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    Embroidery Machine experts out there?

    In the past I've seen discussion about embroidery machines but I never paid any attention as I really had no interest in them. Today I was visiting a friend who just purchased a new Brother machine....don' know what model but with some extras like thread she purchased it on Amazon for less that $400. I was impressed when she showed me some blocks that she had done. She shared with me that she was disappointed because she thought she could do quilt blocks with a bigger design than just about 4 inches. Could you experts tell me if there is such an machine? If she can find one that she likes better she is going to sell me her new one and let me make payments!

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    Most TOL machines have at least an 8" in one direction hoop. The Pfaffs and the Vikings probably have the largest - even the 2170 has a 12x12, but you have to split the design and flip the hoop not rehoop. Brother and Babylock did have 8x8. (Might be larger now)

    I've got a 5x5" hoop on the Pfaff that will do a decent center. Newer machines have larger.

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    My brother Innovis 2500D will do up to an 6x10 design. I also have a 1500D and it does the same size, I bought it used and got a good deal. I think the newer top of the line ones do like 8X12 in the single needle machines.

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    Yes, TOL Berninas, Pfaff and Vikings have some of the largest fields. You get what you pay for really, and the lower end machines will limit you, for sure.

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    I have a brother 4000 it will do 7 x 12 embroidery field love it

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    The brother quattro does a 8x12 I think but you will be shelling out the big buck for machines that do this size. The bigger the hoop, the more money it will cost you. Is your friend ready for that kind of investment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weezy Rider View Post
    Most TOL machines have at least an 8" in one direction hoop. The Pfaffs and the Vikings probably have the largest - even the 2170 has a 12x12, but you have to split the design and flip the hoop not rehoop. Brother and Babylock did have 8x8. (Might be larger now)

    I've got a 5x5" hoop on the Pfaff that will do a decent center. Newer machines have larger.
    Yes, the newer Pfaffs will do almost 14x14 without splitting the design, if you're willing to invest in the bigger hoop as it does not come as a standard hoop. My friend bought the hoop, so I figure I'll just borrow it every once in a while.

    If your friend is in the market for a machine that will do bigger designs, tell her to check on the Pfaff Creative 4.0. It has recently been discontinued and she might be able to get a good deal from a dealer. My dealer was selling them for almost half of the original MSRP.
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    Janome has several emb. machines that take a variety of hoops--look for a good used one or jump in and get a new one. They are costly but a good dealer will give lessons and they last forever.

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    It may be that it does do larger areas and that she just needs to buy the larger hoop. Have her check with Brother regarding that. I love my Embroidery machine. I bet she will continue to as well!

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    It depends on the machine. Some of the cheaper machines only stitch a 4 X 4 design. The better machines have larger hoops that can be used. My Bernina (1998) has a medium, and large hoop and I have stitched 5 X 7 designs in the large hoop, 8 x 10, which makes a great size for quilt blocks. I think the newer machines may even have a larger hoop, not sure what it would be used for. (?)

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    I have both a Janome 11000 & a Brother Inovis Duetta 4500. I use the Brother a lot more & would recommend it. It's been available for several years so that means it's more affordable than the newer ones. The newest Brother sells for about $10,000! Yikes! So you should be able to find a used Duetta or even a new one for a whole lot less. It has several sizes of hoops, !2"x7", 7"x5", 4"x4", & 1"x2 1/2". I use the 7x5 the most. If you are going to do much embroidery, I think you should get a machine that sews at least a 7x5 design. Otherwise, I think you will not be satisfied with a smaller hoop for very long. If you can find a good used machine at a reputable dealer, they should give you lessons, maybe free. If you do buy from an individual, find a dealer who will give you lessons for a reasonable price. These machines are awesome, but you may be overwhelmed if you try to learn how to use them on your own. I love my Brother. Now I'm making baby quilt blocks using purchased machine applique designs & they are turning out so cute. This is easy using my Duetta.
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    Thanks for all the input! I'm forwarding these all to her.

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    The Brother PE700 series does a 5x7 design (actually a little less allowing for frame. I just got off the phone with my dealer to see the next size up machine. It is the Brother 1500D which does a 6x10. However, compared to what I paid for my PE700II (Factory Serviced which is actually better than new because issues have been worked out IMO) which was $600, the 1500D is almost $2,300. I asked my dealer why the great jump in price and he said that it was just the nature of the Brother models they came out with. Now the 700II IS an embroidery only machine and the 1500D is a Combo Sewing/Embroidery machine. Duh, I forgot to ask him the next up model # in the embroidery only!!!! Oh well, he and I both were running out of caffeine so I'll chalk it up to that!! LOL I can always call back but I can't believe that the next size from the 5x7 is almost 4X the cost!!

    I do agree with other posters that if you can afford it, go for the 5x7 hoop size. You will get tired of the 4x4 size pretty quickly. I think the 5x7 is the most desired size of embroidery design. Remember, too, that you can do 4x4 on the 5x7 machine!!

    I am seriously considering selling my Brother SE270D (Combo Sewing/Embroidery) since I have the 700II and also a Brother 6000i Sewing Machine. (Not counting my vintage machine which we won't talk about...HeHe!)

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