Hi everyone. My hubby and I got $700 for Christmas that we were told to "buy something fun." Well, we were planning on buying a mattress, well, my hubby wonderfully told me that I should get an embroidery machine. Since I've always wanted one, and we never have this much money to do something with. So here is where I need your help.
What do I get?
I am having a really hard time finding information on embroidery machines. Reviews or comparisons or anything.
I will probably have to order it online as I really don't have anything near me besides WalMarts.
I've decided I don't want a White 4400 (I know people with them, and most of the reviews I've read pretty much say not to do it.)
That's the only thing I know or don't know.
Here is what I want. I want an embroidery machine that would preferably do something bigger than 4X4, but if that's all I can get oh, well.
But I also need something I can digitize my own pictures (this is a must! I don't want an embroidery machine if I can't make up my own designs.) And I guess I don't quite understand how I get the digitized thing into the machine, do I need a card writer too?
I have heard of embird, but I can't really tell what programs I would need and how much it would cost etc.. http://embird.com/sw/embird/tutorial/estudio.htm
I have heard of brother PE Software (I know nothing about this)
I'm sure there are others too, that I just don't know about.
What machines and programs work together?? Is everything compatible with each other?
All of this will need to be about $700 US, give or take a bit. I could probably squeeze up to $1000 US if I had to, but would feel forever guilty.
If you have some information, but it is out of my price range, please post it too. I may be able to save for next year or something if I at least have a goal.
Thanks so much!!!
Any and all help, links, opinions, knowledge, etc... is really appreciated.EDIT:
I think I have found the machine and software I want. I would love your advice though if you have any input.
I like the Janome Memory Craft 300. It is onsale for $800, so I will probably get that. It is an embroidery only machine, which is good, so I can embroider while I sew. Also it takes the same cards as a digital camera which are cheaper and I already have the reader/writer adapter thing.
For software, I've been leaning towards embird. The Janome stuff is just too expensive, and I have a friend whose mom bought the cheaper software from Janome (like $500) and she says it is terrible, she has used the other one ($1300,) and that is nice, but ridiculously expensive. So embird is what seems to be the best buy for the money.
Again advice is greatly appreciated!