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Message Board > Sewing Machines > BabyLock Embroidery Machine BL60E ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 9/23/08 12:16 PM

Hi Everyone,
If you have any information regarding this machine, please do tell. Other than the great features, I have no idea how well it performs. Any tidbit about this machine will help.

Thank you, Cheryl

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Date: 9/24/08 5:57 PM

I don't know about this machine. Is it called by any other name than just the model number? Is it old, is it new, can you find it on the Babylock website? I can vouch for Babylock machines, however, since I have owned four of them. My first was a stand-alone embroidery machine, purchased in 1997 and it was great. In 2000 I traded up to the Esante ESe2 combo machine and it was great. In 2004 I purchased the Imagine serger and it is great. And in 2005 I traded up to the New Esante and it is also great. Never have had a problem with any of them until earlier this year with the New Esante. The dealer sent it back to the BL techs and they fixed it. It wasn't free though, it cost me a total of $232 and they had it for a month. Works great again. Just like brand new!

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Date: 9/24/08 6:45 PM

Here's some old info. There was a Bernina version of this also. I think it was known as the Bernette Deco 500/600/650 models. Look in the Bernette reviews in Sewing Machine and Serger Reviews:

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Date: 9/24/08 7:58 PM

That fooled me. I thought the BL60E might be a pro machine like the Brother PR620 but the machine in the link appears to be the same machine as my White 3300E that I have had for years. This 3300 is not to be confused with the White 4400 which is not the same machine in any way. I purchased my 3300 because it was like the Babylock model that I had seen and wanted.
The 3300 is Brother made..as is the same machine in the Simplicity and Babylock models that are about identical except vary in a few features.
Some of the Brother D models have built in Disney designs. My machine came with a Taste of Disney...which is one card that is entire Disney. It has several built in alphabets and came with an Alphabet card for more fonts.
I think most of the built in features in these similar Brother models are the same but the Simplicity also had very large (huge) fancy Alphabet to monogram a huge letter and I think flowers at the same time.
My machine came with 3 hoops including one very large one that has several differeant positions that can be locked in according to size needed re-hooping etc. You can also alter the directions and rotate and turn the embroidery pattern by just pushing a button on the machine including changing alphabet sizes and the sizes of different designs.
I paid $349 for my machine from a local dealer several years ago and it is a true workhorse that I have beat up on even doing French and Italian words in different fonts and colors on my DD's plastic covered canvas fabric that I made for her outdoor pool furniture and cushions.
The machine also does great embroidery and monograms on towel bands. I have made many swim towels with the DGK's names on them and also embroidered their clothing including light knits. It has more than paid for itself over the years.

I think that this BL model being much the same is most likely also a workhorse. All of the Brother made embroidery machines with this same design have been proven to be so. They also have the quick thread bobbin that you don't need to bring up the bobbin thread before sewing..which is a Brother/Babylock nice feature.

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Date: 9/25/08 2:14 AM

Thanks guys for all the great information. The BabyLock, White 3300 and Simplicity SE3 all look identical. I was bidding on the BL dropped out when it went above and beyond my spending.

In the middle of my bidding war I received a message from a member of SG, she was getting ready to list her SE3 and asked if I would be interested. A sweet deal I thought and jumped on it. A 2 year old machine, 6 embroidery cards, 50 needles, prewound bobbins, threads, and the accessories that came with machine for $250.

Was that a good deal or not!!!???

P.S. For future reference, where does one take a Simplicity for maintenance?? When researching the SE3, BL showed up a few times. Is there a connecting with the two??
Many thanks, Cheryl

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Date: 9/25/08 3:29 AM

Wow, congrats on such a good deal. I hope you love your new machine. I think your machine has the nice big deco alphabet.
The Babylock and Simplicity connection I think might come from both being distributed by Tacony. I'm uncertain if Simplicity still makes machines what with all the different changes now in the world of sewing machines but being these embroidery machines all seem to have the same inners etc. and most likely made by Brother, maybe a Babylock or Brother dealer would also service your SE3. I would give a call to one and ask. You are going to have so much fun with you new machine.

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Date: 9/25/08 9:53 AM

Yes, a BL or Brother dealer can service the SE3. That one would have been my pick bc i like the built-in designs better and so nice you are getting cards and all the extras for a GREAT price! That generation of machines--white,simplicity, brother, babylock are work-horses. i once owned a Deco 600 that was in the same league and it was sturdier than the newer ones that came along after. you can do quite a lot with the 4x4 field and with PEDBasic (highly recommend), you can download designs and stitch them out very easily. Other than learning to hoop/stabilize properly, there is virtually no learning curve with these. Enjoy!

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Date: 9/25/08 10:55 AM

I'm glad you got a machine at a great price and that pleases you. I do think Brother probably made the Simplicity SE but don't know for sure. They did make the Bernina Deco machine(s) but I think Janome now makes the newer Bernina embroidery machine. I know that one didn't get very good reviews when it first came out. Don't know if it is still in production and maybe better than the earliest ones of the Janome-mades. My previous Babylock Esante ESe2 had that huge embroidery with flowers. I used it once to make a decorative pillow cover for a then-teenage DGD. My first Babylock was the embroidery-only Espree and I used it happily for three years before getting the itch to have more options and a larger stitch field. The Espree was simple and easy to use and never a moment's problem. You will have a lot of fun with your "new" embroidery machine!

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Date: 9/25/08 11:54 AM


Thanks to all of you I now feel a lot more confident that I took the plunge.
Cheryl

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Date: 9/25/08 8:40 PM

Aha yes..it was the BL Espree that I saw way back when that made me want this machine. That is why I was uncertain about what the model BL60E was. I had only heard of the BL Espree.
Thanks for posting that models name..I was rackin my brain trying to remember the name of it.

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