Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Life-altering news: I need your advice!
I would have written a post asking what is going on in the picture above...that results in this....
and then asked how to fix it...but....
So when we were in New York, I announced to ATP over dinner that I had some big news to share with her. Her eyes widened in that way that eyes widen when people think they are about to hear huge life-altering news, which is very much what this is:
I am getting a serger that threads itself and adjusts its own tension, as a combination birthday/Christmas gift from my dad.
This is a very sweet and expensive and life-altering gift.
I am thinking of going with the BabyLock Enlighten. I have seen it demoed a few times, most recently at the ASE, and it is pretty awesome.
My questions to you:
1. When is the right time to buy it for the best deal? This weekend is Columbus Day weekend, will there be dealer sales? Would it be better to wait until December in the weeks before Christmas? Or doesn't it matter?
2. Is there a different serger I should be considering instead of the BabyLock Enlighten? Different brand? Different model? (I have read a few reviews on PR and I don't care that it doesn't come with the cutting catcher--my current serger has one and I've never used it).
3. I thought these kinds of sergers did everything, including adjusting their own differential feed, but it appears that they do not. Is that true that I still have to adjust the DF? Part of my frustration with my current serger is figuring out the DF on every knit, in every direction I will be serging (crosswise, lengthwise AND diagonal) and taking into account if I'm serging one layer or two, if I'm cutting the edge or not cutting it. It takes a lot of time and tweaking to get it to be where I want it to be for most scenarios (which is to say, completely flat). Will I still have to tweak this with the Enlighten?
4. Sometime in the future I would like to get a coverstitch. If you have an all-in-one serger and coverstitch (like the BabyLock Ovation or Evolution), do you like it or would you prefer having separate machines?
Ok, let me know!!!!