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    Question Machine Suggestions

    Hey all! I'm looking into purchasing an embroidery machine, particularly for quilting (though I will also use it for basic embroidery as well, of course). I have two sewing machines so I'm not sure I want or need a 2 in 1 machine, but I'm still in the research phase. I'm currently considering the Brother PE800 - that's about the top of my price range (currently at least - lol).

    Anyway, just thought I'd see what machines you guys use, what you do and don't like about your machine, and just any general advice to help with my purchase decision.

    Thanks so much!

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    I have a Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold 2 that sews or embroiders... I purchased it used and it's wonderful and a work horse. Good luck and have fun.

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    I have the Husqvarna Ruby Royale - I really like it and it has more capability than I use! But I like that as I expand my skill set it can accommodate!
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    I seriously considered the Brother PE800 myself, but ended up getting the Eversewn Hero instead. I've been using it for both quilting and embroidery, and it is awesome. I was leaning toward the Brother because the hoop is slightly larger, but choose the Eversewn because of the 400 decorative stitches.

    It's also less expensive than the brother.

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    Are you familiar with Amelie Scott Edge to Edge machine embroidery quilting designs? They are very popular and dealers teach classes on them. Make sure that you ask about them. Machine embroidery ...if you are a novice...has a learning curve and supplies are not inexpensive.
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    my advice would be to go with either a Brother, Babylock or Janome brand.
    you are more likely to have certified service/repair providers within a reasonable distance.

    look for the biggest maximum hoop size available that fits your budge.

    whether or not a PE800 will help with quilting depends a lot on the size quilt you usually make.
    it's pretty small so anything larger than a crib quilt is going to give you fits unless you use one of the many quilt-as-you-go methods.

    (with QAYG you can do just about any size quilt you want.
    just make sure you plan assembly so that all the weight of the growing quilt is to the left of the machine.)

    biggest challenge is getting everything to fit inside the harp while also getting the weight of the quilt off the hoop.

    only a few years ago, it was difficult to find single-run embroidery patterns good for quilting.
    (double and triple run motifs can get seriously out of wack unless the quilt's weight is perfectly distributed and off the hoop.)
    pattern creators seem to have finally seen the light, though, because there are an ever-growing number available in a wide range of prices.

    the first place i check for single-run motifs is the embroidery library (emblibrary.com).
    they have a lot of choices in sizes that will work well for the size hoop you are considering.
    they are also remarkably inexpensive.

    as mentioned by sandygirl, amelie scott offers several collection of single-run patterns. they are reasonably priced, given the number of patterns and size options in each package.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJBlaine View Post
    I was leaning toward the Brother because the hoop is slightly larger, but choose the Eversewn because of the 400 decorative stitches.

    It's also less expensive than the brother.
    Thanks for the suggestion - I've looked at that one a little as well but was leaning towards the larger hoop.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
    Are you familiar with Amelie Scott Edge to Edge machine embroidery quilting designs? They are very popular and dealers teach classes on them. Make sure that you ask about them. Machine embroidery ...if you are a novice...has a learning curve and supplies are not inexpensive.
    Yes! I've been watching a lot of the videos. I'm new to embroidery but not to sewing or quilting. Thanks for the info!

    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    my advice would be to go with either a Brother, Babylock or Janome brand.
    you are more likely to have certified service/repair providers within a reasonable distance.
    This is also my theory - I only have 2 dealers in a reasonable distance from me (I live in the boonies) and these seem to be the only brands they service. I have a Juki machine and I'm still working out where to take it for service.

    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    whether or not a PE800 will help with quilting depends a lot on the size quilt you usually make. it's pretty small so anything larger than a crib quilt is going to give you fits unless you use one of the many quilt-as-you-go methods
    Most of my projects are QAYG because I just find them easier to work with and I do a lot of applique quilts as well so I'm not too worried about shoving a large quilt in to embroider, but I have taken that into consideration as well.

    Thanks for all the info! I will check out the links and resources you guys mentioned. If you think of anything else please don't hesitate to add in - I'm not taking this purchase lightly and may end up going over budget to make sure I get what I want.

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    You can also check for used or consigned machines with the local dealer. You may find the perfect deal. It looks like it is a 5x7 hoop machine. You will also need to know the stitch count limit.

    Here is a link where you can search "free motion" and there are designs available. The designs come in different sizes that should work with the 5x7 size.

    https://www.anitagoodesign.com/2018/12/product/

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    When I first became interested in machine embroidery several people told me to get a machine with the biggest hoops I could afford. It's good advice if you're sure you want to jump down this expensive rabbit hole. I started with a Janome MC200e. Fantastic machine but I outgrew it in about 2 mos and bought an MC350e. Wasn't long before I outgrew that one too. I now have the Janome 500e(it comes with 4 big hoops including an 8x11 quilting hoop)and love it. The Brother machines are also good, tough workhorses too, (I also own 2 Brother embroidery machines) but as far as being more user friendly, having a better screen and more onboard editing capabilities, for the money Janome wins hands down. If you're sure about this, save your pennies and get the MC500e, you won't regret it.

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    Thanks Cari! That's very helpful info. I am sure I want to purchase one, but since it is just for a hobby I don't know that I can make myself spend that much for a 500e, but it's on my list in case I happen across a used one or a good deal. I appreciate your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda K View Post
    You can also check for used or consigned machines with the local dealer. You may find the perfect deal. It looks like it is a 5x7 hoop machine. You will also need to know the stitch count limit.

    Here is a link where you can search "free motion" and there are designs available. The designs come in different sizes that should work with the 5x7 size.

    https://www.anitagoodesign.com/2018/12/product/

    Good luck!
    Thank you Rhonda! I'm actually making a visit to the one dealer that is a decent distance from me next week so I'll see what they have. I'll take a look at the link you sent - much appreciated!

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    I have a Husqvarna Topaz it does embroidery and has a large throat for quilting.

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    My local dealer has a bunch of used dream machines coming in as trades towards the new top of the line (I forget the name), so those can be bought fairly reasonably and are hard to outgrow.
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    Christy, I agree with Cari on the Janome 500e. I have a Brother 770 and liked it fine - except for the screen and size and width for embroidery. I also have a Babylock combo sewing/embroidery -- and I love that one, too. BUT after I saw the Janome 500e in operation at a quilt expo this summer, I knew I wanted it. It comes with a side platform that supports the largest hoop - which is one of the problems with other machines (the lack of support on the big hoops). I especially like that the hoop attaches on the right side of the machine, so your quilt can have all the space to the left. The large hoop is great for the edge to edge software, the on board editing features are so user friendly, and the harp space is great for quilting projects. I did get a great deal, buying at a show.
    Since you have sewing machines, you will find a dedicated embroidery machine a plus - I piece at my Babylock while I embroider something on my Janome -- and that way I do not have to keep changing machine pieces to go from quilting to embroidering, either. Any of the top names are usually quality machines - so good luck, and let us know what you do. Merry Christmas!

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    I too have a used Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold 2 and absolutely love it. I have to go 2 hours to any dealer for cleaning, repairs or thread/fabric/stabilizer, so choosing a local shop brand was not a worry. My EG2 has had little needs and sews beautifully and true.

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    Thanks again for all of your help! I found a deal on a Brother NQ1400E used and with lots of stuff with it. Machine has a total stitch count of just over 300,000. I look forward to learning how to use it and learning more from this group!

    Happy New Year to you all!

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    Janome sells a 15000 sewing /embroidery machine that has a hoop (a little over 8 x 8) that is built to quilt your quilt with machine embroidery (continuous line designs work best). It uses magnets to hold the fabric on the hoop. I have used it for a King size quilt and won a 1st place ribbon in my local show and then was accepted to display it at the Houston Quilt Festival. It took patience to quilt the whole quilt, but well worth it.

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    I have a Brother pe770, (the older version of the 800). I love how easy it is to use. I found lots of nice designs built right in the machine to learn with. It took a bit longer to learn how to download designs on my laptop, & transfer to usb for machine to read, but manage just fine as long as my laptop's speaking to me,lol. Not computor savy, so l haven't tried the digitizing software, yet.

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