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Thread: Baby Lock Question

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    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
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    You can probably get a good used babylock quest for under 1000, they are really good and used to run about 1200 new before they were replaced with the serenade which has gotten mixed reviews, I think the quilter's choice is under 1000, but it might be called something else now. I would ask to see if they have any used machines, you should be able to get one of the higher end models that they no longer make at a discount. If you can get a used espire under 1000 it is a machine I highly recommend. I paid 1800 about 2 years ago and it has been replaced with the symphony now which I think run about 2500 and also get good reviews. audrey is around 399 great machine for classes but has a small harp so not great for FMQ. Either way babylocks are very solid machines. I had a teacher that had every brand out there, and she said the only machines that she felt were up there in quality with the berninas were the babylocks. I haven't had any others to compare, but have never had any trouble from my babylock, and it is a little workhorse.

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    Junior Member bmanley's Avatar
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    I love my Baby Lock Espire. Got it from someone on this board for $650.00. Well worth the money. Good luck on your purchase and hope you have lots of fun.

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    Super Member Melinda in Tulsa's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    So is the Babylock supposed to be a better quality than the Brother or a cheaper quality? I am in the market for a new machine for quilting and there are the Bernina supporters that say that is the only way to go. I currently have an old Viking, but am wondering what brand machines of good quality are out there?
    Babylock standards are higher than Brothers.
    Melinda in Tulsa
    Where the wind comes whipping thru the plains and we really DO have Earthquakes!

    Love my Babylock Unity, Symphony and Serenade!

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    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
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    I have a Baby Lock Espire (now sold as the Symphonie) and I love my machine. She is such an easy-going no frills lady - it's amazing. Now admittedly, she was pricey but she has been worth the money to me. The only thing I miss is a built-in walking foot. I know that some of the models now have that available. It is the only reason I would trade her in but for now, Quilla and I are very happy together.

    Someone asked about the quality: Baby Lock has the higher quality and the better warranty compared to Brother. Although, I have had a Brother lower end machine and she was well-behaved too.
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    Senior Member Rosie the "Ripper"'s Avatar
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    I bought a BabyLock from a fabric shop that teaches classes. Once a year the put all the "class" machines on sale. They cost much less used and they completely overhauled it, cleaned it and it has a one year warranty on it from the shop. I took the free lessons three times and can take them over and over again. They are extremely helpful. I love the machine and don't really think mine is any different from a brand new one. Haven't had one problem since I bought it. It is a Baby Lock Quilters Choice (which is the updated Melody) and I pain $600.00 for it.
    Rosie the "ripper"

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    Super Member kathdavis's Avatar
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    I was told by the people at Brother that Brother and Baby Lock are made at the same place and are the same machines. Most of the Baby Locks have a twin Brother machine. I have the Brother Innovis 2000 Laura Ashley which is the same as Baby Lock's Symphony. It is the same exact machine. I've sewed on both of them. I also have the Brother D950 which is the same as Baby Lock's Sofia.

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