Babylock Embroidery Machine Tutorial

embroidery image by Inger Anne Hulbækdal from

Things You'll Need

  • Baby Lock Ellegante 2 embroidery sewing machine
  • Bobbins for the Ellegante 2
  • Sewing thread as needed for top colors and bobbin
  • Garment being embroidered
  • Image for embroidery
  • Embroidery hoop for the Ellegante 2

Baby Lock brand embroidery sewing machines are moderately advanced machines. The industrial models feature six cone holders for specialized thread and speed to do complex or multicolored work quickly. The home models have many of the same features, but are in a shape similar to a home sewing machine. Each features a large viewable color touchscreen and an automatic threader. Baby Lock home embroidery machines can easily switch from embroidery sewing to regular sewing, making start to finish for any garment a snap.

Wind the Bobbin

Turn the embroidery machine on, and place an empty bobbin on the bobbin spool pin. Lift the spool pin up, and place the desired thread color and type on the thread spool pin. Press back down into position.

Guide the thread through the grooves as laid out on the threading plate. After passing through the T-shaped thread guide plate, bring the thread up through the thread guide and under the pretension disk to place the proper tension on the thread as it spools. Bring it to the bobbin and wind the bobbin by hand in a clockwise manner, then pass through the guide slit to cut the end of the thread.

Click the bobbin holder in place. By doing this, the bobbin will start to fill by itself automatically, and will switch off when it is filled. Remove the filled bobbin and place it in the machine.

Thread the Machine

Turn the machine on. Look at the handwheel and turn it so that the line on the handwheel matches up with the line on the machine. Raise the presser foot so that it is in the "up" position.

Place a spool of thread on the spool pin, and place a cap on the end to hold in place. Snap the spool pin back into place on the machine. Press the Presser Foot/Needle Exchange key once to lock all sewing capabilities in place as the machine is being manually threaded.

Bring the end of the thread to pass under the grooves of the thread guide plate. Follow the thread path cover with the thread going left, then bring it back up. Hook the thread at the top corner and ensure the thread is positioned correctly under the transparent window.

Pass the thread through the take-up lever, and lower the presser foot. Pass the end of the thread through both the upper and lower thread guides at the bottom. Thread the needle, then pull out about 4 to 5 inches toward the back of the machine. Press the Presser Foot/Needle Exchange key again to unlock the machine.

Set Up Embroidery Function

Replace the standard sewing foot with the presser foot "W," which is the embroidery presser foot. Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case and the desired top sewing thread on the spool pin.

Prepare the fabric by attaching any stabilizer recommended for the fabric and attach it inside the embroidery hoop frame.

Turn the machine off, and attach the flatbed embroidery unit to the machine. Press until the unit clicks into place, to ensure it is attached correctly. Turn the machine on, and wait for the confirmation message to come up on the screen. Keep hands and fingers away from the unit as it moves into place on its own.

Select a pattern from the ones preinstalled, or use a pattern from a memory card. Make any adjustments to the pattern if necessary, such as rotating it.

Lift the presser foot by pressing the Presser Foot Lifter button. Align the embroidery frame with the holder on the machine. Hold the embroidery hoop in place by using the frame-securing lever. Check the pattern position, and begin to embroider on the fabric.


About the Author

Renee Shelton is publisher of the periodical, Pastry Sampler Journal, and is editor and contributing writer to several niche blogs. Her personal webpages have been referenced in numerous cookbooks. When she isn't writing about food, you'll find her hunting down historical cookbooks at swap meets.

Photo Credits

  • embroidery image by Inger Anne Hulbækdal from