL's auto tension DOES have a small adjustment (one you would change with a small flathead screwdriver) if you ever do need to adjust them...

but i don't really know anything...lol...just what i've been told from different dealers.

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Date: 8/10/11 9:59 PM

and thank you all for your input! i appreciate it. :D

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Date: 8/10/11 10:09 PM

I had an imagine Babylock Serger and loved it. Gave it to my daughter when i brought the Babylock Evolve. She used it more than I did and she said it sewed great, which I agree with.

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Date: 8/10/11 11:22 PM

I have only heard good things about the Imagine. That is why I was kind of thrown by not being able to adjust tensions on it. I guess their tension settings must be good then lol being so many like this model.
I had one of the first sergers with differential feed and it was a wonderful machine and it was a Babylock. I used to sell them at that time. I sort of never really took to the air threading back then when the feature first came about because when the air threading did not perform well it was an expensive fix. I have never used one of the newer models that has the air threading and I know how people love them.
I have owned several brands of sergers and have never owned one that I did not like. I presently own two different brands of 4 thread sergers. One very basic with a free arm and the other is my Elna combo that has oodles of stitches and 3 coverhems and chainstitch and auto tensions. It is a little tank. Both are very different in design and I use them for different tasks. I'm glad I own them but just one basic serger that performs well is really all that one really needs for basic sewing and IMO it seems that the Imagine is one that suits that purpose.

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Date: 8/12/11 2:27 PM

I think it really depends on what you plan to use your serger for. The Imagine is a wonderful serger. I bought one at the end of April and decided I needed the cover stitch and recently upgraded to the Evolution. Take into consideration what you work with most frequently. If you work with knits like I do, you make want to go ahead and dive in and get the Evolution. I don't know too much about the Eclipse, but it appears that while you have automatic threading, you have to adjust the tensions. On the Imagine, the tensions are automatically adjusted for you. What that means for you is that you can go from one fabric to another without taking the time to make sure your stitches are balanced. Which would you rather do, spend time sewing or spend time adjusting your tensions. Personally, I would rather spend time sewing.

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