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Thread: TOL Machines - now kinda bummed!

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    TOL Machines - now kinda bummed!

    Hi All-

    I was the one who started the recent thread about higher end machines and are they worth the money. So today, after putting on my new walking foot for my Bernina, I was thinking a lot about the features of a higher end machine. I think I finally "get it" as I don't have a thread cutter, knee lift, etc. and I REALLY WANT ONE! HA!

    I did test out the Brother Dreamweaver which for me was around $4k because of trade in and other discounts..now I really wonder if I should BUY the machine?? I have my own LA so harp space isn't an issue, but I would love a machine that can sew costumes, bags, quilts etc. My Bernina is super nice, but old, small and lighting isn't the best. I do have to say that those features of a high end machine, probably really do save you time in the long run..but what do I know??

    Anyways, kinda bummed, but then I think, well, I could put in a new driveway! HA! JC

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    I think you have to shop around a bit more - the Dreamweaver has every bell and whistle there is, but my Babylock Symphony which costs half as much has a thread cutter, pivot, knee lift - all of those gadgets. I believe the big difference is whether or not you want the embroidery stuff - that is what makes a huge jump in cost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maminstl View Post
    I think you have to shop around a bit more - the Dreamweaver has every bell and whistle there is, but my Babylock Symphony which costs half as much has a thread cutter, pivot, knee lift - all of those gadgets. I believe the big difference is whether or not you want the embroidery stuff - that is what makes a huge jump in cost!
    Sounds like she was looking at the Dreamweaver version without embroidery, actually. If she found the one with embroidery for that price, let me know becuase I'll return the one I just bought and buy from that dealer instead LOL.

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    I paid $3000 a couple of years ago for my Bernina 440. It was a lot of money for me and it wiped out my pin money stash but I really wanted the Bernina Stitch Regulator. I would have liked the 820 but it was way beyond my budget.

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    Hi,

    I also have the Symphony and absolutely adore it!!
    Our lives are like quilts....bits and pieces....joys and sorrows....stitched together with love.
    Babylock Crescendo, Elegante2, and Ellure.....for the love of sewing!

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    Since you have the long arm already. Look at the Laura Ashley Brother. My friend turned her's in for the Dreamweaver. She loved it, but you're right that Dreamweaver is something. The ott light, the motorized walking foot, the pen... If I didn't just buy a HQ Sweet Sixteen...I'd be looking too.

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    Dreamweaver is way worth the money, cost a pretty penny but ifI had to do it again I would buy it in a heartbeat. It is worth it alone for the muvit foot. that foot can sew any fabric, thick thin with ea. That is the main reason my the machine is priced so high is the muvit foot has its own motor, so if you are looking to sew difficult fabrics this is the machine for you. It is a lot of money but I think it is well priced for it features,and yes the symphony has a lot of features, I traded in my espire the one before the symphony and can say while it is cheaper it has nothing on the dreamweaver, you are paying for the laser, and the muvit foot, the pen, and the stadium lighting. JMHO from someone who had the symphony's predecessor and upgraded
    Brother XL-3500i, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D

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    Dreamweaver emb only is $3500.00 on long island at mr vac, mrs. Sew in wantaugh long island, ny

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    I have a Bernina 170 that is now about fifteen years old. I have never used the embroidery attachment. It can talk to PC but never has. The USB port is still a virgin. The only thing I wish it had is an auto cutter. It cost 3000 that many years ago.

    I love this machine and it does everything I need, even though I did buy more machine than I needed or really wanted.
    peace
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    Dreamweaver emb only is $3500.00 on long island at mr vac, mrs. Sew in wantaugh long island, ny
    Do you mean the Dreammaker? If so, that sounds about right. But the Dreamweaver has two versions - one for sewing and one for sewing and embroidery.

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