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Babylock Ellure vs. Decorator’s Choice

Lynnelle | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I have the opportunity to purchase one of these machines well below current retail price.  Both of them are used (Ellure < 1yr; Decorator’s choice a classroom model).

Has anyone had any experience with either machine?  The Ellure is an embroidery/sewing machine.  The DC is a really nice sewing machine with many features.

Thank you for your help!



  1. Crazy K | | #1

    For whatever it is worth................in my humble opinion.....consider the type of sewing you wish to do.  Strictly sewing or sewing and some embroidery??  I guess that would be the first  point of consideration in making your decision.

    I have not had experience with either machine.  I do, however, have a Babylock Evolve serger.  It seems to be a sturdy well-built machine.  The Decorator's Choice I am not at all familiar with.

    Still goes back to the kind of sewing...............something to think about.

    Hope I've triggered a thought process for you........


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    blondie2sew | | #2

    I tend to second what Crazy K mentioned to you...I really thought I wanted a sewing/embordery machine as one for my sewing room...but Now...I added my serger a few years ago and that is a super addition...and my sewing machine is a Computerized one so I have like oodles of decorative stitches to be had and well I enjoy being creative that way..As I know MaryinColorado has mentioned in a thread as well!! But I do want to sew more with handbags and such...and I am finding my limits with my own machine...so I want to see about an industrial machine!! So again it is what you sew...I know when I do get an embroidery machine I most likely since I love the free and creative ness of just doing it myself...I will probably get a Embroidery only machine...I won't give up my machine...I love it too much and it is a wonderful one!! So I am hoping you saw the point I was trying to make with my thought process...I thought that an embroidery machine would be next after my serger but I really don't see it right now!! But as far as those two choices..I know Babylock rep..I don't know a thing about Decorator's Choice

    1. Lynnelle | | #3

      Thank you all for your support and comments.  I gave it some more thought this weekend and am leaning toward the Babylock Decorator's Choice.  I would love to creat things with embroidery, but I think I am taking on too much at the moment.  I need to perfect my sewing skills first before moving up to the next level. 

      Besides, I would not really use the embroidery features unless I do pillows, napkins, place mats or other home dec items.  I figure when I am more confident in my skill, I can add more a more creative flare later.  By then, maybe I will search for a machine that solely does embroidery.

      The Babylock Decorator's Choice has fewer stitches than the Ellure but it has more presser feet and more advanced sewing features.  I will look into Janome next to do some price comparisons.  I hope to make a decision within the next couple of weeks.

      Thanks much!



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        blondie2sew | | #4

        Wonderful!! Let us know when you get it and how much fun you will be haveing creating!

  3. ctirish | | #5

    Lynelle, I have a BabyLock Ellure. I am wondering which model it is. Mine is about 6 yrs old. It doesn't have the USB port on it and I am not sure what else. I really like my Ellure, I don't know much about the Decorator's Choice. The Ellure does beautiful embroidery, I have had very few problems while I have watched other people in classes have problems with thread breaking etc. The one I have can not take the really large hoops for continuous hooping but you can certainly use do it piecemeal - only certain high end machines do it anyway. It sews well for regular sewing as well, I don't have another sewing machine.

    I know you said you could get a good deal. Just to let you know - most dealers offer deals below the MSRP that they are always quoting. They act like no one marks down their machines, that is not the case. Make sure you are getting a good deal.
    Good luck in your decision, jane

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