Beam me aboard Scotty OR Button, button, who’s got the button? July 24, 2012
Today, I’m going to talk about the operation buttons on the Ellisimo Gold machine by Baby Lock. I’m quite intrigued by all the things these buttons can do. In case you are just joining this blog space, I’m a Baby Lock Ambassador, brand new to this machine so join me as I explore all its features.
Beginning from left to right in the photo you’ll see the Start/Stop button. It's lit up in green. I think of this as the LAUNCH button on my supersonic new machine. A quick press and your machine will automatically sew a few stitches very slowly before zooming away at your regular speed. Your speed is set on another button - the 6th from the left. Sliding it to the right gives you more speed, sliding it to the left slows it down. I’ve decided that I like it right about in the middle.
Our second button is the Reverse, or the ‘whoops I better reinforce that seam’ button. When you press this little baby you’ll get 3 stitches sewn, one right on top of the other. This is a great when you don’t want to have reverse stitches showing. If you hold the button down you’ll be sewing stitches in reverse until you take your finger off the button.
Move over to the next button on the right to find the Needle Position button. Now you might think that this button just allows you lower or raise your needle but no, that’s not all folks… Press it a couple of times to make a single stitch. Sometimes you need that kind of control in a tight corner. We’ve all been there so you know exactly what I mean!
Next in the lineup is the Thread Cutter button. Boy have I been missing out not having this. Press this magic button and presto the tail end of thread on your seam has disappeared. Not only will you save vast gobs of thread but you’ll no longer have a floor that looks like you spilled a bowl of multi colored vermicelli noodles all over it.
The Presser Foot button is pretty cool. You’ve got the power with this button to raise, lower, raise and lower, lower and raise your presser foot. I’ll bet you can tell how much I love to raise and lower this foot, right? This machine also has a knee lifter allowing your knee to controls the raising and lowering of the presser foot. That leaves your hands free to move the fabric around any way you like.
Passing over our Sewing Speed Controller, ‘cause we already talked about it, we come to my favorite button of all ----- the Automatic Threading button. Omigosh, this one actually, really and truly, threads your needle. It doesn’t just thread your needle once in a while when it’s feeling up to it, it threads it every time! All of you four eyed, bifocally challenged sewers, and those of us who are just in a hurry will appreciate this button. And remember this button eliminates the need to trim thread at the beginning of your seam. Less vermicelli on the floor again girls!