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I'm considering a new embroidery machine. Input needed.

I'm considering a new embroidery machine. Input needed.

Old 02-28-2011, 09:57 AM
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Hello. I have a Brother SE-270D that I've finally decided my LOVE/HATE relationship I have with it has turned to hate.
I have had a lot of problems with the machine ever since I first got it for Christmas a few years ago. I am unable to embroider with it at all because it leaves large loops of thread on top but they are larger underneath. I have tried pretty much every trick in the book to fix it. I've tried different types (polyester, rayon, etc.) of thread, different brands, I've cleaned the thing countless times, re-threaded, changed the bobbin thread, changed the needles, etc. etc. etc.......So, after a few years of grief with this machine, I'm considering throwing it out in the yard and shooting it.
First, I would like to get a different machine, though.

I would like to know what embroidery machine(s) you have or have used and how that worked out for you. Details about the machine you like and don't like and all that stuff, please.

I do know I would like a 12" x 18" (or somewhere in that area) embroidery area.
I would like a machine I can hook straight to the computer or at least use a jump drive. I don't want to deal with the "cards" anymore.
I would love for the machine to have the abiltiy to embroider caps.
Cutting jump threads automatically would be a big plus.
I would like one that has multiple needles so I wouldn't have to do thread changes, but I priced one of those once for about $13,000. I don't see that happening. ;)
I really don't care if the machine sews or not. I have a sewing machine...
Thanks for any opinions or input on this subject. :D
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by ButtercreamCakeArtist
Hello. I have a Brother SE-270D that I've finally decided my LOVE/HATE relationship I have with it has turned to hate.
I have had a lot of problems with the machine ever since I first got it for Christmas a few years ago. I am unable to embroider with it at all because it leaves large loops of thread on top but they are larger underneath. I have tried pretty much every trick in the book to fix it. I've tried different types (polyester, rayon, etc.) of thread, different brands, I've cleaned the thing countless times, re-threaded, changed the bobbin thread, changed the needles, etc. etc. etc.......So, after a few years of grief with this machine, I'm considering throwing it out in the yard and shooting it.
First, I would like to get a different machine, though.

I would like to know what embroidery machine(s) you have or have used and how that worked out for you. Details about the machine you like and don't like and all that stuff, please.

I do know I would like a 12" x 18" (or somewhere in that area) embroidery area.
I would like a machine I can hook straight to the computer or at least use a jump drive. I don't want to deal with the "cards" anymore.
I would love for the machine to have the abiltiy to embroider caps.
Cutting jump threads automatically would be a big plus.
I would like one that has multiple needles so I wouldn't have to do thread changes, but I priced one of those once for about $13,000. I don't see that happening. ;)
I really don't care if the machine sews or not. I have a sewing machine...
Thanks for any opinions or input on this subject. :D
I have Husqvarna Viking machines. I love my Diamond, which runs about $9000, maybe a little less. It has a huge embroidery area, computer hookup or memory stick. Check it out. I don't know about any other machines as I don't have any nearby dealers other than the Viking one. Viking has great online support also. You can get updates and upgrades via the internet no extra charge. They also have the new Ruby which is cheaper than the Diamond with most of the same features. You can check them out at www.husqvarnaviking.com. Good Luck in your search.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:16 AM
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I just don't think you'll get many of those options without spending in the thousands, but if you do let me know! ;) I paid around 500 for my singer futura and love, but it's not a commercial machine, that sounds like what you want.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:19 AM
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grann of 6, I have been looking at (drooling over) some of the Husqvarna machines.
IF I would spend that much on one, I would probably just go ahead and get a commercial machine
Thanks so much for your post!
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by kathy
I just don't think you'll get many of those options without spending in the thousands, but if you do let me know! ;) I paid around 500 for my singer futura and love, but it's not a commercial machine, that sounds like what you want.
good luck
Yeah, several thousand! It's something to *THINK* about...and dream about...but I'm considering all options at this point.
A commercial machine would be wonderful. I wouldn't mind a used machine, as long as I got it from a dealer or a very reliable person.
A small business opportunity....

In the end I will most likely end up with a Singer with a 5 x 7 embroidery area. But who knows!? This road is curvy right now. I just hope the road is short. My new sewing room is finished, and I'm mostly moved in....and I can't even get started.... :(
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Have you looked into the possibility of getting a Babylock Enterprise? It does cost some money but it sounds like what you are looking for. Try http://www.babylock.com/embroidery/enterprise/
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If you're set on multi needles, you need to be looking at commercial machines.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:40 AM
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You can get a used 15 needle from SWF east and get a really nice start up package if you are going that route. I researched commercial but would up with a Babylock Ellisimo. You are entering a whole new ball game when you go to a multi needle machine!

Here is a link to the used multi needle machine page:

http://www.swfeast.com/en/preowned.asp
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Butter Cream I have had 3 Brother emb maching I started with the lower end to start and I then went to a 8500D then to a 4000D. I have been happy with all my machine. If there is a way for you to try out the differnt machine in your area I would do that and see which one you like the best. I wanted the 4000D when i got the 8500D. But I was trying to save money. So 3 yr later I got the 4000D I held on to the 8500 and sometime will have both going at the same time or will sew on one while the other is running. Good luck on your quest
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Check out the Babylock site. They have a 6 thread, computer, very easy to thread. This is what our LQS carries and I used them at a John Deere seminar. They also carry a 10 thread.
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