When compared to Singer, Pfaff and other familiar brands, Baby Lock sewing machines and sergers have been on the scene for a relatively short time.
What started as an idea for a lightweight, portable serger has evolved into one of the world’s favorite serger and sewing machine brand names.
Although the Baby Lock brand has only been on the scene for less and fifty years, Baby Lock sergers and sewing machines have definitely made their presence known in the minds and sewing rooms of home sewers the world over.
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What Sets Baby Lock Sewing Machines Apart from the Rest
Baby Lock’s ExtrordinAir and Jet-Air threading systems remove the drudgery and anxiety from serger threading. Thanks to the merger of a love of sewing and technological know how, the single most dreaded part of serging is no longer a concern.
The Baby Lock ExtrodinAire and Jet-Air threading systems make it possible for home sewers to thread their sergers with the mere touch of a button.
Popular Baby Lock Models
PBS television sewing icons, Nancy Zieman and Eleanor Burns tout the merits of Baby lock sewing machines and sergers on their programs.
The top of the line Ellisimo Gold is by far the most versatile of the entire Baby Lock line. The Ellisimo gold is capable of doing everything, from day to day mending and sewing to elaborate quilting and embroidery.
Baby Lock’s exclusive NeedleCam gives home sewers a bird’s eye view of embroidery designs as they are being created.
The most affordable Baby Lock sewing machines and sergers make up the A-Line series – a collection of sergers and sewing, embroidery and quilting machines all with the names of women… Sofia, Elizabeth, Grace, Molly, Diana, Lauren, Anna, Audrey and Jane.
- Machines for all skill levels and budgets
- Easy threading systems
- User friendly design
The Baby Lock Unity is without a doubt one of the most well-built, user friendly combination sewing and embroidery machines on the market today. The stress-free threading and bobbin winding guides, the uncomplicated stitch selection process and the on board sewing and embroidery assistance all combine to make working on this machine as comfortable and easy as possible. Anyone who has worked on a sewing machine will be completely at ease learning the art of machine embroidery on this machine. An added advantage is the fact that it is not necessary to remove the embroidery unit in order to work on the Unity when it is in the sewing mode. The Baby Lock Unity is more than just well-built and user friendly. It is also solid, so solid, in fact that it is extremely quiet even when operating at the highest speed level and has no vibration whatsoever.
The Baby Lock Alliance is an embroidery only machine that looks very much like an industrial embroidery machine. The difference, however, is that this stand up single needle embroidery machine is designed primarily for home use. Like industrial machines, the Alliance can accommodate more than one spool. Some machines of this type can handle up to 16 spools. With a four spool stand, the Alliance isn’t nearly as complicated as that. It also has a unique easy to follow threading system and an advanced needle threading system along with a large touchscreen, a front loading bobbin and user friendly on board tutorials and helps.
When Baby Lock introduced its new line of affordable sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The Aventura is quite possibly the most user friendly, solidly built combination sewing and embroidery machine I have had the pleasure of working on in a very, very long time. Not only is this machine well-built and quiet, working on it is so uncomplicated a child as young as ten or twelve would be able to master its use in just a little bit of time with lots of adult supervision. I have no hesitation whatsoever recommending this one for teens and adults who have never before worked on a sewing machine of any kind.
The Baby Lock Flourish is a state of the art embroidery only machine that is not only well built, quiet and extremely user friendly, it is also affordable. It does one and one thing only… and does it extremely well. I like the ease with which designs are chosen, changed, repositioned and combined. This machine is very well designed. I was pleased with everything about this machine from the moment I sat down and turned it on to the moment I removed my finished project. It is smaller than most other home embroidery machines on the market today. The largest available hoop is 6 ¼” x 10 ¼”. If this is not a drawback for you, do yourself a favor and check it out for yourself.
The Baby Lock Soprano was well worth the wait. It is one of the most solidly built, best designed sewing and quilting machines that I have reviewed in quite a while. Not only is it whisper quiet, there is absolutely no vibration. Although I have an issue with my pet peeve – the placement of the drop feed control lever – and the distance from the needle and the column is a bit shorter than other sewing and quilting machines, I think this machine just might be a very strong contender for one of the best sewing machines of 2015.
The Baby Lock Audrey BL67 is a well built, lightweight portable sewing machine that is a very good choice for the beginner, regardless of age, as well as the seasoned home sewer who for whatever reason does not want a computerized sewing machine. This electronic machine has 66 on board utility and decorative stitch options, an automatic needle threader and an on board accessory case that can be removed to reveal a convenient free arm, and all the other features that make the sewing experience a pleasurable one .
The Baby Lock Destiny has a lot of sewing firsts – including 23 features never before seen on a sewing machine. This is also the first sewing, quilting and embroidery machine that I actually had to visit two stores in order to gather all of the information needed to write an in depth review. This machine is phenomenal. I must admit that I am a little concerned about the sustainability of some of these brand new innovations. However, during the review, everything about it was outstanding. With more than 11 inches from the needle to the column, the super large work surface makes working on very large projects like quilts and the like easier than ever before; and the ergonomic design and bright LED lighting make it one of the most comfortable, enjoyable sewing experiences I have ever had.
I want to thank a site visitor for suggesting I review this user friendly computerized sewing, embroidery and quilting machine. The Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold II is one of the best machines I have had the pleasure of reviewing. In addition to the user friendly features, this machine comes with one of the most extensive lists of standard and optional features and accessories that I have ever come across. The folks at Baby Lock will be discontinuing the Ellisimo Gold II in August 2014. If you want one of your own, I suggest you visit your local authorized Baby Lock dealer as soon as possible.
If making larger and larger quilts is your thing, and you are ready to move up from a sewing and quilting combination machine to a freehand straight stitch quilting machine only, take a look at the Baby Lock Tiara II. Most people don’t have the space for a large quilt frame in their homes. If you fit this description, you definitely owe it to yourself to check this one out. Visit your local Baby Lock dealer and ask for a demonstration.
If you don’t have a lot of experience with a serger, but are in the market for one, the Baby Lock Eclipse might be a good choice for you. It is small, lightweight and delivers excellent stitch quality. The one challenge I observed was that it a little louder than many of the other sergers of its type that I have reviewed. Aside from that, this 2/3/4 thread, 1/2 needle serger is a great machine. But don’t be discouraged. The Baby Lock Eclipse is also a great choice for the home sewer who has been working with sergers for a very long time and is ready to update their equipment with an easy to thread basic serger.
The Baby Lock Enlighten is one no ordinary serger. It is a 2/3/4 thread machine that can not only perform all the tasks of a basic serger, it can also render lots of other stitch options as well. When I first saw it, I thought I was looking at a Baby Lock Imagine, but upon closer examination, I discovered some very significant differences. The Enlighten has all the great features of the Imagine plus a few more features that the home sewer who is already an expert when it comes to working with a basic serger is bound to appreciate.
How often do you get to watch a sewing machine store owner uncrate and test a brand new serger? I was lucky enough to witness the whole process when Cynthia’s Fine Fabrics opened up a new Baby Lock Imagine. Watching this third generation serger being put through its paces was really a treat. It is simple enough for a beginner to use, yet it can do so many things, and do them with such precision I have no doubt that a seasoned home sewer would be thrilled to work on it as well.
The exclusive Baby Lock ExtraordinAir threading system, tubular loopers and easy thread needles are easy enough for a beginner, but I think this eight thread serger should be used by the intermediate or advanced home sewer. There are far too many choices for the novice. In my opinion, if you get too many options before learning the basics of using a serger at home, you run the dangerous risk of getting frustrated and leaving the serger in the closet just collecting dust. A seasoned home sewer, however, could truly appreciate all that the Baby Lock Evolution brings and be very happy with it.
Have you ever seen or worked on a sewing machine that produces absolutely beautiful stitches but vibrates so badly that you were afraid it would fall apart on you? Unfortunately, that’s what happened when I reviewed the Baby Lock Rachel. I certainly hope the powers that be at Baby Lock revisit this problem and soon. In all fairness, it does just fine if you don’t go beyond the middle range on the variable speed slider. But, if you like to sew fast (and who doesn’t from time to time?) then you’ve got a real problem on your hands.
Imagine a serger that can give you 87 different stitch options as well as push button threading. The Baby Lock Ovation is all that and more. This computerized serger/overlock machine has the potential for being a dream come true. This eight thread three needle machine takes all the distasteful elements out of using a serger and brings a new level of productivity to the home sewing room.
This is a great teaching machine – especially if the student is a child. The stitch quality, however, leaves you wanting for more. I like the way the Baby Lock Molly feels while sewing, but was really disappointed with the decorative stitches. The utility stitches, however, are acceptable for basic clothing construction and mending. If you want a sewing machine to use as a back-up or for taking to class or meetings of your sewing group, this one just might be for you.
The Baby Lock Aria is no stranger to anyone who watches Quilt in a Day on PBS. It’s a solid sewing and quilting machine that is not only user friendly and produces great stitches, it comes with a ton of features and accessories and the MSRP is about half that of other machines that do the same thing.
The Baby Lock Crescendo is one of the newest machines on the market and I was lucky to have a chance to review it as soon as it hit the stores. The Crescendo has a multitude of modern features that take time to learn and master so it's not a beginner sewing machine.
The most interesting thing about the Baby Lock Sashiko II sewing machine is that the needle is not threaded. The Sashiko operates with thread in the bobbin only. It can be use for topstitching, scattered stitching, couching, attaching beads or lace and a wide range of other options.
This basic embroidery machine is capable of operating in 16 different languages. Regardless of the language you speak, the Baby Lock Sofia2 puts at your fingertips as many as 70 embroidery designs; 120 embroidery frame patterns; 62 decorative stitches and more. We had so much fun sampling lots of the available stitch options that we simply didn’t want to stop.
In the process of reviewing this machine, we discovered that the Baby Lock Grace is an excellent machine for the beginner – even for children 12 years of age or older. It is lightweight and easily transported by its built in handle. The LED screen is easy to read and use, with on board tutorials and clearly defined step-by-step instructions.