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Message Board > Sewing Machines > What is the difference between machines ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 5/31/13 12:33 PM

I was wondering if anyone has found out the difference between the Brother Dream Weaver Embroidery only and the Babylock Spirt. From what I have found out they arte made by the same company. One dealer said Babylock is the better machine and another dealer said Brother is the better machine. Does anyone have the Spirit and do you like it? I am looking for a new embroidery machine and its soo hard with so many choices.
I would love some suggestions.

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Date: 5/31/13 12:39 PM

Hello and welcome! Brother makes machines for BabyLock to their specification. There may be variances in stitch selection on some models and Brother usually has an exclusive stitch creator function not found on BabyLocks. Since these are embroidery-only machines, I can't imagine much difference. Some people are more attracted to one over the other. I've owned Brothers but that was just my personal preference.

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Date: 5/31/13 3:14 PM

I have the Babylock Unity and I love it. The needle threader is wonderful. Its a quite machine. Its for sewing and embroidery. I also have a Babylock Imagine serger. I wouldn't trade either of them.

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Date: 6/1/13 5:52 AM

Embroidery only machines are a different category than a Unity which sews and a serger.
I had a similar question a few years back between a Janome 350e and a Bernina Deco. Was told they are basically the same. I went with the Janome because I liked the jef file format- i could get inexpensive software compared to Bernina's proprietary formats. Someone commented later the Deco didn't have the same file format as other Berninas. I don't know if thats true.

So I think I understand your question. While brother and babylock sewing and combo machines differ inside, it may well be the stand alone embroidery ones don't- except for the built in designs. I think they both use a pes format but I don't own either.

If in your research, they turn out to basically be the same machine then use other criteria for purchase. Which dealer would you prefer for service? Cost? Built in designs? Does one brand give you a more comfortable feeling?
I love my BL Ellisimo and Evolution serger and have strong ties to my Dealer so I would stay with BL. But for this type of purchase, if you love Brother, that may be a better option for you.

I will say, that my Janome Dealer did not do in house service or training. It was a 1 hr drive. I had never touched or seen an embroidery machine (just on TV). The dealer had to order as he ran a Sew n Vac and did not carry any machines in stock. That was a regret because I had to learn everything myself. I lived in a very rural area then and have since moved and so now I have dealers I can choose from and see machines in person and test out.
HTH.

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Date: 6/1/13 1:26 PM

This is one of those times when you need to evaluate the dealer as well as taking a test drive of the machine.

You may be able to download the manual for the brands and models you are interested in and compare the features before visiting the dealers.

Babylock's website has a side by side comparison option; Brother does not.

So, you may want to start with the BL site, print if you can and use that to compare the features offered by Brother.

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Date: 7/3/13 11:42 PM

Embroidery designs is the only main difference. Brother=Disney while Babylock=Nancy Zieman. Also brother has maintained rights to their my custom stitch feature which is not on the babylock versions. Utility stitches and other functions, internal parts are all the same. The difference in outward appearance is also different. You are just paying for what designs you want more. Babylock does more marketing on tv shows than brother does, so their machines tend to be higher priced for this reason, but sometimes you can find them cheaper. I got my espire cheaper because the QC-1000 I wanted was not on sale. I do find the babylocks to be more externally appealing, but actually find my brother dreamweaver to be prettier than the unity surprisingly

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Date: 7/4/13 6:17 AM

Aside from the different embroidery trademarking. Brother makes their own machines and fulfills their own warranty work through their dealers. Babylock is made by Brother but is distributed and represented by Tacony. They are a highly respected company that also distributes industrials and lots of other sewing related items. Many people prefer Babylock because Tacony does a stellar job at aftermarket service and support. They really do customer service well. Not that Brother does not. So many people choose Babylock because of that issue. Either one you choose they are most likely the same machine guts wise so it comes down to which dealer you like and trust the most. If you feel you need more service and support then I would choose based on that factor. I always buy based on price alone. I done use dealer services at all other than machine maintenance. Some people really like the classes dealers offer. Depends on your level of comfort. Good luck

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