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Topic: The "Which Embroidery Machine Should I Buy?" Thread  (Read 75146 times)
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« Reply #60 on: February 25, 2008 09:42:44 AM »

something to consider - buying a used serviced machine at a local dealer.  you'll get more bang for your buck.

i have a machine that's 13 years old (bernina bernette deco 500).  It uses *.pes format.  I have learned that I have several options in order to get more images - like free ones off the 'net, or digitized ones or whatever, by either getting an 'ultimate box' or even the simple brother pes transfer box. . . of course, i could always spend HUGE bucks and buy a bernina transfer box, but i don't feel the need.


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« Reply #61 on: February 25, 2008 12:18:13 PM »

Brother has a nice little dedicated-embroidery machine.....700II which is a 5x7 hoop machine and it connects to the computer by USB interface.  You have to buy the 4x4 and multi-position hoops but it's a nice machine......around $800.

Just a tip - if you want quality designs don't get an auto-digitizing program, the designs it creates are flat, lifeless, with *millions* of jump stitches and horrid black outlines - you cannot control the design with auto-punch software.  Learn your machine and then invest in Digitzing software that will allow you to Manually punch your designs (PEDesign, Embird, Generations, etc) - Sharp learning curve but worth it.  I've been using PEDesign since 2005 and I love it.

Here is a website where she has compared auto-digitizing to manual-punch that may give you some insight - http://www.windstarembroidery.com/machine-embroidery-digitizing.cfm?File=Comparing
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« Reply #62 on: February 25, 2008 01:34:20 PM »

I also think you make a good choice if you pick Janome 300 and Embird. It is exactly the same combination I have and it works perfectly!
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« Reply #63 on: February 25, 2008 03:00:24 PM »

I am an Embird fan.  I got it and am starting to play with it and I absolutely love it.

I am not too familiar with Singer embroidery machines.  I did buy a Singer sewing machine a few months ago and took it back - it was pretty bad in the quality department.

I have a Janome 350e and I love it however I do have hoop envy.  If I had it to do all over again I would have gotten a machine that could go up to a 6x10 hoop.
Maybe next year.  Who knows... we will see. For now I do love my Janome.  It sews out nicely and I have been happy with it.

I would also avoid the auto digitizing programs.  You won't be happy with what you get in the end.

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« Reply #64 on: March 10, 2008 11:00:28 AM »

I have the babylock ellure that is a combo machine.  I love it! :-)  Haven't embroidered in a few months though.. mainly been using it for  sewing.

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« Reply #65 on: April 08, 2008 02:15:39 PM »

o gosh ghillie - this is the machine I'm looking at buying too. how is it at sewing heavy duty material? and do you HAVE to have a laptop or can I just run the machine next to my regular computer for designs??

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« Reply #66 on: April 08, 2008 04:40:35 PM »

I don't sew a lot of heavy duty things, so I couldn't say.  It does suck at sewing skinny things like ribbon.  And you have to learn how to thread it just so or it gives you the ghost error.   

You don't have to have a laptop, but your computer will have to be pretty close to your sewing machine.  It plugs in with a USB cable.

If you have a mechanical machine that you love, use both.  I do like the way that it embroiders, and all the fancy stitches are great.  But as a sewing machine, I have issues that I think I would have with any electronic machine...  There's just no replacing a good ol' mechanical machine.

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« Reply #67 on: April 08, 2008 04:40:51 PM »

ok you smart crafty peeps!

I have a question...

I am pretty sold on buying an embroidery machine and I'm pretty sold on buying a new singer.

I'm looking at the Futura line of machines. From the singer site all I can tell is the the regular futura comes with instructional CD's and more feet and fewer built in stitches. the Quantum Futura comes with no instructional stuff, less feet but more stitches.

Anything else?

for reference - the 2 machines I'm looking at are these:

can anyone find more differences?

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« Reply #68 on: April 08, 2008 05:02:04 PM »

ok I just took a quick peek
 200 has no automatic tension the 350 does( I prefer to do my tension manually)
and the spare feet ask yourself if you would ever really use them, I mean a zipper foot is a must but can be bought seperate, I assume.

otherwise they seem pretty equal, once you watch a cd though you never really use it again.
compare the prices and go with which machine you like better.

what size embroidery field do they have?
this is the big ? you want something with at least a 4x4 and a 5x7 field or you won't be happy in the long run.

ok just took a quick peek again and they both have the same size embroidery field BUT the 00 comes with an embroidery extra package which could e a good thing....there is a tutorial cd in the package.

I would say go to a store and take a look at both machines and they choose from there.
An embroidery machine is a personal choice I have 3 and love them all for different reasons.
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« Reply #69 on: April 08, 2008 05:51:02 PM »

YOU HAVE 3!! @_@ wow

I've had several singers so I probably have most of the basic feet already.

I think I might need the automatic tension, since that seems to be my weakest point with sewing, getting the tension correct. BUT - if the Quantum is cheaper that's probably what I'll go with Wink

thanks for the info Tanza.

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