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« on: March 02, 2006 03:36:21 AM »

This will be mine.  Used, refurbished, put a down payment on it yesterday, being sold to me for $499 + tax.  Which is about $150 less than the best pre-shipping price on eBay.  My grandmother spends so much at the local sewing machine shop that anyone who is related to her, a friend of hers, or a friend of a relative gets a discount.  I have no complaints about this policy.

My grandmother has one of these, but I'm pretty sure she's never used it to embroider yet.  (The built in decorative stitches and the automatic buttonholer rock, though.)  I know that the cards are expensive, but there are supposed to be cheap internet sites for them?  And there are various devices to load your own embroidery designs, and some sort of thing so that it takes all formats not just brand specific ones?  Anyone know anything about this?  I'm hoping to know what kind of accessories I should shoot for by the time I've paid off the thing and brought it home.  Is there a software I can use to put my own designs onto cards to use without shelling out for something like the "Amazing Box 2?"

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2006 01:01:41 PM »

There are loads of free machine embroidery designs on the web.  To use the, you will need to get a reader-writer box with a blank card in your machines format, such as the Amazing Box,  the Ultimate box, just to name a couple.  I use the Amazing Box II.
A design that is creating a lot of excitement on a Machine embroidery forum that I'm on, is this shamrock http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/Free.aspx

Here's another site with lots of freebies http://www.annthegran.com/

To do your own designs, you will have to invest in digitizing soft wear, which is pretty expensive http://www.allbrands.com/products/abc0164.html
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2006 03:10:40 PM »

Just to give you a great website for machine embroidery forum is
They help me so much with questions they also have a free designs!!

Just thought I would let you know!!

« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2008 08:52:52 PM »

NO WAY!  a mc11000 for 499.00???  you have GOT to be kidding, right?

que sera, sera.
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2008 05:54:30 PM »

Also check out www.badgirlsofsewing.com
Everyone there is awesome and super helpful!
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2008 08:14:11 AM »

I am pretty sure the 11000 takes thumb drives - but I could be wrong - which means you don't need a box to convert the designs to the machine which is great.

If I could get an 11000 for $499 I would be all over that like white on rice... hmmmm....  how far does that family discount go?  This is the machine of my dreams right now. 

I have a Janome 350e and also a MC4900QC sewing machine - both of which I do love.  The 11000 though?  drool!

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2008 03:15:46 PM »

The movement is away from boxes for design transfer.  I would be surprised if you need one.  I'd wait until it comes and find out.  Whatever you do, don't go out and buy a box until you know because I'm fairly certain it won't need one.  At the time I bought my machine 5 years ago almost everyone was using boxes and I became pretty certain I would need one from what I was being told by EVERYONE.  I bought the box...and I didn't need it at all.  More than likely the only reason that you'd need a box would be if you bought a bunch of designs on cards and need to change the format for your machine....DON"T buy any designs on cards until you know...I don't think you'll need those either.  I think you'll use a flash drive, a flash card (some of the Janome embroidery only machines use these), or a cable for transfer. 
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