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Old 12-29-2008, 02:03
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Default HELP--Which machine to select???

Hi ladies,
I'm in the process of deciding on an embroidery machine. I currently have an old singer sewing machine, so I thought I'd go the direction of a combo machine (sewing/embroidery). I do not know how to do any embroidery at the moment and am a novice when it comes to sewing. However, I'm about to dive into all of this and don't want to buy a machine that I will quickly outgrow. I would rather have something I can continue to use for a long time, right from the start.

These are my options and I don't know what to do because this is all somewhat new to me. Any advise on the below options?

1)Brother 1200D w/ no software for $1200 To buy software it's about another $1200-1400 (is this machine enough for future??)
2)Brother 1500D w/ no software for $2999
3)Brother 4000D (2 yrs. old, refurbished & 2-3yr warrenty extended) w/ PE v.6 software for $2999

I feel like these are steep price tags, but I want a good machine and one I can use for a long time and continue to grow into. Any thoughts?

Thanks for any insight...
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:23
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Default Re: HELP--Which machine to select???

My personal opinion is this. I did the same thing about a year ago and bought a husquavarna/viking machine...sewing/embroidery.
However, I am sooo limited on what I can embroider due to the machine capabilities. So I can really do any type of business with it, b/c it is not fast enough, only holds one spool at a time of thread, etc.

If I could do it all over again, I would look on craigslists, or some embroidery sites for a cheap combo machine ,like a brother or other brand just to get your feet wet and to see if you like it. You can find deals for about $200- $500 used and they have the software, the hoops, the thread etc and want to get rid of it.

I spent $1,000 on the machine on sale, then got the software for $900 then the threads, hoops, backings, and everything in, I have probably spent about $3,000.

Now, after one year, I love it and want a more commercial machien, b/c once I started doing it everyone wants everything monogrammed, etc and I cannot do half the stuff they want b/c of the material, not being able to get it on the hoop, etc.

Good luck! It is fun and addictive!
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:21
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Default Re: HELP--Which machine to select???

There is alot of aftermarket software that's alot less expensive. Brother is a PES format which is one of the most common formats. Your dealer wants you to buy the most expensive software from him. Personally I prefer having 2 machines. YOu have to keep your eye on the embroidery machine while embroidering, and that's pretty boring, so I sew at the same time. You might look into an embroidery only machine and a regular machine.
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:54
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Default Re: HELP--Which machine to select???

I just bought the Brother 750D! I have the PED 6 which you should message me about I also have tutorials for it! I love all of what I have~ The 750D has a large stitch area and I don't hoop anything! I always hoop interfacing and then pin or spray tack my project so the hoop never hinders me from getting something done unless it just won't fit on the hoop

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