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jfdavis83
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Date: 7/8/11 5:28 PM

Hi All!

Does anyone know anything about the Baby Lock "Grace" machine?

I am shopping around to purchase my very own machine, and want to make sure I do all my research first!

I appreciate any feedback!

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~ Jenni ~

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Date: 7/8/11 7:03 PM

I only know a little but will share that with you. I helped teach a beginner sewing class for African immigrant women in the spring and they had the Babylock Grace machines.

Here's what I observed:
-The machine was easy to use. None of these women had ever sewn and they all mastered the machine quickly.
-The stretch stitch/overcast stitches were very nice.
-The machines ran quietly.
-The bobbin was easy to wind and the machine was easy to thread.
-The stitches were straight.
-They seemed to handle slippery fabric and somewhat thick fabric well.
-I didn't see and tangled threads or mouse nesty thread jumbles come out of the bobbin area.

We didn't make buttonholes so I can't comment on that.

What I didn't like (but this may just be me because I've sewn so long on my own machine that it's like another bodily appendage).
-The needle has 2 positions, neither of which seems to be in the center.
-The zipper foot is too wide.
-The shape of the standard foot seems clunky but it is clear which is nice.

Our Babylock dealer is really good with demo-ing a machine. I was just there yesterday. I will suggest (for the millionth time on PR) taking a variety of fabric, and a list of tasks you would expect the machine to perform well, to your dealer and do an extensive test drive.

Hope this helps a little.

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Barb
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jfdavis83
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Date: 7/9/11 6:50 PM

That helps greatly!

Thank you so much!

I have been visiting different dealers to see what they recommended for me - so far it has been this machine and a Janome 2206 or 2212.

I think the Baby Lock Grace maybe on the top of my list thus far...

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~ Jenni ~

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Date: 7/11/11 4:16 PM

Love it! It is my class machine and I use it more than my Janome 6600P.

Generic snap on feet will fit. I have another zipper foot that is not real wide that works on this machine. My ruffler works on it and it does everything that I would need it for in a class setting or sew-in. Three of my friends bought the machine. They are beginners and it is easy for them to use. I am not a beginner and am very happy with it.

It does not have a auto thread cutter. That is the only thing I am used to that I miss.

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