Upgrading to a new machine
I have been sewing for a long time making clothing and draperies. I love it, but it is only a hobby. I have a Pfaff machine that is pretty basic. I would like to be able to embroider a little. Also, I considered getting an overlock because I love to work with fleece and knits. I found a used Babylock Esante, which seems like it could be a good step up, but I’m not sure how it will compare with what I have, and with other options….it sounds like Pfaff is a favored machine and I might want to stick with a Pfaff. I’d appreciate any input people can give me to help me decide what to do.
A lot depends on your budget. I have a Baby Lock Ellure for sewing and embroidery and a Baby Lock Evolve for a serger. I have seen some beautiful machines out there.
There are many machines out there, I wouldn't discard a Pfaff though, as long as it still sews. I gave away my 30 year old Singer and if I had the room I would have kept it. When you are doing embroidery on the machine, I wish I had another machine to do little bits of sewing while I am waiting for a color to finish. I know people who have the
Bernina Artista, the Viking Designer 1, the Pfaff 2144(?), and the new Baby Lock Ellegante or the new Brother one that is like the Ellagante but you can get Disney designs for it. I would say those are the top ones. I do know people who have a Janome but in every class I have been in they seem to have the most problems. I have to say I have had minimal problems with my Ellure. One of the woman (Jennifer Stern) that teaches at a local sewing center won the top award one year and the next year she won the Judges Award. She made beautiful gowns both times. The second one had embroidery that went from the front over the shoulder and down the back to where the gown started. The coat was covered in embroidery. It is on the cover of the magazine put out after the Houston Bernina Fashion Show for 2003 or 4 I can't remember. If you can find it look at the cover it is amazing. The reason I am telling you about her is she used a Pfaff sewing and embroidery machine and now just raves about her machine. She has a couple of new machines but loves her Pfaff.
Sorry for running on and on...jane
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