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Topic: A question for those who use an embroidery machine for faces on plushies  (Read 571 times)
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« on: August 22, 2014 02:57:20 PM »

So, I am in the market for an embroidery machine, I don't have a small fortune to spend (though I wish I did ). I want to use it mainly for embroidering faces on the plush I make.  I hand sew some faces, but there are others where I would like to embroider the face on and since I sell my plush, I don't want to do it by hand, mainly because I suck at hand embroidery and it can be very time consuming.  I would also like to be able embroider various designs on them.
So, I guess my question is, what do you all use?  What suggestions would you have when looking for a reasonably priced machine?  What should I be looking for?  This will be the first time I will ever use an embroidery machine, so any and all advice would be very much appreciated!! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2014 07:08:22 PM »

The most popular beginner machine (that I've seen) is the Brother SE-400. I use the Australian version of that machine (same machine, different name, 4x the price  Roll Eyes) and I love it, although I do covet a larger embroidery area. 4x4 is very limiting some times, so I'd suggest you buy a machine with the biggest hoop area that you can afford.

You'll also need to buy digitizing software if you want to make your own designs for eyes. There are some premade designs available to buy on etsy, etc, if you don't want to take the plunge and shell out for the software right away (digitizing software can cost as much as -or more!- than the machine itself). There is free software out there; SophieSew, but I find it buggy and doesn't stitch out as nice as Embird, which is what I use now.

There are some great tutorials on youtube for various embroidery machines, which will show you the basics. Searching for reviews is also a good idea before you settle on a machine, or go to a local sewing store and ask the staff to demo some machines on offer and see what you like. Smiley
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