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Thread: really getting interested in purchasing an embroidery machine

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    Super Member Deb watkins's Avatar
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    Okay, okay, I am getting so psyched by all of the embroidery that I am seeing, and have been bitten by the thought of purchasing one. I have a Janome for sewing, a DC3050, love it.....based on that, any recommendations for an embroidery machine?

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    Don't know about buying one, have you checked out Eddie's PDA? He upgraded his ordinary machine, got a great deal on the price, got an allowance on his trade in, AND got a free embroidery machine as well! Perhaps you should check out what deals there are out there. We certainly don't have any like that here in Ireland.

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    Guess I had better check it out! Thanks!

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    I resemble that remark! I was looking at a couple of older models (from Craig's list), then went into the local sew/vac shop to ask them about the models. Of course they steered me towards the new models. For my entry-level price range, I was looking at the Brother 1200 which is at a reduced price because the 1250 (new model) is coming out, which, of course has some very nice features that I'm interested in. It's also a sewing machine. I can get a dedicated embroidery for less money, but then it doesn't have the usb-port feature that I want. So they say the 1250 will come down in price once the 1200s are all sold (around Thanksgiving time). I'll wait till then and see.

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    Those of you who have an embroidery machine, do you tend to stick with the same brand as your sewing machine, or do you have combinations or several machines that do different things - ie. surgers?

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    I'll tell you what I was told and have heard many tell the same thing. Get as much of a machine (larger embroidery field) as you can afford.

    Reason being is that the first time you do ME (machine embroidery) you'll wish you could do a bigger design... and yes, you can split but it's not so easy.. (I have an design I did when I had a smaller hoop, had to splice her and put her back together.)... her legs are attached, but not quite the way they were supposed to be! :lol:

    I quickly moved up to a B/L Ellegante... and haven't regretted it since.. loved it so much I also bought the 4000D Innovis which has been upgraded so it's equivelant to the 4500D. (has Disney and my kids used to love Disney)

    Anyways, Brother and Babylock are made by the same people...I know, weird, but that said all my machines previous were Brother's... I also have a B/L Evolve Serger... so it's just what machine brand you like...


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    I have a Brother SE270D And a Brother 6000 for sewing. I wish I had a larger embroidery area, but then I really don't use mine much . I used it a lot to begin with and bought the PED basic to add more designs, but I am so wrapped up in quilting I don't use as much as I could or should. I do love my "Brothers".
    It all depends on what you want from the machine and hwo much you think you will use it and for what type of things you will embroider ? Does that make sense ? Do you want a machine for just embroidery or one that sews and embroiders ? Budget of course will dictate a lot.
    Good Luck with the search :lol:

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    I agree with tuesy, you are limited if you only have a 4X4 emb field.

    Don't be alarmed like I was at first tho, you will need some software too.

    I would get a machine that you can transfer designs by using a USB stick. You won't need extra things such as a magic box and stuff.

    I hope I didn't confuse you. Anyway, I have a Bernina 640. I like the Bernina Deco 340 too, it uses a USB but is a bit pricey.

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    depends on what you are going to use it for and how much you are going to use it, and that is hard to tell before you start. At a good dealer they will have good used ones, There are a lot of questions that can be asked when looking, like any machine, what do you need in it, it isn't like trying out most of the sewing machines that you can sit down and figure out if you like it, though that is a possibility if you already work with it, you know what for you will be user friendly. Make sure the staff is knowledgable and willing to help you learn, free lessons help,

    I have two brothers, one older and one newer, I have the brother 8500 and the PR620 (6 threads)

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    I started with the Brother 8500D and loved it...
    Finally upgraded to the Brother 4500 Duetta...love it and then I got a Pfaff CV 5.0 at a steal....so I love 'em both for all different reasons...
    I love the fact that I can sew/quilt on one and emb on the other...
    Or emb on both...
    I love 'em...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    I agree with tuesy, you are limited if you only have a 4X4 emb field.

    Don't be alarmed like I was at first tho, you will need some software too.

    I would get a machine that you can transfer designs by using a USB stick. You won't need extra things such as a magic box and stuff.

    I hope I didn't confuse you. Anyway, I have a Bernina 640. I like the Bernina Deco 340 too, it uses a USB but is a bit pricey.
    What about getting an emb. module for your 640? I have the 730 with the emb module, and I can sew bigger than 4 x 4. With the large oval hoop, I think it's 145 x 255mm - sorry, not sure of inches.

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    I have a PR 600 by Brother that I love.

    I have a Viking SE that has an embroidery unit, it is nice but I basically use my PR 600.

    Sybil

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    I have the Brother SE-270D. I started out with a Brother sewing machine, and that is what Mom always uses, too, so ....I drooled over the 270D and received it for my Christmas present in 2007. I had some problems with the machine, but it wasn't the problems that were the problem, so much as it was BROTHER's POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE! The problems were fixable, it was just hard getting Brother to do anything other than be intimidating after they would answer the phone (not a toll free number) after having me on hold for about 15 minutes each time.
    As of right now, I have no complaints with the machine. It's been working fine.

    I also have some singer sewing machines.

    You should definately do some shopping and look at different brands that are available to you. I didn't reallly have anywhere to look at machines other than Wal-Mart and online because there is no dealer around here. And the Brother was the most affordable.

    It seems like there are a lot more SE machines out there now.

    I encourage you to go with something with a larger embroidery area than 4"x4", that is what I have. I'd love to be able to do some bigger designs. The re-hooping gets annoying. If getting a machine with a USB in it is an option for you, go for it! I have the PED basic. I got it for a little over $100. I love that I can put designs on it and put the card in the computer, but sometimes I have issues with it.

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    You probably will get as many answers as there are quilter in this board. I suggest you start by deciding your budget. Make sure you get your machine locally, or if not possible, at least make sure that the brand you pick can be serviced locally. If anything goes worng with it and you have to ship it some where, you may have to spend more $$$ than planned. Don't ask me how I know.

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    I appreciate your taking time to give me some direction. I know everything comes down to personal preference, but just having some information from 'users' certainly helps. I had the thought of the larger emb field, that was one consideration. The USB port was not...never gave it a thought, until now! There are two local dealers, one with Babylock and the other Janome. Thanks for the info!

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    With the newer larger area machines can you quilt a block that has the batting and backing on. I mean can it quilt a quilt?
    If so then it would be worth the price to be able to do a fancy design in each block and have it quilted at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    With the newer larger area machines can you quilt a block that has the batting and backing on. I mean can it quilt a quilt?
    If so then it would be worth the price to be able to do a fancy design in each block and have it quilted at the same time.
    Yes you can quilt a quilt with embroidery designs. Some tone on tone quilts with different designs (like a sampler quilt) are really pretty.

    I started with the Brother Esante embroidery/sewing machine about 12 years ago, and loved it. I could never learn to digitize my own designs, but just embroidering bought or downloaded designs was easy. When I realized my machine would not stipple correctly, my DH told me it was time to upgrade. I had two friends that owned Berninas and raved over them. I bought the 730 and could not believe the flexibility in designing and how user friendly it is. I know technology has improved greatly in 12 years, but as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for".

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    I have a huskystar made bye viking, I love it you can download designs off computer, but only has a 4x4 hoop, wish it was bigger,I have it up for sale and would like to buy a singer 250, but this machine is a good one to learn on and its not expensive Phyllis

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    Thanks for the info.
    It is time to upgrade to embroidery. I have a Viking and know that they make one with a very large hoop area.
    I have tried to do it free motion but can only do borders and even then not very good.

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    Hi Deb:
    Got to give you my input...LOL.
    I have an old 1957 Singer machine which i dearly love, I named her 'Nellie" because I use her so much. I also have a Juno Serger which is fairly new. I have an American Quilter sewing machine which I purchased from Walmart about 7 years agoto give 'Nellie" a rest. . It runs like a dream and I also reeived many accessories with it.
    I also was interested in embroidery, so with what budget I had I purchased a Singer Futura Sewing/Embroidery machine. I absolutely love it. It was well within my budget and does all the things I need. I even download patterns from the computer with it as well.
    Main thing is be happy with what you can afford and love it with oil.
    Happy Quilting!

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    Hi Deb
    I have the Singer Quantam 5000 - it is a little pricey but it has so many great features. You have a choice of bobbin winding - never ending. in place or the regular way. You also can thread 2 colours & it will automaticly cut the thread & go to the next colour. Fabulous machine.
    Serena

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    Congradulations on "taking the plunge" I started out with a Singer Furtura,
    But graduated to a Baby Lock Elleganta2 this past June. I would suggest that you purchase one of the less expensive models (or even a good used model, from a responsible dealer) to see how you like machine embroidery. Then graduated to one of the top of the line models. I swear by my Baby Lock. Since June I've made three 120x120 quilts!! Machine embroidery is addicting...

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    I have a Janome 10000 that I am thinking about selling. Any interest? GiGi

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    Hi Deb,

    The embroidery machines at our local Walmart didn't allow me to put in different embroidery designs. I would have been stuck with the few that came in the machine. That is where the sewing machine with a USB stick is very important, more versatility adding and importing new designs or designs you create if you get software for your computer.

    In all the towns in a 80 mile radius of my area, there are mostly Viking dealers. So, I decided on a Viking. I really like my machine. Since then I have seen and demo-ed a Bernina. It is a really nice machine too!

    I have gone through 7 Vikings machines and have loved everyone of them. No! I didn't break them all. 3 were trade-ups as I learned what features I wanted on a machine. Yea, I know, you are asking what happened to the other 4. I'm not telling.

    I advise anyone who has a sewing machine and is looking for an embroidery machine to KEEP their simple sewer.

    No, wait, doesn't that spell the drain pipe from your toilet? How does one spell the word for a person who sews?

    I traded-in my regular sewing machine to reduce the cost of the embroidery machine, which also is a great sewing machine. But, I found that I wanted to have a embroidery station (the sewing table) and a sewing station (the dining table) at the same time.

    Call me needy!

    Actually the dog can't go up and downstairs to the basement sewing room to keep my feet warm any more and at 80 pounds, I can't carry him either. It got on my nerves knowing that he was upstairs alone and I couldn't enjoy my work.

    I finally managed to get a very cheap simple machine again and it turned out to be the best 1/4 inch seamer I have ever worked with. Not being able to adjust the needle position every which-a-way can be a bonus sometimes.

    Well anyway, I agree, get a machine with the biggest embroidery area you are comfortable paying for.

    Did I say too much?

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    Yes Rose Marie,

    You can QUILT the embroidery into the quilt top on most machines these days.

    I pin or baste the entire quilt sandwich.

    Then, mark the centers for any squares or blocks I want to fancy stitch with a design from the embroidery machine.

    I hoop those and stitch them out.

    Next, I go back with the regular machine and dual-feed foot and stitch in any straight lines I want.

    Last, if I have any free-motion or stippling, I add that.

    All that is left is the binding.

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