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.
One of our most popular teachers, Jean Jones, is here yet again with another fabulous quilting class: Perfectly Bound.
It’s the finishing touches that make all the difference! Take your quilts from so-so to fabulous when you learn how easy perfect bindings are. Jean will teach you how to apply bindings to both straight and curved quilt edges, how to turn corners cleanly, and join the binding ends invisibly. If time allows she will also take a look at binding quilts that are not square (e.g. Hexagons) and turning inside corners. This class is suitable for those who have taken beginner quilting as well as experienced quilters.
This class is sold out in Abbotsford already, but we still have room in our Surrey/Langley location:
Surrey/Langley: Tuesday, May 13; 5:00–9:00
Abbotsford: Friday June 13, 10:00-2:00 SOLD OUT
One 4–hour class $32.00 plus supplies.
To register, click HERE or call us at 604-575-9028.
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.
Surrey/Langley: Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2:00 – 8:00 FREE
Abbotsford: Thursday, Dec. 12th, 2:00 – 8:00 FREE
It’s that time of year again… The time to start your Christmas projects so that they are done in time for the holidays! Join Nancy Riemersma for this 2-hour class and go home with a great Christmas stocking. $30 includes all supplies and the class.
Surrey/Langley: Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 – 8pm
Keep warm with this beautiful Statement Shawl. Come in for our virtual club where you will learn all about the techniques, accessories, and more used to make this one-size-fits-all shawl. You will be able to try out the techniques on our machines and accessories, have coffee/tea, and have a great time with other sewists at this months Virtual Bernina Club. $15
Surrey/Langey: Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 – 12pm
Abbotsford: Saturday, Nov. 9th, 2 – 4pm
Have you completed a few quilts and are now ready to take your quilts from good to great? Borders can be the answer! Look at a variety of border treatments with Jean Jones and learn how to construct a border with mitered corners and more. Suitable for a confident quilter. $32 plus supplies.
Surrey/Langley: Saturday, Nov. 16, 1 – 5pm
Abbotsford: Friday, Nov. 15, 10 – 2pm
Learn how getting a perfect binding can be sew easy in this quilting class. Jean Jones will guide you through applying bindings to both straight and curved quilt edges. You’ll learn how to turn corners cleanly and join the binding ends invisibly. Suitable for all skill levels. $32 plus supplies.
Surrey/Langley: Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 – 5pm
Abbotsford: Thursday, Nov. 21, 5 – 9pm