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Date: 8/18/13 5:21 PM

Hello all!

I'm interested in beginning embroidery and will be saving over the next year for my first machine. I would like to start with at least a mid-line level so that will grow with me as I learn. I don't want to buy a machine only to want to upgrade a year or two down the road.

The Esante, Spirit, and Journey have all caught my eye.

I read something that said that Brother has comparable machines to Babylock, however. Has everyone found this to be true?

I'd love to hear everyone thoughts and experiences. Thanks!

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Date: 8/18/13 5:32 PM

Yes. Brother makes Babylock machines so there are virtual clones of each model in both brands (except sergers). Main difference is typically Brother will have Disney capability and Babylock will have other unique designs, and trim color.

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Date: 8/18/13 6:05 PM

I have owned both brands. The best way to decide, is to shop dealers where both brands are sold.

There are combos (sewing and/or embroidery) and embroidery only.

The only issue I would have with the Brother Embroidery Only machines is that they use 90 weight machine embroidery bobbin thread, which is not that easy to find....some of the Brother dealer/staff don't even know that the manufacturer has calibrated these machines for this weight of machine embroidery bobbin thread!

Shop the dealer as well. You want one whose staff is well informed, will demo whatever you wish to see, let you try and puts no pressure on you to make a purchase. The dealer should also be the one who will service the machine as needed. Usually, during the free warranty period, then as you feel there is a need. Which may not be the annual trip as has been ingrained over the years into our little grey cells.

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Date: 8/18/13 7:19 PM

Thanks.

I went to the Brother website, and it looks like the DreamMaker (embroidery) is a match to the Babylock Spirit?

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Date: 8/18/13 7:45 PM

I was also wondering about the durability of these machines. I've seen many of them for sale used, but I didn't know if it's something to stay away from. If it's been serviced by a dealer could it be a good deal?

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Date: 8/18/13 10:25 PM

I have a 2008 Babylock Ellisimo, and it's been a very good machine.

You don't see many top of the line Babylock or Brother machines for sale, or at least I haven't. Perhaps you meant Brother/Babylock machine models in general for re-sale. Usually the top of the line machines don't get sold unless the owner is upgrading to a newer model, or had buyers remorse.
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Date: 8/19/13 2:50 PM

Yes, the ones I saw online for resale (from owners) was the Babylock Ellegante, asking for somewhere between $2100-2700 for it (the $2700 is a Ellegante II, I'm guessing the lower one is the original version). Both say they've been serviced by a BL dealer recently.

I thought that was a decent price unless I needed to worry about it waring down even though it's been serviced recently and regularly.

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Date: 8/19/13 3:05 PM

In addition to asking about service, you can ask for stitch count, just like service/miles on a car.
Ellegantes are often sold to upgrade to Ellisimo Gold.
My machine from 2006 still going strong but it's well cared for.
And I haven't had any problem using 60 wt. (vs 90) thread in the bobbin.

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Date: 8/19/13 6:09 PM

Thanks Karen. What would you say is a "too high" stitch count if I look into a used machine?

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Date: 8/20/13 9:00 AM

If you're not planning to actually purchase a machine for at least a year you probably should put off your decision on which machine to buy until that time. There will be new machines to add to the mix. Why decide now when a lot could change in that amount of time?

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