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Baby Lock Unity Sewing Machine

It’s been quiet around here lately and if you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to, I’ve been knee deep in researching the Babylock Unity sewing machine. Not only the Babylock, but also the Brother Dreamweaver XE. I found that there is alot more info out there about the Brother Dreamweaver, and not as much about the Babylock version – the Unity.

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This thing is just amazing & I’m sooo excited to start sewing on it. Hopefully it will lead to some fabulous Unity reviews, info, and tutorials for my readers.

I have to tell you, it was quite a process to research and review sewing machines. I started this over a year ago and, quite frankly, was never quite comfortable enough to make this huge purchase. Initially, I was just looking for a better sewing / quilting machine. Something that had a thread cutter.

But then I took a free Craftsy quilting class, and realized that I would want a machine that has a large throat so that I could quilt on my machine. (I still have to quilt that top that I made in the class … and can’t wait to do it on my new Unity sewing machine with it’s Digital Dual Feed System (called the MuVit foot by Brother)).

I started out looking for a Husquvarna machine like the one that Amy Gibson uses in the video tutorials on the Craftsy website. However, I just didn’t ‘click’ with the local dealer when I went in and so I stopped in at another store in the St. Louis area to check out a Pfaff machine that had been recommended to me via a curtain workroom owner. Turned out that they didn’t sell Pfaffs any longer, and exclusively sold Brother sewing machines.

I was almost sold on a Brother Innovis Laura Ashley machine, but I wasn’t quite ready to pull the trigger and buy. Instead I decided my old sewing machine would be fine and I would get an embroidery only machine for now, then purchase a better sewing machine later.  I ended up getting a Brother PE770. I didn’t like it, and sold it a couple months later.

That was just before Christmas last year, and I just let it rest. Until Summer. I found myself back in Heyde Sewing and took a peek at the Brother Dreamweaver series. It was impressive! I came home and did more research on them and after a couple of months, decided I would buy the Dreamweaver. I ended up switching to the Babylock version, the Unity, because of the dealers (bought the Babylock at Jackman’s Fabrics in St Louis) and a longer warranty(3 years). Now I’m taking classes to learn more about the machine at Jackman’s Fabrics – (4) 2 hour sewing classes, and (3) 2 hour embroidery classes.

 

 

Robin

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Hi, I'm Robin, founder of The Designest, the place for tutorials, printables, and ideas to inspire you to create. A wife, mother, entrepreneur, and a true maker at heart. Most days you will find me in my studio listening to Spotify & making products for The Designest Shop.
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  1. Hi Robin, I was reading your post about you purchasing your baby Lock.. I was also thinking about purchasing one.. Any feed back would be appreciated.. Also what would the cost be in the US for one.. I am going to compare shop for sure as they are a bit of an investment.. Thanks in advance for any info would be great..

    • Hi Sue – I am still loving the Baby Lock Unity machine! I’ve had absolutely no issues with it and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I finally got a new machine. It is an investment though! Pricing is difficult to say because I found that it just depends on your dealer. I happen to live near St. Louis, MO where there is a Brother / Babylock factory and there are a couple dealers in the area which leads to a better market for the consumer. If you have a dealer in your area, test out the Unity or the Brother version (Dreamweaver).

  2. I have read your post and I thank you for writing it. Please continue to update on the machine. I have been looking at one and just not sure yet. I currently have a Brother (embroidery) and a Viking/Husquvarna machine (used strictly for sewing)but would like to upgrade.

    • Hi Olivia! You know, that’s a great idea! I need to do an update post on the Babylock Unity because it’s been over a year since I started using it. It’s a great machine & I still love it.

  3. Please update on the Baby Lock Unity. My husband recently purchased one for me, primarily, because I am at home now and want to learn to do monogramming and appliquing. I will be learning from scratch. It seems so overwhelming, but I am so excited to learn! ANY advice would be so much appreciated!! I do sew some, as in crafty sewing. I plan to take some on-line classes. I wish I could have some hands-on help. The machine is way too heavy for me to take back and forth for classes. I will definitely have to take on-line classes. Any advice would be very much appreciated! I am very determined! Thank you!

    • Gina – usually the shop that you purchase from has classes that you can take. I went to a few right after I got it and it was a pain hauling the machine back and forth, but I’m glad I did it because it made me jump right in to using it. You probably can tell that I really like the Craftsy classes (I’ve taken several of them & I’m an affiliate). You might want to consider taking this one on embroidering monograms to get you started! Embroidering Monograms by Machine (w/Terri Johnson) I like this format because you can watch them over and over again whereas with an in person class, if you forget what you learned a year ago, you have to retake the class.

  4. I love my unity. I purchased it beginning of May. I found a great deal on the floor model and everything is warranteed just like it was new out of the box. It’s an investment and I had the opprtunity for a similar deal on the Dreamweaver and decided I wanted the babylock since I was keeping my 780d embroidery only machine as well. I’m glad I did, I love it worth my scan n cut it is such a hot to work on. I’m a beginner so my first project after embroidery was a king size quilt. It has been a fun learning experience and I am pleased with my results. Love my Unity.

  5. I love my unity. I purchased it beginning of May. I found a great deal on the floor model and everything is warranteed just like it was new out of the box. It’s an investment and I had the opprtunity for a similar deal on the Dreamweaver and decided I wanted the babylock since I was keeping my 780d embroidery only machine as well. I’m glad I did, I love it with my scan n cut it is such a pleasure to work on. I’m a beginner so my first project after embroidery was a king size quilt. It has been a fun learning experience and I am pleased with my results. Love my Unity.

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