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|Baby Lock:Crescendo (Sewing Machine)|
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|About WinkyBlinky |
|Member since: 6/18/13 |
|Reviews written: 2|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||6/18/13 10:12 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$4000|
|Had this machine for:||Two weeks|
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- Needle Threader
- Needle Up/Down Setting
- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
- Auto Threading
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|What WinkyBlinky likes about this machine|
I researched machines for a month. All the major machine brands have stores in my city. I sat down at Baby Lock, Bernina, & Viking and tried out machines from $1200 to $10,000. It came down to the Baby Lock Symphony & the Crescendo. Why did I choose the Crescendo? I keep my machines for a long time. (My Pfaff 7550 finally died. I sewed exclusively on this machine for 20 years). I didn't want a machine that had been out for as long as the Symphony has been. I wanted to start with a very new machine. That is what made me choose the Crescendo.
I do not do embroidery. I am a garment sewist almost exclusively. I wanted the highest machine technology before the embroidery category. I love the laser feature as well as the laser pen feature. A good example of its usefulness is I was sewing a very deep V in a tunic & I touched the pen to the end point & the machine marched right on down to the mark. Then I pivoted on that point & it marched right back up to the neckline with no wavering at all. A perfect line. Stitching in the ditch for a wrapped knit neckline means setting the laser for the edge & following that, not staring at the needle. It makes for a much more even top stitching line.
I absolutely LOVE the LED Stadium Lighting. Wow. It's adjustable too! There are 11.5 inches of harp space! It threads itself. It cuts the threads, top & bottom. It has a drop in bobbin. It winds a bobbin without having to unthread the project you are working on. The knee operated foot lift is wonderful. No more reaching back! There are the usual push button controls right on the front that I use constantly. Reverse, tie tack, needle up/down, foot up/down, thread cutting, speed, & auto thread. It comes with 13 feet. It has a free arm, it has a regular medium sewing space, & also included it a HUGE table top extension. It is 16 x 23 inches! Huge.
The computer screen is large. The entire manual is right at your fingertips if you get lost. Plus, if you really need further information about something, it has videos to instruct you! The screen & stitch adjustments seem endless. I set it up & poked at it for two hours before even lifting my head. There are a lot of stitches, decorative stitches, alphabets, numerals, & even four sets of Japanese alphabets.
The walking foot. Amazing. Tried it with a slippery fabric, & a sheer fabric. It stickes like glue. Nothing shifts around. I may keep it on now that I have stopped playing with every single other foot. The foot part of it is quite wide for super control. If you are a walking foot fan, go try this one out!
I can recommend this machine VERY highly. I picked it by features I was looking for, price, & longevity. It is a very nice machine with enough features to keep me in love for a long time!
What WinkyBlinky does not like about this machine
I hate to even put anything here. I would preface this by saying these are extremely picky notations. This is not an embroidery machine. Knowing that, I'd have to say the alphabets & some of the decorative stitches are a bit sparse. I'd have to say my 20 year old Pfaff was a little bit better in this area. Yes, you can adjust some of them. Some you cannot. I asked at my dealership & they said, well that is the difference of embroidery machine lettering. Ok. Fair enough. If you are going to be making more than my two baby blankets per year with a name on them, you might want to check this out.
The other thing that has been mentioned is that putting on a foot that needs to be screwed in instead of snapped in place is a bit fussy. I am a pretty small woman & I have to fuss a bit with the screwdriver on the left side. Bunching up my hand to pinch my fingers around it means I barely have room to slide my fist in. My husband cannot do it at all, there is just not enough room. For me, these two things are not enough to dull my love for this very nice machine. I hope this helps!
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