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New Babylock Serenade
replacing the Quest Plus
SouthernStitch
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Date: 3/2/11 8:01 PM

So I went to pick up my Audrey today, and he had just opened a box of brochures so I took one. I think this is going to be a cool machine for quilters. Highlights are a really nice plexiglass extension table, one touch thread cutter, telescoping thread guide, 7 LED lights, 15 feet, and the inclusion of a straight stitch plate. Oh, and oodles and oodles of stitches.

Main features:
LCD touch screen
513 stitches, 46 utility, 11 buttonholes, 77 deco, 51 quilting, 37 deco satin, 11 cross, 3 alphas
9mm
Stitch length 0-5
Dual feed PDQ
Auto tensions
Needle threader
Independent bobbin winder
Upper and lower thread sensors
Hands free presser lift w/extra hi lift
8 5/8 inches to right of needle
7 LED lights
Quilting extension table, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8
1,000 spm
drop feed
deco stitch editing capability
20 memory packets 20 folders for favorite stitches
mirror image
variable needle positions
programmable needle up/down
presser foot pressure adj
auto built in darning
One touch buttons for thread cutter, needle up/down, auto lock button, reverse, start/stop
free arm, telescoping thread guide, retractable stitch chart

Comes with:
Stylus
hands free presser foot lift
15 snap on feet -- blind hem, button sewing, buttonhole, cording, darning, freemotion open toe, gathering, general purpose, hemmer, open toe, overcasting, 1/4 quilting, satin stitch, straight stitch, zipper
Straight stitch needle plate
quilting extension table
edge quilting seam guide
bobbins
seam ripper.

It's a nice looking machine with a vertical bobbin. I would have taken a pic but I'm afraid that would be some sort of copyright infringement in posting the picture here. It has the same sort of shape as the Quest - more squared off, which I like better than the curvy machines.

-- Edited on 3/3/11 10:29 AM --

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Date: 3/2/11 8:47 PM

Sure does sound nice. Glad they kept the PDQ. I have the Quest Plus and the PDQ is invaluable.

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Date: 3/2/11 8:58 PM

Do you know if the Serenade is made by babylock? Are is it made by the same people that made the Quest plus, Pfaff Smarter or Singer L-500?

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Date: 3/2/11 10:17 PM

No, but I know this guy would know. I'll call him and ask.

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Date: 3/3/11 2:56 AM

Oh exciting! It isn't on the Babylock site yet is it? I was at a Babylock dealer on Tuesday and he had the Quest + on sale. He said it was to reduce inventory for taxes and that there were rumors of an update to the Quest +. I asked if it would have a thread cutter and he said he thought that was quite a ways away. I think he said it could be year or more. Guess he hadn't opened that box of handouts. LOL. Any idea what the price on this machine is going to be?

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Date: 3/3/11 4:26 AM

Australia doesn't sell a lot of Babylock sewing machines (may be because it would be way too expensive?) But for pricing i thinks it would be a couple or so hundred more than the MSRP price of Babylock Quest Plus
Lets just pray it's not too expensive

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Date: 3/3/11 8:50 AM

I have no idea on the pricing.

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Date: 3/3/11 9:25 AM


For me I am not sure if this is good news ..or bad news..
For others .. it means more than likely the price of the Quest will go lower.. I have been noticing loads of Ellangeos coming up for bid on ebay.. not sure why that is.. as well as more Esantes. So I figured something was up. There are some sewers who always upgrade to the newest and sell their current models.. Not me of course.. I keep them all. I love all my machines.. and lets face it.. way too lazy to sell them anyhow.
What my biggest problem is right now is finding the time to do research and comparison shop.. But as I have a whole year.. sigh.. I will get to it.. It sure doesn't help to have yet another machine to choose from.. I was still wanting to look at the Symphony too.. hmmm.. Seems like they are stuck on a lyrical theme for naming their machines right now.
But wow.. thanks for the information..

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Date: 3/3/11 10:00 AM

Sounds like a wonderful machine they don't even had it on their website yet. Too bad I'm not in the market for one.
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Date: 3/3/11 10:21 AM

It sounds sweet......but I thought the Symphony was replacing the Quest Plus.....I haven't even seen that one yet.....now it's being replaced with the Serenade.....I've got to get out more.

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