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Date: 2/17/13 2:36 AM

Could some of you who own the Babylock Ellisimo Gold comment on how you like it for quilting? Or is this mostly a machine for sewing and embroidery? I would appreciate all comments and input.
Thank you.

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Date: 2/17/13 12:28 PM

This TOL machine should do very well for piecing as well as quilting.

Visit your BL dealer and take a test drive.

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Date: 2/18/13 8:20 AM

I have the EG and am just finishing a wall quilt (have binding to do). It is wonderful and so user friendly!
I have done everything from quilting, embroidery and lots of craft/home dec sewing on this machine, as well as garments. It easily tackles anything I try! I have had it since June '12 and absolutely love it.
Do test drive this amazing machine, take lots of fabric and give yourself plenty of time. You should also try other TOL machines just to make sure.
You can check videos on Utube and the BL website as well! Hope this helps!

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Date: 2/18/13 5:07 PM

I did not get it for quilting but it has quite a number of quilting stitches. It also has diagonal stitches and embroidery quilting stiches built in. It has the ability to follow the edge of the fabric and place the needle at any set dustance to sew a straight edge using the camera. It has a large harp area to accomodate fabric. It has an automated pivot and needle hover poisition. It is featured and often used on the Fons and Porter quilting program, on the Sewing with Nancy programs demonstrating quilts and on Marthas Sewing Room showing heirloom quilting.
So I would say it has a sound recommendation for quilting.
I bought it because it is so user friendly (I owned a Bernina 430 prior to my ElliMo), quite inspirational and BL Dealers host a wealth of classes given by well known personalities.

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Date: 2/19/13 9:37 PM

Sharon - I have the Ellisimo and am about to begin a quilt project on it. I know that it pieces like a dream, but am wondering about these things:

1. The ease of use of the walking foot for quilting? (I am just not a big walking foot fan in general, but I am hoping that maybe I will like it better on the E. I like nearly everything else about sewing better on the E so I am hopeful about the walking foot use.)

2. Do you sew your bindings on with your EG or do you hand stitch them to the back to finish them? If you sew them, how did your EG handle it?

3. Have you free motion quilted on your EG? If so, what did you think?

Thanks!

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Date: 2/19/13 11:50 PM

Over the weekend, I decided to put my EG on my main table and try to work with it exclusively for the next few weeks instead of my 7700.

So far, it does really well. The stitches are just beautiful.

On Sunday, I spent about 3 hours doing a gazillion straight stitch rows on a baby blanket that I'm going to chenille-ize . So I used the walking foot to stitch the rows on the 4 layers of flannel.

I did try to do some FMQing on it last week - and the machine did a fabulous job - no eyelashing, etc.... but I was a wreck because I was making a small quilt for my dog that I was having euthanized that day... it's difficult to sew through tears! (I'm really OK now... but that day was horrible). Let's just say that the machine behaved... but I had puckers and such because I didn't pin enough and I was going through the ritual of making the blanket to pre-occupy my brain (which didn't work). In the end, after being used to carry my furbaby away, my vet took the quilt home and her dogs love it. :)

One thing about that little task - was that I was too much of a wreck to do real binding.... so I just folded over the edges twice to create the side edges. This means that the corners were uber-thick.... and I did get the machine slightly stuck twice when trying to reverse over all that thickness.. but no harm. Those sides were 6 layers of cotton & 3 layers of fluffy batting. So the corners were double that. Pretty impressive that it made it through it.

And for the record, that quilt was *the* worst piece of sewing workmanship I've ever done!

Anyway... go test drive one. I love mine.

(Still love the DFG - Dual Feed Gizmo - on the Horizon much better than any walking foot, tho!)

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Date: 2/21/13 2:40 AM

Seweverlasting,
Thank you so much for your questions. I know so little about the EG, as well as quilting that I don't even know what questions to ask. Yours are excellent and I am looking forward to the responses that you get.
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Date: 2/21/13 3:25 AM

Sally,
I love reading your posts and follow your blog. I am also about 9 shades of green with jealously since you own both the EG and the Janome Horizon, which I almost bought a couple of years ago until "life" intervened and got my money.

That just seems to be the best of set-ups, as you can sew on a fantastic machine (the Horizon), while the Ellisimo is working it's embroidery magic. I loved the DFG on the Horizon, too.

I am so sorry about your dog. DH and I have an 11 yr old severely arthritic weimaraner that is not going to be with us very much longer, so I can very much imagine what you were going through the day you made the blanket. And, the fact that you were able to sew at all that day, let alone do something that required so much concentration as fmq is an accomplishment in and of itself!

Thanks for your hard work and the input about what the EG is capable of as far as thicknesses. I sew handbags and my late...sob, moment of silence...Viking 1100 would not sew through more than about 4 or 5 thicknesses, and they had to be fairly thin. I ended up purchasing a vintage Singer 15-91 just especially for the extra thick seams that I needed to sew. I am convinced that if I could find a needle, that 15-91 could sew through a brick! But, for regular sewing, it is so slow!

I need a new machine soooo badly!!! All of you ladies who are praying women, I would appreciate a request to the Lord for me a new sm, since I am down to nothing but the vintage Singers and my babylock Imagine serger...which I dearly love and use extensively. But, what new adventures could I have with the EG...

I plan to go in next wk to try it out. The dealer in our area is wonderful in that she will allow her customers to practically live in her store until they are familiar with their machines. My other choice is the Bernina 750, but I understand that it still has a few bugs that are not worked out yet. Any suggestions for other TOLs to try would be great. I am pretty much limited to Babylock, Brother, Janome and Bernina in this area, with everything else being over a 2 hour drive away.

Anyway, thanks to you all for this fabulous advice.

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Date: 2/21/13 11:54 AM

When you visit your Babylock dealer, be sure to try out the Crescendo and/or the Unity. These are the two newest machines in the Babylock lineup.

The Crescendo is sewing/quilting only but it has many of the Ellisimo's sewing features, stitches, feet, etc. AND the newest things that the Ellisimo does not have: the dual feed foot (which would sew over those thick seams in your handbags); the laser guide; and the sensor pen that can tell the machine exactly where to start and stop stitching. The Unity is the sister to the Crescendo and includes the embroidery unit.

Brother also has the twins to these machines in the DreamWeaver lineup. The Brother site has some excellent videos that show the features in action. Here is a link to those videos:

DreamWeaverVQ3000

DreamWeaver XE videos

Be sure to take some fabric test samples with you! Maybe one of your bags that's not completed yet.

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Date: 2/21/13 2:32 PM

My Ellisimo does an excellent job of free motion, and of course there's tons of room under the harp. However it's a bit of a pain to set up for it, so unless it's a king sized quilt I tend to use a different machine where all I have to do is change the presser foot and touch an icon.

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