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Thread: inexpensive embroidery machine for alphabet only?

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    Senior Member Marcia_PA's Avatar
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    I have a Janome 6600 but the alphabet letters available on the machine are small. I'm not interested in an expensive embroidery machine but I would like to be able to monogram or add names to quilted/sewn items. Any suggestions for an inexpensive machine that can embroider larger letters--maybe up to an inch tall--and do a good job of it?

    Thanks for suggestions.

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    I don't know what you consider inexpensive but I paid almost $500 for my Singer Futura and I love it!

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    i have the janome 350E embroidery machine, of course you may not want to spend that much. but if you have a dealer in your area, you could possibly get a used one. also try ebay and craigslist. i found one on ebay for a friend.

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    Funny you should ask this question because I am debating whether to get a embroidery machine mainly for the alphabet . I have a Janome 6600 also......
    Will be interesting to see other suggestions.

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    I have a brother SE350 less than $400.00 and it does awsome monograms. Have done towels for the kids.
    It is both sewing machine and embroidery.

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    Got to your dealer and see what they have in the way of used machines..if thats all you want to use it for you should be able to get one for a steal. =)

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    the brother 270D is a really inexpensive machine and it does have the alphabet...look on ebay, bet you can get on for less than $200....I paid 300.00 on overstock and 3.00 shipping>>>>

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    Walmart has Brother SQ9000 that does letters for $199.99.

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    My suggestion: please get a demonstration before you buy. If possible stitch on it. Look for good underlay stitches from the machine. How many different alphas do you want? Also remember you may want dealer support or a good technician. I have 2 emb. machines(old but they suite me fine) I am in the market for a good sewing machine...want to upgrade from my very basic Janome. May shop in Maine because I am not especially happy with the local dealers in NH. Anyone here know about Tony's in Maine?
    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia_PA
    I have a Janome 6600 but the alphabet letters available on the machine are small. I'm not interested in an expensive embroidery machine but I would like to be able to monogram or add names to quilted/sewn items. Any suggestions for an inexpensive machine that can embroider larger letters--maybe up to an inch tall--and do a good job of it?

    Thanks for suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I have a brother SE350 less than $400.00 and it does awsome monograms. Have done towels for the kids.
    It is both sewing machine and embroidery.
    Ditto! I have one of these and agree. I have put kids names on girl scout uniforms/vests. Quite popular. On the bigger letters you have to move the hoop.

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    Thank you for all the suggestions. I'll look into the different options. I didn't want to spend more than $300 but not being familiar with what's out there, I wasn't sure that was an option.

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    I own/have owned several Bernina Deco 600 and Deco 650 embroidery machines. Paid between $300-350 used. Both have nice alphabets. If you look into getting a used machine, ask the person selling it to stitch out some letters for you so you can see what they look like.

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    I have a Brother 900D, it really is an excellent machine and will do both stitching and embroiderying. This machine is small and compact nice for taking back and forth to classes.
    I also have a Baby Lock, that I just purchased used (had almost no sewing by the precious owner), it has a much larger selection of fonts. BL does not sew as well as the Brother. It is a swap off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkennemore
    I have a Brother 900D, it really is an excellent machine and will do both stitching and embroiderying. This machine is small and compact nice for taking back and forth to classes.
    I also have a Baby Lock, that I just purchased used (had almost no sewing by the precious owner), it has a much larger selection of fonts. BL does not sew as well as the Brother. It is a swap off.
    This is what I have and I LOVE it! This machine just sings for me.

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    There's a Brother SE350 on overstock.com for @269 + FREE shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou
    There's a Brother SE350 on overstock.com for @269 + FREE shipping.
    I paid close to 400.00 at Walmart for mine. I love it for embroidery+. This looks like a good deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbyT
    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou
    There's a Brother SE350 on overstock.com for @269 + FREE shipping.
    I paid close to 400.00 at Walmart for mine. I love it for embroidery+. This looks like a good deal.
    I just got an e-mail add, that promotes a new Brother SE400. I checked this out and this machine has more than the SE350 and also allows computer access by USB port. cost 369.00 and free shipping to store at Walmart http://www.brother-usa.com/HomeSewin....mc_ev=clickt. this is my attempt to give you the link.

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    Just curious. Do you live near Stroudsburg,PA? I was in a store last week and someone was in there looking for a machine to do alphabet. What a small world if it was you. You can e-mail me at [email protected] or [email protected]

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    Can you use other CD's or some type of flash drive on your machine then you would just have to purchase a new alphabet on one of those drives.

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    I bought two machines from Toni. I really like the way he does business. He will not sell you the moon, if you ask for stars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmd36
    My suggestion: please get a demonstration before you buy. If possible stitch on it. Look for good underlay stitches from the machine. How many different alphas do you want? Also remember you may want dealer support or a good technician. I have 2 emb. machines(old but they suite me fine) I am in the market for a good sewing machine...want to upgrade from my very basic Janome. May shop in Maine because I am not especially happy with the local dealers in NH. Anyone here know about Tony's in Maine?
    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia_PA
    I have a Janome 6600 but the alphabet letters available on the machine are small. I'm not interested in an expensive embroidery machine but I would like to be able to monogram or add names to quilted/sewn items. Any suggestions for an inexpensive machine that can embroider larger letters--maybe up to an inch tall--and do a good job of it?

    Thanks for suggestions.
    I bought 2 machines from Toni when I lived in Soutern Maine. He is really knowlegable and has his shop in Biddeford, Maine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia_PA
    I have a Janome 6600 but the alphabet letters available on the machine are small. I'm not interested in an expensive embroidery machine but I would like to be able to monogram or add names to quilted/sewn items. Any suggestions for an inexpensive machine that can embroider larger letters--maybe up to an inch tall--and do a good job of it?

    Thanks for suggestions.
    Just an idea, but there are tons of 'free' alphabets on the internet, so why pay for another embroidery machine when all you have to do is load embroidery alphabet into it. Also, don't know about your machine, but my Brother embroidery machine has built in alphabet and you can change the size right on the machine. Do you think you could do that?
    Jenelle

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbyT
    Quote Originally Posted by DebbyT
    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou
    There's a Brother SE350 on overstock.com for @269 + FREE shipping.
    I paid close to 400.00 at Walmart for mine. I love it for embroidery+. This looks like a good deal.
    I just got an e-mail add, that promotes a new Brother SE400. I checked this out and this machine has more than the SE350 and also allows computer access by USB port. cost 369.00 and free shipping to store at Walmart http://www.brother-usa.com/HomeSewin....mc_ev=clickt. this is my attempt to give you the link.
    I bought the Brother SE 400 today online from Ken's Sewing Center. I paid 369.00 and when I called the store to pay for it, I spoke with the owner who was so friendly. He threw in thread, stabilizers and bobbins and told me to call with any questions or concerns any time. The service was wonderful. Can't wait for the machine to arrive in 3 business days!

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    I should have added there is a $30 rebate also for this machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia_PA
    I have a Janome 6600 but the alphabet letters available on the machine are small. I'm not interested in an expensive embroidery machine but I would like to be able to monogram or add names to quilted/sewn items. Any suggestions for an inexpensive machine that can embroider larger letters--maybe up to an inch tall--and do a good job of it?

    Thanks for suggestions.
    Walmart sells a Brother for under $400. The limitation is that it is only a 4 x 4 hoop embroidery field. It has lots of built in stitches and is also a regular sewing machine. Brother sells a lot of cards forit or you can buy a blank one and write to it with Ped Basic, which allows you to download a lot of the free stuff out there on the net. Good luck and let us know what you end up with! :-D

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