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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Sophia2 vs Ellisimo ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/16/13 3:37 PM

This is for owners of BOTH the Sofia and Ellisimo- or at least those who have sewn on both and familiar. Or perhaps just Sofia2 owners will be able to respond.
I received a bundled deal (Ellisimo Gold2, Sofia2 and Enlighten) from my BL Dealer and had questions. The Ellisimo turns on and sews relatively quiet. The Sophia makes a ratchet-y sound when the power button is pushed to turn her on. When I sew it makes a sound that is a bit louder and somewhat harsher than the Ellisimo.

I know these are very different price points and that may account for the sound difference. I took the Sophia back to the Dealer- the tech was out and the owner was at a retreat but a very experienced manager (I've dealt with for 2 yrs now) turned her on and sewed and said what we were hearing was quite normal. There were no other Sofias in the store to compare.
So is there that much difference? I don't need this machine and was planning to sell it or give it to a family member but I want first to make sure there is nothing wrong. I did some sewing on it yesterday and all seemed to work OK.

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Date: 12/16/13 4:43 PM

Hi, I have the Sofia and it does start up with a scrapey kind of sound, but so does my singer so I think that is fairly normal. It makes about the same amount of noise while sewing as other computerized machines of this level that I have used so I think yours is probably fine. I have never sewn on an ellisimo but from what I have heard they are truly amazing so I am sure there would be quite a difference when it comes to the sound level. Just want to add my little Fifi is a great machine with beautiful embroidery, I'm not knocking her at all lol
-- Edited on 12/16/13 4:44 PM --

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Date: 12/16/13 5:15 PM

Yep.

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Date: 12/16/13 9:23 PM

Oh good- so relieved. I heard so much good about Sofia. Tempted to keep her but I have enough machines and little space.

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Date: 12/17/13 1:20 AM

Yeah... my bets are that your Sophia is OK.

I had that little Brother machine that is probably a close sibling in the factory to the Sophia. Made a racket, it did.

The stitches were quite nice, though.

As you already figured, that's part of the dif between a $700 machine and an $7,000 one. What a difference a comma makes, eh?

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Sashiko
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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: 12/26/13 12:33 PM

I have the Brother 950D which is the "sister" of the Babylock Sophia. It does the same exact thing upon start up and is louder than my Ellisimo. I second the comment about the comma making a big difference!

But this is a great little machine, noise or not. When it comes to embroidery, there's nothing like my powerhouse Ellisimo. But for simple sewing, I take this little machine with me when I'm traveling. LOVE it!

This machine would make a great gift for a family member or someone young person just starting out sewing or learning to embroider. You got a great deal, I think.

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Date: 1/12/14 11:31 AM

Well I went to an ASG meeting and another Sofia 2 owner came over and told me I should have it checked out- it didn't sound right.
So I stopped in to see my dealer's tech. He wanted me to stay throughout and he started with everthing- new needle, then new thread, new bobbin, then different foot and finally borrowed a bobbin case from the store's demo. That solved it!! Of course it is not as quiet as ElliMo but at least it doesn't make the racket it used to. The tech explained the bobbin case for some reason had too much free play- it is designed to float around but mine was floating too high and returning during the stitch cycle which created the extra noise.

Just wanted to post to wrap things up.

Edited to Add: I didn't feel overly picky about it because as I was leaving I heard him tell the owner she needed to order another bobbin case for their demo. That indicated to me that they did not want to use my rackety-sounding one on the floor for potential customers!
-- Edited on 1/12/14 11:38 AM --

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Date: 1/15/14 4:50 PM

Quote: SandiMacD
... a bobbin case from the store's demo. That solved it!!

Good to know!

Just the other day, when swapping out a bobbin case on one of my machines, I noticed a decent size cut on the right hand side of the top edge of the bobbin case.

Because the thread goes over the cut in the right direction, it's never caught a thread - but how weird to find it damaged.

When I was test driving a Brother machine for a friend the other day, *it* make a killer racket - but a new needle fixed it.

PS... I think it's extra nice when a member comes back and reports the true outcome. We all can learn from that!

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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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