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    My husband asked me what I wanted for my 10th wedding anniversary and I have been thinking about an embroidery machine. I don't want to do anything professionally. Just home embroidery, gifts, enhancing quilts. etc. Tell me in your opinion whats a great one to have. Thanks so much, Have a blessed day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamB8s
    My husband asked me what I wanted for my 10th wedding anniversary and I have been thinking about an embroidery machine. I don't want to do anything professionally. Just home embroidery, gifts, enhancing quilts. etc. Tell me in your opinion whats a great one to have. Thanks so much, Have a blessed day.
    How about the Bernina 830. Oh how I would love to have one of those machines.

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    [quote=JJC]
    Quote Originally Posted by PamB8s
    How about the Bernina 830. Oh how I would love to have one of those machines.

    I don't think my husband tractor cost that much LOL.

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    Any brother machine. One of the best is the 4500D if you could find a good uased one. A lot of people have traded it on the Quatro, so you just might be able to find one.

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    I have a Brother Duetta 4500D and I love it. Picked it up a few months back brand new but at a good sale price. It was actually my DH that talked me into it. I love it so far, actually just spent the last 10 hours working on it doing embroidery and character stitches on quilt for GD. It's a great machine and have a lot of fun with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenda M
    I have a Brother Duetta 4500D and I love it. Picked it up a few months back brand new but at a good sale price. It was actually my DH that talked me into it. I love it so far, actually just spent the last 10 hours working on it doing embroidery and character stitches on quilt for GD. It's a great machine and have a lot of fun with it!


    I think I just need to get my husband into the store, If he seen how wonderful they are. he would be picking the upgrade.

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    [quote=PamB8s]
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    Quote Originally Posted by PamB8s
    How about the Bernina 830. Oh how I would love to have one of those machines.

    I don't think my husband tractor cost that much LOL.

    Probably not, they're one pricey machine.

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    Me too. That is my dream machine.
    Quote Originally Posted by JJC
    Quote Originally Posted by PamB8s
    My husband asked me what I wanted for my 10th wedding anniversary and I have been thinking about an embroidery machine. I don't want to do anything professionally. Just home embroidery, gifts, enhancing quilts. etc. Tell me in your opinion whats a great one to have. Thanks so much, Have a blessed day.
    How about the Bernina 830. Oh how I would love to have one of those machines.

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    i lve playing with my machine

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    I have the brother 770 love it and it isn't as pricey as the others *LOL* .......

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    I have a Janome 350e. Easy to use, 2 hoop sizes 4x4 and 5x7.
    Can use a usb to transfer designs .

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    If you stick to any of the major brands you will like it. They are all good. Find a good dealer and purchase her product. I have Vikings.

    My warning (from expierence) is be sure you want to spend the money to do embroidery. It is not just the cost of the machine, that is just the beginning. You then need threads, many many threads, stabilizer, different kinds for different projects, and designs. You will need a computer program to arrange, open and download designs from the internet. Many places for free and low cost designs instead of purchasing those very expensive dealer designs.

    This is not an inexpensive hobby.

    Jean in MI

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    My husband bought me a Baby Lock Sofia 2 for Christmas and I can't tell you how much fun I'm having with it. I've made quilt blocks, t-shirts, and the possibilities are endless. It only has a 4x4 hoop and I initially thought that the size would limit me, but unless I'm going to do tapestry wall hangings or something (NOT) it is just fine. I love it.

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    The Bernina Deco 340 is great for general home use ... and not as pricey as the bigger machines like the Artista 730 etc.
    But if you want a sewing and embroidery machine in one, then the 730 is a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    My husband bought me a Baby Lock Sofia 2 for Christmas and I can't tell you how much fun I'm having with it. I've made quilt blocks, t-shirts, and the possibilities are endless. It only has a 4x4 hoop and I initially thought that the size would limit me, but unless I'm going to do tapestry wall hangings or something (NOT) it is just fine. I love it.
    I have the Brother 700 and the Design lite software so I can download designs. I have made a few embroidery quilts and love how it adds to the quilt. Here is one you can see

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    I have a Husqvarna Designer 1, which is an old machine but is still great
    As with any machine you need to research them before you purchase....also what budget do you have as they can range from about $800 - $5000....the quality on the cheaper ones can be excellent..they just don't come with all the bells and whistles.
    1. Only the more expensive ones have colour screens and allow you to edit on the machine..ie make smaller or bigger,rotate etc.....This is a real nice to have but you can do that on your computer before transferring your design to the machine.
    2. Hoop size....how big do you want to embroider, some machines will only accept small hoop sizes...you will need to check the maximum hoop size.....do you want to do long borders...some machine will be capable of this others won't......I think I have only gone above 5x 7 a couple of times
    3. connection and transferring designs....do you want USB, very easy to use or are you happy with a card reader.
    4. Software...You do NOT have to buy expensive manufacture software, there are some really good very easy to use programmes that are very cheap in comparrison and are great. Embird and SewWhat are the ones I use.

    Threads and backings aren't cheap but it is wonderful just to finish a quilt with a personal embroidered message or anything for that matter.
    Let us know what you get and have fun

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    I have a Babylock Ellegante and I love it. I didn't get any classes with my purchase, and had never machine embroidered before, but have had a lot of fun learning and collecting embroidery designs.

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    Husqvarna Viking...

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    I love my Janome!

    Quote Originally Posted by karen65ae
    I have a Janome 350e. Easy to use, 2 hoop sizes 4x4 and 5x7.
    Can use a usb to transfer designs .

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    Anyone is great. I personally have three Brother machines, 7500, 8200 & Innovis 4000 and a Pfaff 7570. But if you're interested in buying software Brother is the easiest, user friendly and Artista is really great too. I have Brother, Artista, Viking and Pfaff software and 99% of the time I use just the Brother and Artista software programs. They all have features that are just a little different from each other, just a matter of what you're looking for. But, Viking machines have the biggest area hoop on the market right now. But again, you could also buy the hoop it all hoops for larger designs.

    No matter which machine you get, you'll have years of fun!

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    Janome 10001, I love that machine. It's been my main machine for years. Very user friendly.

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    I am actually selling a Deco 600 does a 4 x 4 field got it at our Bernina dealer. I wanted a larger field so I did get a new one. This machine works perfectly , comes with lots of designs as I have accumulated a lot of designs and can't use them in the new machine. Also I have an extend hoop and Magic Box where you can convert designs. Selling very inexpensively would love to have someone be able to use..PM me if interested.....

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    Look at the Bernina 440 QE. I love mine. It's a workhorse and does both quilting and embroidery. You might even get a good used on from your local Bernina dealer.

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    I got a Brother se400 -
    Sad to say I have not yet used the embrodery unit. Just busy piecing with it.

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    If possible, try several brands. If you are not good with computers (you are buying a computer that embroiders!) look for a dealer that you like and will provide continuing support. Get the largest embroidery field that you can afford. Try to avoid cards, get one with a USB port. As someone mentioned, reserve some $$$ for thread and stableizers. Dealers often have trade ins complete with classes and warranties. I have Vikings and love them!

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