Well, I did it again… I bought the first longarm machine that I looked at! In my defense I did shop around, but I had a list of requirements and the Babylock Regalia filled them all. My requirements in no particular order were:
- 18” throat space or larger
- Vertical and horizontal channel lock
- M- sized bobbin
- Adjustable table height because I am tall (5’9 in case you are wondering)
- 12 foot frame
- Can be used with a ruler foot and ruler table
The Regalia has a lot of bells and whistles on top of my listed requirements. The lighting is terrific with an LED light bar the length of the 20” throat space, plus a needle light and (gasp) a bobbin light!
It also has a bobbin sensor with alarm to warn when the bobbin gets low plus a thread break sensor and alarm. There is a needle laser (beam) which allows the needle to be put exactly where needed.
The handle bars are independently adjustable which is perfect ruler or micro work. They have programmable buttons plus fingertip start/stop and needle up/down buttons.
The machine sits on a Kinetic Frame which is a 5 rail system. It is adjustable up to 44” tall so it is high enough for me to work without getting a back ache from bending. The 5th rail is batting storage so I finally have a place to store my king sized batting rolls instead of on the floor.
My favorite part is the computer, it comes with a large Acer tablet and Pro Stitcher Premium software. Pro-stitcher has over 900 pre-installed designs so I have been having fun stitching some of them out. The software is user friendly but I am thankful for YouTube videos to help with the learning curve.
I may be MIA while learning the new program in the next few weeks but I look forward to sharing future projects!