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Baby Lock Symphony
Nurse60 Send a Message
Methuen, Ma
Does anyone own a Baby Lock Symphony? I have a Quilter's Choice (best machine I ever owned) and have been looking at the Symphony for months. At 60yrs old, will I ever use all the stitches and features? I've made all sizes of quilts without problems. Now am feeling guilty for even thinking of paying sooo much money on a machine that will only be used for a hobby. Need encouragement here.
12/18/2010 10:04:40 AM
mic-pa Send a Message
Hallstead, Pa.
Go for it, your never too old, when I was 70 my DH insisted I buy a Janome 10001 memory craft. Big bucks and I love it.
12/18/2010 3:55:24 PM
Oasis Send a Message
West Coast
I agree, go for it! I have been thinking the same thing about an embroidery machine. But I'm wasting more time worrying and thinking that could be spent embroidering!!! You still have years of fun and sewing in you, get it and have fun!!! And use your good china and linens, no one else is going to love them like you do...............
12/19/2010 7:22:27 AM
TooMuchFabric Send a Message
Windy Country
Absolutely, go for it! We only live once and it all ends way too soon.

My days are filled with sewing/quilting/embroidery or thinking about sewing/quilting/embroidery and it makes for a pleasant life.

(can't spell)
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12/19/2010 9:30:02 AM
Well put!!! AMEN!
12/19/2010 7:24:55 PM
toekeyotow Send a Message
Indiana Joan
Might as well go for and make yourself happy, remember we only live once. I have a Janome 10001 machine and have had it for years. The day my DH signed up for social security last year we went from the s.s. office to the quilt store and he bought me an Pfaff 18.8 grand quilter with the inspria frame and a q-bot too. Boy boy that man sure does spoil me, and I spoil him too. You can't take it with you, so you might as well have fun. Don't save your good stuff for a special day, there all special days.
12/20/2010 6:16:09 PM
Go for it....if you like to sew, quilt, whatever.....we only live once and enjoy what you love doing.
12/23/2010 7:30:06 PM
Nurse60 Send a Message
Methuen, Ma
Thanks to all for the words of encouragement. Guess since I didn't buy myself a Christmas present, I know exactly what I will get myself for Valentine's Day!
1/1/2011 10:54:25 AM
Flystitch Send a Message
London UK
No pockets in shrouds !!!
2/17/2011 1:53:17 PM
Nurse60 Send a Message
Methuen, Ma
Bought myself a Brother Laura Ashley-same as the Symphony, just a different name and is also made by Baby Lock. My Dealer had it on display for a couple of months and sold it $1300.00 off the regular price so all that guilt building up in me washed away quickly. I also get 20 free sewing lessons. Couldn't ask for more. You were all right-this was so worth it. It sews like a dream-so fast and so accurate. I feel like a television commercial. It has changed my quilting dramatically. Thanks all.
2/23/2011 4:58:15 PM
TooMuchFabric Send a Message
Windy Country
Congratulations!!! Anxious to see pictures of your projects.
2/27/2011 3:20:14 PM
BlueQuiltsLady Send a Message
Southwest Washington
I love, love, love my Baby Lock Symphony. I went from the BL Espire, which was more or less the previous version, which I also loved for quilting. I totally splurged just to have the Symphany because I certainly didn't need it. (But then, what does need have to do with it, right?) I love the space in the throat. My favorite is the pivot feature. I love the automatic foot-lift - I press that button every time I turn the machine on. I haul it to all my sew days and retreats because the pleasure offsets the weight of it. And my sewing room is upstairs. I think I could easily replace Eleanor as the spokesperson for this machine!
3/25/2011 9:25:55 AM
Beverlee Send a Message
Iron Range, MN

I have a Symphony and I absolutley love it!! Go for it, you'll be so glad you did!

I also have an Elegante2 that I embroider with and an Ellure that I use to sew on at the quilt shop I work parttime at....love all my Babylocks.

I bought my Symphony last September and don't regret it for a second. It's so similar to my Elegante, really the reason I had to have it as I loved sewing on my Elegante so much I wasn't embroidering, now I do both and I am in my happy element believe me!!


Oh, and I will 60 next week.....
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4/4/2011 7:02:16 PM
knittersue Send a Message
woonsocket RI
hi everyone looking to buy a symphony want tyo do fm on king size quilts do you think it could handle it now I am on a janome 6600 works great but I want a second help sue
5/8/2012 10:25:24 PM
Nurse60 Send a Message
Methuen, Ma
knittersue, you should have no problem freemotion quitling on the symphony. I've made so many quilts and quilted them on the Laura Ashley-presently working on an over-sized queen size quilt. If you have enough space around the machine, it will be fine. If I ever go back to work (retired in Feb) I want to get a Sweet 16 sit down quilter, but it will have to wait until I get some income as machines aren't given away.

Good luck!
5/21/2012 9:51:49 AM
mollieme1 Send a Message
United States
I enjoyed reading all your comments. I also have been looking at the symphony. I just got back into quilting after 15 year. I am now disable and have more time to sew. Last year I bought a Janome Magnolia. It sews well but has it's limitations. I really want the bells and whistles but hate spending the money for this machine. After reading all your comments I am going out to look at it again tomorrow
1/29/2013 4:28:22 AM
scrapquilter48 Send a Message
winnipeg, mb,canada
Heard same scenario with aunt of mine. New machine, couldn't see use of all these stitches... She worked in a production factory in early years. Much money is devoted to the machines investigate all it has to offer. My motto..
10/15/2013 7:54:32 AM
gmassard Send a Message
I recently bought a Symphony. I'm sewing some alphabet letters. But, I don't know how to enlarge them. The stitch length and width buttons don't do anything when I tap them. I've looked in the manual, but I can't find the answer.

Can anybody tell me how to do this? Thanks in advance.


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8/26/2014 11:21:51 AM
scrapquilter48 Send a Message
winnipeg, mb,canada
Then there is me, cutting pictures from sew machine flyers, posting them on my wall, look at them when I get up, then creates motivation to call the "carriers wtd" to deliver garbage flyers door to door, only get that extra $100.00 for quilt do dads, winter -45C and storm is very hard to breath and icy sidewalks prevents me from doing the job.. Funny how a goal such as sewing can motivate me to no end..
9/14/2014 7:00:42 AM
ollie1shoe Send a Message
N E Alabama
Well I'm no spring chicken either I will be knocking near the 70 mark in April but I took the plung this week and bought a brother dream weaver 3000 sorry eleanoR but I was just never that happy with the espire I bought in Paducah in 2008 for one thing no good place to get it serviced in our area and hate driving over 100 miles to do that I could never make the service person understand the thread tails were way to long I had to trim everyone of the backs of my quilts when I quilted them also it never wanted to feed correctly over seams that were a little thick so now I have my dream machine for sure and the stadium lightening is better than I could ever imagine especially with my vision problem and did I mention it has a lazer you can sew with sorry to brag but I'm so happy with it So yes I would say go buy that machine you wanting if you can afford to. Happy quilting😀✂️
12/21/2014 2:50:00 PM
I bought a Symphony a few months ago and I really love it. I don't like a problem I have recently discovered about this machine. It will not sew in reverse on most stitches. I thought there was something wrong with it and took it in to the local dealer. They couldn't find anything wrong with it. This machine will only sew in reverse on three stitches, two straight and one zig zag. Anyone else have a problem with this? I am considering giving it up because of this. I feel like the reverse function should be basic to any machine.

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