We are happy to announce Jean Jones, owner of Sophisticat Fibre Art Studio, has once again returned to teach for us this fall. She has many classes on the agenda, from Rotary Cutting, Beginner Quilting, to Borders, Bindings and using a walking foot. Jean has also added Mini Quilt of the month club, a Sewing mat class as well as her own design “9-4″ Quilt. We thought it would be a fun idea to lend her a new model Babylock, the Babylock Lyric, to use making one of her samples for class. Jean’s review is below and we thank her for stepping out of her comfort zone and use a machine she has never quilted with before and write us this review.
This week I am test-driving a Babylock Lyric. Perfect timing as I was just ready to start a new project, a sample for an upcoming class. So far I am very impressed. It has all the features we quilters love. Needle up/down, thread cutter, great needle threader, slide speed control, start/stop button for sewing without the foot pedal.
One thing I really appreciate is that the needle hole in the 1/4″ piecing foot is large enough to accommodate slight shifts in the needle position, to get a more accurate 1/4″. On most machines this isn’t possible, the needle space is very tight.
The fabric feeds well all the way through, and stitches are beautifully straight and consistent.
Next I’ll be using the walking foot for quilting, let’s see how that performs!
After my little quilt top went together so well on the Babylock Lyric, I wanted to see how it would perform when it came to quilting with the walking foot. Again, I’m impressed!
The feed dogs had a great strong grip on the quilt, top and bottom, and fed the quilt sandwich through with perfect, even, straight stitches. I used a heavier variegated thread on top with a finer thread in the bobbin, but with the automatic tension adjustment this was not a problem.
As with any machine, when you are used to how one performs there are differences to get used to, but there were very little here. There is a button that needs pushing at the right point in the threading process, but this locks the tension to complete the needle threading and bobbin uptake without a problem.
The other thing I had to get used to was a slightly lower clearance under the walking foot than I am used to. Perhaps that is why the feed dogs did such a great job. In any case, the use of the knee lift raised the presser foot extra high, to slide the quilt sandwich in with ease.
All in all, this is a great little machine for a quilter, with all the bells and whistles and accessories you could want included.
We would like to thank Jean for agreeing to use the new Babylock Lyric and writing up this review. We have this machine and many other Babylocks in the stores for you to come and take for a test drive. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Here at A Great Notion, we are proud to say that we have not only the Fraser Valley’s ONLY factory certified Bernina technician, but the only factory certified Husqvarna and Baby Lock technician as well.
Keith Atkinson has been repairing Sewing, Serger, Embroidery, and Quilting machines for 19 years and has earned himself the reputation of being the “go-to” repair person for all machine brands in the Fraser Valley. He is the tech that services machines that other local techs can’t fix! Keith services machines for several local school districts and maintains over 600 machines each year for schools alone. He has completed training with Bernina Canada, Husqvarna Canada, and Baby Lock Canada.
When Keith or one of our two other techs service your machine, they pay attention to even the smallest details. Each machine is thoroughly cleaned (inside and out!), lubricated, the tension is calibrated, all parts are inspected to make sure they are functioning properly and are at their best, and more! Keith makes sure that your machine is properly maintained and produces the best stitch possible. For a complete list of what our techs do in a standard servicing, please click HERE.
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My name is Susan and I have been employed at A Great Notion for just about 3 and a half years. I have an excellent knowledge of the fabrics and notions we sell as well as our sewing machines. My main goal is to offer the best customer service I can and to make the most of your visit to the store. I pride myself in helping with good fabric selection and finding that one last fabric you need for your quilt. I also have a great knowledge of the notions we sell to make your sewing/quilting/embroidery project a breeze. My main love has always been in garment sewing and more recently home décor projects. Over the last few years I have learned to quilt and although I like the smaller projects, I am ready to take on a larger challenge.
I am writing this blog as I hear quite often about the other place, our competition and their great prices. I spent some time at my local fabric store (a Canadian chain), recorded some prices, looked at the quality of their product and listened for the service given. I must say not once while I was in there and taking tons of notes was I asked if I needed any help. Anyone that knows me knows I ask if you need help within the first 10 seconds of you being in the shop. I also found their quilting cottons to be of a lesser quality, but I also found some great deals on fabrics as long as I was a member. There are lots of fabrics that we do not sell and I do occasionally have to shop at other places. If you are looking for everyday sewing and quilting notions and good quality cottons then I think our store has it all. I have attached a chart showing some comparison pricing.
The choice is yours: Some things will be cheaper if you shop around and are willing to pay a membership fee, but for all your quilting needs at a GREAT price with GREAT service, A Great Notion is the place to shop.
Interested in learning what’s new with Baby Lock? We’ve got an expert here to fill you in! Isobel Dunnet is the Director of Education for Baby Lock Canada and we are excited to have her share her extensive knowledge with us. Stop in the Surrey/Langley store on Saturday, February 8th from 1:30-4:30 to get your Baby Lock questions answered and to find out what’s new with the fabulous Baby Lock sergers, sewing & embroidery machines, and quilting machines. We’ll provide the refreshments, you provide the questions!
If you have any questions about the event, please leave a comment or call us at 604-575-9028. See you then!