Today I finally had a few hours to start getting to know my new machine. The Baby Lock Crescendo is probably not a great "beginner" machine mostly because it is a huge investment, however that is not to say a beginner couldn't operate it.
It is not necessarily an overly complex machine to work with, it is simply computerized. If you are not comfortable with a computerized system, you are not going to like this machine, but if you embrace the technology, I have found it fairly straightforward and intuitive to work with so far.
Today all of my sewing was on the "straight stitch foot."
Another option I have for straight sewing is the "dual feed foot" which is a somewhat clunky looking appendage:
I didn't attach it today, but you can probably see the belt system that helps with the feeding of fabric and would probably be particularly useful with thin or slick fabrics.
I got my first error today:
And I had a bobbin hiccup:
Both were user error and quickly corrected. I pretty easily started using the machine and got a lot of sewing done towards the Super Bowl Mystery Quilt.
That purple swirl focal fabric is ridiculously fragile. It tends to shred very easily so this may not be the most functional quilt when it is done. I do like how it looks however.
Nim had his second day of increased activity and is SO at peace.