I love using my Babylock Ellegante Sewing Embroidery Machine. I must admit, for basic sewing I still turn to my trusty old Janome machine, but I love doing the fancy stuff on the Ellegante. It is rather easy to use. The computerized system is easy to use even if you are somewhat technologically challenged (My mom can use it with only a little help and she still struggles with email). Stitch Performance The designs are very nice and have such depth. The end product looks every bit as good as something you would buy from a professional embroidery shop. Ease of Use This is my first (and only) embroidery machine I have ever used. My mom bought it for me second hand. I was able to figure out how to set it up and use it without any help. The instruction manual is very easy to understand and thorough. Quite a few designs come with the machine. They cover a fairly wide range of categories so you have loads of choices and do not have to go out first thing and spend loads of money buying new design cards. Although, on that note, one disadvantage of this machine is that the Babylock cards are hard to find and expensive. Somewhere along the line I discovered Brother design cards work in the Babylock Ellegante. This helped a lot as those cards are a bit easier to find. My only major problem with this machine is that twice I had to have the lower tension adjusted. This is not something you can just fix by adjusting a setting- you have to take it into the shop and have an expert do it. I am not sure if it was a flaw with my particular machine or the Ellegantes in general. The last time I had it done was several years ago, so maybe it wont happen again (the first two times were within the first year I owned it).
San Antonio, TX