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Babylock® Espree

Babylock® Espree sewing machine.
Specifications  
Sewing Area: 100mm (3.94") x 100mm (3.94")
Needle Type: Flat Shank Domestic
Bobbin Type: Style L
Read Formats: PES 
Please message us if you have additional info on this machine.

Kirsten S.

Hi Vicki,

You might check out Vince Arcuri's You Tube channel. He shows how to fix many things on Brother. It is my understanding that baby lock is very similar.


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Jeanne L.

There r no manuals on eBay or memory cards for the espree em1 does any other brand work on this machine

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Kirsten S.

Hi Jeanne, I believe Brother cards can be used on Babylock. If you are interested in downloading designs and writing them to cards yourself, you might look at the Amazing Box.

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Michelle R.

Can you provide more info on the cards and the box? I am super new and am unfamiliar with terminology.

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Heather B.

Hi, Michelle. You could check with Babylock to see if they have an official card and box. However, it's usually cheaper to buy another brand. We highly recommend the Ultimate Box from Vikant for the Babylock Espree. You can buy it from www.vikant-emb.com. We used to sell the Ultimate Box, so if you have questions, feel free to ask. For your machine, we would recommend the Ultimate Box Basic (or Plus) with a Type I card.

Once you get your box, you will install the included software. Then, connect the box to your computer, put the card in the box's slot, and then use the software to transfer files from your computer to the card, which you then take to your machine to use.

If you have further questions, let us know.

~Heather
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Teresa P.

Hello..... Im about to buy baby lock Espree EM but still I have a 2nd thought since I can't find any youtube tutorial on this embroidery machine. Its for sale here in Philippines for $100. Please help me decide. Thanks

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Heather B.

Hi Teresa,

Thanks for writing. $100 is a pretty tempting price and I might be tempted jump at it if it were me; however, one thing to keep in mind is that with machine embroidery, most machines have a maximum embroiderable area per design, even if they have larger hoops available for stitching multiple designs in. With regard to the Babylock Espree, one thing I see is that it has about a 3.94" x 3.94" area for embroidery. That is pretty much the smallest sewing area available and many embroidery enthusiasts will advise you to buy as big an embroidery area as you can afford. With 3.94" x 3.94" area, you are limited to designs of that size (or smaller) unless you split larger designs and stitch the design in pieces, which takes another level of education and software. If you know right off the bat that you want to stitch jacket-back sized designs, you'll probably want to look for a larger embroidery area.

Consider this and then consider how you are going to learn to use the machine. If in person or online classes or tutorials aren't available to you, that would also be another important consideration. I hope this gives you some direction and helpful information.

~Heather
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VICKI B.

Hi Heather, I have an espree baby lock embroidery machine used very little but as I was trying to use it the bobbin kept getting bunched up and would lock up the machine. I did all the maintenance the book said and I went and got new embroidery thread but I forgot to buy a new bobbin I used one I had and threaded the new thread on it. When I tried to sew again the bobbin bunched up again. Each time I tried it ,It would make a loud grinding sound and jerk to a stop. When I tried to wind a bobbin with the new thread the machine said "winding Bobbin" but it wasn't winding. I'm thinking a belt broke. Is their any tutorial on you tube or could you tell me how to get into That part of the machine to change a belt? If not What do you think?


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Kirsten S.

Hi Vicki,

You might check out Vince Arcuri's You Tube channel. He shows how to fix many things on Brother. It is my understanding that baby lock is very similar.


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Jeanne L.

Mine does the same thing I hate having to take it to a store during coronavirus but how does anyone fix it...

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Heather B.

Hi, Jeanne. If it's a simple case of bunching, cleaning the area and being sure that the hoop and the bobbin are correctly being used will probably solve the problem for you. Otherwise, if it really is a belt problem, please see the video my coworker, Kirsten, provided.

~Heather
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Kirsten S.

Hi there

You might check out Vince Arcuri's You Tube channel. He shows how to fix many things on Brother. It is my understanding that baby lock is very similar.


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Ethel S.

Hello Heather,

Would you happen to know where I can purchase Brother embroidery design cartridges for my machine? As you know I've purchased an used machine, and well I had to get some repairs and cleaning service on same machine. I really don't want to start downloading patterns until I learn to operate my machine. I'm a bit skeptic to invest in a writer right now. Also do you have any advice on simple fabrics to start with. Machine has some built in patterns and block alphabet, so I can play with that just not sure where to begin. I live in a rural area and not much available for classes.

Thank you for any and all suggestions and help you can give me.

Have a great day. Ethel S

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Kirsten S.

Hi Ethel,

I suggest experimenting on a variety of fabrics, to give you a feel for how each embroiders differently. You will also need some stabilizers. Start with some medium weigh tear away and some medium weight cutaway. Many people embroider on flannel, quilting cotton, tee shirt knits, denim, and other items. Soon, you will too! Embroidering the built-in patterns is a great place to start.

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Heather B.

Hi, Ethel. You can get pre-loaded cards from Brother's website Ibroidery.com. I will ask my co-worker, Kirsten, to give you some suggestions on fabrics. Thanks for the questions.

~Heather
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Ethel S.

what embroidery designs can I get for this machine and how can I get a manual/

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Heather B.

Hi, Ethel. Thanks for the questions. Regarding designs, you would need one of two options:

1) You can use pre-manufactured cards made by Brother.
2) If you want more flexibility and want to buy stock designs from sites like Embroidery.com, you would need a reader/writer box so you can take the designs from a computer and write them onto a memory card. If you don't have a box, I can recommend the Ultimate Box Basic or Plus, along with at Type I Ultimate Card (available for purchase here at Embroidery.com). Once you have your reader/writer box, be aware that you will need designs in .PES format that are 4"x4" or smaller.

Regarding your question about a manual: Espree manuals are no longer being printed, so the only way to get one would be to buy a used copy from a website like Ebay.com.

~Heather
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Katherine S.

I found the 142 page manual for download by searching on Brother Support website. I'm new to this site so trying to attach link here. Brother PE-100 User Manual - 142 pages

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