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    What would YOU spend your money on...

    A serger or embroidery machine?
    I really know I will get a lot of differing views, so just let me say that I am into baby quilts, wall hangings (Stupendous Stitching, Stitch and Slash, Sew Wild, Rebel Quilting kind of things) and applique.
    I have two sewing machines now.
    Would one or both of these machines help in my endeavors? I know you can use stitches on the sewing machines to use on the edges, although it takes more time and precision, I think. Embroidery machine might give me more flexibility in designs. I wouldn't be able to get a top of the line in either machine.
    Suggestions and thoughts would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

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    I was thinking of a serger before I upgraded my sewing machine. I love how it finishes the edges of garments. If I was sewing a lot of things like baby bigs, receiving blanket, burp clothes and clothes I would have bought one.

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    I have had an overlocker (I think it's the same as a serger) for about 20 years. When I used to make a large number of garments (mainly for self and children) I found it invaluable for finishing the seams. I now use it for finishing the seams inside cushion covers, I patchwork and quilt these and sell them for charity. I love it but I am considering buying an enbroidery machine as, like you, I think it would give me more flexibility in design. The big problem is that here in the U.K. they are very expensive. However, good luck to you with whatever you choose.
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    I'd say get an overlock foot for your existing machine for finishing edges (it has a blade like a SITD foot to help guide you), and get an embroidery machine. Sounds like for the work you do that'd be the most bang for the buck. (This is assuming one of your existing machines has an overlock stitch - check your manual if you're not sure.)

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    A serger is a valuable tool IF you sew garments. If you only quilt then I would say embroidery machine.

    For the official record, I have a serger and wouldn't sew without one. But then again, I sew as many if not more garments than I do quilts. Next on my list of things to buy is an embroidery machine, mainly to be used to make blocks for quilts and wall hangings.

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    get a serger only if you work on clothes. It is not great for quilting.

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    my foot would be for the Embroidery Machine.....I currently have both plus another .
    Use the Serger perhaps once a year when making holiday napkins....and/or when making charity receiving blanket.
    But use the embroidery machine at least once a month....once you get going on the Embroidery Machine you will realize what a great big door it opens for you....with endless possibilities.....
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    Embroidery machine! There are so many things you can embroider on for babies and children, quilts too. Have had mine for several years and couldn't do without it. Lots of free designs online also.

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    I would go with embroidery. Unless you do a lot of garment sewing you won't use a serger all that much. You can use an emb machine for blocks, quilting designs etc.
    when I was sewing for my kids my serger got a lot of use. i would say it's been 5-6 years since I got it out and used it.

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    embroidery machine because not too many clothes to sew

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    I have an every day sewing machine with decorative stitches and I have an embroidery machine which I LOVE. I also recently bought a quilting machine. I considered adding a serger to my studio but after reading on here and buying a book on serging. I realized I would not have much use for one.
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    Unless you know you are REALLY going to use one, I say to just stick with your sewing machines. I have both a serger, and embroidery unit for my machine which are next to new. The serger I used for a jeans jacket, but never have made another, it sits unused. And the embroidery unit I only used in the class I took on how to use it...which was years ago, and I haven't used it. Maybe if I had girls instead of boys I could use it on clothes? I guess I got deals on both of them and THOUGHT I would use them, but my preference really is quilting...and just don't do other sewing. Maybe someday?? I keep thinking I should just sell them.

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    I've never had a serger, but have 2 embroidery machines and wouldn't trade them for anything!

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    I'd go for the embroidery machine. A regular machine can finish seams (maybe not as quickly but it can still be done) but cannot do the fancy embroidery patterns.
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    I may be a little biased as I have an embroidery machine and I sold my serger. I don't make enough apparel right now for the serger and I use my embroidery machine at least once a month. If I have a large project to do, I will use it several days in a row. JMHO!!

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    I don't sew clothes any more. I really wanted a serger at one time. Now I'm glad that I didn't. I have embroider capabilities on my machine but then I can sew when it's embroidering. I personally would go for an embroidery machine. I would too, it I got more into the embroidery stuff.


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    I had a serger and never enjoyed using it so I gifted it to my DH's sister. Then I thought about getting an embroidery machine and realized that I would not like watching the embroidery machine do its thing. I would still need a second machine for sewing. In the end, I acknowledged that I don't really like embroidery so I got the best sewing machine I could afford. Recently I added a sit-down quilting machine to complete the package. One thing I heard my SIL complain about her embroidery machine which is not top of the line either. She says that she can only use one thread color at a time and she finds that annoying. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
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    Thank you all for your thoughts.
    I think as I was posting my query, I was also answering my own question. I do not sew clothes, so if/when I buy it will be an embroidry machine. Now to research those! I went to a demo for the newest Pfaff machine but who can afford that?!!!!! And Brother has too many Disney designs for me.
    Oh well, something else to occupy my thoughts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    I had a serger and never enjoyed using it so I gifted it to my DH's sister. Then I thought about getting an embroidery machine and realized that I would not like watching the embroidery machine do its thing. I would still need a second machine for sewing. In the end, I acknowledged that I don't really like embroidery so I got the best sewing machine I could afford. Recently I added a sit-down quilting machine to complete the package. One thing I heard my SIL complain about her embroidery machine which is not top of the line either. She says that she can only use one thread color at a time and she finds that annoying. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
    That was a lot of help, MadQuilter; thank you.

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    You can do both. Sergers don't have to be expensive and I'd vote for a Juki. On the other hand I wouldn't be without an embroidery machine. The quilts you can do.
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    don't let the Disney designs stop you from considering a Brother. I have had the UTL 2002D for about 10 yrs. now. while I have used the D. designs a few times, most of what i use is from emblibrary.com. they are quality designs at an affordable price. i bought mine online and when it arrived i took it out of the box and started using it. there are some new machines that are emb. only now that have a bigger hoop(5x7 i think) that are reasonable. when you do buy, go for the biggest hoop you can afford

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    There are several things to consider when choosening an Embroidery Machine. Yes the name and reputation are important, but so is the computer software.....some are very easy to use and navigate thru some are harder to get a handle on and some are damn near impossible. Hope size is also important some are limited to only 4 x 4", others you can go way up in size....Don't say to yourself, I will never want to do something that big, believe me you will...and not to be able to will put a frown on your face.....The kind and availablity of designs are also important, you will probably be doing the majority of your shopping and downloading of designs on the internet.....check what type your machine will use, it is an extension like PES, VIP, HUS or SEW....some are readily availble others are not
    Another major concern is how the designs get to your machine, do you have to hook up your computer to the machine ,,,, do you have to buy and use expensive speciality 'cards' are can you use a simple inexpensive USB flashdrive.....I personally have a Brother Duetta, my second Brother machine (I also have a Bernina, which I never use as an embroidery due to its software) The other question should be what does your machine come with does it come with the software for your computer or is it extra, that software can cost you well over a thousand dollars alone. Does it come with hoops, how many and what size......
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    Not all Brother machines have the Disney designs, or didn't when I bought my Brother 3 years ago. But my Brother is identical to my sister's Babylock but didn't cost nearly as much. If I had the money I would update my machine - seriously consider the new machine that is coming out. The new computer features that are available are so worth the money in my opinion. Much the same reason I would buy a new car and not a 10 yr old car.

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    I wouldn't be too concerned about the Disney Designs. There are soooo many "free" or "inexpensive" great designs available on the embroidery sites on the internet. I have only used about 3 of the Disney designs myself just because my DGD wanted Mickey and Minnie. I use the USB cord to transfer designs although I do have the PED Basic card reader/writer and can use the memory cards also. The only thing I would like to have that my PE700II doesn't is the ability to use a Flash Drive but that's not the end of the world. The other thing I would like is a larger hoop size but for the huge jump in price, I'm just fine with my 5x7 hoop. My sister has the huge PR650 6 thread machine and I don't think she has done many designs over the 5x7 size. That is a $11,000 machine vs my $700 dollar machine (at the time we bought). She also has the Brother 4500D and she uses it basically for regular sewing and that one was not an inexpensive machine either!!

    Can you tell I love my Brother PE700II!?????? JMHO!

    ETA: Also, I did not purchase the PE Design software...it has a huge learning curve...I have used my sister's. I use Monogram Wizard Plus and Sew What Pro, both relatively inexpensive programs and I learn them both in just a couple of hours. Or my DDIL did and she taught me but both programs are so user friendly.
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    An embroidery machine sounds in the future for you. Me, I am saving for one next. I just spent $$$ on a Bernina 380 as the best I could afford for a great basic machine (top of the 300 Bernina seires) and a Bernina 1300MDC serger. I am getting aquainted with my machines and am looking forward to expanding my horizons with them. I am especially ready to try the 1300 out doing quilt as you go on some rows I have designed a quilting motif for. I want to get the project done and once the rows are quilted it looks like I can piece and finish on the serger. just have to keep my quilting out of the seam allowance area.

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