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Thread: Questiions about purchasing an embroidery machine.

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    Good advice. I have had three embroidery sewing machines and all have been gently used. I always go to the same dealer and trust them. The software is extra.

    Quote Originally Posted by alleyoop1 View Post
    I keep on recommending that anyone wanting to buy a machine go to your local sewing machine stores and TRY out anything you want to buy. Don't overlook the gently used machines that many stores sell. Some stores provide machines for schools so they have an abundance of used machines for sale in the summer months. You might score a great bargain!

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    I love my Viking. I've heard good things about Brother. Ask Hancock's return policy in case you get it and decide you don't like it. The main thing is what is the largest size hoop it will take. You'll get bored with a 4x4 or even a 5x7 really fast. Ask what support they have if you have questions. You can normally find some store that does classes. Our Viking store accepts anyone with any machine as long as you know the basics of how to use it. Check to see how you download designs; USB, etc. This is really important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nabobw View Post
    Good advice. I have had three embroidery sewing machines and all have been gently used. I always go to the same dealer and trust them. The software is extra.
    I agree, I got mine at a great price and it only had 7hours of use on it. The newer computerized ones will show how much they've been used. No matter what; try it before you buy it and find out the return policy
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcferrel View Post
    Yes, you need to go to a store with machines and have them demo, there are some techniques to machine embroidery... stabilizer, thread, designs.... that can be a "gotcha" Do some research then make your purchase, there will always be a machine out there you can afford... Brother has done some very nice things with their software (the machine is basically a computer, nothing more) Each machine will have a proprietary interface.
    If you do a little research before you make your purchase you will be much happier in the long run.
    I agree, just trying to build up your thread it self is costly. I've gotten to that when I buy a color I buy another one a shade different than it is incase I need it for shading or highlighting. This has always been the case for the designs that I've gotten. I use more water soluable stabilizer than anything else. I check sales and find different ways to make things work. I but the 12in wide roll of stabilzer and then on my larger hoops I run a row of blue painters tape down each side to make it hold better to the hoop; it makes it just enough without buying the really long rolls and wasting part of it. I also save my scraps and patch in some things. I'm doing a project where there is lace which uses 2 layers of WS stabilizer, I hoop one layer and then only put the second layer where the lace is. I can spritz it with 505 and it stays in place. You learn and shop wisely once you start seeing how much you can spend.. Of course then there is the software, that really set me back a pretty penny. My Viking, my software and all of it is so worth it because of the joy I get from creating things now.
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    I have a Baby Lock Ellegante which I bought in '07, I think. A very good machine, but my problem was that I got bored with embroidery within a couple of years. Got tired of putting embrodery on everything. Wish I had several of those thousands of dollars back to buy quilting fabrics. Just something else to think about.

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    My BFF has 3 Singer embroidery machines and uses all of them constantly with no complaints. I use a Viking Designer SE LE myself.
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