March 20, 2013

meet: My Machine! and a GIVEAWAY

Welcome to my stop on the meet: My Machine! blog hop.   If you are looking for the linky party, click here. I have had such fun reading about everyone's machines this week and I'm excited to tell you about my Baby Lock Ellure Plus.  I will admit, I'm really digging all of the vintage machines you guys are using - I started stalking Craigslist this week and may have to make a purchase soon.  But for now, I'm going to talk about my Baby Lock.

About two years ago, I decided I was ready to upgrade from a Sears Kenmore machine I'd had for about 10 years.  It was great, worked like a charm, but I was ready for a few additional bells and whistles. 

 My local dealer sells Bernina, Elna and Baby Lock so I went in knowing I would probably get one of those brands.  I highly recommend buying locally so you can find a dealer to service your machines and who offers accessories that you might want in the future. I was leaning towards a Baby Lock Melody but got sold on the idea of a combo sewing/embroidery machine (even though I had never done embroidery before).  We looked at all of the Baby Locks and settled on the Ellure Plus.  It had all of the features I wanted (and then some). I went in with a friend and we both walked away with the same machine - subsequently our other friend and two neighbors have also bought this same machine, so I should be getting finder's fees at this point!


Rather than purchase the quilting extension table that is offered as an add on to my machine, I bought a Sew Steady table.  When you order it, they cut it custom based on your machine's dimensions.  It was about $99 and totally worth it.  I keep this on all the time and I love having the extra space to lay out my work. Seriously love that table!
Some of the features I wanted in a new machine were: needle up/down, an automatic thread cutter, and a knee lift.  This machine had all of that and more.







See that little button that says "Start/Stop" - that allows you to unplug your foot pedal and start/stop with the push of a button.  I never thought I would use it and I really was surprised how much I like it.  I almost never use my presser foot anymore!

Once I got my machine home and got to play with it, I discovered a few feet/tools I can't live without:







OK, I could probably live without this ruffle foot because I don't use it all that often, but when I do - boy is this one a lifesaver.  I will be sharing a project soon that uses it and you'll see why it's so great to have in the toolbox!


And, then there's this little thing.  Lord help me if I ever lose it - it helps screw/unscrew all of my feet and I like it so much more than a traditional screwdriver.  It's easy to hold on to and you can really get everything on super-tight!



I haven't really discovered any features of the machine that I don't like - she's been ultra reliable, and has done every little thing that I've asked her to do for me.  She doesn't have a name, but I know she's a she.


The Sewing Space

I'm so lucky to have a "mom cave" in my house.  There is a bonus room right off of our bedroom and master bath. For the first year or so we lived in this house, it was where the baby slept.  Now, it's all mine!!




And here's where my hubby gets MAJOR bloggy props from me.  I saw a table on Pinterest (where I get all of my design ideas of course) that was an ironing surface with storage.  We copied the idea and turned this into a cutting table/ironing surface/storage unit.  I love it!




Embroidery

I've had more fun with my embroidery unit than I ever thought I would  - I now have a go-to last minute gift option any time I need it! I've made tea towels, t-shirts for the kids and their friends, and monogrammed baby quilts as well.  The Baby Lock Ellure Plus is definitely a starter embroidery machine - it comes with a 5x7 hoop so you won't be doing massive embroidery, but for my needs it was perfect. 

Lasagna Quilt - March 2012Baby Lock produces a line of software to go with the embroidery units - I purchased Quilt LabelWorks so I can make customized quilt labels for all of my quilts. It's been so versatile and easy.  That feature alone was worth the upgrade to the combo sewing/embroidery machine.


I highly recommend it as an option for anyone who thinks they might be interested in adding embroidery to your work - and with my machine, the added cost to do this combo machine versus a traditional sewing machine was pretty insignificant.

One of my favorite websites for embroidery designs (both hand and machine) is Urban Threads.  Each of these designs below came from their website.  Their designs are original, funny and even a little edgy (see their Sinbonnet Sue collection - so awesome!!)


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There are lots of options out there for embroidery designs, and Urban Threads has generously offered a $25 gift certificate for you to use on their site. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter - the giveaway is open until March 25 at midnight. Whether you are a machine or hand stitcher, you will love this - most of their designs are available in machine or hand embroidery options so there is something for everyone.  Their designs also come in a range of sizes that would work for those of you with all different size embroidery machines.   I hope you enjoy and that this inspires you to try something new!  Thanks for hopping in today to hear about my machine - don't forget our linky party is still going on as well!!






65 comments:

  1. I am sewing on a Janome Horizon 7700. I love it.

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  2. Looks like a great machine. Still not ready to give up my vintage Berninas. They are heavy to lug around but I still love them.

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  3. I need one of those Sew Steady tables!

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  4. I sew on a Toyota - an old boy of 30+ years. He does the job but is recently skipping stitches so this blog hop is great - I get to learn about what other people's sewing machines can do that mine can't! I feel a new purchase coming on!!

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  5. I sew on a Janome QC6260, which is fine .I love your craft room and I'm going to steal your idea for a combined ironing table and storage!

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  6. I have Berninas and a Janome embroidery machine 300E. It was their first dedicated embroidery machine and I love it!

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  7. Does this machine have a wide throat for those thick quilts to push through? That's what I am most interested in! Greetings from Germany

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  8. I'm sewing on a Husqvarna Lily

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  9. I love your blog post. The font is perfect for poor eye sight. Wonderful to hear about your machine! I want one!!!! :)

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  10. I have a Brother 1250D. The one with Mickey Mouse on the front. It has been a really good machine for the last 2 years. I have done embroidery and some quilting (but it is just not made for that), or at least I haven't had much luck. I pieced with it alot. I just purchased my new Janome Horizon 8900 at the Dallas Quilt Show a couple of weeks ago. I am sew loving it.

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  11. I sew on a Bernina 350PE! Loved reading about your machine and seeing your space...it's just lovely!

    I just recently bought a ruffler foot too...just haven't had a chance to use it yet. =)

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  12. I use a Bernina 440QE. I'm envious of your sewing room. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I'm a Janome girl now, but my first machine was an old Kenmore! Loved that thing.

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  14. Thanks for the comment on my blog post. Love my Babylock and am really happy that I went with another one.

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  15. Good morning Stacey....love your Baby Lock too!!!! I do wish I had the thread cutter button....lol. But like your's; mine has never failed me. I do love your space...so tidy and fresh. I just may have to paint mine......thanks for sharing

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  16. I upgraded from a Kenmore to a BabyLock Sofia, with an even smaller embroidery hoop! But I love it! :) And I love Urban Threads--will use no other embroidery site! :)

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  17. Looks like a great machine...doohickey and all!

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  18. Currently I work on either my H-V Designer 1 or Diamond Deluxe. Hopefully you will continue to enjoy the embroidery features. Every year I set a sewing goal, this year is to learn how to utilize my machines to their fullest potential..... Should be fun... Thank you for the great blogs and the machine hop...

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  19. Cute! I could have used this blog hop 6 months ago when I was looking for a new machine. I will have to come back once I need another one :)

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  20. My first machine was also a Kenmore, now I sew on an Elna.

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  21. I am so envious of your Mom Cave. Mine is more of a Mom Cubby (not large enough for a cave). I just recently purchased a Janome Memory Craft 6300 about 6 months ago. I agree with you that buying locally is the way to go, if possible. New to your site but will put it in my favs.
    jannypoo00@live.com
    Janet siler

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  23. I currently use a Singer Quantum XL6000 which has the embroidery feature but I've never used it!

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  24. I am currently using a White that I have had for 36 years!

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  25. I use a Bernina though have four other machines (Viking, serger, embroidery machine (Bernette), Pfaff). Love my Bernina!

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  26. My main machine is a 1961 Singer 500a (Rocketeer) and I love her! But I also recently bought a used Viking Designer 1 USB and have jumped into the Embroidery world! I love Urban Threads. I just stitched out one of their designs on Sunday.

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  27. I love your sewing room and had to pin it for when I get a sewing room I could have some more options!

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  28. I love your cutting/ironing/storage table & storage thingy. My DH is a DIY nightmare so guess I'd better just whistle. Your sewing room is just so neat.

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  29. Love your machine and space. That table is great too.

    Glad you like your machine.

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  30. So jealous of your wonderful space! I wish me and my Brother 4000D had a similar room to call home.

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  31. I have a brother machine, it is about 7 years old, but I love it!!!!

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  32. I love my Baby Lock, also....and when our youngest son moved out I took over his room which is now my "mom cave". It's still a bit in transition. I want to give the bed to another son who just bought a house to give me more room! Thanks for this great blog hop. I've really been enjoying it!

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  33. I love my embroidery machine too! I have a Brother, but the accessories are the same. For my little round screwdriver, I tied a long ribbon to it, so it can be easily found in my sewing box. It's worked so well that I've tied ribbons to my stiletto and usb stick too. The ribbon loop is long enough that I can wear it around my neck if needed. :-)

    Great sewing space too.

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  34. I sew on a 19 year old Bernina 1260 and a Singer 99. Love them both but am thinking about getting a newer machine with a bigger throat so it would be easier to quilt on.

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  35. Love your "mom cave". I always wanted an embroidery machine when my girls were young, now they are adults so I am not too sure if I would use it much.

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  36. Great post. You seem to really like your machine. I LOVE the colourful quilt you have hanging over the armoire. And I checked out the embroidery site and had decided to buy some patterns. Then I saw you are having a giveaway!!! Yay! I'd love to win. Oh and I sew on a Bernina 230.

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  37. I sew with a Babylock Elizabeth!!! :)

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  38. I sew mostly with a Brother Innovis 4000. Love hearing about everyone's machine.

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  39. I sew on a 60's singer. Passed down from my mother.

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  40. I have a vintage singer 301 and a pe700 for embroidery!. Love Urban Threads.

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  41. Your sewing space is TOO clean :) I love how open it is :)!!!!

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  42. I have a Singer quilting machine. Love it!

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  43. I love my Pfaff Expression 3.0, but I sure wish it had a thread cutter.

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  44. Great sewing space. I love to see what and where we all use for sewing/quilting/crafting.
    ~June in AZ
    (contact info on my blog)

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  45. What a fun place to play in, I'm jealous for all the space you have!

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  46. I have two baby locks and love them!!! Thanks

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  47. I sew on a Kenmore machine right now but I soooooo want an embroidery/sewing machine combo.

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  48. I really like your Mom Cave (I may have to adopt that term for my room too).

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  49. I have a pfaff and its my best friend!

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  50. Can I PLEASE come live with you??? Your sewing area ROCKS!! As does that beautiful machine!
    Thanks for co-hosting with me - I hope you had fun with it!
    Off to start on the link-ups!
    xo
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  51. I sew on a Bernina 440 QEE which also has a basic embroidery unit. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your sewing space.

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  52. Thanks so much on the info on your machine. I am currently sewing on a Pfaff Creative 2 with the embroidery attachment and love it. I am constantly looking for new embroidery designers, so will definitely check out your source. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on a great draw.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  53. I'm on a viking lily right now and I love it. It's used, well used, but it was a huge upgrade from my brother I bought at Costco when I first started sewing. If I ever come into money a Bernina is on my MUST HAVE list!!!

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  54. Thanks for the review! I'm so jealous of your mom cave. :-)

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  55. What a wonderful sewing space you have...I'm envious! Thanks for the tour!

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  56. A sew steady table would be so great, no bouncing machines hehe.

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  57. A sew steady table would be so great, no bouncing machines hehe.

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  58. I have a Janome 6600. I do love it!

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  59. It's been great learning about your machine, it makes me realise, reading all these posts, how basic mine is!

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  60. Thank you for sharing your sewing space with us on The Studio Spotlight Tour. ~Heather

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  61. Great tips and thanks for linking up your space!

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  62. Probably missed the giveaway, but that's okay...just wanted to tell you that the doohickey is a screwdriver. It comes without a handle so it can fit in to teetiny spaces. I'd put a cord in that hole in the handle to hang it nearby and keep from losing it. (Those little suckers like to slip and slide under things!) Great post!

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  63. hm.. I am reached here by searching for calibration details of embroidery machines ... think it is right place for it and this site should be an encyclopedia for the embroidery business.

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  64. I've done a super easy quilt in the past - but nothing as beautiful or elaborate as yours...I need to start sewing again! Been distracted with this blogging thing!

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