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Thread: Sewing Machine Question - Baby Lock Elisabeth vs. Melody

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    Hi. I am looking for advice on the baby lock elizabeth and baby lock melody. I thought I had it narrowed down to the elizabeth, but then I saw the melody and wonder if it has a stronger motor (since it only has a nominal amount of extra stitches and only one extra foot, etc). I wonder which is the better choice. I'm trying to stay in the $1000 range.
    I am new to sewing and would like a machine that will grow with me and it definitely needs to be able to support quilting.
    Thanks for your input.

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    I'm no help but wanted to welcome you to the quilt board:)

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    me too - welcome from Houston! Good luck in your search.

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    I have the Elizabeth, and I LOVE her!!! I don't know what the difference in price is, or how much you're looking for in a machine, but from the differences I see, if the price is morenan $100, I don't think I'd go for it. The Elizabeth already has more than I've been able to use. what is the price difference??

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    whichever you choose you can't go wrong with babylock. I have had nothing but great things from my babylock espire.

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    I have both the Babylock Ellure I bought used on Craigslist and the Babylock Melody. I upgraded to the Melody last year after using the Babylock Crafter's Choice for 1 year. I am sold on the ease of using Babylocks. I may be selling my Melody if you are interested. It only has about 5 hours of use. PM me if interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl
    whichever you choose you can't go wrong with babylock. I have had nothing but great things from my babylock espire.
    I have the espire too and love it!

    Have you test drove them yet?

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    I love Babylock!

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    The Melody has like 9 extra stitches. It can sew sideways, It comes with the extension table. The tension is very precice. More flexability in the letter sizes. Other than that, the same, same motor etc. If you like the extension table it can be purchased sepratley.

    I teach both machines and both are great. Usually between $100-150. price differance. The extension table if bought for the Elizabeth should run you around $100.00. Good luck and enjoy!

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    Hi All!
    Thank you for the warm welcome! I also appreciate the information.

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    Funny, I was looking for the same information recently, and couldn't find much on it, until one friendly dealer showed me the differences.

    I currently own BabyLock Grace.. I love it, but the arm lengh is a bit too short, so have to upgrade..

    Basic machine between Elizabeth and Melody, apparently, is identical. As gotta-sew wrote, Melody has extra fancy stitches (not too must of a wow-ing factor), and upper/lower case lettering which Elizabeth doesn't (Elizabeth only has upper case letters). since Melody can do lateral stitching, you can program to do offset repeating patterns, and the extra stitch pattern is mainly because of this capability...

    Also, with Melody you get one extra foot.. the 1/4" foot.

    One other thing that Melody has that Elizabeth doesn't is the basting stitch. it can stitch at some large stitch length, and automatically loosens the bobbin tension, so it's easy to pull the basting stitch out.

    Lateral stitch is also very cool. if you do lots of labels and such on a tight space, it can make your life easier since you won't have to turn the fabric around. but for lateral stitch only zigzag and straight stitches are available. so nothing really fancy. but if you do a lot of stitching in a small tube (sleeve of a kid, etc), this can help...

    I think Elizabeth is a top seller, while Melody, because of the extra $100-200, sells much less. one dealer said she sells tens of Elizabeths every month, but only sells one Melody a year. another said he sells hundreds of Elizabeths in a year, but 2 Melodies in a year. similar stories. So because of that, you may find better discount on Elizabeths than Melodies, just from the sheer throughput of the sale.

    On the other hand, the dealer may try to get rid of their Melody so it doesn't collect dust. YMMV.

    I decided to go with Melody (will be getting on in the next week or so. my local dealer is too busy this past week due to the quilting show, and couldn't handle my trade-in/upgrade stuff). getting that extra extension table itself would pay most of difference in cost. but if you're planning on getting a larger Sew Steady extension table, or have a nice sewing furniture with its own cutouts (the Extension table for Melody is about the "junior" size of the SewSteady table) then this may not be much of a plus.

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    oh, and one other thing. now is a very good time to visit quilt shows if any are around your area. many dealers have show discounts and are willing to extend that offer for a week or so afterwards.

    Also, BabyLock currently has a sale going on. I think it's $200 off for the Melody (and may be for Elizabeth too, since it's close to $1000 MSRP). but it will be close to "quilt show pricing" (BabyLock seem to have discounts right around now, to coincide with many of the large quilt shows around the country)

    Good luck!

    http://www.babylock.com/promotions/

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    sorry for multiple post. i keep thinking of new things.

    Melody = Quilter's Choice (BLQC2)
    Elizabeth = Decorator's Choice (BLDC2)

    both went through name changes, but as far as I can tell, nothing changed between name changes, except they changed the housing color for Elizabeth. So if you want detailed reviews on both, do a search on the older name, and you should get a good idea what people thought.

    Both machines have raving reviews. So whichever machine you decide on, I think you'll be very happy :-)

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    That's all great info lindamar!!! I did get a 1/4 foot with my E though. And for some reason I thought I had a basting stitch, but I guess it's just a stitch I use for basting. Lol

    Really cool to read the differences though, thanks for posting all that!

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    Did you choose the Melody or the Elizabeth? I am looking at both and leaning toward the Melody.

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