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StitchyWoman
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Date: 7/23/14 5:47 PM

I am new to embroidery and I am very excited to start in it! I am also new to this site so I hope I am posting this in the right place. I had been looking at a Singer CE-150 for $395.00 when I found a Baby Lock Ellegante for $500.00. I like the Singer because I can take my font library and have over 4,000 fonts to convert to embroidery designs. I'm still researching and looking but it seems like a good deal.

Is that a good price? I know there are two newer models than this one, but I figured starting out I could learn on it and progress. Unless, you guys think maybe a newbie needs another kind of machine?

I've read a lot of good things about the Baby Lock's and just wondered if $500.00 for an Ellegante was a good price?

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Date: 7/23/14 10:51 PM

I have the Ellegante 3 and love it, and $500 would certainly be a fabulous price. But if you are talking the original Ellegante, I'm not sure what changes will have been made since then. I would still imagine it would be a good machine, Babylocks generally are. Can you see and and try it out? You definitely want to check as to how you get designs onto the machine. Some of the older machines require outdated memory card formats that are difficult to find. Good luck!

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Date: 7/23/14 11:12 PM

Hi, If the machine is in good working order and has been well checked out, that seems like a good price. I have the Brother Duetta which is just like the Ellegente 2. The only difference is that my machine includes the upgrade with the three free-motion feet and the pivot function and you would have to buy the upgrade for your machine if it is still available. The Ellegente sews and embroidery the same as the other Ellegente 2 and three machines. Harriet

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Date: 7/23/14 11:28 PM

I have the original model Ellegante and it offers quiet sewing as well as the same USB connectivity as the newest models for transferring files from the computer to the embroidery machine.

Try both and check with Singer regarding the software needed to Embroidery. Some cannot be replaced and new versions not compatible with older models.

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Date: 7/24/14 1:39 PM

I have wondered about the Ellegante as an upgrade from my Symphony and brother PE 780. I wonder though it seems to be the only Babylock embroidery machine you can find for sale used. I wonder why they are on the used market so much. Has anyone traded out of one or sold one for some reason they would like to share?

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Date: 7/24/14 7:56 PM

I would choose the Ellegante (which is an outstanding price btw, I sold my Brother counterpart for a lot more and it was in range, might want to have it thoroughly checked out to make sure everything's in proper working order and all accessories included!) over the Singer in a heartbeat. No, less. It's just not a big player or widely found in the home embroidery market rave reviews. There aren't a lot of dealers around for help or classes.

I think there may be a lot for sale because 1) there are a lot out there, a lot more than Singer embroidery machines and 2) people upgrade. A lot. Especially if they're really using the embroidery a lot, newer models have a lot more conveniences and options for perfect placement, recalculating stitch count, altering density, cameras built in, etc.
I sold my Brother version because I found I just wasn't doing much embroidery, maybe a handful of times a year, and preferred my other machine for regular sewing.
Good luck with your new machine!

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Date: 7/25/14 10:33 PM

Keep in mind the Ellegante may be obsolete after the Babylock convention and reveal of new models at the end of August.

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Date: 7/26/14 8:47 AM

For me, my Ellegante will never be obsolete. I do not need all the bells and whistles on the new models, nor the larger embroidery area.

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Date: 7/26/14 11:47 AM

Hi, I believe that the Ellegante won't be obsolete as far as the working parts of the machine goes. The bigger machines in the new line are still sewing/embroidery machines that have the same basic functions as the Ellegante and even the Ellisimo machines. As PattiAnn has stated, the newer machines have more bells and whistles, but in the end they sew out and embroider the same. Also, don't forget that was the Top-of the-Line when it first came out. Harriet

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Date: 7/26/14 12:10 PM

Quote: Harriet P.
Hi, I believe that the Ellegante won't be obsolete as far as the working parts of the machine goes. The bigger machines in the new line are still sewing/embroidery machines that have the same basic functions as the Ellegante and even the Ellisimo machines. As PattiAnn has stated, the newer machines have more bells and whistles, but in the end they sew out and embroider the same. Also, don't forget that was the Top-of the-Line when it first came out. Harriet

I've owned two Babylock sewing/embroidery machines over the past 14 yrs. The Ellageo, and presently the Ellisimo. My sister has an Ellegante. I traded my Ellageo to buy the Ellisimo.

Neither of us have had any problems with any of these Babylock machines. No major parts breakdowns, and I'm sure if needed parts will be available for years to come.

Please consider buying the Ellegante over the Singer.

Let us know what you have chosen---I hope it's the Ellegante, and the price is great!

Harriet, thanks of reminding me all these top of the line machines from Babylock embroidery "the same", no matter the attached bells n' whistles. I needed to hear this as I contemplate trading up to the "Destiny"!

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