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Thread: Any advice on an Embroidery only machine??

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    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
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    Hi everyone,
    I've searched the posts and can't find any answers that are recent.
    I would love to get an embroidery only machine. I'd like one that isn't too limited as I heard some only do small things.
    I don't want to spend a fortune but want something that does nice embroidery.
    Thanks for any advice!!
    Sue

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    Check out the Janome 350E machine. USB connectivity, 5 x 7 and gigahoop size capability. Janome quality.

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    I got the Janome 350E last fall and love it. I haven't had a minutes problem with it and basically plugged it in and started using it. I don't regret the purchase at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    Check out the Janome 350E machine. USB connectivity, 5 x 7 and gigahoop size capability. Janome quality.
    I have the Janome 350E and love it. It is very user friendly, has 3 built in fonts as well as 70+ built in designs. I purchased a external hard drive to use instead of having to hook it up to my computer to use. It has the automated thread cutter as well as a warning for a low bobbin. It was a major investment for me but am happy with it. There is nothing like making something for someone and being able to personalize it, too. I make my quilt labels, too, along with tea towels, pot holders, aprons. I have had no issues with my machine at all. I began with a Brother combo and within a week I knew that I wanted a machine that would do more, the Janome 350E was it.

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    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
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    I've been checking prices and they all look to be about 1000.00-
    Not aware of why I have to hook it up to a computer- that's how much I don't know about them!
    I saw a dealer near me who sells them, it's a LQS.
    Thanks to all for advice! :)

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    I've had a couple of brother's with no problems. My sister and niece also haven't had any issues. I saw a couple on allbrands for around $700. You don't really need to hook it directly to your computer, but if you download embroidery designs from the internet, you need a way to get them into your machine. You can hook it directly to your PC or put the designs on a usb stick (thumb drive) and transfer them that way.

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    Susan, I really like my 350E Janome. You don't hook it up to a computer to operate, but you can download designs from a computer; I put them onto a memory card. It has lots of built in designs and can do a range of sizes. It is the most fun machine I have ever owned! I still marvel, just watching it sit there and turn out beautiful things!

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    Does that price I keep seeing look right???

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Does that price I keep seeing look right???
    Susan,
    I just purchased my Janome 300 for 1000.00. The 350 would have been 300.00 more. The 300 has all the same feature except you can't use a memory stick, only the pc card which is basically the same thing. The other difference was, it does not have the thread cutter. I didn't find either of these differences worth 300.00 for MY budget. I absolutely love, love, love it. And, I have already download quite a few free designs off the internet.

    Happy shopping
    Peggy

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    Janome and Brother are both great brands!

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    I have a Brother PE 780 on hold at my LQS for about $800, if that helps.

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    I'm getting excited! You have all been really helpful. The 350 E at my local shop is 999.99
    I appreciate all the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I'm getting excited! You have all been really helpful. The 350 E at my local shop is 999.99
    I appreciate all the input.
    Sue, I forgot to mention. They are VERY user friendly. They gave me a 3 hour class and most of the class was used up on the different kinds of stabilizers to use. The actual machine lesson was very short and easy.

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    Thanks, Fab!! I NEED user friendly hahaha :D

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    I just put a brother 770 on layaway at my local sew and vac. The price was $669 (the same price it can be had for at Amazon). My sew and vac sells the Janome as well, and recommended the Brother. Same hoop size, has usb port as well, but they said the brother is just as good, even easier to operate, and signficantly less money.

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    I have a Bernina 630 with embroidery module it can use USB stick which I absolutely love I do not have to hook to a computer .I worry about getting a virus on my machine if I have to hook to computer and USB stick will save changes I make to design so not using machine memory space.Just a thought.

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    Midwifehc, the price on Amazon is now 899.00!!!!!!!! :(:(

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    I have a Babylock Ellageo ESG3 which came with four hoops and then I bought another huge hooping system with the electronics in it that is big enough to do jacket backs. If you want to do embroidery commercially Babylock has a small commercial embroidery machine and it does great work. My daughter has one and really has done some amazing things with it.

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    I forgot to say the Ellagio ESG3 is both an embroidery and sewing machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmmauer
    I have a Bernina 630 with embroidery module it can use USB stick which I absolutely love I do not have to hook to a computer .I worry about getting a virus on my machine if I have to hook to computer and USB stick will save changes I make to design so not using machine memory space.Just a thought.
    I have a good Bernina but it doesn't have the embroidery capabilities :( I love mine so I really don't want another one.
    Thanks!:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by lclang
    I forgot to say the Ellagio ESG3 is both an embroidery and sewing machine.
    Thanks for your comment :)
    I'm looking for embroidery only though ;-)

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    Maybe the question we should be asking is what do you want to do with the embroidery machine?? Do you want to start a business or is it just for your own use? Commercial embroidery machines are wonderful, but expensive. The small ones that only do embroidery are very limited in size and scope. I like having the sewing ability on my machine as then you have a backup if your regular machine has to go to the shop.

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