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Babylock Altair Sewing and Embroidery Machine Details


Babylock Altair Specs

Let your creativity soar with Baby Lock's Altair Embroidery and Sewing Machine. This machine can do it all; you can embroider, quilt, craft, and more on the Altair. Integrated into the Altair is IQ Technology that will allow you to wirelessly transfer images to your machine from your phone or tablet using the IQ Intuition Positioning App. You get a 9-1/2" by 14" embroidery field, 494 built-in designs, 771 stitch options, 11-1/4" workspace, 10.1 LCD touch screen, a needle beam, and much more. With all the unique features packed into Babylock's Altair Embroidery and Sewing Machine, you will never run out of projects. To check out the Altair in action, watch this short YouTube video.

Optional Bonus Accessories

6-months of Baby Lock SewEd Classes.

Large Workspace


Easily sew larger projects on the Altair with the 11-1/4" workspace to the right of the needle. The Altair can easily tackle quilts and large, bulky items.

Large Embroidery Area


The Altair allows you to embroider oversized designs with less re-hooping with its large 9-1/2" by 14" embroidery field and capability to accommodate 700,000 stitches in a single hooping. Included with the machine are four hoops: 9-1/2" x 14, 9-1/2" x 9-1/2", 7" x 5", and a 4" x 4".


Even if the power goes out in the middle of embroidering, you will be able to get right back to the exact stitch and placement where it left off without missing a beat.

NeverMiss Automatic Needle Threader


The Baby Lock Altair features Baby Lock's NeverMiss needle threader. With all of the color changes that you'll be doing while you're creating stunning embroidery, it's a feature that you definitely need. With the touch of a button, your machine effortlessly threads your needle each and every time.


Creating unique embroidery is easy when you're the designer! The IQ designer feature of the Baby Lock Altair makes it easy with built-in shapes. Jump right in and soon you'll be creating one-of-a-kind designs that can match or compliment your fabric. Choose from any of the built-in background fills, to flood an area with instand stitches. Pair it with the IQ intuition on your phone, and you can seemlessly go from photo to fabric. You'll be amazed as how easy the process can be!


Built into the machine are wireless capabilities. Use your favorite embroidery design software, like Palette (version 11 or higher, sold separately), to transmit your designs from your computer to the Altair wirelessly.


Use the free IQ Intuition Positioning App to take photos of your fabrics in a special, coded hoop and transfer it wirelessly to the Altair. The image will display onscreen in crisp focus, allowing you to position your design exactly where you want it. Altair also comes with a needle beam so you can make sure your needle is positioned precisely where you want it!



The Altair Sewing and Embroidery is equipped with a 10.1" LCD Touchscreen, that's the same size as a tablet. From this screen, you can control every aspect of your project. Choose or change stitches, embroidery designs, placements, colors, and more.


Bobbin changes are effortless with the quick-set drop-in bobbin. Drop your bobbin in the machine, pull your threads through the slot, and let your Altair do the rest.

Design Database Transfer


Managing your embroidery designs has never been easier! Download Design Database Transfer, a completely FREE embroidery design management tool, to easily view all of your embroidery designs and transfer the designs wirelessly to your Baby Lock Altair.

Easily transfer embroidery designs via USB or Wi-fi to the Altair. Transfer formats include .pes, .phc, .phx, and .dst. Organize your embroidery design library by creating new folders, moving and copying files to different folders, changing file names, or deleting files. Quickly search for an embroidery design by name, format, stitch count, size, etc. Review embroidery design info such as size, estimated sewing time, and number of colors.

771 Stitches


No matter if you are sewing or quilting, you have plenty of stitch options. Choose from 771 possible stitch patterns or combine them for endless stitch combinations to save for later.

Exlusive to Babylock's best embroidery machines, the Altair allows you to sew within the embroidery field if needed. This means you can sew even when your hoop is attached!

494 Embroidery Patterns


With 494 embroidery patterns built-in the machine, you will always have something to embroider. Almost half (200) of the designs included are exclusive Baby Lock designs that you won't find anywhere else. To make choosing the right design more manageable, the library features large thumbnails.

Optional Palette Software


With Baby Lock's new Palette 11 Embroidery Software, you'll be able to create and edit embroidery designs easier than ever before. This advanced software takes your machine embroidery capabilities to the next level. You'll enjoy premium auto-digitizing, easy design editing, new patterns, and more. The Palette 11 offers improved functionality that makes every step of digitizing easier, and the new interface makes it easier than ever to use.


The Altair is packed with advanced editing features for your embroidery designs. You can resize designs up 20% or down 10%, change character spacing, mirror imaging, design duplication, pattern rotation, and more. With all these editing functions, you can customize your design as much as you wish. Altair also has auto stipple, color visualizer, color sorting, design grouping, and multi-selection functions.

Needle Beam


Remove the guesswork about where the needle will drop with the needle beam on the included embroidery foot. The bright LED pointer allows you to know the exact location of where your needle will land.


Get previews of your design with the color visualizer. This program on your Altair allows you to see your patterns in an array of colors. Choose from random, vivid, gradient, or soft to see your design in different palettes. You can also select your favorite combinations so you can come back to them later.

25 year limited warranty


The Baby Lock Altair comes with a factory warranty, which gives you the ultimate piece of mind with your purchase. Your machine will be covered for 25 years to be free of defects in product casting due to imperfections in workmanship and materials. 10 years covers your machine from defective mechanical parts due to imperfections in workmanship and materials, excluding normally expendable parts. 2 years covers your machine from defects in the electrical equipment. 1 year covers it from defects in the electronic circuit boards, and 1 year of free warranty labor by an Authorized Baby Lock Retailer.

Babylock Altair Accessories


The Altair includes almost everything you will need to get started. Accessories include a hands-free knee lift, stylus, 14 snap-on feet (digital dual-feed system foot, embroidery foot, zig-zag, blind stitch, buttonhole, button fitting, free-motion open toe quilting, free-motion quilting, free-motion echo quilting, monogramming, overcasting, 1/4" quilting foot w/ guide, straight stitch, zipper), easy-lock accessory case for presser foot storage w/ interchangeable trays, soft canvas cover, two thread spool stand, straight stitch needle plate, alternate bobbin case for use w/ pre-wound bobbins, bobbin center pin, bobbins (10), embroidery positioning stickers (4-Sheets of 64), lens calibration sheet for use w/ the positioning app, presser foot adaptor, seam ripper, twin needle, needle set, scissors, cleaning brush, eyelet punch, screwdrivers, spool caps (5), spool felt, spool nets (2), embroidery needle plate cover, foot controller, bobbin covers, chalk pencil, four embroidery hoops (9-1/2" x 14, 9-1/2" x 9-1/2", 7" x 5", and a 4" x 4")


  • 11.25" Workspace to the right of the needle
  • Sews up to 1,050 SPM
  • 771 Built-in stitches including 15 one-step buttonholes
  • 4 Built-in alphabets
  • Lateral and diagonal feeding
  • Conveient one-touch buttons
  • Two accessory storage compartments
  • Programmable 3-step needle up/down
  • 494 Embroidery designs
  • 30 Font styles
  • Memory capacity approximately 10MB
  • Cuts jump stitches
  • Automatic basting
  • Automatic sensors
  • Programmable shutoff capabilities
  • NeverMiss Automatic Advanced Threading System


  • Extension Table
  • Trolley Set
  • Foot Kit
  • Thread Stand
  • Multi-Function Foot Control
  • Circular sewing attachment
  • Open toe sole for dual feed foot
  • Couching foot
  • ¼" sole for dual feed foot
  • Stitch-in-the-ditch sole for dual feed foot
  • Palette 11
  • Standard embroidery hoops
  • IQ Intuition embroidery hoops
  • Candlewicking Foot
  • Bias Binder Foot
  • Bridging Plate Set


  • 10-Years Parts
  • 5-Years Computer Circuit
  • 5-Years Electrical
  • 1-Year Labor


  • Machine only weight: 37.5 lbs. (17 kg)
  • Machine w/ Embroidery Unit : 47.6 lbs. (21.59 kg)
  • Machine Dimension: 36-1/16" x 13-11/16" x 20-5/8"
  • Needle System: 15x1
  • Bobbin Class: Class 15


  • Bobbin Load