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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > New Baby Lock / Brother embroidery only machines ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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New Baby Lock / Brother embroidery only machines
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Date: 10/19/12 2:29 PM

Hi,

I'm just trying to see if anyone has one of the new Baby Lock Spirit or Brother Dreammaker embroidery only machines. If so, do you love it?? I've been trying to find out pricing information on these machines. Don't know whether to save my pennies for one of these, or to go with my plan for a 6-needle machine.

Thanks for any info!
Brenda in Phx

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Date: 10/19/12 3:33 PM

I am in the same dilemma. Was looking at the Janome 350 but would like larger embroidery field. Babylock here says price for the embroidery only machine is 5000. Wondering if I should just move up to a professional machine just based on price. A nice professional embroidery machine used is cheaper.
If anyone has been fortunate enough to buy either of these machines, we'd appreciate some info.

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Date: 10/19/12 4:03 PM

that's kind of steep for a embroidery only machine. You can get a multi-needle brother for not a whole lot more.

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Date: 10/19/12 5:34 PM

I have been trying to find info on that Spirit as well, and have found nothing. My dealer doesn't have it in stock. I did see the Unity - man what a really huge machine!!!!!! I guess it would have to be for a 7"x12" hoop. She did tell me the unity was the same as the spirit only it sews as well. All I know Unity is more than the Spirit and that is all I know about either right now.

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Date: 10/19/12 7:13 PM

HI, If you want more information on the new Babylock machines and the Brother machines that are pretty much the same , just go to their sites and read all about these new machines.
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Date: 10/19/12 8:15 PM

My Babylock dealer said she is currently selling the Spirit embroidery only machine for $3,699. I then asked her what the Endurance six needle embroidery only machine is going for and she gave me a price of $7,500.

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Date: 10/20/12 0:26 AM

That is a great price. What state are you located?

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Date: 10/20/12 4:58 PM

I just came from a class at a sewing machine dealer and did some embroidery on the Unity. It is really very nice and user friendly.

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Date: 12/6/12 4:48 PM

Hello Brenda in Phx...I just posted about the BL Spirit too. It looks like a great machine to have. Have you found anymore information about it? I was quoted $4999 but they are will to come down to $4100...that's still a great deal of money for an embroidery only machine. Again...anyone else have input about this new BL?

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Date: 12/6/12 8:39 PM

So can we take a step back? What kind of stuff are you planning on embroidering?

Are you thinking of doing production work for other people?

I lust over the 10 needle Enterprise (because the camera thingie on the Babylocks is just amazing - and only available on Ellisimo Gold and on the 10 needle Enterprise).

For me... I'm trying *not* to get involved in doing embroidery for others. I just want to make some things for personal use as well as make a few example pieces of some things I have in my head that I want to make patterns for. So in other words, I'm just thinking of doing one-offs. Even if I was super busy, I can't imagine embroidering more than 3-5 pieces in a week. So I decided to pass on a multi-needle machine for now. For the $4,000 difference, I can change out a whole lotta colors and feel good about it.

Plus I did want to be able to have a backup sewing machine, too. So the EG (at this time) was a better choice for me. You should be able to get an EG for $7k, just to give you another reference point.

If, on the other hand, I was planning on doing embroidery every day, then yes.. going with a multi-needle machine would be great. And then, I'd want the Enterprise for the camera function.

Also, if you're going to do hats, then the multi-needles rock for that, too.

Then, on the other end of the spectrum, if you're going to do this for a business, then everything I hear from people that already are in it for the $$ say that it's best to stay down to 4x4 sizes... 5x7 max once in a while. So in that realm, that opens up all sorts of machines that could produce a few items a day easily. If you want to do more, then yeah... back to a multi-needle.

Even that little Brother machine that I tried this fall did an amazing job on 4x4 work. And now, WOWSERS! ... THAT BROTHER EMBROIDERY MACHINE ON AMAZON has dropped in price again!!!!! (At the time I'm writing this, it looks like it has dropped $50 since I bought one a few months ago!!!!)

I also put some of the info about that little machine up on my blog, too.

Lastly.. those newer machines by Babylock are pretty... and I could see going in that direction, too. But by then, (for me anyway), I decided to just go the whole way and enjoy the camera function and all of the other bells and whistles of the EG.

It's fun shopping, isn't it?!?!

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Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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