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Message Board > Sewing Machines > FINALLY made a decision... lol... Babylock Ellisimo Gold ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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FINALLY made a decision... lol... Babylock Ellisimo Gold
I attended a John Deer Embroidery event last weekend.
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Date: 10/15/12 10:31 PM

So I put an Ellisimo Gold on layaway this weekend.

As I've written here many times, I got so overwhelmed looking at machines early this summer that I finally re-grouped into looking at my list of what I wanted in a construction machine separately from what I wanted in an embroidery machine. Then I shopped. In the end, I'm really happy that I didn't try to get a single machine to do it all - because it simply doesn't exist.

I love the Dual Feed Gizmo on my Horizon - it does amazing work to construct items. There was no embroidery machine that had as good of a built-in feed dog system coupled with the DFG.

Besides, people here made it pretty clear how nice it would be to be able to sew on one machine while also being able to have the embroidery machine running. :)

I've taken classes from all of my nearby dealers for most brands... watched YouTube videos up the wazooo... talked to dozens of embroidery machine users... been to shows and events... and even bought a cheapie Brother SE400 to make sure I even liked the idea of doing embroidery....

I ruled out Viking/Pfaff early on - I wasn't happy with the dealer, but I loved the looks of the Diamond Deluxe - but the stitch quality just wasn't there, either.

I've heard less complaints about the Brother/Babylocks overall than the other brands I've been looking at. When I was at a sewing expo this past summer, I asked a gal in an embroidery booth what machine she'd buy if she were to have to go out and get a home machine that day - she said "Babylock, hands down". (and she doesn't work for a shop or anything) At that same time, there were two gals standing next to me that heard the question. One had an 830LE, the other had an Ellisimo Gold (they were friends). The 830LE gal said she regretted getting her machine and wished she had bought the Ellisimo. I talked to them for a few minutes.. and that conversation really stuck with me.

Some of the brands.... omg... crappy warranties didn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling that I'd like to have when making this kind of purchase. (IMO, sewing machine manufacturers should take a lesson from Apple in this department!)
I got a 3 year bumper-to-bumper (including labor) warranty where some of the brands only were 1 year on parts & labor.

The real biggie: I'm totally sold on the camera technology.

I realize the hoops are a bit bigger on a few other brands...(8x11 is max on this one, IIRC) .. but the camera technology totally compensates for that - lining up multiple hoopings on this machine is doable with accuracy.

I also love the whole tablet thing being included. I'm anxious to see how much can be done with that. The display is outstanding.

The local dealer is amazing... such friendly, accommodating people. At least it feels good to spend money in their direction. They also do loads of classes and put on several big events a year.

I mostly need the machine to do example work of some bag patterns I'm working on... so I don't need high-speed production (it will be a cold day in h*ll before I ever sew a stitch to sell) ... so I think my choices in the Horizon & the Ellisimo Gold as a team will work wonderfully.

I still have my eye on a Janome 12000 or possibly a Babylock 10 needle down the road... mostly to do work on a free arm... but this should keep me humored for a while. :)

Now I just gotta bail the baby out of Layaway-Jail ... lol....




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Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
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: 10/15/12 10:38 PM

Congrats!!! The BLEG is an amazing machine!

Will you be able to bail her out soon? Enjoy!

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 10/15/12 11:38 PM

Thanks, Lynne!

I would love to get her out this week... but I'm sooooo swamped with work and all (because of playing hooky for 3 days to do that John Deer Embroidery event!) ... and this week I'm headed to a quilt retreat on Thursday... so I've double whammy'd myself with appointments in order to be able to get away.

I'm really jazzed about this one. :)

Oh... and the whole 5mm vs 7mm vs 9mm width thing is interesting.... I had a big *ss lightbulb go off in my head over the weekend when I got to play with the EG...

The EG is only 7mm... (THANK GOD!) ... but because it is able to do this multi-directional-feed-dog-dance-thing, it can do amazing decorative stitches that are wider than the presser foot! How cool is that! So, given how I feel about doing little stuff, I'm glad that I'm getting a 7mm (and no wider) feed dog system.

And it is yet to be seen if I really do get involved with the dec stitches (because I never used 75% of the stitches on my old 1975 girl) Anyway.... I'm thinking of doing some "Stupendous Stitching" type of textures on some bags just for the fun of it.

All of that said, it will be interesting to see how I feel about sewing on it. I'm so incredibly thrilled with my Janome 7700, that I can't imagine wanting to defect to the EG for construction tasks... but time will tell.

Oh... and you think that Panzy has some serious shopping habits... the EG is gonna be a problem on that front, too... amazing toys are available for it!

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

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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Date: 10/16/12 1:28 AM

I have the BLEG and it is fabulous! I use it for everything and cannot say enough good things about it!! Congratulations and Enjoy:)

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Date: 10/16/12 3:45 AM

Congrats! What fun--and so nice to have a decision made. I purchased my 830LE on layaway too, and it was a great way to get the machine I really wanted.

I bet you will have so much fun working with your new baby--and you will enjoy having two machines keeping you busy at the same time. I will say though, the first embroideries are too fun to watch. I didn't sew as much at first because I was too mesmerized watching the embroidery happening.

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Date: 10/16/12 10:55 AM

Oh Sonoma...

No kidding about watching the embroideries stitch out... lol!

Even goofing around with this little Brother SE400 has me addicted.

Does that ever get old?

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

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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Date: 10/16/12 11:04 AM

Have the original BL Ellisimo. And these (BL) are terrific machines.

Now, what can you tell us about JD?

I bought his book, Digitizing Made Easy a few years ago. It is a teaser. However, his bio is included and it is
an amazing read.

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Date: 10/16/12 11:34 AM

Even though I commented on the other thread, I just have to congratulate you here too! Excellent decision. You're going to be doing so well so quickly with that camera. One less hooping thing to worry about - getting the project in there straight!

Do show us some embroidery samples as soon as you get it home!
Do you have a table for it yet?

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Date: 10/16/12 1:27 PM

Sewing furniture?!?!? omg....

I'm still in house-hell. I have been in a roller coaster ride in trying to buy the simple little townhouse I've been living in for 3.5 years. Long story short: I rented for 1.5 years, then put $$ down with owner to buy it and had a contract 2 years ago. A month later, before title transfers to me, he files bankruptcy (on me, too) and walks from his mortgage. Short sale not approved earlier this year-property doesn't qualify. The foreclosure auction was just last week and the bank came in with an opening bid that was $52k more than their appraisal that was done just 6 months ago-so obviously, nobody touched it. (Gotta love these government bail-outs- the bank will probably make $40-50k back from their trumped up funky accounting fictional *losses*) So unless something freaky happens, I probably will get a 90 day notice to move once the bank gets a realtor or management company involved. Blah! (I really do want to stay - my granddaughter goes to school just 4 blocks from here). So.... heh heh.... until I know where I'm permanently nesting, I'm not really excited about buying furniture.

I bought that Gidget 2 for the Horizon... and it's a great solution for now. It fits on one end of my dining room (counter height) table and I use the table for cutting and my Elna Press. The EG is going to need a place to pop a squat, too... and not so sure how that's gonna happen. I might have to get one of those folding tables from Sams that go up to 36" so the Elna Press can be moved to that and the EG will get a spot on the table for now.

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

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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Date: 10/16/12 1:58 PM

Congrats! Hope you can get it out of layaway quickly.

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