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Date: 4/21/13 6:12 PM

Hello. My name is Gale. I just joined this group today because I want to make lap quilts for my youngest two grandsons. I have never made a quilt. In fact, I haven't sewed for over 20 years; although I used to sew quite a lot and considered myself at intermediate level. I need a sewing machine. They have changed so much since the last one I had. I can only afford to buy one machine. What would you recommend to be a good all-around machine for me to use for crafts, quilts and garments? I suppose I might even need to take it to classes. I know I don't really want a Singer - I've heard too many complaints about them in recent years. I need something that is budget friendly - less than $800. After all, I will need to buy fabric and supplies. The one machine retail store in our town carries ONLY Baby Lock machines, which I know nothing about.

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Date: 4/21/13 7:17 PM

BabyLocks are great machines. Their mid to higher level machines are made for them by Brother to their specifications. They are very user-friendly. Take some of your favorite fabric scraps and go test one out. They are very user-friendly.

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Date: 4/21/13 7:27 PM

Welcome to PR.

I have a BabyLock and it is a super machine. Mine happens to be a combo (sewing and embroidery) and was top of the line at the time of purchase and not exactly budget friendly.

However, Babylock has other models that may meet your criteria.

For garment making and quilt piecing any model. But for machine quilting, you will want to look for a machine that has a roomy harp (area to the right of the needle) for the bulk of the quilt when quilting down the center of the quilt. And, the ability to drop the feed dogs rather than snapping a shield over the feed dogs for free motion quilting.

Some BL dealers carry other brands. Mine carries Pfaff in addition to BL.

I also have a Elna 7200 that I use daily for everything and two Singers. One is vintage and one is just a few years old and perfect for transporting; model 1507. However, it does not have the ability to drop the feed dogs and comes with a snap-on shield for "darning" which many quilters automatically think "free motion quilting".

Don't dismiss Singer because of what you have read or heard. Some of it may be true, or inexperience or plain hearsay.





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Date: 4/22/13 7:37 AM

Go to your Baby Lock dealer and ask to look at the "Elizabeth" or the "Tempo". These should be around your budget. If you want to stretch it a little bit, look also at the "Melody". The Melody comes with some of the feet (both free motion and walking foot) that quilters like to have and an extension table. Both Melody and Elizabeth have a knee lift, which will lift your presser foot hands free..nice when you are sewing curves or lots or corners. They both also have a thread trimmer, which brings the thread to the bobbin area and cuts it for you. Baby Locks have good warranties and you should ask about training classes for using your machine. Hopefully the classes will come free. Good Luck finding your new machine : )

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Date: 4/23/13 2:59 PM

Thanks so much for your input. I have decided that since the Baby Lock dealer is the only full service sewing machine dealer within a hundred + miles, I will go with that. The lady there steered me toward the Sofia 2. She thought that to stay within my budget it would give me lots of options to grow. I hope I didn't make a mistake, as it is on order. She said they do have an upgrade program but didn't elaborate. I do plan to do some garment sewing and home craft projects. I had heard of Baby Lock Sergers but not sewing machines before I started this search.

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