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Thread: Beginner Embroidery Machine

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    Beginner Embroidery Machine

    I would like recommendations for a a embroidery machine for a beginner. I've never used one but I think I would enjoy working with one.

    Linda

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    try to get one with at lest 5X7 hoop I got a 4x4 and it was as satisfying I had to buy a larger machine

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    You might look at refurbished machines. Many times, this are just open box/customer returns and have been serviced and are like new. I purchased both of mine refurbished and they have been great. I have Brothers but I hear Janome is a good brand, also. Here are a couple of good stores: Allbrands.com; KensSewingCenter.com I have bought 4 machines from Ken's Sewing. Not affiliated in any way, BTW!!

    Also, if you can afford it, do go for at least the 5x7 hoop size.

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    Check out www.allbrands.com. I bought my three machines from them and love them all. They have free shipping and I got my machines in under 4 days!
    "In this age of information, ignorance is a choice".

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    I agree get one that at least embroiders on a 5x7, my beginner was a brother that only did 4x4 soon I upgraded to the brother 770 I think. I like it.
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    not smaller than 5x7-----consider an embroidery only machine --most people i know have the embroidery set up next to a normal machine can work them to gether

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    My machine does 4 x 4 designs. For my purposes it works out great. I have done designs on hand towels, baby clothes, quilt blocks, napkins and more.

    To have one of the more expensive machines that really do a lot more such as larger size designs but even more important to me would be you can stop and come back to the machine another day and pick right up where you stopped the day before to finish your design!! I would LOVE to have that feature. Also a more expensive machine you can see the design you are doing in larger size right on the screen and in color. Mine does not do that either. But that all being said what I have has worked out fine for the projects I do.

    I highly recommend this book on learning all about machine embroidery entitled "Machine Embroidery With Confidence" A Beginners Guide by Nancy Zieman.

    http://www.amazon.com/Machine-Embroi...ine+embroidery

    I actually received the book by mistake from a book club and after looking thru it and then reading it I knew I wanted an embroidery machine!!! I ordered my machine two weeks later. The rest is history!
    Last edited by nygal; 08-24-2012 at 03:45 AM.
    "In this age of information, ignorance is a choice".

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    Definately get one that does atleast 5x7! I started out with a 4x4 machine from e-bay so I didn't invest a lot if I didn't like it. Since it was used, I had to rely on the internet and youtube for lessons. An advantage from buying from a dealer though is they will give you lessons on how to use your machine. You will be SO addicted!

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    I finally had to replace my 30 year old Singer last year. I wanted an Embroidery/Quilting Machine. After much research I settled on a Viking Topaz 30. I checked at a local sewing machine store in our area for advice as well. They had one of these machines on display. It was demo'd for me..and as luck would have it, they had sold one to someone who only used it for less than 70 hours and decided to trade it in on an upgraded model. I got it for half the price of a new one. I would love to have a top of the line model....but this one does everything I need it to do.

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    When I bought my embroidery machine I found that when I was just making a project for my enjoyment, a wall hanging, a picture to be framed, etc. that I couldn't do as large as I wanted. And connecting my designs was not as easy as I had thought it should be. I do lots of smaller 8x10, 6x8, 5x7 on gift items and smaller than that on clothing items. I had never seen a home embroidery machine so i was as much a beginner as you can get. What exactly do you do mean when you call yourself a beginner? Are you afraid you won't like the hobby? Otherwise you are only someone who hasn't started yet. Since the new machines are in the stores now - if cost is a consideration- I would suggest that you go to a Brother dealer and get the best deal you can on a machine that has been traded in.
    I think that wanting to get a machine that doesn't do everything possible is like saying you are just starting to drive so you want a car that is a 1980 model incase you don't like driving - and you don't need a radio, heater, AC, horn, wipers, etc. or a spare tire. You'd get a good new, modern car. I'd use the same reasoning on an embroidery machine.

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