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Thread: Embroidery Machine Recommendation

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    Super Member LovingIzabella's Avatar
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    Hello,
    I have seriously been contemplating getting in to embroidery work. I know a lot of you wonderful folks on here do beautiful embroidery work and I was wondering what machines you currently use? Have you used and would recommend me to use or stay away from? Thanks so much for any and all input!
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    I would recommend getting one with the a large hoop capability...some of the cheaper ones only go up to 5 X 7 or 4 X 6 and it is getting harder to find designs that will fit. You may think that size is ok now, but as you realize what "can" be done, you may be very dissatisfied.

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    I was looking at the Pfaff creative 2134. It has an extra accessory called a Grand hoop that they say is almost two times bigger than the average. My question is how do the embroidery designs work. Do I have to buy exclusively from pfaff or can I buy fromt he web?
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    You can buy anything off the web all you need to know is which format Pfaff uses. I have a brother ULT 2002D because I wanted disney.

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    Thanks Renee! Appreciate the information.
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    Most of the sites on the web will have the designs in the format that you need. You just need to make sure you order in the correct format. If you don't, you have to then convert it to the format you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella
    Amma
    I was looking at the Pfaff creative 2134. It has an extra accessory called a Grand hoop that they say is almost two times bigger than the average. My question is how do the embroidery designs work. Do I have to buy exclusively from pfaff or can I buy fromt he web?
    Thanks so much!
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    When the patterns are designed, they are added a format name at the end of the file name. Like a word document is .doc or an Adobe file is .pdf, the endind file name for each machine is different and you can not use made for one machine into another machine.

    You can buy on-line, because when you go to a site that sells designs in general, like emblibrary.com for example, the first thing they ask you is which machine are you planning to use the design on and which is the largest hoop size you own. This way they only let you buy desings made for your machine that will fit your hoop, and if you try to buy a different format or something too big, they warn you. Some sites don't do that and you have to be careful when ordering.

    You have to be careful when buying cards, to make sure that your machine can read them.

    I agree with the previous posting to get the biggest you can get. You may think that a 5 x 7 is fine now, but when you see the designs that are available out there you will wish you had something bigger.

    Maria

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    One more thing is that you have to educate yourself on how the machine is going to read the files that you buy. How the machine is going to communicate with the computer.

    I got a Brother PE700, which is a great machine. It has many built in designs and that was great for maybe 3 days. After using it for a while I wanted more. I went on-line and saw a lot of designs I liked, but no way to bring them to the machine. I later found out that I needed a new piece of hardware called PED basic. This connects to your computer and you put the desings ina card, which I later put into my machine and the machine reads it. That was another $130.00, plus the cost of each individual pattern, which is not a whole lot.

    My friend has a viking and she can save the desing into a 3.5 disk and put it directly into the machine.

    Please make sure you get all the information from your dealer before you get home and find out that you have a good machine, but you need more.

    Maria

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    I have a PR 600 which I love. I buy most of my designs from Embroidery Library.

    Sybil

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    i have a janome 350E and i love it, and all designs comes in my jef format, very very few that don't. i buy them online a lot and from my lqs. much much fun

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    I have a Pfaff 2140 (which you can upgrade to 2170...software & settings on machine). You will need software to put on your computer, which can be spendy. I subscribe to Artistic Threadworks for designs. I dont use my machine or software to its max (not enough time) so the smaller designs work for me. Love my Pfaff, love the service I get from my Pfaff dealer.

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    When you really get to looking at embroidery machines & what you would like to have, it comes down to how MUCH money you want to spend.

    I have a Janome 350E, and before that one I had a Singer XL100 (one of the first embroidery machines made). I'm very happy with my Janome 350E, and if you want to go to my etsy store you can see some of the items I make with it.
    http://sewfunquilts.etsy.com

    The Janome 350E is an embroidery only machine and does not do regular sewing. It has 5x7 and 4x6 size hooping area, and is very user friendly. It has a card slot and usb port, so I use usb Thumb drives in computer to get designs from my designer library files or the web, then put thumb drive in machine. I buy most of my designs from Embroidery Library and Oregon Patchworks and Advanced designs.

    Go to the mfg. websites, and do some reading, looking and comparing of features of what you want to do with it.

    Have fun is the main thing.

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    alot of the embeoider designs that ou can buy have multiple formats that come on the disk,you just pick the one for your machine.

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    there are two ways to approach your selection:
    -shop for "must-have" features and then narrow it down to the machine(s) which have them. select based on availability of the post-purchase support you know you'll need and price. test drive if possible. i can guarantee this will be the most expensive method of selection.

    -set your budget and look ONLY at machines available at that cost or less. do NOT allow yourself to peek at anything more expensive. (once you do, there's no going back. LOL LOL LOL) narrow it down to the machines offering the most features within the cost limit. select based on availability of the post-purchase support you know you'll need and price. test drive if possible.

    when i was searching, it narrowed down to Janome (best prices for available features), Viking (can use the widest variety of file formats), and Brother (soooooo many models to choose from, decently priced, and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more FREE patterns available online than for any of the other formats.)

    your search may narrow things down to a different list.

    above all, take your time. once that craving sets in, it's tough to force yourself to wait until you are sure you'll be tickled pink by your final choice. if you cave in to the craving too soon, you may end up kicking yourself.

    it took me more than a year to pick mine. i know i made the right choice for me because no matter what else i looked at, i kept coming back to the one i eventually bought. to this day, i have no regrets.

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    I have a Janome MB4. It has 4 needles, hoops large up to 9 1/2 x8 I love it. I have had no problems with mine. I help out at a Janome store and would buy none other. Then there is a sewing/emb machine the 11000. I love that one too and it has a large hoop. I use them both with equal results. Both of them are I think, Don't quote me, around 5-6,000. MB might go higher up to 7,000. No matter what kind you get be sure to go to a dealer that will give you free lessons for a lifetime on the machine.

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    WOW-thank you all so much for your input and things I need to think about while deciding. I am so glad that I have found this quilting board. I find all of you to be most helpful and give your honest opinions! Now I am going to research my budget see what I can actually afford and then decide where I can go with that.
    Thank you all again!
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    there are two free programs that you can use to convert embroidery files from one format to another - search on Tajima and on truesizer

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    there are two ways to approach your selection:
    -shop for "must-have" features and then narrow it down to the machine(s) which have them. select based on availability of the post-purchase support you know you'll need and price. test drive if possible. i can guarantee this will be the most expensive method of selection.

    -set your budget and look ONLY at machines available at that cost or less. do NOT allow yourself to peek at anything more expensive. (once you do, there's no going back. LOL LOL LOL) narrow it down to the machines offering the most features within the cost limit. select based on availability of the post-purchase support you know you'll need and price. test drive if possible.

    when i was searching, it narrowed down to Janome (best prices for available features), Viking (can use the widest variety of file formats), and Brother (soooooo many models to choose from, decently priced, and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more FREE patterns available online than for any of the other formats.)

    your search may narrow things down to a different list.

    above all, take your time. once that craving sets in, it's tough to force yourself to wait until you are sure you'll be tickled pink by your final choice. if you cave in to the craving too soon, you may end up kicking yourself.

    it took me more than a year to pick mine. i know i made the right choice for me because no matter what else i looked at, i kept coming back to the one i eventually bought. to this day, i have no regrets.
    So....What one did you end up buying?

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