Saturday, October 11, 2014

It's here! My new Baby Lock Enlighten

Me and My BabyLock Enlighten
Thanks for all your comments on sergers--new, used, Baby Lock, Juki, industrial--all good points!

It happened today darlings!!!

Dad and I went to American Sew and Vac in Princeton, NJ, very conveniently located, to buy his birthday/Christmas combo present to me:  A Baby Lock Enlighten serger.  Thank you Dad!!!

Dad carrying my Enlighten
Dad carrying my new serger into my sewing room

Opening it up!
Me opening the box
running the white thread out
Running out the white thread it was threaded with
unwrapping the maxilock thread
Unwrapping the "vibrant turquoise" MaxiLock thread
what do I do?
reading the manual on how to thread it
Hey!  The first stitches I've made!
My first run of the serger!
Me and My BabyLock Enlighten
Such a good serger!
My sewing machine collection

Mark, the guy who sold us the machine, asked what sewing machine I have, and I said I have 3 of them, to which he replied, "You really sew!"


My collection of machines, left to right:

  • Baby Lock Enlighten serger
  • Mom's Singer from 1964 --one of her wedding presents--the machine I learned to sew on til I was 18
  • My Baby Lock sewing machine from 1994 --my high school graduation present--sewed on it half my life until...
  • My Brother Project Runway machine from 2012 -- Christmas gift from my parents--my only computerized machine
  • My White Speedylock (estimated to be from 1994) --freebie from a former coworker circa 2009-ish?

first Englighen shoulder seam
Above is my first Enlighten serged garment seam: Simplicity 1314 (the quilted dress)
And I made some progress on fitting S1314.
By having a waist seam all the way across, it means no more drag lines ! !!!
But, that "point" is a bit wonky....need to work some magic on each "point" tmw.  I'm limiting myself  tmw to 30 min per point or 2 hours....whatever it looks like after 2 hours is how it will be, then I move on to finishing the dress.

Thanks again Dad!!!

Be well!


  1. Congratulations! It looks like a lot of fun! I am glad you are happy with your new machine. I love the progress you are making on S1314.

  2. Yay for your new serger!! I had a Babylock for years until it died. I replaced it with a different brand, and then I realized why Babylock has the reputation it does. I miss mine.

  3. Your dad looks very happy! I am sure he knows you will put it to good use. Have fun!

  4. Congrats on the new serger! I'm sure you will have a long and loving relationship.

  5. Congratulations!!!!! It is so pretty! :)

  6. Does the new baby have a name?
    You are one proud mama.

  7. Look how you are cradling it! Sweet new addition to the family. ;)

  8. I know you are in love. Congrats Kyle!

  9. Congratulations! I am very happy for you. May you have many years of carefree serging on it!

  10. I am so happy for you. Your dad is the best!! You are going to love this machine. Definitely keep the other serger as a backup.

    I think adding the waist seam was a good idea. Sometimes, extra seaming is just needed to ensure a good fit. I'm looking forward to seeing the modeled pictures!

  11. So happy for you! You are going to love it!!


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