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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Babylock vs. Brother ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Babylock vs. Brother
help, which is best?
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Date: 9/27/10 8:52 PM

I am looking to buy my first machine and in my search I have found that several machines seem to be the same...at different prices of course!

For example: Janome has the 2130QDC ($491) which appears to be the exact same as a Kenmore machine from Sears ($299).

I was thinking that for my first machine I would like a bit of everything to test out what I would use and I am fairly crafty and I like to make a range of things.

The Babylock Sofia ($699) caught my eye until I noticed Brother makes the HE240 ($499) which looks exactly the same, and feels the same to use - i have tested them both and I was wondering what others have to say. Is Brother just made a bit cheaper, or is there any difference at all? I the reviews it seems like owners equally love their machines. I would love to know what the differences would be.

Another machine the BL Decorators Choice ($999) seems to have a doppelganger in the Brother NX-450 ($849) and I think these may be a bit out of my price range, they dont have any embroidery, just nice fonts so I am not sure what I am spending the extra $$$ for. For the same price I think I can get the JUKI HZL-300/600 series and it seems to be more of a workhorse machine.

Any thoughts from people who have several of these machines?

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Date: 9/27/10 9:24 PM

I believe Brother makes Babylock machines. They are made to Babylock's specification and there are some differences in stitch selection. You will find a Brother "Cousin" for almost all Babylocks. I don't think they are "cheaper" as inferior.

The Kenmore (which is made for Sears by Janome) is comparable to the Janome DC 2010. The Janome 2160DC has 10 more stitches than the Kenmore including 3 more buttonholes, start/stop button, adjustable pressure foot pressure, and weighs less.

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Date: 9/27/10 11:50 PM

Thanks for your reply!

Did you mean you dont think the Brothers are "cheaper" than the Babylocks because they are inferior? or you think they are comparable. I was just a little confused by your last sentence there.

I like these models quite a bit, I would love to get a babylock sofia right next to an HE240!!

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Date: 9/27/10 11:58 PM

Sorry about that. I think they are comparable. Hopefully, others will chime in. I don't have a local Brother dealer so I just admire them online. Make sure you test the machines so that you can find out which one feels right for you. That is a disadvantage with the Kenmore. You can't always test them.

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Date: 9/28/10 3:28 PM

I have tested both machines (Sofia and Brother) within an hour of each other and they feel identical to me. I am not an experienced sewer but the machines felt exactly the same.

The only thing I can think is that maybe some parts are not as high quality as the sofia but I imagine they would be because it would be cheaper to make them identical in the factory than to put in new parts!

...But then why would you buy a babylock?

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Date: 9/29/10 10:17 AM

I must have visited my local brother dealer a dozen times trying to figure out what machine to buy. I don't think you would be dissapointed in the brother machine at all..they are great. My problem was the dealer..after a dozen trips I still just didn't feel a connection to that store. I was told by my sister that there was a babylock dealer a short distance away. I visited this store once and didn't want to leave. I ended up with two babylock machines and a wonderful dealer. My point being..if you have connected with one dealer more than the other go with it..you will be glad you did..if you like both machines equally..they are both great machines.

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Date: 9/29/10 10:24 AM

If you are looking at the BL and Brother price range, why aren't you looking a Janome 3160QDC? I think they are around 699. I got one bc it had all the features of my 6500P minus the leg lift, and it only weighs 13# with case. Mine also came with an extension table. It has all the stitches any sewers "really" uses, and the button holer. I bought it to be able to take with on sewing trips with my group bc of my back challenges. It has great control and is a great machine with all the features. Just an idea.

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Date: 9/29/10 8:15 PM

@dreams - LOL, yes the dealer is such an influence. I found an awesome dealer that doesnt have any of the machines I want but I keep going in hoping to find something so i can buy from them!

@ody I did check out the Janome 3160 and I quite like it, but it doesnt have any embroidery designs...i wanted something that could do a bit of everything. But if I was going to get one without embroidery I am totally sold on the Juki f600...ahhhh, if only i could get a stand alone embroidery machine for cheap!

I have never owned a sewing machine and now i want 4! LOL i think this is going to be an expensive hobby

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Date: 9/29/10 8:56 PM

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I have never owned a sewing machine and now i want 4! LOL i think this is going to be an expensive hobby

I think you've been infected with SMAD!!!!
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Date: 10/2/10 0:42 AM

yes, i think so... LOL

What is the brother clone of the Babylock Quilters choice? The nx-650?

I talked to my BL dealer and she said she is not getting any sofia2's in until they have sold all 20 of the sofia's they currently have in sock (@ $699), I asked her about a deal at that point and she wasnt really having it :(

but hey, im in no hurry - I love testing and investigating all the beautiful machines. I still have no idea which one I should get, maybe i will just wait for a good deal!

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