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Choosing a computerized embroidery mach?

LeahBuechley | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am looking into buying a new computerized embroidery/sewing machine, but don’t know much about the differences between brands. I’m looking at babylocks, berninas, pfaffs, janomes and HusqvarnaVikings. I would like to be able to create my own designs and send them to the machine easily. For this reason, I’m attracted to the machines that can be directly connected to a computer via usb. I’d also like to have some flexibility in the formats that the machine is able to read. Does anyone have any advice about what’s the best machine/best for the money? Also, any information about the different software packages? Any tips/opinions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


  1. SewTruTerry | | #1

    I will tell you only that I am extremely happy with my Vikings.  I originally chose the Viking Rose for the very reasons that you mentioned and also because I had read an article from Consumer Reports that gave it high marks for ease of use and durability.  I also got the Customizing and Digitizing Software along with it and never had a problem with learning either program.  Just make sure that you have a good relationship with the dealer and that you take advantage of any lessons that they will throw into the deal.  It really makes a difference.  After a couple of years I added a Designer 1 to my workroom and kept the Rose.  What I like most about the Designer 1 is that it uses floppy disc that you add the designs to and then put the floppy into the machine. Thereby freeing up the computer for other jobs or tasks.  Another benefit is everytime Viking comes out with an upgrade I download it off of their site and then into the machine.  I know that the Designer 1 is pricey but for me it has all been worthwhile.  And by the way No I am not a dealer or work for Viking just one really happy seamstress that does a lot of business with my machines.

  2. pinkit | | #2

    Hi Leah:  I don't often reply on the forums but your note interested me. After many years of sewing many things on an old Singer, (Vintage 1954) and after borrowing my daughters newer Singer with some additional stitches, I decided it was time to move on.  I am a Senior Citizen and had not sewn much for many years until two granddaughters came along. Well, I used this forum to help myself decide what I should move up to.  I also read several articles in both Threads and Sew News Magazines regarding machines.  I knew that I wanted a good deal of additional fancy stitches and also thought I should not limit my new purchase and should begin looking at some embroidery.  Since I wanted to be somewhere near a reputable dealer my choices were somewhat limited.  During the first week of August I tried out and purchased the Husqvarna Rose.  The machine had a reduced price because it and others had been let out for a local Quilt show.  The dealer is very reputable and offers a good trade in program.  The trade in program is something I urge you to ask about.  My choice was made pending the idea that the dealer is willing to take back the Rose as down payment for an upgraded machine such as the Designer I.  Another thing the sales ladies told me was that Husqvarna is planning to bring a newer model to market soon.  This should make all other Viking/Husqvarna prices a little less expensive.  Like most of the ladies who reply to these messages, I urge you to think what you want, read some articles, and go and try out.  GOOD LUCK!

    1. SewTruTerry | | #4

      I think what you are talking about is that Viking will be bringing out an embroidery machine like the Designer 1 but that will take the cards as well as floppies. I would not count or hold my breath that it will lower the price on the other models.  If you are truly willing to wait and do enough research there are ways of getting the machines for less.  Such as waiting for a Show price such as when the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo takes place you can usually get a good price then or even buy one of the models that they use for the classes there.  Go on line to the Threads homepage and look under Seminars for a list of the locations and dates to see if there is one coming to a location near you.

      1. LeahBuechley | | #5

        To everyone who responded to my posting: thank you so much for your feedback! It's been very helpful.

  3. Kiley | | #3

    I have always thought the Viking Rose did excellent embroidery. I have an inexpensive embroidery only machine and was not really in the market for a new one. I did stop in at my Viking dealers and saw the D1 and the endless embroidery. That is  remarkable. If I were to buy another embroidery machine I think I would go with one that did endless embroidery. I am not familiar with what machines offer this other than than the Designer 1.

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