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My new machine - Babylock Esante!
Very excited and can't wait to get it!
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Date: 5/17/12 2:02 PM

I did it!! I made a decision and purchased the Babylock Esante and couldn't be more excited. I think I got a great deal on it and paid $2495. I could have purchased it at another dealer for another $150 less, but I already worked up a good relationship with this dealer and they were SO GREAT with me. I had tons of questions and they were so patient and never seemed annoyed. Additionally, (and this is the really great part) they take the 1 year parts and labor warranty from Babylock and extend it to a total of 5 years. PLUS, they said I have 3 month price protection in that if I want to upgrade within 3 months and trade in the Esante, they will credit me the full purchase price towards another purchase. Talk about peace of mind! I also get full support whenever I'd like. If I want to schedule some one on one training, I can do so at anytime.

I decided to go with the Esante over the Ellageo Plus after literally sitting down and going page by page with each manual to figure out the differences. All I could come up with is the following (there could be more, but this is what I came up with):

1. Color screen - The resolution is exactly the same and the layout is almost identical, except one is in color and the other monochrome. The size of the screen is also the same.
2. A few more decorative stitches and built in embroidery patterns on the Ellageo Plus than the Esante.
3. The Ellageo Plus has the ability to pick up where it left off if the power is interrupted. I think this is a great feature for people that experience power outages frequently, but it wasn't a concern to me since this really doesn't happen where I live.
4. USB Type A (Ellageo Plus) vs. Type B (Esante)- I do have to connect my computer to load designs and software upgrades. Not really a concern for me because my computer is in the same room and it does not need to be connected all the time...so I see it as the same as at USB thumb drive. (Although I know some would not).
5. The Ellageo Plus does come with an extra hoop (4x4), some additional feet and accessories that would appeal to quilters, and the hard case for the embroidery unit. I could ultimately purchase these if I wanted to later, so I wasn't concerned about that part.
6. Automatic Fabric Sensor System-I think this is the only feature I'm not sure about because the Ellageo Plus has the ability to turn this on and off and the Esante does not have this feature nor does it have a presser foot pressure adjustment. I assume it is fixed possibly or automatic. I do need to clarify this part with the dealer.

Other than that, it's almost the same machine for about $1500 less, depending on your dealer. I'm glad I went with this than the Ellure Plus because I feel I am getting so much more for another $1000 and it's totally worth it to me....bigger embroidery field, larger LCD screen, ability to see my designs better and the option to edit them, faster speed, more embroidery fonts, true basting stitch capability, separate bobbin winder etc. Definitely a lot more I could go on about.

I hope this helps anyone thinking about making a similar purchase and wondering about the two...that's why I wrote so much. Hope you all don't mind! I get the machine next Saturday and will let you all know how it goes.

ETA - Just wanted to also point out that you can get a converter for this type of USB connection that will allow you to use a USB thumb drive. They sell them on amazon for about $2. So you can convert the USB type A port on this machine to a type B with a little adapter.
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Date: 5/17/12 2:21 PM

Very exciting! I know you'll be happy with your choice.

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Date: 5/17/12 2:42 PM

Awesome choice! You can adjust the pressure...it's on page 20 in the manual. You tap on the little icon that looks like a checklist in the upper left and you will see settings. You can also adjust how high you want your presser foot to raise and if you want the needle to always start in the center or left position. This machine has sooo many options!
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Date: 5/17/12 2:58 PM

Hah, you read my mind.

http://www.babylock.com/ftp/whitepapers/Esante_BLN_InstructionRef.pdf

scroll down to page 20

EDIT: what kind of nerd does that make me, looking up and reading sewing machine manuals for machines I don't even own?
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Date: 5/17/12 3:05 PM

Oh for crying out loud....I do remember reading that now. Thanks Karen and Amina! Boy, I guess with the influx of information, I forgot about that. So I guess that would sum up the difference on the two machines...Esante has adjustable presser foot pressure and the Ellageo Plus has the automatic, but I believe you can adjust manually since the option to to turn the auto pressure on and off is present.

And it's totally not nerdy to read machine manuals on ones you don't own....I do it all the time!
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Date: 5/17/12 3:11 PM

A lot of new babylocks geting homes lately. We all need to do reveiws after we have had them for awhile, there are not many recent 2012 reveiws on babylocks.

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Date: 5/17/12 4:44 PM

I agree! I'm definitely going to give a in depth review when I've sewn solidly on it for a month or so. Especially because I didn't see too many reviews for the Esante BLN model and I think it's a fabulous machine. It probably gets overlooked because of the monochrome screen and the USB Type B direct connect option. Which, by the way, you can easily get a male to female converter that will allow you to use a USB thumb drive in these machines that have the Type B port. They sell on Amazon for only a couple of dollars.

I always feel it's best to give a good run through on a machine for awhile before forming an opinion since so many of the initial "problems" are usually something we've missed in the manual.

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Date: 5/17/12 5:54 PM

Hi Jumby,
It sounds like you made a great choice! I am sure it is a good machine.
Harriet

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Date: 5/17/12 6:48 PM

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EDIT: what kind of nerd does that make me, looking up and reading sewing machine manuals for machines I don't even own?


Nerd?! I have a whole folder or two full of digital manuals - lots of the machines I don't own. You know they are handy for sewing techniques etc. as well as the odd question someone might have, I call it a "hobby", not nerd-like at all....cough. I just today downloaded the manual to the Singer L500. I had a question...don't judge me...

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Date: 5/17/12 8:11 PM

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what kind of nerd does that make me, looking up and reading sewing machine manuals for machines I don't even own?

agree who would do that? *raise my hand*

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