(Moving myself out of poor lylmousy's thread, lol)
As I mentioned in the above hijacked thread, I am looking to start a small home embroidery business. My brother (who is purchasing a machine for me) and I drove about 45 minutes to a dealer last Saturday to look at machines because I thought they were the closest but I was wrong, there's one much closer (they seem bigger too) so I went there alone today.
Anyways because of space restrictions I was thinking I needed to get a one needle combo embroidery/sewing machine but seriously, it's for a business, I can sacrifice a piece of furniture or something, so I've changed my mind, and I am looking at the 4-needle Janome MB-4 craftydeb owns. The place we went to on Saturday didn't even show me that machine so either they didn't have it or she thought I wouldn't want it, but the place I went to today has it. It's got a normal price tag of $7500 which is too steep for us, although it will be on sale for $5800 this weekend - which I don't think will do us any good because my brother can't afford another large purchase for at least a month. The lady said she'd try to find me a floor model or something but who knows on that.
Anyways the point is, I do want this machine, and even if we can find it for more like $5000 or so it might be hard to convince my brother to shell out that much, I don't think he wanted to go over about $3500 (and its not like there won't be other expenses). My dad may or may not contribute but if he does it would probably only be like a couple hundred dollars or so. I may go with layaway, with up to three monthly payments - but of course that means I won't have the machine for three months after the payments start.
Those of you who have this machine, can you please let me know how well you think it would work for starting a business? What kinds of projects have you done? Has anyone worked on a pant leg? I understand with this machine you've have to open the leg up and resew it afterwords - has anyone tried that? How about shaped patches? Um...anything else in particular you can tell me to help convince my brother, lol? Does anyone use it to make money and if so, how well do you do? What kinds of classes would you recommend?
Sorry for the barrage of questions, I'll probably have more later.
edit: Well. It appears that when I was told I would be helped in starting a business no one actually meant they'd buy me business equipment so much as hobby equipment, and then if I make any money from that "we'll see" about getting something better. Whatever. I'd still like to hear about this machine, but I will be going for something much cheaper at this time.