Member since 2/11/12
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 8/25/12 12:49 PM
My mom has a 40 year old White sewing machine that is finally beyond repair. She is interested in getting a babylock combo embroidery/sewing machine. She has tried both the Esante and the Ellageo at our local shop. The Esante is good bit cheaper but has less features than the Ellageo, but we are just not sure which one to go with. Of course, both of them are pretty pricey. I have gone on babylock's website and done the comparison between the two machines - I'm just not sure how much of a distinction there is between the two.
Does anyone have any experience with either or both of these machines? Any insight would be greatly appreciated because she really needs a new machine. I realize that either of them would be great machines - but we just can't decide if it is worth it to spring for the more expensive one?
She has looked at other brands and is pretty set on the babylocks.
Thanks in advance for any guidance!!
Member since 12/3/06
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Date: 8/25/12 12:57 PM
This will be your Mother's choice. What I, or others might prefer may not be of interest to her.
When you do the side by side comparison at the bl site, what stands out and what is in question - with regard to your Mother wishes and not anyone else.
I will give you this - the USB type A does not require the embroidery machine and computer to be side - by - side for sending designs that have been downloaded to the computer to the embroidery machine. USB type B requires the computer and embroidery machine to be close enough to use the type B cable.
Both have larger hoops, which means a larger stitching area for embroidery designs.
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Member since 8/15/08
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 8/25/12 1:16 PM
I don't have either machine so I can't help you with real owner experiences. In looking at the machines online, the biggest difference between the two seems to be that the Ellageo has a color screen. If your Mom gets into embroidery she may want to see the designs in color instead of monochrome. I don't think you could go wrong with either one 😊
Member since 12/5/10
Date: 8/26/12 9:55 AM
The Ellageo hands down is the better machine. First, it has the USB port so you can read designs to a thumb drive. You can also direct connect or read from a card. The Esante only reads with direct connect cable to the computer or a card.
Second favorite thing is that it has a pivot function. When in sewing mode, and doing anything that needs to be pivoted around a corner or several pivots around curves where you would normally have to raise the presser foot several times to do this, the pivot feature will allow the presser foot to be lifted every time you stop, the needle will be in the fabric and you can turn the corner hands free. Love this feature when doing applique or curves.
The Ellageo does not cut jump stitches in embroidery, which may not matter to you. If you want that feature, you will want to go up to the Ellegante.
The color touch screen on the Ellageo is also a huge plus. The Esante has black and white.
I think you go a big step up to the Ellageo..the Esante is a little outdated in my opinion.
Designer 1, bought in 2000
Simplicity 350 serger, bought about 1997
3 Tajima Neo single head embroidery machines
Digitizer by profession
Embroidery software: Tajima DGML by Pulse (commercial) also know Designer's Gallery and Floriani for home use.
Member since 8/19/08
Date: 8/27/12 2:48 PM
I had the Esante and I loved it....it truly was a great machine and I can't say enough positive things about it. If you search the boards, I did a full comparison of the Ellageo and the Esante back in May when I was going through the same decision process. They really are essentially the same machine with differences in how patterns are transferred to the machine and the color screen, as well as the Ellageo coming with the embroidery unit case and some extra feet for quilters.
It really will depend on your price point. The Ellageo I think sells anywhere from $3400-$3900 and the Esante from $2200-$2800. Of course this all depends on your dealer.
I wasn't too bothered by the mono screen on the Esante and it is pretty crisp and easy to read. It is true, however, seeing color when embroidering is a nice thing and does come when you want to see what color is next. The only other big difference is the way the embroidery pattern is transferred to the machine. The Esante has a port where you plug a cord between your computer and the machine. The Ellageo has this as well, but also has a port for a flash/thumb drive. You don't need to keep your computer hooked up to the Esante while embroidering. In fact, you can transfer several designs at a time, and once done, you disconnect. So again, to me, it wasn't a problem hooking up the computer. If price is an issue, go for the Esante.
You really can't go wrong with either machine and Babylocks are great. Easy to use, well written manuals and good, solid performance. I loved Babylock so much, that I actually traded in my Esante for the Ellisimo Gold. Figured if I could afford it, I wanted to get the best I could.
Babylock Ellisimo Gold
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