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Date: 11/11/13 9:39 AM

I am currently a Bernina owner but in need of a desperate upgrade! Have my eye on the Bernina 880 or the Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold 2. Can anyone share their thoughts or experiences. Having trouble deciding!

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Date: 11/11/13 9:57 AM

My impression is that the Ellisimo weighs more heavily to the embroidery side and the Bernina more to the sewing side.
My personal overall impression is that the Bernina is a far better choice.

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Date: 11/11/13 10:04 AM

Oh how I wish I were having to make that decision!! Have you visited and played with both machines? I heard on the Bernina yahoo group that Bernina was stopping production of the 880 temporarily due to a problem. I know the 7 series has been fixed, so no worries there. But, it could well be that you need to wait on the 880 to be sure any bugs are worked out.

The EG is a great machine too. Most people LOVE that camera for embriodery and precise placement. I'm a Bernina girl, and I doubt at this point I leave that brand because I have so much invested in feet, but the Ellisimo comes with many more feet, hoops, etc, so it could be a better value for you.

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Date: 11/11/13 2:30 PM

They're kind of like apples, oranges - both fruits but with different benefits and taste (feel, perform) very differently.

I think you really need to take what you sew and try each hands on, sewing and embroidery and see how each feels/handles what YOU want to sew regardless of what we say. You could have a unanimous opinion here on which is better but if it doesn't feel right and sew what you want the way you want it, our opinion is meaningless.

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Date: 11/11/13 3:11 PM

I've had a Bernina since 1974. Kept buying the latest, greatest. Bought the 830 and with a few bumps and bruises, I was satisfied. Upgraded to be able to use DesignWorks software and tools. Really, how often am I going to paint? After that upgrade, buttonholes do not work. I bought a BabyLock Ellisimo Gold II and in the process of selling the Bernina. I am now a happy camper.

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Date: 11/11/13 9:39 PM

I wouldn't hesitate to choose babylock over bernina, easier to use less problems, the bernina series lately seem to have a lot of bugs to work out, the ellisimo has been around for quite awhile and at dealers you will see less of them come in for service. I asked this when I was shopping for a new machine I asked my dealer about the bernina and he said the brother/ babylock models were more solid with less problems. I love how my brother sews I have the brother version of the unity and it has some amazing feature. the sewing is better than the ellisimo but the ellisimo has the camera and a larger field. I sewed on a high end bernina and didn't care for it so my choice would be the babylock, that is just my two cents

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Date: 11/12/13 10:39 AM

I have owned both brands, and BL is my choice.

However, this is your money and you should decide. The best way for you to test drive the sewing features as well as machine embroidery of both brands.

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Date: 11/12/13 10:51 AM

I have owned both brands, Babylock is my choice. Don't over look the Brother DreamWeaver/DreamMaker series of machine either---

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Date: 11/12/13 11:02 AM

I have the ellisimo and love it.

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Date: 11/12/13 12:37 PM

I tested the Bernina 880, 780, and 580, and the 560. In my opinion the 5 series performed much better than the top of the line series. What I found out with testing the Bernina's is that the machines are too finicky. I think you would be better off choosing a Babylock. Babylock consistently performs.

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