In Jan 2016, I’ve taken the plunge and bought a Babylock Enlighten overlocker. Finally I’ve had enough, having spent hours and hours trying to work out what’s wrong with the Lumina overlocker, threading and re-threading it more times than I cared to count. It didn’t help that I have very limited knowledge in tension adjustment and how an overlocker actually works :P
Things I like about the Enlighten:
- Extraordin-Air Threading. Why else do I spend so much on a Babylock if not for this? Just place the looper threads into the ports, press a button and a motor shoots air and pushes the threads to the exit point.
- Auto-tension. It is made for a tension dummy like me. I want to go from chiffon to denim to fleece to satin with the same setting. And it does. One can still do minor adjustments and there’s a small knob for it, or changing differential feed, but it’s more of an exception than the norm.
- Vertical needles. They are not at an angle and have more penetrative power.
- LED lighting
- Change to rolled hem function by taking out a needle and flicking a switch only.
Things I was taken aback with:
- The price. I had to save up long and hard for it, and I intend to work it to the bone!
- I thought it would be completely automatic, but you still have to manually do the needle threads. I see older ladies with declining eyesight and dexterity choose the Babylock specifically for its easy-to-thread, but still end up having difficulty managing the needle threads.
- I somewhat wished the exterior matches the price. But like a lot of reliable machinery, the manufacturers focus on function over form.
- Their attachment feet are so expensive =.= (I haven’t bought or used any yet)
It sews without emotion. It just goes and goes. It’s like a robot (well, it is…). And that’s good. It’s a workhorse. I can feed it any fabric and not worry. I may now return the Lumina overlocker back to my aunt…she has more patience, she can deal with it :P
The Babylock has a range of overlockers and the higher end models (e.g. Ovation, Evolution) also have coverstitch function. Now I really want to coverstitch, but I don’t think I can handle the EIGHT pools of threads in the hybrid Babylock machines. And changing over from overlocking to coverstitch may not be as convenient or easy as it advertises. There are also more dials and buttons and things to confuse me. I decided that if I REALLY want or need to coverstitch, I’ll get a separate, dedicated machine. I need to save up more, more, MORE!