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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Felting/Embellishing machines ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Looking at purchasing a felting machine..any comments?
Holly Bloomfield

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Date: 9/4/13 1:29 PM

I've been looking into purchasing a felting machine. I've been leaning towards the Babylock 12 needle Embellisher but would like to know if anyone has any other recommendations? Thanks>

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Date: 9/4/13 3:27 PM


Holly. I have one of these.. and can only say the more needles the better.. and it helps if you only have to replace individual needles .. its just cheaper that way in the long run as those do break..
I do also believe we have information in the archives on these machines..

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Date: 9/4/13 3:33 PM

What do you use these machines for?

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Date: 9/4/13 3:53 PM

Look at some of these YouTube videos. A whole new hobby!

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Date: 9/4/13 4:08 PM

I read all the reviews on different brand felting machines I could find.On one site,someone compared all the different brand felting machines.Then I asked myself several important to myself questions.The most important of all how often would I use a felting machine to embellish something ?

I bought an almost new FM-725 needle felting machine used for 100 dollars in another town last year.On the way home,I stopped a the Janome dealer,he had the same FM-725 needle felting machine on sale for 99 dollars,brand new in a box.

Yes,I could have received a warranty on that new machine,if I would have seen the machine on sale at the dealer on my way to buy the used machine.I would have bought the new FM-725,strangely enough,our local dealer wanted over 300 dealers for it.I thought all the same brand dealers had sales at the same time. Not !

I still got a good deal on my used FM-725 needle felting machine, including spare single replacement needles and an extra changeable 5 needle unit and other extras.

It's up to you to decide whether or not you want to spend a lot more money.I like my Janome FM-725 needle felting machine.I don't use it every month either.

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Date: 9/4/13 7:50 PM

I purchased the Baby Lock 12 needle during the recent sale. I didn't try out any other machines but read up a bunch on the web. More needles means less time at the machine. I'm happy with my choice.

Have you read the comparisons here at Try Our Designs? It's a comprehensive review of a number of felters.

Btw, here's the video of my dream felting machine!

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Date: 9/5/13 0:55 AM

I bought the Babylock 7 needle just before the 12 needle came out. It's a good thing it wasn't expensive, I never use it. Maybe some day I'll figure out something to do with it.

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Date: 9/6/13 1:08 PM

I went to an Evy Hawkins event at Jackman's Fabrics (Babylock dealer in St. Louis) and was blown away at what you could do with one of these machines. Evy has some great projects on her websites.


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I bought a 12 needle Babylock this summer. I agree with the other posts: more needles and the ability to change individual needles are key features.

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