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|Baby Lock:Serenade (Sewing Machine)|
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|Reviewed by:||Quilting Student|
|About Quilting Student |
|Member since: 7/10/11 |
|Reviews written: 1|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||6/19/13 11:43 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$1500|
|Had this machine for:||18 months|
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- Needle Threader
- One step buttonhole
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
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|What Quilting Student likes about this machine|
I don't recall the exact price, but I paid $500 less for the machine than I was quoted at two other dealers within an hour's drive, so bought it here.
I thought the stitches were a pretty assortment. It had a larger opening, I think people are calling it "the harp", it had the special feeding mechanism to keep layers together, it was for quilting. I had been sewing on a 1980 12-stitch Kenmore and it was nice to get out of the Dark Ages to a modern machine. At 57 I was looking for the machine I could use the rest of my life.
I bought it at StitchNCraft in Lebanon, PA and in fairness to them, they told me when I brought it back for adjustment this week, that a number of people they have sold it to are unhappy with it as are happy. They have another one in stock but said they are not going to sell it lest it be a problem for someone else. They said the machine is very tight clearances and sensitive. They said if I want to go up to the Symphony they would give me a good deal on it because they want to be fair. They did not charge me for the service call because by now they know the machine is a problem.
What Quilting Student does not like about this machine
The bobbin sensor keeps saying it is empty when it is half full. I knew about this flaw from your website but bought the machine anyway.
What I don't appreciate is I am only sewing my 3rd dress and it stops dead until I brushed out the bobbin housing and put a drop of oil on it. It happened on a weekend night when I couldn't get into the dealer so bought a bottle of Singer sewing machine oil which seems to work ok.
I got the wrong BL bobbin by mistake and it snarled up the bobbin thread on the bottom. They didn't charge me for the service because one of their people gave me the wrong bobbins. I will see if it works ok now.
The touch screen is not intuitive.
Some of the stitches were not even on the latest dress (only my 3rd project).
They never came out with a notebook binder for it and I understand from the dealer it is being discontinued or already was by the company.
I hope I have one that will work becasue I really don't want to shell out another thousand or two dollars to buy more machine of whatever brand.
I mostly sew dresses, repair clothing, make pillow covers, curtains. I was hoping to do some lap quilts or quillows with it. We'll see how it goes.
I need to say in fairness to StitchNCraft that the critical review another lady wrote was in 2011. We are 2 years down the road and they have more experience with the machine by now and are apologetic about it.
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