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|Baby Lock:Crescendo (Sewing Machine)|
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|About jbhensley |
|Member since: 8/26/13 |
|Reviews written: 1|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||9/3/13 7:44 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$3900|
|Had this machine for:||1 week|
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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 jbhensley likes about this machine|
I have recently started quilting and decided I needed a new machine to make it more enjoyable. I did a lot of research and fell in love with the Janome Horizon 6600. However, there was not a local authorized dealer in my town. Actually there are only two sewing machine dealers in town. The Bernina store and the Brother Store.
Upon my visit to the Bernina store, I discovered they were also a Babylock dealer and they recommended the Cresendo rather than any of the Berninas. Having not researched this machine, I immediately came home to read reviews. Reviews indicated that Brother was generally a cheaper version of the BabyLock with the same parent corporation, so off to the Brother store I went.
The Brother Dreamweaver is pretty much identical to the Cresendo, but it was more expensive not less so I scratched it off my list. To my surprise the Brother dealer had the Janome 6600 and several lower level Janomes.
I mentioned that she was not listed as a Janome dealer and she stated that she only carried the machines she liked and did not have space to carry the full line, so was not listed. She highly recommended the Janome 6600 and did not even attempt to sell me the higher end machines once she questioned me on the sewing I was planning to do. This machine had everything on my list of wants with the exception of a clearly marked 1/4 mark and it was almost $900 cheaper than the Cresendo.
I was really torn between the two machines. I went back to look at the Cresendo and decided it was worth the additional money to me. Here are my observations and how I decided:
Both had: knee lift, needle threader (although Cresendos was easier), separate bobbin winders, large throats (Cresendos a little bigger), included extension tables, lots of feet, free arm, needle stop either up or down, option of sewing without foot control, speed controller, thread cutter and good lighting.
The first thing I noticed on the Cresendo is that there are two clear bobbin covers and one has a very large 1/4 mark on it (so much better than adding tape or just relying. On the 1/4 inch foot). All the feet on the Cresendo have a specific storage space that is labeled, with so many feet I like having a specific spot so I can locate easier, also they are all stored in the base where on the Janome thay were on base and in top. The Cresendo also tells you which foot you need for the stitch you have chosen. There are help screens available on the machine.
The Cresendo has a large touch screen, which I liked more than the Janome (although I can see that for some it might be too much technology)
The feet on the Cresendo extension table fold up and the knee lift stores in the bottom of the table. The Janomes feet on the extension table screw on. They both only have soft covers. The lighting on the Cresendo is much better. If you find it too bright you can adjust it to several different levels.
And the laser is just plain cool, especially if sewing in a different direction than straight.
I came home with my new machine got it unpacked and immediately started sewing. I have made a bag and pieced a quilt and it has been a dream. The dual feed foot works fantastic and the tension adjusts itself great from piecieng to quilting.
Extension table is easy to slide on and off to use the free arm.
The other deciding factor was the dealership. The Brother store was a small shop selling only sewing machines and doing in house repairs. The owner providing personal lessons as needed and it was obvious that she was very skilled and really knew everything about the machines in her shop. She would easily be able to provide you with all kinds of shortcuts. The Bernina store was larger and actually had a staff of employees with a fabric store as well. They offered group lessons on the machine and a variety of classes available throughout the month. The staff knew their sewing, but with so many machines did not know every machine completely, but I really liked the social aspect of the store as I work out of my home.
What jbhensley does not like about this machine
I like the thread and bobbin sensor, but I wish it would just warn you once and then let you ignore. I knew there was enough bobbin thread to make it to the edge, but it would stop the machine about every 10 stitches and give you the warning. You could cancel and sew about 10 more stitches and then it would warn again. It took forever to go that last 3 inches and there was still a little thread left.
For the price, I feel like it should have come with some type of case instead of a very flimsy cover that does not even fit well if the extension table is attached.
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