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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Should I upgrade? Torn here! ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Should I upgrade? Torn here!
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Date: 7/12/12 7:06 PM

UghÖthis is so typical of meÖwanting something better. LOL! I canít believe Iím even thinking of ďupgradingĒ, but while Iím in the upgrade period with my dealer, Iím bouncing around the idea.

I just bought the Babylock Esante which I absolutely love! In fact, I can honestly say itís the best sewing machine I have ever sewed on, hands down. No offense to my Futura 900 or heavy duty Kenmore, but this really is a fabulous machineÖespecially the way it handles the fabric. And best of all, the stitches are perfectÖeach and every one of them. Last night, I even sewed about 14 layers of mid-weight cotton twill and it didnít budge a bit. I really was quite surprised.

Anyway, so why upgrade? Well for starters, I was thinking that at first Iíd rather get the machine that I will have for many years now rather than upgrade later and get the full price for my machine applied to a new one. Iíve been doing so much sewing and embroidering, Iím getting tired of taking off the embroidery unit to sew and vice versa. Itís starting to get a bit old and even though I still have to switch threads and bobbins, it still is a step saved and changing thread is not hard. That and even though I havenít been embroidering that long, I know I would love the automatic jump stitch thread cutter. Cutting the jump stitches is getting a bit annoying because most of my designs have a lot of color changes. The mono screen still doesnít bother me at all, but I think the reasons I mentioned alone are worth the additional cost to me. So Iím looking at the Ellegante. Now, if I could swing the Ellisimo, I would because that is one sweet machine and the little snowman stickers with the needlecam eye is unbelievable.

My dilemma? Well, I love the Esante so much for its sewing capabilities (and the embroidery is just as beautiful), Iím almost afraid to trade it in and not get the same stitch quality on another machine. Even though that probably wouldnít happen, I donít want to end up thinking, ďI should have kept the first machineÖĒ if something happens. That, and Iím also beginning to see where having two machines would be pretty convenient at some point.

So what do you all think? Should I keep my Esante and then just wait for a good used machine or floor model to come up with my dealer? Or just trade it in and get the Ellegante? Iím loyal to my dealer and really only want to go through them, but the chance of getting a floor model Ellegante is pretty much nil since they donít carry one in the store for displayÖbut they do have the Ellisimo.

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Date: 7/12/12 7:40 PM

Can you possibly keep the machine AND buy the upgrade? I know, it is a lot of $$. I heard you say (type) that it is a pain to take off the unit to sew and vice versa. Wouldn't this also be a problem on another machine? It sound like you need a machine for embroidery and one for sewing and not a combo machine. Just food for thought...

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Date: 7/12/12 8:31 PM

I agree with Learntosew. It seems that you don't just want the upgrade, but rather another machine to do the embroidery and one for sewing. I can definitely see where that might come in handy if you're doing a lot of both!

It seems to ME that you're really in love with and have bonded with your machine. I say keep it and then try to purchase ANOTHER machine (used or new) to use for embroidery only purposes.

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Date: 7/12/12 8:45 PM

With the Ellegante or the Ellisimo, I can sew with the embroidery unit attached. So I wouldn't have to switch out the unit every time I want to embroider and I can go back and forth between the two functions pretty easily. That's the plus with these two machines. Truth be told, I really would like to have just one machine, but 2 wouldn't be so bad either. At least that would relieve the pressure to upgrade by the middle of next month and can just wait for the right deal. Sigh....decisions, decisions.

It's funny because I've often read posts on here about people bonding with machines and not bonding and while I've always understood it, I don't think I really grasped the whole thing until I bought this machine. It's like I totally get what people are saying now.

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Date: 7/12/12 8:55 PM

Okay, here's my two cents. You mentioned that you really love this machine, so why get rid of it? If you've bonded with it, (and believe me, that can be hard to do!) then why not keep it and get another that might suit your other needs as well?

If I had a (newer model) machine that I liked as much as you said you like yours, I wouldn't get rid of it for fear that the newer one wouldn't have something I wanted.

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Date: 7/12/12 9:32 PM

No single machine is going to be 100% everything; the industry pros use a different machine for almost every different step because one machine just can't do it all and do it all perfectly.

They have "specialist machines", and if the pros can't have one machine that does it all, we certainly can't!

Bonding is not an easy thing, as Miss Fairchild said. if you and your current machine have bonded, keep it. It does exactly what you want and need for a large number of things. Perfect!

For the other things you need and want, look at adopting a separate machine for that. Just because both machines may overlap in certain areas - ie they both do straight stitches and zigzags and have some embroidery etc- doesn't mean they aren't both needed and valued members of your sewing habit.

One will be a sewing machine than can do embroidery...the other will be an embroidery machine that can sew.

Even with my beautiful fabulous Pfaff Creative Performance arriving, I have no intention of losing my Pfaff 2023; there isn't anything the 2023 has that the Performance doesn't have...except 6mm feed dogs, portability, and back-up status.

That this is causing you stress means, IMO, that you really need to keep your current baby, and as and when you can, add another baby to your stable.

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Date: 7/12/12 10:36 PM

I would keep your machine if you love it so much. Why not get a stand alone embroidery machine if you have the room for it? I can leave the embroidery unit on my 830 but don't. It's in the way, IMO.

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Date: 7/12/12 10:55 PM

Well, i think both the other machines you are considering do the very same thing as the Esante with the advantage of the color screen (no small thing) and the cutting of jump stitches. There will be many other smaller perks in addition... You'll get the same stitches (and then some), the same embroidery functions (and then some)..a larger embroidery field?? more stitches? So if you can afford it and want it, i don't think you'd LOSE anything you have now-- but will have much to gain. It should be very much like your current machine with added enhancements. There probably won't be anything you "miss" but a thorough test-drive will help you tp see clearly the difference and some will be significant. You probably won't be losing a thing with the trade-up. Only you can decide if what you would gain is worth the difference to YOU.

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Date: 7/13/12 1:56 AM

I agree with Sew Frequent. I would ask the dealer if you can sew on your new machine first before you make the decision. Make sure it sews as beautifully as the one you have. Sometimes there can be slight nuances between two machines of the same model. I personally have several machines to do different jobs like some others have posted, but if you only want one machine, then test drive the new one and go for it!

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Date: 7/13/12 12:17 PM

Stop buying and start using what you have............ooops.........that's me in that mirror!

Take a test drive, talk nice to it and it will probably follow you home.

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