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Which Baby Lock?
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straxler
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Date: 10/9/11 6:38 PM

I am upgrading from a mechanical Singer, and like the Baby lock models. I do some apparel sewing, some home dec and some quilting. I am looking at the Grace, Elizabeth and Sofia. For those of you with these models, a few questions:
* Do they handle denim and layers of quilting well?
* Do any come with a single stitch throat plate, or can it be ordered?
* Have you found the need for any accessories other than what came with the machine?
* Do you feel the sewing area is large enough?
*Is it well-lit?
Thanks for any input!

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Date: 10/9/11 8:29 PM

I don't try to influence anyone on the choice of machines because only you know what you want in a mchine BUT..LOL Brother makes the Babylock machines and I can say that I have a similar Brother machine comparing it with the Elizabeth and it has been a great machine and I would purchase it again. It is my main machine for quilting and handles denim well. I even did some denim upholstery and denim quilt work on it. It did not come with a SS plate but I have not checked to see if one is available for it because I have not needled one.

The Elizabeth, like my machine I think has the auto cutter, knee lift and many stitches and several alphabets that the other 2 models might not have. My machine came with many feet and also a quilters set of feet with walking foot because my machine is a quilt model and it also has a larger bed than most. I think the Eliz. model comes with more feet than the other two models.
My Brother also has 2 lights over the needle area. You might want to check this out on the Eliz. model to see if it is the same. The Eliz. also does sideways stitching which I do not think is offered in the Sophia and Grace models.
The Sofia is also an embroidery machine if that is important to you where the Elizabeth and Grace are not. It appears that the Elizabeth is also larger in size than the other two machines. I think their specs and size might be on the Babylock website.
I hope you love the model you decide to choose.

-- Edited on 10/9/11 8:39 PM --

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Date: 10/9/11 10:08 PM

I haven't sewn on the machines you listed, but I can't recommend highly enough the Baby Lock Quest Plus, which comes with a SS plate, large extension table, 15 feet, about half of which work with the Pfaff-esque built-in dual feed, has a built-in thread stand for two cones, good lighting, and gorgeous stitches. The feed is very straight, thicknesses are no problem. I wrote a review of it here on PR. It's been discontinued and replaced by the Serenade, which has a large screen instead of buttons, an auto thread cutter, auto tension, and low bobbin alert. You might yet find a QP for $1000 or less.

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Date: 10/10/11 1:09 AM

In my earlier post, I said that Brother made Babylock machines but as has been discussed in other threads the Quest and Serende could be made by Zeng Hsing. Zeng Hsing has their R20A and S20A models that look the same. Also the Pfaff Smarter C1100RO and the Singer Quantum L500 are so similar and could be made by the same company.

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Date: 10/10/11 7:02 PM

I am in complete agreement with Maia B. Love my Quest Plus with the IDF, or they call it the PDQ. It came with the table, many, many feet that work with the IDF, and a straight stitch plate so there was no added expense. Would not get another machine with out the built in walking foot and where all the feet work with it.

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Date: 10/11/11 1:29 AM

I have a mechanical Pfaff with IDT and have many feet for it. I agree about not wanting to ever be without a machine that has IDT when doing certain projects.
I own 3 other brands of computerized machines and a stand alone embroidery machine and I do love that my Brother Q came with so many feet including walking foot and the extension table and I love it's auto thread cutter but one of the things I love the most about it is the quiet smooth sewing and the way it FM quilts..

It is so hard to help somone decide on a certain machine because I use all of my machines for different projects utilizing their differences in features.
My Viking is the best machine for applique because the arm an needle are right up front and just the way the machine behaves is so precise.
I use the many deco stitches on my Kenmore for heavy deco work. I cannot even decide which would be the best machine for me lol because I use all 4 constantly. In fact I used 4 machines on one project this week on a dgd's birthday gift but one of the machines was my stand alone emb. machine.

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Date: 10/11/11 11:05 AM

You will find the specifications and overviews at the Baby Lock website.

Then, visit your BL dealer and take a test drive. Ask for a demo of the particular fabric configurations you most want addressed.

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Date: 11/7/11 4:13 PM

Well, after trying out all of the machines I went for the Symphony! I have been using it for quilting and general sewing, and love it. Thanks to everyone for the helpful information along the way!

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Date: 11/7/11 4:31 PM

Congrats! The Symphony has a great reputation. Enjoy!

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Date: 11/7/11 10:26 PM

I tried that machine and looooved it. The dealer who sells it, Vikings, and Bernina also loves that machine. Great choice. Have lots of fun.

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