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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Gave my Ellisimo a little run for her money today.... ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/8/13 7:02 PM

I *finally* moved Ellie over to my Gidget 2 table a while ago to play around *sewing* on her for a while (instead of just doing embroidery - that's pretty much her mission in life - she's awesome at that!)

Like... really... I've only owned her for about a year... but she's always had her embroidery unit on and she's been sitting on a table that isn't the most comfy to sew on.

Anyway...

I'm trying to put another blog up - maybe yet today - and I'll get some pics up of this selvedge edge little gizmo I made to take to classes to hold my stuff.

I used Ellie over Thanksgiving to make some selvedge edge yardage... and that was fine. The stitches are beautiful... But I'd rather choose dec stitches from the menu "under the hood" on the 7700 instead of scrolling through the screens on Ellie.

But then, Ellie gets a point because she does massive oversized dec stitches by doing the sideways two-step - which are amazing... but which can be difficult to keep lined up after she dances about another presser foot's width away from the starting point!

Just know this was a small item, with boatloads of seams. I played around with using some cut up jeans' side seams as "piping" on the top of this thing (it did turn out kinda cute, if I do say so myself) ... pictures at 11. lol

So the project had some places that had huge humps to go over... like from 3 layers of lightweight stuff to maybe 12 layers of denim along with the 3 layers of light stuff.

The machine went over the humps like a champ... better than I thought it would, that's for sure... but once up on top - and maybe I was going too slow (this was a SMALL item - there was no way to zoom along!) .. the needle got stuck going down. Twice. I had a 90 Universal needle on.

And one more thing that bugged me... even though it's workable... (but I'm spoiled on the 7700) ... was that moving the needle over to different positions went up in .5 mm increments. The 7700 goes up in .1 mm . Not a big deal.. but I always took that for granted on my old Elna, and on the 7700.

At the end of the day, for *sewing* oddball objects, I'm still more enamored with the 7700 than the Ellisimo.

But then... I stitch weird stuff.

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Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 12/8/13 7:13 PM

Even though my 770 was a lemon, when it sewed, it sewed beautifully. It had the straightest straight stitch out of all my Janomes. Glad you love yours!

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Date: 12/8/13 7:29 PM

It's really too bad yours was the pits, Diana!

For just *sewing*.. especially heavy, weird stuff, I don't think it can be beat.

Also... there's things to be said for being hard on a $2,000 machine instead of a $7,000+ one.

I still lust after Bernina footsies... and I'm leaning more towards at least trying a 550qe or something (after I catch up from my year of funk) ... And oh... I'd love to play with the paintworks and cutworks... but that would also take $1,500 in software (by what I can tell) Arrrgh.

I love toys. Wish I had a bottomless checkbook these days!

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 12/8/13 9:34 PM

The B550 is not compatible with the Designworks (cutworks and paintworks). You need to go to a 560, 580, 750, 780, 830 or 880.

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 12/8/13 9:50 PM

Yeah... I know that, Lynn... I still kinda want a 5.5mm traveler, too. The 550 seems to be the best you can get in a 5.5.

Do you use your 350 much?

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 12/8/13 10:20 PM

The 550 would be a good travel machine, comes with a nice carry bag.

I don't use my 350 very much, as I prefer the 9mm feed dogs, but she's very beautiful.


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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 12/8/13 10:27 PM

Are you having fun spreading out in your new abode?

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 12/8/13 10:41 PM

Not as yet, it's still under renovation. Hoping to be in by the first week or two of January.

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 12/9/13 4:34 AM

I use my ElliMo for sewing, very little embroidery. And I sew weird projects too! I watched Nancy Z sew through many unusual craft so I began lusting after it.
Two years later I began to worry about pushing ElliMo to her limits a bit to often so I added a mechanical into my collection- a Pfaff 6152. He has become my go to machine- with IDT and a strong motor I get through many a heavy jean seam project.
I am revisiting ElliMo for embroidery, embellishing and finesse.
I do miss my Bernina quick feet change and throat plate removal but I don't miss her attitude- I never really bonded well and she could throw a fit at the worst time. ElliMo has so far remained very polite and responsive. I do so love her!

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Date: 12/9/13 2:29 PM

I think the Ellisimo is *great* ... love her, too....

But (you knew there was a "but" in there, right?) lol

I gotta get pics up of this thing I made yesterday - it was soooo not fun on the Ellisimo compared to the Horizon.

I used the Ellisimo for some piecing (love that), for miles for monotonous stitching on a chenille baby blanket (what *was* I thinking.. that thing bored me to tears.. even when I tried to get into the "zen" of it all) .... and she was wonderful for those things. So smooth... so pretty... quiet...

Her place in my household is gonna be for more embroidery than anything else. I just like the features of the Horizon for sewing more... especially the DFG (Dual Feed Gizmo).

It's an awesome machine... I guess I just like projects that are a bit more of a challenge that require the DFG and needle positioning.

Still thinking next up is gonna be a 5.5 mm machine.

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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