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    I bought a Bernina Artista 200 used off craigslist when it was 3 years old. Saved oodles compared to buying it new. The owner was even selling her Isacord thread for a $1 per spool.

    Since then I have seen about 5 embroidery machines on craigslist.

    Be aware that you can spend a bundle on embroidery software. So, if you are able to buy used, it will leave you with $$ to spend on software. :-D :-D

    PS: someone mentioned this prior to me but yes, the ins and outs of your computer compatibility with your sewing machine can be interesting. Just check things out carefully. Also, I have a friend who recently bought a Brother due to her budget and she LOVES it.

    OK, so there is the embroidery machine; threads; all sorts of stabilizers; software and classes... Cash outlay begins to add up. But, it IS fun to do and there is lots to learn! I am not trying to scare you but rather, let you know what I didn't know going into machine embroidery.

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    I think I would buy the brand that has a local repairman. I have a Viking Diamond and the dealer has a certified repairman on site. We don't have another brand store in our immediate area.

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    I have the Innovis 2500 from brothe and just LOVE LOVE LOVE it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mltquilt
    There are many very good machines on the market. I have always had Berninas and love them. My last Bernina purchase was the new 830. Try out as many as you can from different dealers. Check out the dealer too because their reputation is just as important as that of the brand of machine. They need to have good employees that are friendly and know the machines. They also need to have a good service technician. Would love to see you get a Bernina, but whatever machine you end up with you will have fun with embroidery.

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    I've had my Bernina 500 since it first came out. All it's needed is the usual yearly checkout. I love it. Problem..... Bernina does not make their newer machines or upgrades compatible with older machines. With my Magic Box, I get along just fine for me. It allows me to use designs from other machines etc.

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    I started out with Bernina 600, Babylock Ellegeo and now Babyliock 6 needle Embroidery Only. I Love my ellegeo, for embroidery and sewing, But now that I have the 6 needle I use the ellegeo for sewing, but it does both extra well. I highly recommend the Babylock- but if money is a large factor, and I had to do over, Brother makes the machines for babylock. so babylock and brother they are so friendly user of a machine. Happy hunting. But do not be shy and ask around and people who sewing will be glad to let you try them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunni
    I have a Brother 4500D and love love love it.

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    I love mine too. I would get one with the biggest hoop I can. I have 4 brother machines...love them all. check on craig list in your area. If you do not purchase from a dealer the warrenty is void. I bought mine from a dealer used and they continued to honor it probably through the orig. owner's name. Happy sewing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peggy463
    So that means I need advice and NOT from a dealer. I need advice from the experts, you the quilters those of you who use the embroidery machines. I currently have a husqvarna and I love it, but I also like the Bernina, and pfaff. I just don't want to drop all that money on a sewing machine and not get some feed back from you all. I tried to google "most purchased/re-purchased embroidery sewing machine by quilters" but nothing came up. I even tried to look for performance and feature ratings, but still nothing. The dealers all tell you theirs is the best and why.
    Appreciate all your in put

    I could spend the day praising Bernina (I've sold them for more than 10 yrs) I don't know how much money you want to invest. The new 830 or 730 at the top of my list. A good dealer should offer you as much training as you need free and have a embroidery club that meets monthly you can join for free.I hope you have a dealer close.
    peggy

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    I have a Pfaff 2144 and I am not that happy with it. It was gently used when I got it and I am 60 miles from the shop that I bought it in, so it is not too easy for me to get help. Anyways, I just think it should run smoother. And for those who don't already own an embroidery machine, just beware that you will probably want the extra programming which is quite expensive too. Make sure you ask about it because my shop really didn't say anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    My next embroidery machine is almost certainly going to be a Brother. Some of the Brothers are identical to some of the Babylock machines. The Brother machines have all the features and reliability of the high-end machines, but they cost considerably less. They take standard needles, bobbins and attachments.

    I will probably buy an embroidery-only machine because I have somewhere around 30 machines in the house and almost all of them sew very well - I only used the sewing ability of my Futura embroidery machine once or twice, just to play with it.

    Brother has a very good reputation and their machines usually have very good consumer reviews. I have two Brother machines which have been worth their weight in fat quarters for several years - and both of them were very inexpensive.

    I doubt very strongly that I would ever buy another Futura embroidery machine - in fact, I don't think I'd ever buy any of the SVP consortium, again. (Singer, Viking, Pfaff)
    Brother and Babylock are made by the same manufacturer so I asked my Babylock dealer why would I want to spend the extra money on a B/L. I, personally, think Brothers have great machines (although I've never owned one) but am told the B/L's are built better with more metal parts opposed to some plastic parts on Brother machines. I love my Babylock Esante (an older model) and it's only been in the shop once (this year) for service and cleaning. I broke one too many needles and cracked the bobbin case.

    The embroidery section of my machine is very easy to learn and use. the Ellegante II (step down from the Ellisomo) has great editing features built right onto the color screen and uses the jump drive. Mine has to be connected via usb cable.

    If you're not going to do a lot of embroidery (like me), you don't need a high-end machine. Babylock has a couple of good mid-range machines (around $1000) that also sew. You could designate this as an embroidery machine and keep it up all the time.

    Sorry if I'm rambling but buying an embroidery machine needs different decisions. If I had to do it over again, I would buy an embroidery machine for stand-alone and would probably use it more often. It's a pain to keep switching it around then I can't really sew while I'm waiting for the embroidery to get done.

    Hope this helps. Have fun checking out all the cool machines.

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    I have a Brother pe770 and a Bernina 640. The Bernina is much easier to use as the screen is so clear and I can see it better.

    Do your home work 1st, (which you are on the right track) and check out what features you want and make sure it has at least a 5x7 stitch field or you will wish you did (I know from experience).

    Remember stabilizers are expensive! You have to use embroidery threads too, not regular sewing thread.

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    I love my Janome 11000SE. And I hear they are going to have a newer version this fall.

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    I have owned 3 babylock embroidery machines, I started with the Ellure traded for an Esante and finally my dream machine the Ellisimo. So easy to use and has lots of bells and whistles

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    I don't know about anyone else but, If possible, get a stand alone embroidey machine. If you do alot of sewing, I think the combined unit gets too much of a work out. That was my take on it anyway. I have a Bernina 820 and a Brother 620. Hope this helps.

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    You will have to have lots of extra accessories/ attachments for an embroidery machine, add lots of extra $$$, so you might want to look at what hoops, feet, ect, come with the machinne and the cost of adding these extras. Just a thought.

    Good luck in your search. It's not a simple one with all the choices and considerations. I have Janome 9700.
    Ava

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    Nothing sews like a Bernina! I love my Aurora 440 QE which does embroidery and has a stitch regulator for quilting.

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    Well I think have a supportative dealer is important both for learning your machine in addition to repairs. I am in the Viking camp, Designer 1 and SE.............like them both very much .............a Pfaff offers the IDT foot on the upper models and I would consider them. My friend has a Brother and I am impressed with the machine is quiet and does emb. well............Bernina; well I have a quilters edition and like it.........but..............for embroidery well the ART format is fussy or at least with my software ............my friend who has a SE and a 440 says Bernina wants to play alone...........just my opinion..........calla

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    My daughter has both Viking and Bernina. They both do a good job but she really likes the Bernina software over the Viking software. Software is a very important part of an embroidery machine. She also uses Embird with both machines. I have a Bernina 180 Artista and have never had a problem with it.

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    I have a Janome 11000 and love it. It sews and embroidery. It cost alot but I use it alot with out any trouble.

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    Maybe I can help. I work for a Pfaff dealer and teach the machine classes plus the embroidery software classes. What machine did you buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by jitkaau
    I have moaned about this before, so sorry to continue: I bought a Pfaff that won't talk to the computer and I'm told I need to spend $2500 to update the software so that it will talk to the computer...I'm reluctant in case I am still in the same position after spending even more money. Therefore, my advice is to make sure that there is more than one way to transfer the information from the computer to the machine. Then you have some chance that one of the methods will work consistently. Check out how much the accessories cost - some brands are much cheaper than others.Also make a comparison as to cost of repairs and if you can do minor repairs or maintenance yourself and are not required to pay for extra services etc.good luck with your selection.

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    I have a Brother 4000D uprgrade to a 4500D and I love it. User friendly. Before this one I had a Brother Ult 2003 and loved that too. The 4000D I embroider on plus do my quilting on too. The hoop sizes are 2x2-4x4-5x7-7x12.

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    I have a Brother PR 620 and have really enjoyed it. The stitching is great and it is very user friendly. I had a sewing/embroidery machine before this one but found I did not use the sewing feature at all. I use a Bernina for sewing. There are so many machines, it's difficult to decide. Good luck finding your dream machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peggy463
    So that means I need advice and NOT from a dealer. I need advice from the experts, you the quilters those of you who use the embroidery machines. I currently have a husqvarna and I love it, but I also like the Bernina, and pfaff. I just don't want to drop all that money on a sewing machine and not get some feed back from you all. I tried to google "most purchased/re-purchased embroidery sewing machine by quilters" but nothing came up. I even tried to look for performance and feature ratings, but still nothing. The dealers all tell you theirs is the best and why.
    Appreciate all your in put
    peggy
    Have the small Brothers SE 350, couldn't afford a larger one, I love it may never buy another Singer, I carry this one with me in the RV when we travel. sews and embroiderys beautiul. Never have used another brand. Good luck on your choice.

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    Well, your head must be spinning with all these opinions. Several others mentioned that having a dealer available is important and I do agree. I have two brother machines and love them. I have a dealer close by who can answer all my questions and service when necessary.

    You do need to know that several machines are made by the same manufacturer. Brother ownes Babyloc and some of the machines are idenical. I recently purchased a BL Quilters choice Professioanl. Before I purchased it I talked with my Brother dealer and he told me how that machine was exactly the same (and showed it to me) as the Brother. I am also happy to have him available because He also informed me that my machine uses special needles. To me, dealer and the amount of money you want to spend for features are important. Good luck

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    Just fyi since you have a viking and love it (i have 3 vikings and their 2 long arms :)) i have Viking SE that has only about 75 hours on it for sale. I have had it for months now and only used it for quilting. Pm if interested.
    Quote Originally Posted by peggy463
    So that means I need advice and NOT from a dealer. I need advice from the experts, you the quilters those of you who use the embroidery machines. I currently have a husqvarna and I love it, but I also like the Bernina, and pfaff. I just don't want to drop all that money on a sewing machine and not get some feed back from you all. I tried to google "most purchased/re-purchased embroidery sewing machine by quilters" but nothing came up. I even tried to look for performance and feature ratings, but still nothing. The dealers all tell you theirs is the best and why.
    Appreciate all your in put
    peggy

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    I have a Husq Designer Diamond and love it. I wanted the biggest hoops I could get. I love Jenny Haskins designs, and my Janome did not like them. The Diamond stitches them out great.

    I was in a class where there were three Pfaff Creative Visions and all three of them had problems.

    I think the main consideration, especially if you've never had an embroidery machine before, is to make sure you have a really good dealer close by who has embroidery classes. You will learn so much more with classes than on your own.

    LeAnne

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