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Thread: TWO machines and a love story!

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    Senior Member Scraplady's Avatar
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    TWO machines and a love story!

    I've been shopping for a new SM for some time. I thought I had done all my homework and had just about settled on one. Then I stopped by an unknown (to me) dealer and discovered the Brother Innov-is VQ3000 "Dreamweaver". (This is the "twin sister" of the Baby Lock Crescendo over which I had done rather a lot of oohing and ahing, but decided was just too rich for my blood. I'm also in the market for my first EM and had a set amount to spend on both.) After a number of demos and testing and some further unnecessary drooling, just for fun, I asked for a price. Her quote was far less than the Baby Lock, and Brother is running a promotion thru Jan. 28th. That night I told my investor (DH) all about my adventure.

    Long story short, we went back yesterday, and I came home with not only the Dreamweaver, but a Brother PE-780D EM as well! I think I chose well--DH, that is. He has always been my greatest supporter and far more willing to spend big bucks on my equipment than I am. He said I deserve a machine worthy of my talent! What a man! And hopefully the machines will be a good choice as well.

    I have never owned a TOL machine, so I'm looking forward to discovering all it can do. So far it is out of the box--no easy task, this is a behemoth of a machine with an 11.25" harp. The clock is set (still wondering about this since I mostly prefer NOT to watch the clock when I'm sewing...must be a way to disable that feature), a bobbin is wound and the needle is threaded. Now, how long do we sit here and stare at it and wonder where to start?!
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    You are a lucky lady to have such a generous husband. Mine is generous but we don't have the funds, so I am content for now with my ten sewing machines and one embroidery machine. All bought used and most all vintage.
    Kitsy

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    That sounds wonderful!! I had a demo of the DreamWeaver and it is a nifty machine for sure. Keep us posted on your progress!!!!

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    Enjoy. I have the combo, and am so in love I think my hubbies jealous
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    Awesome, enjoy!!!!!!

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    You're a VERY lucky lady! Enjoy yourself to high heaven, woman!

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    That is fantastic! So glad your husband is supportive. I'd never had a TOTL machine before I bought a Janome 7700 two years ago, October (2010). It really is fun to sew with a machine that can do so much and makes it so easy.

    But I was also overwhelmed a bit at the beginning. Took me a couple of days just looking before I sewed with it. My husband didn't understand why I didn't dig right in and just start. I've made up for it since then, however!

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    There are some things that are just worth sinking the money into and a good machine is important to have. So glad you were able to get the machines you love. Grab some scraps and start playing on the machine.

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    What a great DH! My DH is supportive but not quite up with yours -yet
    For Christmas he did get me an Accuquilt Go & bucks to buy dies. So he's also a keeper
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    I looked in abbreviations and didn't find these so I'll have to ask the question.. In post#1 TOL was mentioned and in Post #7, TOTL. What do they mean?

    Congratulations on your new machines and on having such a supportive and sweet DH! I'm yearning for a new machine (Janome 6300 or 6400) and all my DH says is "and where are you going to put it?"
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    TOL and TOTL both mean top of the line machine.

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    Congratulations! I agree, hubby is a keeper
    I say jump right in and create something from scratch. Don't even finish off an old ufo, make something brand spanking new, even if it's just a potholder or a table runner. Something quick and easy for instant gratification so that you can have a completely new project made on your new machine... and you can add some embroidery to it as well!

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    I just discovered this machine will sew sideways! How did I miss that in the demos? I have tried out a number of the decorative stitches, wrote my name in 3 fonts, 2 diff. sizes. The control screen seemed a bit intimidating at first, but it is really very user-friendly. I can save up to 5 different settings for EVERY stitch in the memory so I won't have to fine tune everything EVERY time I start to sew. I have a baby quilt all basted and ready to go, I can't wait to try FMQ on this machine with all that space--and three different quilting feet. And it came with a huge extension table!
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    If the shop where you bought your machines offers free classes, please take them up on it! That is what they are there for. They can help you learn all about your new machine. Enjoy!
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    I remember bringing home my Brother emb machine two years ago. Got it out and thought I was going to start embroidering. How very wrong! I sat and looked at it, read a little of the manual, then packed it back up for the class two days later. They got me started (and addicted) and I still go to the monthly embroidery class when I can and learn new techniques, and it's such a great group of ladies - have fun with yours!

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    Congratulations, you have hit the jackpot. Hubby wise, that is! We are so blessed when we have someone at our side who is supportive of what we do. He deserves an extra squeeze & a big smooch. (But, then he probably has someone on his side who does the same for him.) It will be no time & you will be putting many a mile on those machines. Enjoy the learning curve & keep smiling as you do it.
    Vonda-Texas MiMi of 4 Beautiful Grandbabies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scraplady View Post
    I've been shopping for a new SM for some time. I thought I had done all my
    homework and had just about settled on one. Then I stopped by an unknown (to me) dealer and discovered the Brother Innov-is VQ3000 "Dreamweaver". (This is the "twin sister" of the Baby Lock Crescendo over which I had done rather a lot of oohing and ahing, but decided was just too rich for my blood. I'm also in the market for my first EM and had a set amount to spend on both.) After a number of demos and testing and some further unnecessary drooling, just for fun, I asked for a price. Her quote was far less than the Baby Lock, and Brother is running a promotion thru Jan. 28th. That night I told my investor (DH) all about my adventure.

    Long story short, we went back yesterday, and I came home with not only the Dreamweaver, but a Brother PE-780D EM as well! I think I chose well--DH, that is. He has always been my greatest supporter and far more willing to spend big bucks on my equipment than I am. He said I deserve a machine worthy of my talent! What a man! And hopefully the machines will be a good choice as well.

    I have never owned a TOL machine, so I'm looking forward to discovering all it can do. So far it is out of the box--no easy task, this is a behemoth of a machine with an 11.25" harp. The clock is set (still wondering about this since I mostly prefer NOT to watch the clock when I'm sewing...must be a way to disable that feature), a bobbin is wound and the needle is threaded. Now, how long do we sit here and stare at it and wonder where to start?!
    I have a Brothers Quattro 6000D and I live it!! I have owned Brother machines for over 17 years and never have had a but of trouble with them. I have owned three. The first one burnt in a fire and went out and replaced it with another. I have had that one since 2000. I just sold it last week because I upgraded to the Quattro over a year ago. It was just sitting around. I hated to part with it. Good lunch with your new babies.

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    What a "Dream" of a husband. You are truly blessed. As for the clock, my Bernina also comes with a clock & I can set an alarm to go off at a specified time. Like you, I thought, what do I need that for BUT I get so involved sewing sometimes I forget to put supper on so I set the alarm & voila, it reminds me to put things away & get at supper.
    Congrats on your new machines.
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    congrats on a stellar DH and machine

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    Did you get a guide class or two on these machines? Your dealer should do that for you, and it might give you some ideas for projects to start on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG View Post
    I looked in abbreviations and didn't find these so I'll have to ask the question.. In post#1 TOL was mentioned and in Post #7, TOTL. What do they mean?

    Congratulations on your new machines and on having such a supportive and sweet DH! I'm yearning for a new machine (Janome 6300 or 6400) and all my DH says is "and where are you going to put it?"
    I googled it and they both mean top of the line.

    I have a brother se400 and would absolutely love to have a Dreamweaver!! You are so fortunate!

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    [QUOTE=GailG;5801597]I looked in abbreviations and didn't find these so I'll have to ask the question.. In post#1 TOL was mentioned and in Post #7, TOTL. What do they mean?

    Thank you so much for asking. I was sitting here wondering too!

    Dina

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    My hubby is a lot like that, too. It's so nice to the loving support of your DH.

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    [QUOTE=Dina;5804723]
    Quote Originally Posted by GailG View Post
    I looked in abbreviations and didn't find these so I'll have to ask the question.. In post#1 TOL was mentioned and in Post #7, TOTL. What do they mean?

    Thank you so much for asking. I was sitting here wondering too!

    Dina

    TOL means Top Of the Line usually referring to an expensive, well-made machine.

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    Hmm I wonder how much I would get on trade in , I have a Brother QC 1000. LOL

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