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Thread: New embroidery sewing machines.

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    Senior Member jollyquilting's Avatar
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    I am wanting to upgrade my little sewing machine and am wanting an embroidery, sewing machines. I see that the Brother's are going cheap but look neat. Are they junk or are their others that anyone knows about any other brands that work just as nice.

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    I've been using an ULT 2002 for about 8 years now and I love it. i use it for emb., regular sewing and quilting. Between my DDs and myself it is used every day. other than routine cleaning it has never been in the shop. two of my other DDs have brother sewing machines also. Not used nearly as much but they've never had a problem with either.if you are looking to get into emb.I would recommend you get one with the largest hoop that you can afford. most people I know outgrow the 4x4 hoop quickly.

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    I agree... you wont be happy unless you can at the bare minimum embroidery 5" X 7" pieces.
    Many of the designs are starting at this size now :D:D:D

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    I bought a Brother Innovis a few years ago - it does embroidery (5x7), threads the needle & cuts the thread for you. It has automatic tension & is easy to use. I have quilted several quilts on it, including FMQ. I love it! I haven't had any problems with it. (except it is quite expensive to get 'serviced' - which they recommend every year, but think I'll wait for another 3-4 years before doing that again! Unless I have problems of course.)

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    I am selling my Babylock Ellisimo - see the classifieds here. It is the utmost and I am having to let it go at a steal! You can go to Babylock's web site and see this amazing machine.

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    I had a Brother 8500D and never had any problems with it. I upgraded to a Brother Innovis 4000D and have not have any problems with it either, it's about 4 years old now.

    Both are combination sewing/embroidery machines but I have to admit, I never sewed on the 8500 and will probably never sew on the 4000 either for 2 reasons. I have the 4000 on top of a dresser so I have eye level access to it, it would be too difficult to move it to a table to sew. And I do a lot of embroidery and I have a really good regular sewing machine so usually I'm sewing and embroidering at the same time.

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    I got a Janome 9500 used for next to nothing at a janome dealer. I absoTUTELY LOVE IT!!

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    I got the Janome 9500 too, and love it!

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    I have a designer 1 Viking machine and love it but now all the software I had went bonkers when my computer crashed and the new computer is a 64 bit windows 7 which means all new software which is very expensive. For now, I will use the 330 disc's that I made through the years. I have pictures of each page but it is difficult to find that one design you know is there. I have over 15,000 designs that I do have on a back up system that someday when Embird has a fix so things work on the new computers, I'll be able to enjoy. I will patiently wait. Still love my Designer 1.

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    I have had several Brother embroidery machines. They are the most used friendly machine that I know. I have a Viking SE, I like it also. The Brother is easier to use in my view.
    I also have a Brother 4000d embroidery machine for sale...

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    I got Paco here for just under a grand, it came with all these toys...
    This is a embroidery only machine. I have a dedicates sewing machine already. I could find no reason to get one that does both, why add the wear and tear to it.


    Here is the link to where I got him....
    http://www.mrvacandmrssew.com/brothe...age-p-724.aspx
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    I have a bottom of the line brother sewing/embroidery machine. While I do love it and it is very easy to use.. as others stated, I have out grown the 4x4 hoop.. Get a miniumum 5x7 .... also, I got rid of my other sewing machines , since this one is a combo, but I wish I had a disgnated sewing machine.. would be easier than having to change the settings ( altho this is VERY easy to do... just frustrating to have to go back and forth), for just one or two seams...

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    WOW what a great deal!!!!! Now how can I sneak another machine in with out Hubby knowing, LOL he bought me all my others so it would be no problem. Of course I would need another table and a bigger room. I don't have room for all my machines now. I keep one set packed and ready for classes and metings. I think he forgot about that machine GGG.

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    I Bought a Brother Innov-1200 and I love it. Very easy to use and understand.

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    I had a brother and you couldn't pay me to have another one in my house. Now I know several people who love theirs but mine was a real lemon.

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    I was told by a sewing machine dealer that the cheaper models of Brother (or other brands) that you get from low cost sources (i.e., WM) are made with inferior products (i.e., plastic parts) & don't hold up as well. That's why they are cheaper. Of course, they would discourage people from buying a cheaper product than theirs, but I tend to believe it.

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    Many machines now have plastic/nylon parts. has nothing to do with them being sold at WM or any other place

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    I have a quilt designer 1 machine and love it it's 6 yrs old and never any trouble just cleanings every 2 yrs. I also have a husquvarna embrodidery machine and its equally good. It was $900.00 when I bought it 5 yrs ago. Good luck with all the choices out there.

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    I just upgraded from a Janome Memory Craft 8000 bought 20 years ago to a MC 11000 love both of them. The 11000 has larger hoops and more bells and whistles and it is a bit more expensive than the brother.

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    Ohhhhh. If only I could afford the 11000. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spring
    I had a brother and you couldn't pay me to have another one in my house. Now I know several people who love theirs but mine was a real lemon.
    So was my brother.....oopps wrong kinda brother.......haha

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    There's a decision you have to make based on the following:

    If you buy an inexpensive machine and then find that you love to do lots of machine embroidery, you will wish you had bought a better quality machine, so you will not be happy.

    If you buy an high quality machine (read 'expensive' ... and, FYI, expect to pay more for a name brand, such as Viking) and then find that you don't like doing machine embroidery ... you will not be happy.

    You can buy great used machines, but, whether you choose used or new, you should buy only from a reputable dealer, if possible. I wouldn't reject an excellent opportunity to buy a good machine (such as the above mentioned Ellisimo), but I do think having a good sewing machine dealer/service/repair available to you is very important.

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    After owning a Husqvarna,Pfaff,Babylock and Brother I find I use the Brother the most as I have no issues with it. The Babylock is wonderful as well, but it is a dedicated machine and does not do everything. In future, I intend to buy dedicated machines so that I do not have issues with some functions not working. The Pfaff won't communicate with the computer and the only solution I am offered is to spend more money to update the software. I woud rather wait until I can buy another machine.

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