Why should you buy a baby lock machine?
Read Jane’s baby lock machine review of the the current overlocker, coverstitch and overlocker/coverstitch combination models.
Invited to teach at The Great British Sewing Bee Live in 2017, a day training with baby lock Educator, the fabulous Jan, in preparation for my jersey/overlocker workshops the brand was a revelation. I’m now hooked on these fabulous machines!
With four overlockers, a coverstitch and three combination overlocker/coverstitch models in the current range there is a machine for every sewer (and purse) from novice dressmaker/crafter to small scale designer/maker and costume maker.
All overlockers and coverlock machines feature 3 and 4 thread overlocking, 2 thread flatlocking, Jet-Air or ExtraorinAir looper threading – just pop the looper threads in a threading port (hole) then press the button lever and with the aid or air the thread is through! The differential feed eliminates wavy edges or puckered overlocking. An easy to follow instruction manual assists use. A host of easy to use optional presser feet that actually do what they say so add elastic, gather, attach lace and beads, binding and so much more
Yes, they are at a higher price point than other brands but, having had chance to use the baby lock range regularly and with most machines in the range available for you to try out at the Jane White Tuition studio, I am convinced that they are worth every penny for the outstanding build quality, ease of use and on-going customer support. They are a long-term purchase you can grow with on your sewing journey.
Here’s my run down on baby lock’s overlocker, coverstitch and coverlock range
Starting with the ENSPIRE – ‘small but mighty’
The Jet-Air threading system (developed by baby lock in 1993) for easy looper threading – no knotting on and pulling through or battling with the loopers, not snapping looper threads. Just a push of a lever and swoosh, the thread is through!
The needle threader and easy to tune manual tension dials, this fantastic machine punches well above its size and price. www.babylock.co.uk
The VICTORY is the first in the range to offer not only Jet-Air threading but the revolutionary Automatic Thread Delivery system
With the Jet Air threading and stitch selection specifications of the Enspire, the Victory’s Automatic Thread Delivery System (developed by baby lock in 2004) automatically adjust to the stitch width, stitch length and fabric thickness. A game changer in overlockers. The jet-air looper threading automatic thread delivery systems, needle threader and LED light make this machines a breeze to use use.
The ENLIGHTEN offers ExtraordinAir threading – press the button and air-thread both loopers together!
The additional wave stitch option in addition to the automatic thread delivery system and needles threaders means you can create fabulous decorative detail at the push of a switch. www.babylock.co.uk
The baby lock ACCLAIM introduces the RevolutionAir Threading System of air self-threading loopers AND needles!
New to the market, the Acclaim adds air threading for the needles (as only previously available on the Gloria overlock) to baby lock’s range of overlockers. With the extra height presser foot lift of 6mm the Acclaim tackles your sewing projects with ease.
The baby lock COVERSTITCH machine gives a professional finish to your hems and so much more ….
Featuring a one needle/one looper chain stitch option for seams and decoration, and two or three thread coverstitch, this sturdy machine not only hems but can add decoration to your projects.
Add the optional feet for belt loops, taping, turn under and hemming, adding bias binding, pin tucks and more and you have a machine that goes above and beyond. www.babylock.co.uk
I had found other makes of combination overlocker/coverstitch machines complex but the ‘easy to switch’ baby lock coverlock range make them a sewing joy!
Baby lock’s coverlock range have the ability to be either an overlocker or a coverstitch machine but with the addition of an extra chain stitch safety seam, they give an industry standard finish to the home dressmaker or small scale designer/maker.
The DESIRE3 combination overlocker/coverstitch machine is compact but with big features
Three and four thread overlocking, two thread flatlock, stand alone chain stitch and three thread overlocker/chain stitch safety seam makes the Desire3 versatile machine. Add the optional additional feet turns the Desire3 into a workroom essential. www.babylock.co.uk
The OVATION combination overlocker/coverstitch machine does everything the Desire3 does but offers even more ….
With the addition of a decorative wave stitch, sewing with up to 8 threads, knee lift, central presser foot leaver, speed control slider, LED light and wide throat the Ovation is truly a magnificent machine. Throw in the easy change system between overlocking and coverstitch it is a workhorse of of the workroom for home sewers and professional designer/makers alike. www.babylock.co.uk
The recently released GLORIA combination overlocker/coverstitch machines adds to the specifications of the Ovation with the RevolutionAir Needle Threader – an industry first!
For those of you who want a coverlock machine with easy to thread needles, this one is a must. www.babylock.co.uk
With a build quality second to none, baby lock are so confident in their product (as am I), they offer a two year warranty that can be extended to four years!
All machines are supplied with an introductory tutorial by Jane (at the studio) and ongoing support with your fabulous machine.
Baby lock’s Educator, Jan, is running two workshops this January Fabulous Feet and other top tips and techniques
30 January for overlockers and 31 January and for combination overlocker/coverstitch machines both 10am-4pm. Either bring your machine or if you don’t have one yet try out one of the studio demonstration machines.
Jane has introduced a range of baby lock specific Sew Short Courses alongside her overlocker and jersey workshops.
If you would like to know more about the baby lock special offers or book a one-to-one no obligation demonstration please contact us, it’s always a pleasure to show how wonderful these machines are.
Also, have a look at the baby lock website at www.babylock.co.uk
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