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Thread: Questiions about purchasing an embroidery machine.

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    Questiions about purchasing an embroidery machine.

    I am on a limited budget and am wanting an embroidery machine. I have no experience with an embrodiery machine. Hancock has the Brother HE1 on sale for 299.99.
    What can you tell me about this one?

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    I currently own my second Brother embroidery machine, I love mine. I also have a Bernina, but she is a little harder. What I love about my Brother is the software which is simple and straight forward. YI...you use the software on your computer when you down load designs off the internet. Then you use a USB flashdrive to take the designs from your computer to your machine....Look to see if this machine comes with any type of software (can be expensive) and if it has a USB flashdrive port....

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    I don't know about the brother, but based on my experience, I cannot recommend Singer embroidery machines.
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    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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    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!
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419 View Post
    I don't know about the brother, but based on my experience, I cannot recommend Singer embroidery machines.
    I would not hesitate to buy a Brother embroidery machine, but I am right there with you on the Singer. My SES 1000 (Similar to the Futura 250, but sold on HSN) has spent more time in the shop than it has embroidering. It goes through bobbin cases almost as fast as bobbins. Loosy LEMON is her name.

    Never again a new Singer.

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    THe initial cost of the machine is minimal compared to all the other stuff you need, tear away, thread, buying the patterns to download off the computor. the various stabalizers not only for under the fabric but also on top if you emb. towels or knit shirts etc. It becomes quite costly so go to your local shop and get all the information before making a decision. I have two Janomes an like to do it.

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    I guess I am one of the "unwashed"...I have a Singer Futura and I love her...I've had her for about six years and no problems (yet)...but I understand there are lots of folks out there who have not had good luck with theirs. Don't know what to say about that...maybe the luck of the draw?
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    I own a Brother embroidery machine and I love it. My has a card where the designs are transfered to from the computer. But I also had to buy the Ultimate Box to be able to do that. It also came with some built in designs. It does cost a lot to get the other things you need to do embroidery. The shades of the colors of thread alone can be costly...but they do last me awhile. If you really want to embroidery then buying a machine is the first step!! You don't have to buy everything all at once.

    I bought all of my machines from here and the delivery is free and they arrive in about 4 days. Check out this machine....
    http://www.allbrands.com/categories/...-se400-with-no

    Good luck with your search! You will love doing machine embroidery.
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    I always Google for user reviews on specific models. Try Amazon; if they carry it, the reviews can be quite enlightening. http://www.patternreview.com is another good source for user reviews. If you register (which is free), you can look at their archived reviews as well as their most recent reviews.

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