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brickard | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

My Elna 9000 has finally died and I am purchasing a new machine. I am considering the Babylock Designer’s Choice or Quilter’s Choice. Has anyone had experience with either of these machines. Also the Pfaff electronic (can’t remember the name). I do general sewing and machine quilt piecing.


  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    Condolences on loss of your "loved one".

    What one sew-er likes on a particular brand or model may not be what someone else likes.

    I have an Elna Pro Quilter's Dream and a Babylock Ellegante (combination sewing and embroidery).

    I like both machines very much and bought them from the same dealer, who by the way no longer sells Elna.

    I bought my machines based on dealer satisfaction.  The Babylock model that I have has a few more sewing features than the Elna, but it also cost a lot more.  Mostly due to the embroidery component.

    Make a list of what you would like in a machine.  Knee lift presser foot is a key feature that has become second nature to me when I sew.

    Take your list and visit the dealers.

    Test the machine and the dealer.  If you sew heavy materials - take a swatch with you to see how the machine handles tough jobs.

    Buy the machine you like best from the dealer you like best.

    Best wishes in your search.

    Edited 10/17/2008 5:16 pm ET by spicegirl1

  2. Ceeayche | | #2

    My condolences on the demise of your friend and partner the Elna 9000.  May your new baby, whichever you adopt,  give you endless hours of creativity and joy!

    Happy shopping!

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