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Topic: I would love some advice on embroidery machines, more details below.  (Read 617 times)
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« on: February 22, 2015 04:55:15 PM »

So I have finally convinced the hubby to cosplay with me.  Of course he picks something with a ton of embroidery from Trinity Blood.
Since we don't know how often we will actually use it I was hoping to get something that was a few hundred dollars, not a few thousand.  I might someday upgrade, but for now we don't need anything too fancy.
From my searches online it seems that both Janome or Brother make the most popular ones.  I would love to hear opinions on either to see which might be best for my intentions.

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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2015 06:56:01 AM »

I got a Brother PE500 on Black Friday. It's very easy to use, and download patterns to. I use it on duck cloth a lot, and haven't had any problems. The only issue is that it only has a 4" x 4" embroidery area, which for what I have been doing, isn't a real problem.
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2015 06:34:27 PM »

Buy the largest hoop and the clearest screen you can afford.   You are going to want to have the 5x7 hoop.  Brother has an P700 with a 5x7 hoop that is usually $500- 700.  I love my babylocks but you need to get the Ellure (I think) to get the 5x7 hoop.  Those are pricier although I was able to get a deal on a used one at the dealer. 

Also... it depends on what designs you need to embroider.  A machine won't digitize your original drawing.  You need software to do that.  Check into on-line machine embroidery designs to see if anyone sells things that are close or to see if you can find some one who will digitize your design for a reasonable price.

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