Member since 8/20/10
Date: 9/12/12 1:17 PM
I have been searching for the last few weeks for a new(er) machine to replace my 15+ year old singer. My sewing is primarily clothing and crafts with a quilt thrown in a couple of times a year. Usually at least double size. I usually quilt with straight seams with a walking foot. My budget is $500 max. I know this is not a lot but that is what I have to spend. I have researched on the internet and visited my local dealers at least twice.
The Brother dealer was quite rude and told me that they only carried high end machines and offered no classes. Also refused to honor any brother warranties unless I bought the machine from them.
The Janome dealer was nice but only had 3 machines in stock and weren't sure when they would get more. Told me they would not honor warranty for a machine if I purchased it off of the internet. Also did not offer classes.
The Babylock dealer is awesome offering free classes and 20% discount of future purchases. However the throat are on the machines in my price range is too small (I think) for the quilting. They do have an ellure that was traded in for sale. I have never done any embroidery but it has the larger throat size I want. I know if I did get into embroidery that I would need to purchase a transfer box to use designs not on the machine. Question is what do you think would be a fair price for the used ellure? For those who own them how have they performed. I have read the reviews at patternreview and as many as I can find online.
I know there are machines on the internet such as the Brother PC-420 that meet my criteria but I am concerned about servicing / warranty if needed.
To add to all this my daughter's wedding is 9 weeks away and I am feeling pressured to get something so that I can get her dress made.
I apologize for the long post but would so much appreciate any input / advice. I am feeling very overwhelmed at the moment. Thank you for taking the time to read this!!
Member since 6/27/03
Date: 9/12/12 4:46 PM
I wonder if this is the Ellure or the Ellure Plus? If the machine you are looking at looks and sews great and comes with warranty and you LIKE it, then it should be great for all you want to do. You are getting embroidery with it but you also tend to get a machine w/ more features/stitches when you go that route. I would want to know if the machine uses cards, cable or stick. If it uses cards, that is a decent, not great price (assuming it is $500). If it uses the newer method of transfer (forget the correct technical term) then it is a very good deal price-wise. I'm thinking it may just use cards since you say you will need a box. If so, that machine retailed for $999 when it was current several years ago and does have dated technology too. I might offer $350 but I'd be prepared to pay $500 if i really wanted it and also given the fact that there aren't many other options near you. Local is good.
Member since 3/13/10
Date: 9/12/12 11:02 PM
I have a Baby Lock Ellure Plus, and I love it. If the machine has a USB port, you'd be able to transfer designs through that. If it only has a card slot, then you would need a blank card, and card reader. I have the Brother PED-Basic -- that cost me around $125 for the blank card, the card reader, and the software that you use to transfer to design from your computer to the card.
The model I have -- the BLR3, has a good deal of very nice designs on-board, and a decent selection of lettering fonts and monogramming options. It also has a pretty good selection of some very nice heirloom, and decorative stitches. The button hole function works beautifully.
Just to give you a frame of reference, I paid $1500 (that includes tax) for my machine about 18 months ago. Again, it's the Ellure Plus.
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