Choices in Buying new Embroidery Machine
I am in the process of buying a new embroidery machine. I have been looking at both the Janome 11000 and the Huskavarna Designer. I’m more prone to the Janome with having one on one lessons for life and a certified repair dealer near by but don’t know if that is enough reason to select. I have an old Brother Pacesetter 8200 and have “used it to death”; have a lot of the embroidery cards also. I’m looking for comments and recommendations from everyone who has an opinion of which would be the best choice. I do a lot of embroidery, would love a machine that uses all the different cards, not really familiar with the “Amazing Box” if that would work in converting disks to either a Janome or Viking. Help!!!!
I have a two Designer SEs and the 3d Studio software. The SE has the capability to hook directly to the computer but I have chosen to use an external drive with a hub and use either a jump drive or floppy disks. I know the floppies are on their way out but I get all of my designs on-line and it's the easiest for me to download my purchases to a floppy. The viking machines and software read most of the common formats (in fact, I can download PES formats and the machine will read them), however, they do not take 'cards' from other machines. I have looked at and drooled over the Janome 11000 but I don't know what the format situation is at all. I think you can hook the 11000 to your computer as well but other than that, I have no idea. Maybe someone out there can help you with that.............
Hope this is of some help. Have fun looking.........I love my SEs........had a Janome 9000 prior and an amazing box and hated the amazing box! The machine is great for sewing but the hassle with the embroidery part just turned me off! That's just me.......I know others have had good luck. Just a thick head on me I guess!
Hi. I used to have a Brother PC8200 - loved it for embroidery, but not sewing. I moved on to the Designer 1, then upgraded to the SE and just love it. I have lots of Brother cards, so bought a PES2Card3 and have them all converted onto a disc, and saved in my computer. Well worth the price. Good luck with your decision.
From what I have read the Janome 1100 has a USB memory stick to move designs from the computer to the machine. To get the designs from the memory cards, you will need a conversion unit or a friend with a conversion unit.
Consider the weight of the machine and how you are going to transport it to and from lessons.
Since you already have experience, are you sure you need any more than a "get acquainted" lesson?
Edited 11/30/2007 3:57 pm ET by spicegirl1
I have the Husq/Viking Designer 1 which uses floppy disks, I could have it upgraded to include the memory stick instead. Decided to buy the new Professional 4D embroidery software instead and just pray the floppies are around for a long time. This machine sews like a dream, has wonderful decorative stitches, some extremely wide ones which are incredible too. I love it!
My granddaughter has my Viking Rose, which is over a decade old and still works like a brand new machine. The embroidery is beautiful on it too, but it uses a writable design card.
The know your machine classes are great, but some shops offer classes specifically for learning more about the software, accessories, quilting, embroidery for a nominal fee. Most Viking shops also have many "clubs" which meet once a month. They service my machine where I purchased it. They take the time to answer questions on the phone or in person at no charge. Many also offer trade ups.
I think the new Pfaff is incredible, but I don't own one. Mary
Hi MaryinColorado, Happy New Year.
Well I did it. I got the DesignerI USB and haven't started it yet. Picked it up after watching the demo at my Joanne's. I also got the 4D Software Extra. Want to do a lot of embroidery, have planned my next year gifts based on the purchase of this machine. Thanks so much for your comments, it ensured my decision of the right choice. Happy embroidering.
Congratulations! I hope you will love it as much as I do! Be sure to look at the screen before you sew, it will tell you which foot to use. Those decorative designs with the S foot are so wide, you must be sure to use the S foot! Have fun learning all about your new "baby"!
I've done everything with mine as I do such a variety of techniques. It embroiders and sews like a dream on any fabric, including quilting. Mary
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