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Date: 8/24/11 2:55 PM

I found an ad on Craigslist for a Baby Lock Ellageo, model ESg2; and a Baby Lock Eclipse, model BLE1. They are asking $2000. but said it's negotiable. Does anyone have any input on these two machines? They sound too good to be true, but I might be all wrong. For example, how is the design software for the embroidery machine downloaded. Could this machine be out-dated as far as the technology it uses to download embroidery designs - i.e. floppy disk drive. If so, is there an upgrade that can be purchased to make it more up-to-date - i.e. USB port or CD-Rom? I am going to go see the machines tomorrow, and hopefully take them home!!

Thanks for your help,
Marian

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Date: 8/26/11 6:10 PM

Does anyone have the Ellageo ESg2 embroidery machine? I am considering purchasing a used one, and I would love to have some input on it.

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Marian

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Date: 8/26/11 7:50 PM

If this is the ESg that has the floppy drive, it is not upgradeable. You can copy designs to a floppy disk and pull them up on the machine or get a copy of PE Design Basic. It is basically just a card reader/writer that you can copy designs to and then using the card, pull the design up on the machine. As far a USB capability, not gonna happen with this machine.

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Date: 8/26/11 9:42 PM

I am not sure which machine you are looking at but I have an older ULT2001 embroidery/sewing combo and the machine takes 3.5 floppies. It is old technology but doesn't bother me at all and would not stop me from purchasing the machine. You can still get 3.5 floppies and many people give them away because they are outdated. They still do the trick I currently have a small laptop that didn't have a 3.5 floppy so I purchased an external floppy drive for my machine that plugs into the USB of the computer. I paid about $30 for it so not it isn't a huge expense. I believe the Babylock and Brother take the same format .pes I do have a conversion program and editing functions using Embird, love that software! But... most designs will download in .pes format, it is one of the most popular. The only thing you need to make sure you unzip the .pes file before putting it on the floppy. With my machine I use my windows file management program (explore) and transfer them to the floppy on the external drive. You can also right click on the .pes file and a drop down menu will appear to transfer to your A drive. Like with any machine you will be looking at make sure it is working, bring material and sew heavy and lightweight fabrics. Serger and machine should be timed and not have any problems. I got 4 hoops with my machine so make sure you get all the feet, embroidery hoops and manuals. If it is like my brother the machine is very easy to use. I know many of the babylocks and brothers are almost exactly the same. Good luck, hopefully an owner will pipe in on these machines.
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Date: 8/26/11 10:02 PM

Thank you so much for your replies! I'm so excited about these 2 machines. I hope I can get a good deal on them. Even though the tech. is oudated, an external floppy drive sounds like it will work. It will be a good way to see how much I like machine embroidery without paying a fortune for ny first machine.

Thanks again!
Marian

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Date: 8/26/11 11:26 PM

You might want to have them show you how the machine reads the design off of a floppy to make sure the drive is working. A few of the older machines the drive can go bad just like on a regular computer. I don't use the cards in mine because the floppy is so easy. I don't even have to bring my computer up into the same room!!! I bought mine new in 2001 and it hasn't missed a beat for me the whole time but I am also very fussy about my machines. I feel your excitement! My largest hoop is about 6.3 x 10.2 inch so it will take a pretty good size design. You'll be spending more money on threads and stabilizers!!! Do you have anyone to help with the hooping process? ... even though the machine is very user friendly you still have a learning curve. Stabilizers, needles, threads, etc. can make a huge difference in how your design will stitch out. Anxious to here what you decide tomorrow.
I just looked at your bio and some of your reviews, WOW! you do a beautiful job and are very experienced! I really loved the Vogue dress you made for your daughter, just beautiful! Enjoy the hunt!!!
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Date: 8/26/11 11:48 PM

Agree with everything said about the ellageo. I love my twin sister model brother ultra and it is a great machine. I did not sell it when I got a new machine as I am used to working on it and like it a lot. The old technology doesn't bother me at all . If the floppy drive ever dies just get a cheap reader writer card box and use that to input your design. I probably would ask when the machine was last serviced and if it has not been done in the past several years I would probably have that done at some point if it were me. I would also ask how heavily it has been used and if the person was experiencing any problems with it prior to selling. Hope the machine is a great one for you.

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Date: 8/28/11 2:23 AM

I looked at the machines today and I really want them. I offered her $1000. for both the embroidery machine and the serger. She is sticking at $1200. I told her I would think about it and let her know. Do you think I should pay the $1200 for both machines?

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Date: 9/1/11 10:15 PM

I would stick to your fair bid of $1,000. But, if you really want both machines, $1200, if the machines are in excellent condition is a very fair price. I bought the Ellageo 3 18 months ago for $900.

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Date: 9/1/11 10:17 PM

I have the ellageo 3 with the floppy drive. I have never been able to figure out how to use the floppy drive! I need to take lessons!

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