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My name is actually Viki. DBA – VIKIDIDIT. I am in the reproductions lamp shade era of my long life – 65 years. I have been embellishing fabric for many, many years. Also did wedding cakes and entire weddings among other things.
Making these shades is the most fun I have had in a long time. I use vintage and new fabrics, trims, etc. My website is only at a beginning stage but you can look at some of them here: www.lampsbyvikididit.com
I just don’t have the time to make a nice site and do lamps too. Where does the time go?
I am writing today for information about the newest embroidery sewing machines. I have owned several and am in the market for a new one. I had an upsetting and discouraging episode involving my local sewing machine dealer so I have decided to do some homework before making the plunge again.
I actually bougft a Bernina embroidery machine, model 185, I believe, and returned it within less than a week. The dealer forgot to tell me this model does not interface with a Gateway computer!!! Duh!
Since I was not in the market for a new computer, nor could I afford both pieces of equipment at the same time I backed out of that deal in a hurry. He told me we or they could do all sorts of things to “ugrade” the machine some of which involved going to Gateway to get the instructions and know how and then working with Oklahoma Embroidery. Any of you that have attempted to follow instructions and get good results while talking to a tech person over the phone know exactly why I was so concerned. Plus I felt that there was a good chance that any changes made to the machine could void the original warranty. The thing is – the first thing I said to the dealer when I walked in his store was “I want a machine that interfaces with the net so I can download images”. Why he didn’t tell me about the computer restrictions beats me. He certainly lost a valuable customer
Since I have been burned by my latest attempt to move up and get the best embroider machine I can afford, I am also stuck. I am leaning toward the top of the line Viking simply because the first computerized machine I had was a Viking and I loved it. I have used a Janome 900 for the last several years. I liked it fine till the need for repairs started coming up far too often. By the way, I have probably a thousand dollars worth of disks. Can they be used on the new Janome? I am not certain I want to go with a Bernina since I think they are over hyped. He also told me Bernina likes it’s own embroidery – Oklahoma Embroidery – thread and will not operate smoothly with the other brands – anyone know about this? I have a LOT of embroider thread that I certaily want to use.
So will some of you help me? Tell me what you know about which machines interface with all computers. Which ones have the best repair record and stuff like that.
Can’t you all visulaize my lamps with scrumptious embroider desings as the focal point.
I can, so please help me.