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Questions from wannabe embroiderer

lam77 | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi everyone,

I’m brand spanking new to Gatherings but not to sewing. I’ve been sewing for about 15 years and am ready to make my foray into the world of machine embroidery, and especially digitizing.  I’m just starting to look at machines but my interest has been piqued by the new Singer – the Quantum Futura. Does anyone have any experience with it yet or have any opinions about it?  I’m not frightened by the fact that it has to be hooked up to a PC or laptop – infact, I find that to be a bonus as I am primarily interested in digitizing and downloading designs, but I can’t seem to get any answers from salespeople about why it is so much cheaper than other machines. Would this be a decent starter machine?

Any info/feedback is greatly appreciated!! Cheers.



  1. AmyC | | #1

    I was in the same situation as you -- sewing for about 15 years, but new to embroidery.  I seriously thought about the Futura, but decided against it.  I couldn't get enough information about it (for example, how big is the embroidery field?), none were available in my area so I couldn't test-drive one, and I became concerned when I learned that Singer had been sold and the machines were being made overseas -- overall, I was afraid that the machine was so cheap because it was not well made.  

    I bought a used Husqvarna Iris instead.   I know Husq. machines and we have an excellent dealer in this area.  I would prefer a more powerful machine but I can't afford one right now..

  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    Seeing the price of this Singer machine compared to some other brands with the ridiculous price of $8000 has gotten my curiosity going. What on earth would all that money go to? It's just a sewing machine with a computer! Is the Futura so reasonably priced because you use your own computer? There is a review of the Futura at http://www.patternreview.com The new owner sounds quite happy with it.

    Innovation, research and development have their cost but on machines that use the same technology over and over I wonder what the actual material cost for a machine might be? Not $8000!

  3. Sewnut | | #3

    Hi! A few years ago I decided to put my big toe in the water and start sewing again. I needed a machine so I went to a quilting and sewing machine store. I was already interested in the singer and was considering purchasing one on ebay. What this company said to me was that Singer had changed hands so many times that it really was not Singer anymore. All you were buying was the name. They did not recommend purchasing one. I wound up buying a machine that was priced about the same with a better reputation.  If you really wanted to know I think I would check consumer reports.  Hope this helps!  Annie

  4. SewTruTerry | | #4

    10 years ago I decided that I wanted to take the next step in sewing and get an embroidery machine. I did lots of research and Consumer Reports rated the Viking 1 Plus as number one on their list for ease of use and lack of consumer complaints. I was unable to afford the 1 Plus but got the Rose instead and the digitizing and customizing to go along with it. Within 4 years I bought the Designer 1. No it does not retail for $8,000 but then I don't buy anything at retail prices.  Also this is the only machine I know that can be upgraded via the internet and I have been with them for 4 upgrades so far and counting on lots more.  The most important question I have for you to think about is what exactly do you want to do with the machine?  The answer to that question will tell you which machine to go with.  For example the D1 has enough power to sew through several layers of thick wool on a varsity jacket without skipping a stitch.  Something to think about.

    1. PLW1017 | | #5

      <<<<Also this is the only machine I know that can be upgraded via the internet and I have been with them for 4 upgrades so far and counting on lots more.>>>

      Sorry, that's not an accurate statement. The Pfaff 2140 and 2144 can be upgraded via the Internet and have also been upgraded several times -- adding new features and stitches.  And no, Pfaff and Viking are not the same company.

      I think the best advice when shopping for any kind of machine is to shop for the dealer first and then select a machine. Dealer support is critical, imho.





      1. GinnaS | | #6

        Peg - Husqvarna owns Pfaff now.  They also own Viking. 



        1. PLW1017 | | #7

          <<Husqvarna owns Pfaff now.  They also own Viking.<<<


          Pfaff and Viking have the same parent company but they function completely separately. I worked for a Pfaff/Bernina dealer for almost 10 years and learned quite a bit about Pfaff during that time.  Thanks.



          1. IDsweetpea | | #8

            I have the Brother ULT 2OOO2D and it is upgradeable via the internet.  I have done it twice without problem.  I simply love this machine and I have hundreds of hours on it.

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