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|Baby Lock:BTLY Unity (Sewing Machine)|
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|Member since: 5/2/13 |
|Reviews written: 1|
|Sewing skills:Advanced Beginner|
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|Posted on:||10/2/13 3:01 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$6000|
|Had this machine for:||5 months|
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I just wanted to post a quick review of this machine and hopefully others will find it helpful in their decision making process. I couldn't hardly find any reviews of the Babylock Unity machine so I hope someone finds this helpful.
First, I'm 40 and have been sewing almost 5 years. My husband bought me a Brother SE-350 off Amazon for $250 a few years ago when I mentioned I should know how to hem a pair of jeans. The machine has 60 different types of stitches and it would do a 4x4 embroidery area. So I started out learning on a Brother machine and I have NO other points of reference. I've never used a Bernina or Singer or Janome or anything else so my perspective is limited.
After getting the Brother machine and sewing small baby blankets, purses, tote bags and even completing a few paper piecing quilts and some embroidery projects, I decided that sewing/embroidery was going to be in my future for a while and I decided that I should get a better machine.
First off, I would like to state that I did not enjoy this process whatsoever and would rather get a tooth filled. I found the whole process absolutely 19th century or worse and I pray I never have to do this again. The whole idea of having to go to dealers for prices and not being able to buy it online and have it shipped to either me or a dealer for pick up is really behind the times. Like I want to drive all over town having sales people tell me why what they're selling is so much better than everyone else's and hear that same story from 4 different people.
I don't mind taking a sewing machine for a "test drive" but honestly, I didn't need to do that either and sitting at 2 or 3 machines to thread it seemed silly.
My reason for buying the Babylock Unity as opposed to buying another brand was due to 2 reasons: 1) I was already familiar with Brother (which is about the same as Babylock) and 2) my nearest quilt shop which is 11 miles from my house sells Babylock and Pfaff.
I found that the dealer is THE MOST important factor when buying a new machine. If you don't have a great dealer in your area for what you want, then I would go with "easiest" to use factor if your having a hard time deciding which is more important. We all know a sewing machine will sew or embroider etc. so I would focus on what machine is the easiest or perhaps most familiar. If you like to use Bernina why change? If your used to operating a Janome, why change? I guess it would depend on your change factor. My mother has ZERO tolerance for change. She would go through 400 steps instead of 5 to do something but she's comfortable with the 400 so she's good. It just doesn't matter to her. So she sticks with the familiar.
I enjoy doing embroidery as well as sewing. I thought about getting the Ellisimo and its a great machine. The only difference that I saw is that the Ellisimo does an 8x10 embroidery area and the Unity does a 7x10 area. The Ellisimo has more built in stitches as well but the Unity has 11.5" to the right of the needle and the Ellimiso has 10". Not a huge difference there either but we all know every little bit helps when turning a large quilt. Also, the Ellisimo is about $2000 more than the Unity and to me the Ellisimo didn't bring another $2000 worth of function. Yes, it has the camera and scanning but its not important to me to actually see the fabric I'm about to embroider on up on the screen. And again, if embroidery is your primary concern then this feature brings more to you then it does for me. The Unity has the sensor pen which works just fine.
The machine weighs about 80lbs. It is heavy to haul around but I don't plan on doing that much. I wouldn't want to do that if I had back problems though.
The machine is much quieter than my Brother machine and sews very nicely. The decorative stitches are also very pretty and it does a great job.
The laser light is fantastic. I can turn on the a laser line (before my needle) and move the laser anywhere to the right of the needle within about a 3" area or so and use that as a fabric guide. So far its been great.
The display screen is wonderful. Bright, clear, easy to read, easy to navigate. You can easily change stitches, width/length, presser foot height, colors, embroidery sizing, combine stitches, save embroidery designs, upload new software, stitch counter and much more all though the display screen with a touch of a button.
The manual is very clear and very easy to use. I've had no problems finding out how to do anything and so far I haven't needed to contact the quilt shop once for anything. I've been very pleased with the layout of the manual and its clear instructions/descriptions.
The only difficulty I've had is the automatic needle threader and it wasn't the threader it was the operator. I have read that people say it will NOT auto thread a 75 embroidery needle. Mine does it just fine. I was having some problem getting it to thread too but I realized that my thread was just laying there (at 6) above the needle when I actually had to "snick" it in further. It has to catch. After that, you hit the button and it threads the needle every time.
This machine is very easy to use. If I don't know how to do something, I find it in the operators manual and follow the instructions.
The needle area is very well lit which is nice.
All of the embroidery I've done on it has turned out very well. No problems at all and I assure you I don't know much about embroidery accept some basics.
So far, I have zero complaints. The sound/music it plays turning on or the alerts when something happens (I.E. Bobbin thread is low) is pleasant and I can adjust the sound from off to very loud. The machine will tell me when it needs servicing - about every 1M stitches I think - not sure I haven't gotten there yet! And it never needs oiling. My mother in law oils her Bernina all the time. I'm glad I don't have to mess with that.
Its a very versatile, well thought out machine for the end user and I would recommend it to anyone.
PRICE: Yep I paid $6K for mine. MSRP is $8500, the shop was selling it for $6500. I asked for the floor model price and basically I got an "open stock" machine. They opened up several Unity machines for a big embroidery class and so they can't sell that at full price and somehow it came up $5999 in the system. It had around 6K stitches on it.
So far I think this is a great machine and I hope I still have it 20 years from now. If you have any questions, please ask and I'll try to answer them.
PRICE: I'm sure a lot goes into making this machine but its difficult to know what to pay when you can't find out any information about that machine (Price wise) online. MSRP is off the chart and ridiculous. Just not even sure why the give you that number. Probably just to make you feel like your getting a good deal. Seriously this was worse than buying a car.
OPTIONS: The only option I bought was the TruStitch which came with the large extension table. The prices of any OPTION was crazy expensive. The TruStitch was $1200. My verdict is still out if this is worth it. If you want your quilting stitches for free motion quilting to be fairly even then this is worth it. If you don't care don't bother. Unless there's a Babylock special when you get a TruStitch thrown in when you buy their top of the line machines.
Even some of the extra feet were hundreds of dollars. Yes, you get a lot of standard feet but don't want the open toe free motion foot (the little clear plastic one). I think even the ladies at the quilt shop thought the prices were just crazy.
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