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Thread: I finally have the money for a new embroidery sewing machine

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    So that means I need advice and NOT from a dealer. I need advice from the experts, you the quilters those of you who use the embroidery machines. I currently have a husqvarna and I love it, but I also like the Bernina, and pfaff. I just don't want to drop all that money on a sewing machine and not get some feed back from you all. I tried to google "most purchased/re-purchased embroidery sewing machine by quilters" but nothing came up. I even tried to look for performance and feature ratings, but still nothing. The dealers all tell you theirs is the best and why.
    Appreciate all your in put
    peggy

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    I'll check consumer reports, my hubby has an online subscription. Be back in a minute.

    Edit: sorry, they only have reviews on sewing machines, not embroidery. I'm sure that others will advise you, there are tons of sewers on here that have both.

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    I just purchased a Brother Innov-Is 1500D and I absolutely love it! It can do everything but the dishes....guess you can't have everything. LOL. I really looked around and asked around and this is the one that was right for me. I have little grandchildren and more on the way so I wanted one that is licensed to do Disney products. So if you want to do any Disney characters, etc., then you will need a Brother which is the only machine that is licensed by Disney. Disney products will not work on any other embroidery machine. Good luck. I haven't been able to play with mine as much as I have wanted due to lots of out of town company then I got pretty sick so after the 4th of July I plan on planting myself in front of my machine and watch it embroider tons of beautiful designs. Guess I will be keeping the thread companies in business for a while. hehe

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    I have a bet Ina 640 and love it. Bet Ina is going to bring out a new machine in July so you can get GREAT reduced prices on th 400 and 600 series. the downside to any computerized machine is that the maker upgrades the software every year, so it costs you. My neighbor loves her Phaff and never has a problem.

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    That is supposed to be Bernina. Can't find my fingers today!

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    My next embroidery machine is almost certainly going to be a Brother. Some of the Brothers are identical to some of the Babylock machines. The Brother machines have all the features and reliability of the high-end machines, but they cost considerably less. They take standard needles, bobbins and attachments.

    I will probably buy an embroidery-only machine because I have somewhere around 30 machines in the house and almost all of them sew very well - I only used the sewing ability of my Futura embroidery machine once or twice, just to play with it.

    Brother has a very good reputation and their machines usually have very good consumer reviews. I have two Brother machines which have been worth their weight in fat quarters for several years - and both of them were very inexpensive.

    I doubt very strongly that I would ever buy another Futura embroidery machine - in fact, I don't think I'd ever buy any of the SVP consortium, again. (Singer, Viking, Pfaff)

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    My Brother LB6800 Runway Edition just got delivered 2 hrs ago. I got bc this could just be a passing fancy with the first grandbaby on the way in December and I didn't want to spend alot of money on something I may only use twice. Got it on amazon.com and it came with a boatload of stuff. Unfortunately it is too heavy for me to lift and set at it's waiting location. I've watched the video, read the book and now waiting for DH to get home to provide the labor needed. I don't think it is hugely heavy but I have a badly sprained right wrist that is useless right now.

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    Oh! Lucky u! Can't wait to see what u buy!!

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    I have a Bernina 830. I love it! If you have never had an emb machine before you will need editing software and I highly recommend Embird. I have used it for over 10 years and it is well worth the money. I have also used it with different brands of machines ~ I had a Pfaff before my Bernina.

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    There are many very good machines on the market. I have always had Berninas and love them. My last Bernina purchase was the new 830. Try out as many as you can from different dealers. Check out the dealer too because their reputation is just as important as that of the brand of machine. They need to have good employees that are friendly and know the machines. They also need to have a good service technician. Would love to see you get a Bernina, but whatever machine you end up with you will have fun with embroidery.

    mltquilt

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