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if $ was no object which emb mach?

dmorvant | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

If money was no object, which embroidery/sewing machine would you buy?


  1. ellalouise | | #1

    i would personly really look into the babylock line,i would chose elgante,they look like wonderful machines,i own a bernina 200,would not recommend it,i have problems with it

  2. FitnessNut | | #2

    Bernina 185E, without a doubt, but you must also buy the Designer software in order to make full use of the embroidery capabilities. I bought a 180E, but not the software, which was a mistake. (I have a Mac, so there are computer compatibility issues.....this equals $$$.) My Bernina is the forerunner to the 185E....both the sewing and the embroidery are simply amazing.

    1. MJG21 | | #4

      Go look at Embird Studio.  It is not associated with any of the sewing machine companies and I think works with all of them.  Reasonable $


      website is Embird.com but better prices at Secret of Embroidery website.


      they have a 30 day free trial of the software and there are Yahoo sites by individuals that give free lessons.  Look for DigiStudio

      I am just learning how to use it

      1. Brooke | | #5

        I adore my Bernina 200#, and find it leap years better than my Bernina 180. I think we all have our own quirks and so do the machines overall, but a bad 200E might well be a lemon. This is where a good dealer comes in!

  3. ctirish | | #3

    This is a tough question, I don't know if I would go with the small multithread machine that Baby Lock makes or the newest Baby Lock sewing/embroidery machine. If you want Disney designs you need to go with a Brother - they have the rights to the Disney designs and they only have them on the high end machines. If I wanted a combo Machine I would definitely go for one that doesn't require you to remove part of the machine and put on the embroidery module. I have the ellure and for  lower priced machine it does a great job with the embroidery. Ihave been in classes with people that have the Janome and the Bernina's and they are always having problems with thread or tension.  The baby lock and brother machines are very similar - if they are not made by the same company then the parts to them are made by the same companies and then they are assembled by another company.


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    Sewdreamy | | #6

    I have a Bernina 200E.  I absolutely love it.  I have had no problems with it except for the CD reader, which I had to get replaced, but once I did that--it's been a dream. and I got the design software too and am now making my own designs.   I just finished my grandson's quilt, which I posted a picture of in the photos section, and it has quite a few WWI airplanes embroidered onit.  It really has opened up my design ideas for combinging all kinds of methods.  I still use my 1230 Bernina to do most basic clothing construction, however, just because the hook is different, but I did make a couple of jackets on my 200E, which were quite satisfactory.

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