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Thread: Embroidery Machines

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    I went to a trunk show featuring Out of Africa. The embroidery designs were incredible. I'm sure I was the only one there who did not own an embroidery machine. I would like to know how many people have emb. machines, what kind and how much you really use them. Of course I fell iin love with the Bernina 830 but since it is $10,000 and I am 65 yr old, I am wondering how much I would use it to make the investment worthwhile. Several ladies (not young) have multiple emb machines plus sewing machines. What appreciate your input. thanks.

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    Moderator Up North's Avatar
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    I have an inexpensive Brother I love it!!

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    I'm not young well in body anyway, *LOL* my mind thinks it is......I am 2 weeks into owning a brother pe 770 and I love it.
    Wonder why I waited so long.......Rita

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    I have a Husqvarna Viking Designer SE embroidery/sewing machine. I embroidered my very first design within an hour of unpacking my previous machine (#1+), and have been embroidering ever since.

    I absolutely love being able to embroider in addition to sewing. ;)

    Only you know if you would really use an embroidery feature. There are very expensive machines...true, but if you don't want to spend that much you don't have to. Many sewing machine dealers have gently used machines (from their customers that upgraded) available at reasonable prices.

    If you can afford to buy one...you should. :thumbup: I have a sewing friend that is in her 80's. She upgraded her Designer SE machine to the Husqvarna Viking Diamond about 18 months ago!!

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    I have the Pfaff 2140 upgraded to 2170 which I use mostly just to sew with now. I use my Pfaff Creative Vision for embroidery. Pfaff has some mid range machines that embroider also.

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    I have a Bernina artista 640 and I love it. Embroiders very well and was not difficult to learn. If you are new to embroidery you may want to buy a machine from a dealer who provides support and classes. That can really make a difference.

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    I have Singer XL1000 and XL6000. Love them both. Used Out of Africa disigns and they our nice

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    I have a Singer Futura 250.. I love doing embroidery with it.

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    I have the Janome 350E and the Janome MB4. The 350E is a wonderful machine and easy to learn. The MB4 is a 4 needle machine and a bit more expensive. It just depends on what/how much you would be using it. Good luck in your adventures.

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    I have an old Janome, a Memory Craft 9000 that does a small field of embroidery and I got a used Bernina 180E last spring. I do use the embroidery, though not as much as I would like to. I don't think age really has much to do with the decision on whether to buy one or not. If you're going to use it, then why deprive yourself?

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    I have a Brother SE270D. Bought used off Ebay for $210 including shipping. Glad I didn't spend a lot, I rarely use the embroidery function.

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    I have a Viking Designer 1 that I bought used. I love it.

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    I have my late MIL's Viking Rose. I very rarely use it because it is not, in my mind, user 'friendly'. I intend to upgrade to an embroidery machine that uses a memory stick to move designs from computer to machine. I think I will enjoy the fact that one can be a bit more creative. My machine has a very small 'hoop' area, also. A new machine will be my treat when our youngest DD graduates college next spring.

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    I just reciently got a Brother Project Runway, love it.

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    I have a Janome 350e and love it. It is easy to work with and very user friendly.

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    Janome 350E... love it, very easy to use... Embroiders beautifully.

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    I have a Pfaff 2144 and I use it more than I thought I would. There are so many free designs you can get and I purchase them too. I hav ebeen very happy with my machine.

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    I have a Baby Lock, I use it every day.

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    I learned to do free motion embroidery back in the '80s, so I have not purchased an embroidery machine. The FM embroidery made it easy to learn FM quilting.

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    I have a baby lock and a brother embroidery machine. Once you get into it....it is unbelievable the project that you turn out.

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    I have a Singer Futura and I love it.

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    I have a Babylock Ellisimo and can't say enough about this wonderful machine!

    Previously had a Janome 10001 and it was also an incredible machine.

    Now I am heavily into digitizing and embroidering.

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    I have a Bernina 650 and a 600, both cost less than $400 each. I also have a Brother Innovis, that cost $5000, I use them a LOT. I embroider on practically everything.

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    I have a Bernina 440 with the embroidery unit, and use it a lot more than I ever thought I would. I love using it for monogramming, applique, and quilting.

    That 830 is fabulous, isn't it?!

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    I have to tell you that I bought a Brother 8500 back in 2003 that I loved. Machine Emb. was just starting out. The largest hoop was 6x10 and the designs were crappy. However, the 5x7 designs were great. I loved that machine, then I bought the Duetta...right before the Quattro...if I had my druthers I would have bought the quattro...I know, expensive...but worth it.
    I found a Pfaff Creative Vision 5.5 for really cheap so if I want a large size embroidery then this is the machine for me, but I use it mainly for piecing.
    If I could, I would buy another Duetta or Quattro and sell the C.V. 5.0 just so I would just have Brother machines. They are nice.
    I love being able to do Machine Embroidery and have done many items. I also love the accurate, precise, easy piecing that I get from these top quality machines.
    Kirsten

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