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Help choosing between Babylock Elizabeth, Melody, or Symphony
Looking for a really good 2nd machine that produces quality stitches.
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Date: 8/4/11 12:09 PM

Can someone that owns one of these machines help me out. I'm looking at getting a 2nd machine not just to take to classes but a machine good enough to do quality sewing. The machine will be for my daughter and I to sew on. I have been thinking about a Babylock Elizabeth, Melody or Symphony. What are your thoughts? I have a Babylock Esante 2 which I would like to upgrade later for a better Embroidery machine. It sews really good just a little outdated. Doesn't have a USB. I'm afraid of getting something that doesn't sew as good. Thanks for any help.

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Date: 8/4/11 6:56 PM

The Symphony is BIG...not sure you would want to haul that to class but it is a lovely machine. I have the Brother version of the previous generation and it has all the bells and whistles of a TOL non-embroidery machine.
Melody and Elizabeth have a lot of the same features. Even with the Elizabeth being the lower priced model, it still has a thread cutter button and a knee lift.very nice to have. It would come down to how many decorative stitches you want.

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Date: 8/4/11 8:28 PM

Thanks Karen, I think I will drop the Symphony because it may be a hassle to travel with. I have the Esante 2 and have been traveling with it and it's a pain. It's a sewing/embroidery machine so it's huge and very heavy. I don't need a zillion of stitches because I do plan on getting a better embroidery machine with all of that. I was also wondering about the Janome's.

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Date: 8/12/11 5:04 PM

Did you make up your mind? I bought second-hand the Quilter's Choice which is essentially the Melodye. It is a nice machine, but if you want a little more embroidery capability, you might want to check out the Sophia. There was a girl in class that had one and it is a nice little machine. It appears to be easy to tote around too.

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Date: 8/13/11 9:02 AM

I can second the vote for the Sofia--it's a great little machine and has a 4X4 (expandable to 4X6-3/4) embroidery field to boot. The embroidery looks great, too.

I have the original model Sofia--don't feel a compelling need to upgrade for the USB stick port since the direct USB connection never fails. An added bonus is that it connects easily to my Mac, and I can just drag and drop embroidery designs onto it.

It has a nice selection of decorative stitches that's just perfect for classroom/retreat sewing. The 1/4" foot is very accurate, and you can attach Babylock's Bernina-equivalent walking foot, too. It's very nice and, if you can get one on sale, it's well worth the price, especially since you have another Babylock to "share" it with.

The Sofia is lightweight (I think it's about 12 lbs. without the embroidery module--14 lbs with) and easily totable. I keep telling myself I need to buy a portable quilting extension table for it, and then it would be absolutely perfect.

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