Baby Lock Eclipse Mechanical Sewing Machine
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Anyone can serge with this Baby!
Jun 9, 2003
Review by hobbykat
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Amazingly easy to thread and sews beautifully from rolled hem to overlock to flatlock.
Cons:Nothing of note.
The Bottom Line: This serger is very easy to use, the jet-air threading can't be beat. It sews beautifully on all types of fabric.
There is nothing intimidating about this serger.
I am new to serging but I carefully researched sergers before settling on the Eclipse. The jet-air threading is fabulous, it takes absolutely no time to thread the machine. With the jet-air threading, you just feed a bit of the looper thread into the jet-air opening, pump the jet-air handle, and whoosh, the thread shoots through the looper and you're done, ready to sew. And the beauty of this is that it allows you to change the number of threads that you decide to use in seconds, not minutes.
Recommend this product?
In my search for a serger, I ran into many ladies that were selling their sergers because they no longer had the eyesight or physical dexterity to manually thread the loopers. The jet-air system is perfect for anyone with these types of problems because it eliminates manual threading of the loopers. As long as you can thread the needles, you can serge with the Eclipse.
The machine has a self-threader for the needles. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of using the self-threader, you can forget the old fashioned way of threading needles which involves a lot of squinting and good hand/eye control.
The machine holds a consistent tension as it sews, it never gets squirrelly on me. The serger manual provides the tension settings for the different stitches and off you go. If I decide to change out fabrics using the current stitch setting, I generally don't have to adjust the tension unless there is a significant change in the fabric thickness. Overall, I've had had to do very little fine tuning with the tensions, the recommended settings in the manual seem to work just fine for most fabrics. I've practiced serging on fabrics ranging from chiffon to heavy fleece...the Eclipse handles them all.
The machine does a beautiful rolled hem. There are no plates to change out, just adjust the stitch/tension requirements as shown in the manual and start serging.
I have tried many types of decorative threads in the Eclipse with no problem, including running multiple threads through one looper. I use the thread cradle method shown in the manual to feed heavy and/or multiple decorative threads through the loopers...it works like a charm.
For those that are new to serging, whether you own a top-of-the-line serger or a budget model, I highly recommend taking serger classes to see the wonders of what your machine will do and to learn the different settings for all of the various applications (gathering, inserting elastic, etc.) The Baby Lock Manual and Video are very helpful but classes will teach you plenty of tips & tricks, advance techniques, and provide plenty of inspiration.
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