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Tammy Posted: Mon, Aug 17 2009 9:22 AM

Stopped at a fab/sewing shop this weekend and looked at the machines they sold.  Babylocks!!  Look like a wonderful machine and found out that Nancy Zieman and Eleanor Burns are spokeswomen for the company and have these machines.  They are so neat. They can sew a 3 corner tear without moving the fabric!!  They sew right, left and up & down!!  How cool!!  The new Aspire that EB uses is about $2200 which if you're going to invest in a good machine (with trade in) really isn't to bad. I'm batting around the idea---but just that!!

Any info. anyone??

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Sandy H. replied on Mon, Aug 17 2009 10:16 AM

Hi Tammy, isn't it exciting to look at new machines.  I think Jodie Davis has a new Babylock and they are a QCA sponsor so check for discounts before you buy.  Check out this post https://www.quiltersclubofamerica.com/forums/t/1644.aspx .  There were several people talking about their BL.  I think it was Linda Lou who really raved about hers.

  

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Helen Bell replied on Mon, Aug 17 2009 10:52 AM

Hi Tammy...I'm a big Baby Lock fan...I have had my quilters choice for 2 years or so..and i love it!!!..I have used the fancier models too and they are amazing...they are a good quality machine...i think it was me that was really raving...not many people know about baby lock

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How exciting Tammy.  Are you looking for a machine to piece with? What model Babylock did you look at. Remeber we are not satisified here with the basics we want details LOL

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Judy Iliff replied on Mon, Aug 17 2009 11:49 AM

While I don't have a BL now, that was the machine I had before. I really did like it and it sewed well. The only reason I switched was because our LQS did not sell them, and T won't work on them. When you're as far away from everything as we are in this state, you go with the brand being sold locally. I think you wouldn't be disappointed at all with a new BL!

 


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Kris replied on Mon, Aug 17 2009 11:59 AM

I have a QCP. It's not my main machine. I use it on my quilting frame. It works well for that purpose.

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Tammy--

Lucky you.  Don't have personal knowledge about BL, but have heard great things about them.  Be sure to keep us informed of your decision.

 

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Tammy replied on Mon, Aug 17 2009 12:58 PM

Spud and Everyone--  It was the Espire and man what a machine!!! Auto fabric sensor, USB Type B port, advanced needle threader and cutter, top load bobbin, 343, built in stitches, LCD screen, advanced pivot feature, mirror imaging, knee lift......... Again WoW!!!!!  I was impressed!!!

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You sound so excited Tammy, I hope you get it if that is what you want.  Nothing like a new machine to lift your spirits.  LOL

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Kris replied on Tue, Aug 18 2009 12:52 AM

Tammy:

Spud and Everyone--  It was the Espire and man what a machine!!! Auto fabric sensor, USB Type B port, advanced needle threader and cutter, top load bobbin, 343, built in stitches, LCD screen, advanced pivot feature, mirror imaging, knee lift......... Again WoW!!!!!  I was impressed!!!

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Tammy I saw a video of this machine some time ago. It really does look like a great machine. Let us know when/if you buy it.

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Hi Tammy,

Yes, I have the Espire, which is what we use on the show. It has some really neat features. For instance, you don't need to use the knee lift (even though one is supplied) becuase you can set it to automatically stop with the needle down AND the presser foot up--but not all the way. This makes so many things so much easier. The automatic sensor seems to work well too. I had zero problems with flannel. Just wish I had more time to sew with it!!!

My advice on buying a sewing machine is 1.Take what you usually sew to the shop and take some time to sew. It needs to have the features you want for the kind of sewing you do and the only way you'll know that is to seond sonme time with it. 2. You are also investing in a dealer. They are going to be the ones to help you out when you have questions (and we all have them!), so make sure they are service-oriented. We just shot at Byrne Sewing in Doylestown PA. A shop like that is reason enough to want to live there. Atlanta Sewing Center, likewise, has always been wonderful about supporting me. Doing #1 helps you determine this ;)

Have fun. Buying a sewing machine is so exciting!

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Happy replied on Tue, Aug 18 2009 10:04 PM

I have a baby lock encore I really like it

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Tammy,

I have the Baby Lock Espire. I love it. It's my third Baby Lock machine. I also have the Quilter's Choice and the Quilter's Professional. They are great. I love the features on the Espire. They usually go on sale during your local fair or qult show, thats what they do here anyway.

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Tammy replied on Mon, Aug 24 2009 8:54 AM

Linda-- Will have to watch for that. I was really impressed with the machine though and don't get that way very often.  I would like to think I'm pretty self conscious when looking for a machine but this one just took my breathe away.

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Tammy replied on Mon, Aug 24 2009 8:58 AM

Jodie-- Thanks for the advice. Question for you.  Would it be dumb on my part to buy a machine where the dealer is 2-1/2 hours away?  No one in my area deals in Babylock so would have to travel to the capital to have repairs or service done.   I don't just sew quilts but mend blue jeans also. The feature where you can sew up, down, right and left was awesome and would work great for that job.

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