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Date: 9/1/12 9:25 AM

"Representing the Great Brands of Brother and Babylock!", declared Madame Speaker to the teeming delegates crowding the convention floor. Or something like that.

Our machines are hits with the Common Sewist seeking entry level hobby, budget, or Experienced Sewist employing state of the art technology. Easy intuitive function and form with a mind boggling array of feet included.

My Brother journey began with a badly needed replacement for a Singer Merritt mechanical that was a dud from the moment unpacked. Not a dig at the brand or model, just that lone possessed contraption of malfeasance! Perpetual tension difficulties made sewing a curse filled nightmare. Irony: a confetti dot Knight Halloween costumed slew it.

With limited budget and even less knowledge, I bought a Brother CS6000i from a big box store. Scrappy little thing with 60 stitches and all sorts of feet I'd only heard rumor of. A lot of folks are dismissive of these machines, but there is very little that it cannot sew with the correct needle and stitch adjustments. Possibly aluminum for art quits? Mine made Subrella patio cushion covers and too many quilts to count. It is still my back up and grudgingly serviced by my dealer. Not unlike taking a Happy Meal into a four star restaurant.

18 mo ago, I upgraded to the Brother Innovis NX650Q/Babylock Melody. I would have been just as happy with the NX 450/Tempo or even the Innovis 80/Grace, but mine was a close out for the neither new nor improved Pink Laura Ashley NX 800. Price was right for features I could grow into. Hmmm... save a grand on blue vs. pink? "I'll take the blue one!" Umlauts in three fonts and beautiful button holes as well as smooth strong feed. She's kinda quirky cool as few folks know or have one.

Now, I just brought home the Brother PS1500/ Babylock Jane: a mid arm commercial machine to piece and quilt. A year ago, my dealer thought it would be a good match for me, given the odd stuff I make, but it took a while to come around to the subtle beauty and budget. It has a lovely straight stitch and the power to blast through layers of faux emu, as well as FMQ. Again, not a well known machine spoken of in hushed reverence, but she suits my needs. And budget.

I love my Brothers! They do what I ask and suit my budget. The manuals are excellent and my dealer is phenomenal. Any problem encountered is usually user error and graciously dealt with by the patient dealer staff. These are machines that I can grow with:putting the bobbin work and circular kits on my holiday wish and want list.

So, add your Brotherly Love to the thread!







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Brother Innovis NX650Q; Brother Nouvelle 1500; Brother CS6000i; Brother 1034D; Janome 1000CPX

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Date: 9/1/12 12:11 PM


This is great. now maybe someone will post the price of that magenta PINK Brother combo..

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Date: 9/1/12 1:27 PM

Does this mean I can add my Brother PE 150 embroidery machine?

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Date: 9/1/12 1:45 PM

I LOVE my Babylocks!! Especially my Imagine serger... No fussy threading, no sequencing of paths to remember. Truly brilliant!

...just added the first generation Sashiko, too. I am a very happy camper! :-)

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Babylock Decorator's Choice
Babylock Quilter's Choice
Babylock Sashiko
Babylock Imagine
Babylock Coverstitch
Singer 500a "Rocketeer"
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Date: 9/1/12 1:45 PM

Duplicate post, so sorry!


-- Edited on 9/1/12 9:38 PM --

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My Years of Sewing Fearlessly

Babylock Decorator's Choice
Babylock Quilter's Choice
Babylock Sashiko
Babylock Imagine
Babylock Coverstitch
Singer 500a "Rocketeer"
Janome 673
Elna Lotus SP
Singer 27 treadle
Singer 99

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Date: 9/1/12 2:19 PM

Babylock serger, here - the 8 thread.

I'm not going to gush about my serger, I suspect folks would know that I think it is great since I made the investment.

I do want to talk about the Babylock guide books.

The guide book (that came with my machine)is very thorough and very easy to follow. The additional, extra cost, guide book is an amazing manual that is like having the best possible how-to book geared specifically to my machine.

The laminated speed guide is clear and easy to follow. Mine is a simple oversized three page foldout guide. When I picked up the serger the dealer/owner was consistent in showing me the goal stitch on the guide, pointing out each step on the guide as she demonstrated on the machine and then having me duplicate the thread/needle prep and stitching by reinforcing the use of the guide.

I haven't had the machine classes yet, but by simply using the great Babylock quick guide I was able to come home and confidently start serging immediately.

A PR member wisely suggested copying the quick guide and using the copy to preserve the original. Great idea! Spent a little extra to have Kinko's copy and laminate the foldout as three individual reversible sheets. They are a little larger and heavily laminated; very easy to glance at.

If you are buying from a dealer, I think it is critical, and part of your purchase price, to have dealer support. If you are a new sewer/serger, or your dealer is distant, or you schedule impossible, I can say that if the guide I have for my BL is representative of all BL guides that you can be confident of being able to become proficient with your machine by using the information in the guides. I very much think their additional comprehensive guidebooks are very valuable. Mine was part of a negotiated package.

I had a brief earlier fling with a BL that, as it turned out, was unsuccessful due to a dealer who made the sale and didn't follow through on the rest of the dealer/customer relationship. An eye opening lesson! I'm glad I persisted and tried again with a different dealer who is equal parts delightful and reliable and so much more. The new dealer is an excellent partner with Babylock in bringing forth all that is good, reliable and easy to use in their product.

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Date: 9/1/12 3:30 PM

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Babylock Enlighten! It's the most hassle-free machine ever, and it produces beautiful stitches. I can't wait until I can afford to get the matching coverstitch machine.

Bessiemae, I'm interested in hearing more about your Jane. I've been thinking about getting something to power through some of the thick stuff I sew. I sew a lot of bags and end up with very thick layers. I did something to my Bernina sewing these things and it just finished getting repaired. I love my computerized sewing machine for all their bells and whistles, but I'm starting to think I need something that can just chomp through the heavy stuff without making me nervous that I'll break something expensive. How much is the Jane? How thick are the layers you're sewing with it? I was recently trying to sew through eight layers of upholstery weight vinyl, and this where my Bernina choked.

Edit: Also, does it come with a pretty good foot pedal that makes it easy to regulate speed? I worry that a machine like this would be hard for me to control.

-- Edited on 9/1/12 3:33 PM --

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Date: 9/1/12 3:59 PM

I will join in wit the Brothery Love

I started with a Singer Curvy and didn't really know what I was doing or had. I thought I had a pretty good machine.

Then I got a Brother Serger, the oft-loved 1034D as a birthday present. LOVE IT! Ok it doesn't self thread, but honestly it's so easy to thread, I don't need that feature. I was just so happy with everything it could do!

Then it was time to upgrade my current sm. I ended up with a Brother 1250 Innovis.... LOVE IT! Combo sm/embroidery in a full size with lots of decorative stitches, Disney embroidery USB capability and pretty much all the bells & whistles that I could possibly need at this stage of my sewing "career".

I THEN purchased the Brother Coverstitch machine.. while I haven't used it a ton yet, so far it's been pretty good considering I got it for a steal, used off ebay. I just couldn't see forking over the amount that BL or Elna's cost, so Brother to the rescue

As you can see I'm definitely a fan of my Brother machines. They are reliable, affordable and easy to use. The manuals are easy to read & follow Overall I am very impressed with their machines and am glad to see that others are too

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Babylock Enlighten
Singer Curvy 8763
Brother 1034D
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Date: 9/1/12 4:54 PM

Quote: poorpigling


This is great. now maybe someone will post the price of that magenta PINK Brother combo..

Bummer that I read this AFTER visiting the dealer, today! Signs up for the V series. Dealer staff said they expected the machines in Oct.

Picked up the plexi aftermarket extension table for PS1500/Jane. Pretty snazzy! Kinda like a short legged Sew Ezi. Bigger than than extension "included" with new ones...which my used one did not have. Dealer had a BL Jane on a Grace quilting frame.

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Date: 9/1/12 5:04 PM

The issue of abusing computerized machines resulting in $$$$ repairs is precisely why my dealer steered me toward the PS1500/Jane!

" I am Bessie and I break toys....."

For heavy bulky projects, you can purchase a set of 3 ultra heavy hinged feet. $69 for set at my dealer, today. They also have an awesome narrow foot that may be calling my name......can you hear it??

In the next few weeks, I'll be working on a wide wale corduroy bag with heavy corded handles. We'll fill you in on performance.

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Brother Innovis NX650Q; Brother Nouvelle 1500; Brother CS6000i; Brother 1034D; Janome 1000CPX

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