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feedback on Babylock quest sewing machin

sewnsewintx | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

Hello!  I was looking for a new sewing machine to make my quilts on.  I have had a love affair with Janome (1st serious mahine) fgr many years and also have a Bernina 1630.  My favorite machine died and left me heartbroken…so I bought the Bernina 1630 (used from a reputable dealer and I knew the previous owner) but it never held the same place in my heart as my Memory Craft 8000.  The straight stitch on the Bernina 1630 never comes out like it did on my Memory Craft 8000.  I didn’t want a fancy bells and whistles machine since I’m not into embroidery just wanted a machine to piece and machine quilt my quilts on that was smooth and quiet.   

Overcome with purchase lust I just bought a Babylock Quilter’s Quest machine (brand new & at a real hot price) but after sewing on it most of yesterday evening it, it is  just so noisy and the the free motion quilting was jerky and dis-jointed with the darning foot that comes with the machine.  I did take it for a test drive before I purchased it, but I don’t remember this from before.  Anybody have any feedback about this particular machine?  With an eye for piecing quilts and machine (free motion too) quilting what do y’all recommend?  I am looking ot spend about $2K max price.





  1. Betakin | | #1

    I can't give you any information on the Quest but you might wish to add your experience over at PatternReview.com. There are several intersting threads on the Quest model on their discussion forums and several people interested in purchasing one. One discussion was aimed towards who made the Quest for Babylock. Brother makes Babylock machines but it seems Brother did not make the Quest. Some said Janome had a part in it..then some said not. It has sort of been a mystery machine and has come to spark a lot of interest.

    I have seen several negative posts about the machine on other forums as well as PatternReview when the machine first came out but lately several people have been posting praises about it.

    I can imagine your disappoint not being happy with your new machine once you got it home after testing it at your dealers before purchasing it. Do you like the dual feed on the machine? It certainly seems to have many nice features.  

  2. Pattiann42 | | #2

    Call the dealer and tell him/her what you are experiencing and ask if you can bring the machine in for them to run it through the procedures you are having a problem with.

    Don't spend anymore time discussing this with bloggers and fretting over your decision.  Get hands on help.

  3. HisChildBeth | | #3

    Yes, I agree!  Take it directly back to the dealer you bought it from and show them exactly the problem you are having.  I just bought a Baby Lock Quilter's Choice because I wanted more decorative stitches, but not embroidery, to have more options for doing crazy quilts and other crafts as well as quilts.  I haven't sewed in 30 years, and after looking at all of the main machines I chose this Baby Lock over a Janome.  My dealer told me to bring the machine back to them anytime I ran into a problem, even if it had nothing to do with the machine and was just me not being able to figure out how to do something in a project!  I love my dealer!  Don't give up on the Baby Lock after just a test run.  Test run your dealer.



    1. scrapper825 | | #4


      My quest is 4 years old. I have had several tension issues with it after the first year. Last year my quest dealer/repair person had to order new parts for inside. This year it is back in the shop and now headed to Baby Lock to figure it out. My repair person was able to stop the nesting on the underside but it still has an uneven stitch ... sort of like a little goose step every 4-5 stitches. I have just ignored it the last year. Turns out that Baby Lock wants to have a look at it because they don't know why this is happening. I am expecting a hefty shipping bill as well as repair time, but think it is worth it in the end.

      I know several years have gone by since your posting, but maybe this will help someone else.

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