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Thread: Who sews with Baby Lock? I am looking at the BL esante

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    Who sews with Baby Lock? I am looking at the BL esante

    Please let me know who uses Baby Lock esante. Looked at one today and fell in love. Will it be good for light quilting, and embroidery? And what about the learning curve. Will I get my money's worth, or will it stay in the shop more than at my house? Thank you QB friends.

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    I wish I could answer your questions.. I just bought a Babylock Ellamiso. I love it, but have a lot to learn. I have had 2 classes .... one on just learning my machine and the other on embroidery. I'm still lost on the embroidery. I have been quilting and love it. I have been pratcing on the embroidery but still have so much to learn. Hope others can help you.
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    Embroidery, I wouldn't know, but I have the Espire for almost 2 years. I love it. It quilts lovely if I can get the hand motions down but the stitch quality for the FMQ is excellent, does the esante have AHA that keeps the stitches great and I rarely have to adjust tension even when changing threads fabrics and thicknesses. Most people love their babylock embroidery machines so I can only imagine it will be great for that as well, There are so many stitches that can be used for quilting. Learning curve is pretty easy, however once you are used to your fancy machine you will miss these features when you use your cheaper machines. I do. Babylocks are little workhorses so it should be fine for light quilting.

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    I bought my Esante - I believe around 1997 or 1998. I have been using it steadily since. It is a workhorse for embroidery. I use it very little for general sewing - use my Bernina for that. The learning curve is fairly short - just begin with some of the patterns and fonts built into the machine. I use the Pallette software program for lots of the editing and for using designs downloaded from various sites on the internet. Overall - It's a great machine and I have had almost no trouble with it! If I can answer more specific questions - let me know.

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    I have the Babylock Quest Plus with the built in walking foot for quilting. Great machine, does not do embroidery.

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    I have an Ellisimo and I love it. No problems at all. The manual is extremely detailed, so always take a look at it before panicking! lol

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    I've had my Ellisimo for a year and a half now and having used many other machines have to say this is the easiest learning curve ever! I am very impressed with the documentation too! Can't imagine any Babylock products that wouldn't be the same. I have a friend with an Evolve serger and it is the same for her.

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    Ihave an old Baby Lok serger withthe manual threading and a Baby Lok Quilters Pro mid arm that is just fabulous. I can't say enough about the machines - they really put thought into how people use them and added all kinds of features that make it so easy!

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    I have the Esante BLN (the newer model) and absolutely love this machine. My previous machine was a Babylock Quilter's Choice and was perfectly happy with that until I test-drove the Esante. I've had my Esante 3 years and it was only in the shop once for cleaning and replace a cracked bobbin case (too many broken needles- oops my bad).

    From what I've seen so far, the Babylock machines are very easy to learn and use. The manuals are well written and you should be up and sewing within minutes.

    My embroidery unit is the same -- very easy to learn and use.

    Babylock makes a great, reliable machine. I'm hoping to upgrade one more time and would love the Elisimo but will probably go with the Ellegante 3 (more in my price range).

    I know the Esante BL is the older model but I'm sure it's a great machine. I would just say try it out and see what you think.
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    I have the Ellegante and will someday upgrade to another Babylock-hopefully the Ellisimo (Gold??) (I was told the Ellegante 3 has a few upgrades from my Ellegante, and some of those I already put on my machine). I asked several questions regarding repairs on the Babylocks, and was told that very seldom do they need repairs. Yearly maintenance-YES! Simply clean it often, especially when going from one project to the next. Use the right needle and thread for your projects. They are workhorses, yet sew very very smoothly. I am in the process of embroidering flour sack tea towels for gifts with the Ellegante, and I love that I can just go from the Ellegante to my Babylock Jane and piece blocks after the first couple of stitches are started, returning whenever to change the color of embroidery thread. I have used the included embroidery patterns, used those 13000+ design discs on Ebay, and purchased several from Emblibrary.com. Every single design I have used has stitched out perfectly. My machine uses every brand of thread I have tried, and I use Schmetz needles. There is a workbook for the Babylocks, and I have printed off and use the instruction manual from Babylock.com. I have never taken a class-I am all self-taught with sewing. The instructions, workbooks, and manuals are very easy to follow, with pictures included. The key is to practice practice practice. I still refer to the books after all these years for a refresher. I don't know anyone that has regretted purchasing a Babylock.

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    I have a BL Decorator's Choice and I love it. I had to travel to another city to buy it, so I only got a 1 hour lesson, then I was on my own. The manual is great and the machine easy enough that I have had no problem using it.

    Here's something I go by.....if there are a lot of some machines on ebay I assume that folks don't like them....few on ebay and folks hold on to them or sell to their friends. I have not checked lately, but last I did there were few Babylock's on ebay.

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    I have an Ellisimo and a Jane (replaced the Quilters Professional) Love them both.

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    All of the Babylock machines work great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emmy View Post
    I have the Babylock Quest Plus with the built in walking foot for quilting. Great machine, does not do embroidery.
    Ditto! Sews marvelous, but thread can get caught in the feed dogs, and misalign everything.
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    I have 3 Baby Locks, and I sew a lot. What you need to learn is how to take the throat plate off and clean out the lint, have had most of the machines for about a year or so, and have had no problems with them.
    I traded up on one of my Baby Locks to a Quilters choice and then got a Baby lock Decorators choice to take to class,
    Belive me they are real work horses. I make a lot of tote bags and quilts, so they need to be heavy duty. I also have the Ellisimo, that I use mostly for my embroidery and I work that to death also, but I have learned how to clean it out. Haven't had to take them in have had not problems with them. Once you learn how to use the embroidery part you will love it. Don't be afraid to go to a dealer and ask questions if you have a problem.
    Last edited by nangars; 12-06-2011 at 10:25 PM.
    Nancy. . . Alameda, Ca.

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    I am on my 3rd Babylock which is the Ellure Plus. I also bought the Crafters Choice then upgraded to the Melody which I also still use. I am a Babylock fan all the way. Having a wonderful dealer near me is also a huge plus!

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    I purchased an Ellisimo Gold at a quilt show in November and got a great deal on it. Now that the holidays are over with I am going to start taking classes for it. This is my first Baby Lock machine as I have always been a fan of Pfaff.

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    I have an Espire and love that machine. Recently she had to go in for a tune-up and I pulled out the backup Pfaff. Let's just say not much got done because the lighting was too poor, the workspace too small, and I almost went frantic looking for the built-in scissors, lol. I wish she had a built-in walking foot but the attached walking foot works just fine too. If nothing else, the one touch threader is worth the price.
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    I like everyone else who have responded about Babylock, find that they are very reliable and user friendly. I have the espire and love, love ,love it. Trying out all the stitch combinations has been exciting to me. I also purchased the circular attachment and it is wonderful. Take the plunge and enjoy.

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    My husband bought me a Symphony and I love it. Doesn't do embroidery. Still learning had one class so far.

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    I bought my daughter a
    BL Decorator's Choice machine as her graduation present
    just before Christmas and she loves it. She doesn't quilt (yet) but is busy with clothing alterations, repairs and makes dog coats, bandanas etc. and she loves it. It stitches
    well and is very easy to learn how to use.
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    Another BL user here. I recently bought an Ellisimo - my first BL product. It's pretty easy to work with. I love it!
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    I have 3 baby lock machines love them all. #1 favorite is my Ellisimo, #2 is my Baby Lock Quilter Quest and #3 my babylock Decorator's choice, which I take to classes. All are very ez to use. and not fussy at all, ez to clean out around the bobbins, great machines. I know what I paid for my Ellisimo, and saw one on the internet for about $1800.00, can't see why they are selling it so cheap. I was looking for a picture to show some one my machine, put in on internet, picture of Baby Lock Ellisimo, and that came up. What a deal. I have had my Ellisimo a little over a year, no problems at all and do a lot of embroidery, heavy density patterns. If I have a problem I call the dealer to ask a question and they will walk me thru what ever I need. If you are not sure go to a dealer for a demo and or help.
    Nancy. . . Alameda, Ca.

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    I have the babylock Ellure Plus and love it. Extremely user friendly. Stitches are beautiful. I also have the designer gallery program which is very usefull.

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    Babylock puts out a great product. I have had their Embroidery-sewing machine for years
    and can't say enough about them. The are user friendly and I had no problems with any that
    I had. They also have great customer service, should you, need it.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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