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Date: 1/13/13 10:01 PM

So I liked my Imagine, but I REALLY wanted a coverstitch...my dealer let me trade up to the Evolution. So it says it uses ELx705CF needles, with the "CF" standing for "chrome finish". So, I can find 100 Organ ELx705 needles at ctusa.com for $34. But they don't say "chrome finish". On the other hand, the best bulk price I can find on the Schmetz ELx705CF (that do have the chrome finish) is $126 for a box of 100. Quite a price difference! I can't find any Organ needles that say they are "CF". Advice, please -- is it worth it to pay almost 4x as much for the Schmetz CF? Or has anybody found them cheaper somewhere? Many thanks

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Date: 1/13/13 11:18 PM

Do you have the manual? It should specify the needles in there.

Might even be on a label somewhere on the machine.

I have the BL Imagine and a separate BL coverstitch -- LOVE them both.
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Date: 1/13/13 11:49 PM

the manual says ELx705CF

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Date: 1/14/13 0:28 AM

I have the BL Evolve and I've been using the ELx705 (non-CF) needles without any problems. Not sure if it is really worth the extra money to get the chrome finish.

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Date: 1/14/13 2:57 PM

I have the evolution and use universal schmetz sewing machine needle with no problems.

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Date: 1/14/13 3:00 PM

Here's a source for those needles.

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Date: 1/14/13 3:51 PM

Allbrands has them $80 for a box of 100, with free shipping.

I used to just use Schmetz needles before in my Babylock Evolve, but ever since I switched to the CF needles I notice far fewer skipped stitches, especially when doing a coverstitch.

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Date: 1/14/13 4:05 PM

ELx 705 is fine, you don't have to use the CF needles.

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Date: 1/14/13 7:42 PM

Thanks $80 is a lot better than $126 for a hundred. I swallowed hard and ordered from there. It sounds like I would probably be fine most of the time without the "CF" but I think I will use it a lot for coverstitch so I'd rather spend a little more for the needles than run the risk that I'll swear and curse and ruin projects...

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Date: 1/15/13 2:28 PM

I think it was a good decision. The chrome finish is supposed reduce heat during use, help the needle punch through the fabric better, and make them longer lasting. When I bought my Evolve the dealer said that regular needles were fine, so that's why I used them for so long. My manual, however, said to always use the CF needles. With regular needles I would have a lot of trouble with skipped stitches coverstitching unless I used wooly nylon as the bottom thread. I finally read about the CF needles on PR and decided to try them, and now my machine is not so fussy anymore. I guess my dad was right! He was a mechanic and said that no matter what they tell you at the dealership, always read the owner's manual before using something (be it a car or sewing machine) because sometimes the sales people are incorrect.

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