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Teacher reviews the Babylock Lyric

September 18, 2015

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.11108835_937245566312646_5894603780104563299_n

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.



  1. Comment by swanee ramsey — June 23, 2016 @ 7:28 pm

    Just wondering if the extension table comes with the purchase of the machine?

  2. Comment by admin — August 29, 2016 @ 4:46 pm

    The extension table does not come with the Lyric, only with the Baby Lock Soprano.
    Sorry we missed this question.

  3. Comment by Nancy Boggan — November 27, 2017 @ 7:38 pm

    I did get the extension table with my Lyric.

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