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Babylock Ellisimo Upgrade IV Review *****

I stopped by Humble Sewing Center today to pick up Upgrade IV for my Babylock Ellismio Gold. I could not wait to get home to install the upgrade. The box contains the W2 embroidery foot, multi-function foot control, the W2 embroidery foot, a couple of BLSOGUpgradeIVscrews, a bottom plate used to attach the large and small foot pedals, installation instruction manual, and Ellisimo Upgrade IV CD.

New Features include:

  • LED Pointer shows you the exact needle drop position.
  • Multi Function Foot Control that allows you to customize how the foot control functions.
  • Two large 6″ Embroidery fonts.
  • 15 Buttonholes in three sizes with decorative frames.

Led Pointer for Needle Drop Position

When using the included Embroidery foot (W2), you can see the exact spot where the BLSOG2_needlebeamneedle with penetrate the fabric just by touching the icon on the screen.  When doing embroidery you can see exactly where the needle is going to drop so that you embroidery line up is perfect every time. This particularly helpful to me when I use embroidery quilting designs to quilt my quilts.

Customize your Multi-Function Foot Control

With the multi-function foot control, you can customize the functions of the foot control. You can program the pedals to start/stop sewing, thread cutting, setting needle position up or down, single stitching and reverse stitching. And, you can decide if  you want to BLSOG2_footcontrolposition the small pedal to the left or right of the large pedal.

I positioned the small pedal to the left of the larger one. The large pedal has both a toe function which is starting/stopping sewing and a heel function which I set to raise or lower my needle. I shift my foot to the left and press the small pedal to cut the thread.  I  got into the habit of sewing with my left years ago. I find it easier to manage my sewing speed with my left foot. Now all I just move my foot to the right or left instead of using my fingers to cut the thread and raise/lower needle, allowing me to keep my hands on my fabric.

Large 6″ Embroidery Fonts 

BLSOG2_alphabetsHow many times have you wished that you would you have a larger embroidery font for those extra large bath towels or a throw pillow. Now you have them. Two new large embroidery fonts are included with the Ellisimo Upgrade IV.  I am going to buy some ultra suede fabric and start making some Christmas gifts shortly.

Large Buttonholes

Buttons make nice accents on home dec items and clothing. Large buttons are particular neat looking, but making a buttonhole for those large buttons manually is not my thing. I can never get the sides of the buttonholes to match up perfectly. Now you can make perfect buttonholes with embellishments for them. Another idea is to add a row of buttonholes when making a shower curtain. Before finishing the side hem, feed ribbon or lace through the button holes securing the ends in the finished sides.

Installation

The first step in the installation is to read the instruction manual. If you follow the manual step by step the process goes very smoothly. You do need an internet connection to do the upgrade.  When do the upgrade, don’t skip the step that downloads the Upgrade IV user manual.  I printed the manual so that I could reference it as needed. I added the manual to my Ellisimo Inspiration Guide.

Embroidery W2 Foot

Finally, it is time to use the new features. I did an embroidery with the W2 Embroidery Foot. There is a new button on the embroidery screen that shows a laser light in the needle drop position. Mark your embroidery project or place a positioning sticker on your project and press the button. A laser light shows you exactly where you needle will drop so that you can easily position the design for proper placement.

Multi Function Foot Control

I assembled the multi-function foot control with the small pedal on the left. After attaching the new foot control to the machine with two connections, open the settings to page 2. Select the desired function for the large pedal heel and the small pedal.  After closing the settings, I was ready to sew with my new foot control. Wow, what a nice feature. Now I can sew, raise and lower the needle and cut the thread, all hands free.

New Fonts and Buttonholes

I did not have the time to stitch out a some large monograms on ultra suede to make some new throw pillows and to try out the new buttonhole designs.  That will have to wait for another day.

Conclusion

I am extremely pleased with the new Ellisimo Upgrade IV. The functionality of the multi-control foot pedal is great. I like the hands free operation. And, the laser light for needle drop down position makes it so easy to properly position embroidery designs where you are doing the first design or adding another design to an existing project.  The new fonts are ready and waiting for my next embroidery project.

Ellisimo Special Event

Hi everyone,  on Monday and Tuesday, May 6 & 7 we are hosting an Ellisimo Event at Humble Sewing Center. I apologize for the late announcement, but it is something that we just decided to offer, especially since we have so many new Ellisimo owners. We needed to offer the event before Mother’s Day because so many of us have busy lives between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. It is the time of year for graduations, weddings, family reunions, end of school year activities, etc.

If you have an Ellisimo you are invited to attend this special event. Please call the store on Monday morning at 281-446-1818 to let us know you will be attending. We would like to have enough workspace setup for each of you.

Do you have an Ellisimo? If so, you don’s miss this event. All Ellisimo owners are invited to attend. You must bring your own machine.  This is your opportunity to learn even more about your machine.

Don’t own an Ellisimo. No problem, we have a limited number of seats available for those interested in an Ellisimo.  Call to store to register. The project is not exactly like the one pictured below, but it will be similar.

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What you will learn…

  • Learn how to use the on screen designer. (Ellisimo Gold have On Screen Designer, Ellisimo owners the optional Upgrade II.
  • Learn how to resize embroidery designs on your machine.
  • Learn how to use the color visualizer to change color selections automatically to different color palettes.
  • Using Embroidery Edit, design the front of a throw pillow.
  • Learn how to construct the front of your pillow using decorative stitches to enhance the seams.
  • Learn how to precisely position your embroidery.
  • Learn how to scan the fabric to position other embroidery designs.
  • Learn how to embellish your project with bobbin work.
  • Learn how embroidery software can make the embroidery design part of the project faster and easier.

Supply List

  • 1  – 18 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ fabric
  • 1  – 6 1/2″ x 10 1/2″  fabric
  • 3 –  6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ fabric
  • Variety of Embroidery thread to coordinate with fabric
  • Sewing Thread to coordinate with fabric
  • Ellisimo
  • Embroidery Unit
  • 8×8″ hoop
  • 8×12″ hoop
  • Scissors, sewing machine needles, bobbins, pins, ruler, marking pen, rotary cutter.
  • Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Positioning stickers.
  • Embroidery Foot “W”
  • Sewing Foot “J”
  • Decorative Stitch foot “N”
  • Overcast Foot “G”
  • Screw Driver for changing foot and/or needle
  • Bring your lunch for Tuesday or go out.
  • Bring any snacks that you want during the day.

Lunch Break on Tuesday from 12-1:30 (no lunch provided)

I look forward to seeing many of our Ellisimo Owners on Monday and Tuesday.

Have a great sewing day,

Marje

TruStitch Regulator from Babylock.

ImageYou can now add a stitch regulator to your Babylock sewing machine. Yes, that is right, a stitch regulator for your Babylock Ellisimo, Unity, Crescendo, Ellegante, Ellageo Plus, Esante or Symphony. WOW!  This weekend, Feb 1-4, 2013 you can buy a TruStitch Regulator with 24 months 0% financing for qualified buyers at Humble Sewing Center. We have them in stock and ready to go. If you don’t have a Babylock, then you add the machine of your choice to your purchase and start free motion quilting today. 

Imagine Free motion quilting with stitch regulation. I am doing just that. I now have my TruStitch Regulator setup on my Ellisimo.  All I need is a little practice and I will be ready to tackle my first quilt with free motion quilting using the TruStitch Regulator. 

As soon as I finish, I will post a photo of my first ever quilt using free motion quilting. I have always loved the look but have never been able to master the technique. With a stitch regulator and some patience on my part, I am sure that I will be create a beautiful quilt.

Until next time, happy quilting,

Marje

Embroidery Club – Now on Saturday

Embroidery Club is back at Humble Sewing Center with a new day and time, Saturday, January 19 from 10-12:30 PM. Fee $10

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In January the project is to embroider Cup Cake Koozie. Before we start the project, I will demo how easy it is to add a special message to your Koozie with Designer’s Gallery Embroidery Works.   In addition, I will show how to use the Artistic Crystal software to add bling to your embroidery, making the Koozie even better.

A 6×10 hoop is required for the project. If you don’t have an embroidery machine and are interested in purchasing one stop by Humble Sewing Center. We carry Babylock, Janome, Elna, and Husqvarna Viking sewing and embroidery machines.  I=

Cupcakes are the new go-to dessert for any party and these Cupcake Cozies will allow you to decorate for any occasion! These quick and easy cozies are done in the hoop with only one seam needed to finish the project. Use a variety of colors to match any theme party or create a set for the friend that has everything. With 20 designs to choose from, you can have a party every month of the year!

Supply List

  •  6 x 10 hoop or Larger 
  • 1/4 yd fabric A
  • 1/8 yd fusible fleece
  • water soluble stabilizer
  • embroidery thread to coordinate with design

Fabric Suggestions:
Fabric A – cotton, batik, silk dupioni or any medium-weight fabric

From Your Sewing Room:

  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop 6×10 or larger hoop.
  • PROJECTS CD
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot

Notions:  Scissors, Ruler, Tape, Embroidery Needle, size 75/11, Universal Needle, size 80/12

I am so Excited… About Babylock Tech.

I am in St. Louis at Baby lock Tech. It is the time when Baby lock introduces their new products. And, this year the new products are really exciting.

The Ellisimo is still the top of the line sewing and embroidery machine with a new product that will really excite the quilters. A Tru-Stitch stitch regulator is on the way. We expect to receive it in December and are taking pre-orders now. Stop by Humble sewing Center for more details. So many customers ask about a stitch regulator and, now, finally we can answer “YES”. There is no better time to buy a Baby lock Ellisimio. We are offering a fantastic fall promotion, as well.

I will add pictures when I get home. Watch for the updates.

Happy Stitching,
Marje

Babylock Special Financing through 2/27/12

Special Financing on Babylock products now through Monday, February 27.

February Financing Special – 0% For Up To 48 Months

No interest for up to 48 months, with a minimum approved purchase on Baby Lock machines when you use your GE/Home Design card. This offer valid at participating Baby Lock Retailers 2/23/12 through 2/27/12 and applies to 24 months on purchases of $1,000 or more and 48 months on purchases of $5,000 or more. Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments are required during the promotional period when you use your Home Design card. No finance charges will be assessed if (1)promo purchased balance paid in full within 48 months and (2)minimum payments on account are paid when due. Otherwise, promo may be terminated and treated as a non-promo balance. Finance charges accrued at the purchase APR will be assessed from purchase date. Regular rates apply to non-promo balances, including optional charges. Promo purchases on existing accounts may not receive full benefit of promo terms, including reduced APR if applicable, if account is subject to penalty APR. Not valid on previous purchases.

Bias binding with the Adjustable Bias Binding Foot.

Babylock and Husqvarna Viking offer an adjustable bias binding foot.

Description:
Attach 1/4” to 3/4” wide bias binding in place with either straight or decorative stitches using this adjustable foot. This is the foot for attaching pre-packaged and pre-pressed binding. It’s capable of handling a variety of binding widths and decorative stitches.

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The adjustable bias binder is a clear plastic foot with a screw and markings on the foot that allow for the adjustment of the width of the finished binding. The width of the finished binding is determined and the foot is adjusted to achieve the desired width.

MACHINE SETTINGS Stitch: Straight, zigzag or all forward decorative stitches Stitch length: Pre-set Stitch width: Pre-set Tension: Pre-set

The Baby Lock Adjustable Bias Binder Foot is a useful foot whether you are a beginner or an experienced sewer. When using the Adjustable Bias Binder Foot you are able to use various widths of bias binding. Then, use either straight or decorative stitches to sew the binding in place.

1. Thread with sewing thread on top and in the bobbin.
2. Snap on the Adjustable Bias Binder.
3. Use the screw on the right side of the bracket to adjust the width of the opening to fit the bias tape.
4. Cut the end of the bias tape to a 45 degree angle. Insert the bias tape from the outside of the bracket, into the slot that matches its width, and pull it down under the foot.
5. Place the edge to be bound into the groove on the left side of the bracket.
6. Loosen the screw on the top, in the back of the foot and adjust the bracket as needed.
7. Select a narrow zigzag, a straight stitch or a decorative stitch. Sew slowly, keeping the fabric to be bound, snugly in the groove as you sew.

Use the Adjustable Bias Binder Foot when applying bias to vests, placemats, wall hangings, baby bibs or many other things.

Babylock Bias Binder Foot (Adjustable) (ESG-ABB).
Husqvarna Viking Adjustable Bias Binder Foot (412 98 50-45)

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