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    My daughter is asking me where she could get an enexpensive but good reliable embroidery machine and what would be a good one for the money. She can't afford anything to pricey, but nothing to cheap where it won't hold up. I told her I have no idea but I bet I could find out who does! So, I come to you! Can anyone give some pointers, any advice is helpful.
    Thank you! :-)

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    I am a babylock fan and own a pfaff as well but the babylock has the Sofia2 or Sofia for a great price. check with a local Babylock dealer www.babylock.com and ask for the price. It does only 4x4 area. Good luck!

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    I have the Brother SE270D it has a 4x4 hoop but love it . They have sense come out with the 400 but suppose to be just as good for under 400.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltnut4ever
    I am a babylock fan and own a pfaff as well but the babylock has the Sofia2 or Sofia for a great price. check with a local Babylock dealer www.babylock.com and ask for the price. It does only 4x4 area. Good luck!
    :-D Thank you! I'll check it out. I never would had thought of Baby Lock!

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    Can't go wrong with a Babylock! The learning curve is so small. I love mine!

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    Recent Brother machines are really excellent - and the prices are great for the quality and features that you get. I love my little $200 Brother serger (1034D, from walmart.com) I am pretty sure that it is mechanically identical to a Babylock - and cosmetically, they're very similar, too. I think that either Babylock manufactures it for Brother or the same third party manufactures both of them.

    The Brother SE400 embroidery machine is only $349 with a $30 rebate at walmart.com:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-Se...chine/14237607 - this machine has a really good reputation, even though it has only a 4X4" field.

    The Brother with a 5X7" embroidery field is only $670:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-Co...-Size/12542647 This will be the next one that I buy.

    I don't usually bad-mouth any machine, but after this Futura embroidery machine lemon, I doubt that I will ever buy a new Singer again.

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    I just bought a brother. So far, I am liking it. I wish it had a bigger hoop, though. I was thinking I would have to spend $1500 for the 5 x 7 hoop machine, but the Wal-Mart one looks like what I will go with when I "upgrade." I paid $700 for my 990 Innova (?) that sews and embroiders. I am thinking I should have just bought an embroidery machine, but I wanted a light-weight one to go to classes with.

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    the brother se400 has usb to download from computer. i bought the se350 and love it, but have to have ped basic to download new patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I have the Brother SE270D it has a 4x4 hoop but love it . They have sense come out with the 400 but suppose to be just as good for under 400.00
    They are very similar. The 400 is a newer model and wil conect to your computer so you can download to the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    Recent Brother machines are really excellent - and the prices are great for the quality and features that you get. I love my little $200 Brother serger (1034D, from walmart.com) I am pretty sure that it is mechanically identical to a Babylock - and cosmetically, they're very similar, too. I think that either Babylock manufactures it for Brother or the same third party manufactures both of them.

    The Brother SE400 embroidery machine is only $349 with a $30 rebate at walmart.com:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-Se...chine/14237607 - this machine has a really good reputation, even though it has only a 4X4" field.

    The Brother with a 5X7" embroidery field is only $670:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-Co...-Size/12542647 This will be the next one that I buy.

    I don't usually bad-mouth any machine, but after this Futura embroidery machine lemon, I doubt that I will ever buy a new Singer again.
    Ooo wow! Thanks for the great info...I'll have to check out the sites!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbyT
    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I have the Brother SE270D it has a 4x4 hoop but love it . They have sense come out with the 400 but suppose to be just as good for under 400.00
    They are very similar. The 400 is a newer model and wil conect to your computer so you can download to the machine.
    Thank you!! Anything that I can download would be great too! I'm so glad I came here to ask. Sales people will tell you about anything to make a sale, but if you want to know the truth, go straight to someone who knows!

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    I couldn't afford a pricey machine but always wanted to try my hand at it. One day I was in WalMart and the Brother SE-400 called to me.... (was under $400.) I brought it home and have loved it ever since. It is only the 4" x 4" hoop but it's a great place to start! I have used it for quilting and also did some bookmarks and ornament for Christmas presents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I couldn't afford a pricey machine but always wanted to try my hand at it. One day I was in WalMart and the Brother SE-400 called to me.... (was under $400.) I brought it home and have loved it ever since. It is only the 4" x 4" hoop but it's a great place to start! I have used it for quilting and also did some bookmarks and ornament for Christmas presents.
    I think 4x4" would be good enough. I really apppreciate your help on this. I have to write all of these down, so far WalMart is the place to go! Thank you!! :-P

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    I have purchased several Bernina Deco 600's and 650's over the years, most used on Ebay, with great success. For the basic 600 I don't pay more than $300, for the 650 not more than $350 (unless they come with added accessories). I've purchased several because my friends have wanted them so I've sold mine to them and purchased replacements. No complaints!

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    Check out the Babylock website and go to the promotion page. I think I remember them running a up to 50% off sale on certain machines at participating dealers. That would give you leverage on getting a deal on price.

    Mary

    http://www.babylock.com/promotions/

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    No matter what machine you get - try to get one that takes usb thumb drives or has a direct connect to a laptop ability. You don't want to mess with the memory cards. You'd have to get the gadget to read/transfer the designs and it's just not worth it.

    Try looking at the other Brothers - NOT the one at Walmart that was linked before - for a small amount extra you can get one that has a few more bells and whistles - like the usb.
    http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp22854.html

    There are other places that sell that model and I'd also check to see what you have locally. There is also the 780 that is reasonably priced as well ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I have the Brother SE270D it has a 4x4 hoop but love it . They have sense come out with the 400 but suppose to be just as good for under 400.00
    I have this machine as well. I bought it off Craigslist for 100. Great little machine. I use it constantly. And since the only other machine that I had was a little cheapo singer (which I have since given to MIL) this is the only machine that I use. Great for sewing and embroidery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    Try looking at the other Brothers - NOT the one at Walmart that was linked before - for a small amount extra you can get one that has a few more bells and whistles - like the usb.
    I'm confused. The only Brother linked to at Walmart that I can find was the SE400 in my own post - and that machine does have USB connectivity to your computer.

    You don't have to save your designs to a thumb drive or memory card to get them to your machine.


    Edit - Okay, I got it now. The second machine in that post apparently uses a USB thumb drive or the memory cards - but it doesn't connect to your computer. I've gotten used to connecting to the computer, so I might skip this machine, too.

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