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Thread: I got a new machine yesterday!!!

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    Junior Member sewloved's Avatar
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    I got a new machine yesterday!!!

    I went to the Houston Quilt show, tested out all the manufacturers and went with a BabyLock Symphony. I went with a show machine, so I can't pick it up until Tuesday.

    I have been using my lovely but basic Kenmore. I mean, very very basic mechanical Kenmore.

    I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas. Tuesday can't come fast enough.
    ~Diane
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    Congratulations on your new purchase. I hope you enjoy all the bells and whistles.

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    You are so lucky. Have fun with her.

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    What fun. It's so exciting to get a new machine. When I got my Pfaff it came home buckled into a seatbelt just like me LOL. Have a great time getting to know your new machine.

    Quilting is my therapy

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    I'm going to pack away my Kenmore for my daughter. It has been a work horse for the last 6 years.

    I can't wait to have decorative stitches, letters, needle down, and all the extras.
    ~Diane
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    Enjoy your new sewing machine!
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    Congratulations! You must be so excited!!!
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    Congratulations, I have the espire its predecessor and I absolutely love my machine, has a lot of wonderful feature. The AHA is what I love most almost never have to mess with my tension, which I love

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    Congratulations, Enjoy your new machine!

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    Diane, What put this machine above others so that you would buy it? Is it a regular machine, mid arm or long arm? Were you looking for this specific type for doing specific things I mean?

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    Congratulations! What an opportunity!
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    so happy for you. You'll have to post a pic when you get it.
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    You're going to love the machine! I have the Espire and sew love mine! Congrats

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    Congratulations on your new machine.

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    I looked at Elna, Janome, Brother, BabyLock and Bernita. I didn't not look at Plaff, Viking or Singer.

    Bernitas are awesome. And REALLY expensive. I couldn't afford their machines.

    Janome was the machine I walked in, expecting to buy. Honestly, it might have been a good machine. The sales man fumbled a lot, wasn't able to find a FMQ foot, etc. I didn't really get to play with it much. And for the amount of money, I wanted to get a really good feel.

    Elna Excellence was my second runner up. It has an 11 inch throat space. Ran beautifully.

    BL was next and that is when I realized this wasn't going to be an easy choice.

    The Brother Laura Ashley is pretty much the BabyLock Symphony. I looked at the Brother last and got into a conversation with the sales lady, who was also a shop owner at a LQS I've been to before. After talking to her, I admit she heavily steered me towards the BL/Brother machine and away from the Elna. I was struggling because the BL was REALLY bouncy compared to the Elna. But the surfaces they were sitting on were very different. She promised me that when I got it home, off a flimsy card table, that it wouldn't bounce. I told her they needed better tables next year. :wink:

    I went back and gave the Elna salesman a chance to convince me the Elna was better than the BL and he just couldn't.

    I loved the Elna's 11 inch space and I loved the storage for the feet.

    However, the BL's touch screen feeds my computer geek side. I love the 460 stitches and 3 alphas. I think the pictograms are larger. I love a lot of the functions of the touch screen.

    When I went back to the Elna and attempted to use it alone the second time, I sitll had very little clue what I was doing.

    When I went back to the BL the second time, it was like I had already sat through a class. I could start sewing with no assistance.

    Oh and I picked the BL over the Brother because of support store location and the package deal. Prices were the same.
    ~Diane
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    Oh and the machine levels, I have no clue on.

    The brochure calls the BL an advance sewing and quilting machine. It doesn't do embroidery. I'm guessing it is on the higher end side of sewing machines that don't do embroidery.
    ~Diane
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    Oh, sew exciting!

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    Congratulations on your new baby!!!

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    Congrats, I LOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEE my Babylock. )
    Kim

    Wife to the love of my life. Mom to a Marine, a college student, an 12 year old 'surprise blessing', two Bichon Maltese brothers, and 3 kitties.

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    Cant wait to see the pretties you make with your new machine!
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    congratulations sounds like you will be having fun soon
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    YAY!!!! Doesnt the anticipation get to you while you are waiting on it to arrive? Congratulations on the new machine!!!

    Billy

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    Congratulations I don't own a Babylock, but I have sewn on several at different classes..the Symphony, and the Ellisimo. They are great machines. You will be amazed at all the fun features. Have fun!
    *~~~Janet~~~*

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud View Post
    What fun. It's so exciting to get a new machine. When I got my Pfaff it came home buckled into a seatbelt just like me LOL. Have a great time getting to know your new machine.
    I did the same thing when I got my new Janome. Both of them. And yesterday I brought my old Kenmore home from the repair shop and didn't strap her in. Poor thing fell over, but she's fine.
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    Isn't it great to feel like a kid again, waiting for Christmas? Enjoy!

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