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Old 05-15-2013, 04:10 AM
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I am thinking about getting a sashiko machine (made by Baby Lock). Do any of you have one, and if so, what is your opinion of it. It is a bit pricey for a machine that only does the one stitch.
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I think I would really enjoy having one, but Don't think I would use it enough to invest that much money. Wish I could rent one.
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I haven't thought of buying one as the price is just too much for something with limited uses.
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I thought sashiko was a hand done process.......a machine to do it? I will have to look into that........now we can say there is a machine to do everything!!!!!!!
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wow, I was intrigued, so I went on line to find a website with this machine.....found a utube demo.....a few things there looked cute, then I found a website with a price for this machine!!!!!!!! Give me a break....are they nuts....no way would I spend that kind of money for such a limited stitch machine either.......sometimes I think these mfgrs are getting a bit greedy......jmho
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I saw the machine demoed at the Quilt Festival in Houston a couple years ago when it first came out. The stitches really do look like sashiko, especially if you lengthen the stitch a bit. I'd love to have one, but the price is just too high for a one trick pony. I agree with Polly -- I'd love to rent one. If they ever come down on their price, or if I ever find a used one, I'll buy one. Until then, I'll just dream.
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Fascinating. My first thought totally skipped the whole "sashiko" thing and went straight to "why can't they make regular quilting machines do this, so the stitching would look like it was done by hand?"
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Fascinating. My first thought totally skipped the whole "sashiko" thing and went straight to "why can't they make regular quilting machines do this, so the stitching would look like it was done by hand?"
Great comment!
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:47 AM
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If you buy a Baby Lock Sashiko machine, make sure you get the Sashiko II. There must have been some problems with the first edition for Baby Lock to have put out a second generation of the machine so quickly. I love mine! That being said, it was expensive. I was fortunate to be recently retired and that was the retirement gift to myself that I had dreamed of.
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If you look at the bottom of this machine you would see why it can't be put in a regular sewing machine. It's been a while since I saw it, but I remember something about the bobbin area being more complex. That being said, I thought I'd love to have that machine until I saw the price. I thought it was stupid to put that price tag on a one stitch machine. If you can buy a cover stitch machine for what they are, and that looks more complex - the sashiko shouldn't be anymore expensive - in my mind. But then the Babylock coverstitch is much more expensive than any of the others. I always thought Babylock shot themselves in the foot with this machine. If they had priced it at $1499 or something like that many more would have been sold.
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