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What machine to purchase?

patticake | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am recently retired and am anxious to get back to sewing but cannot decide which machine to purchase.  I want to be able to both quilt and embroider and yet not spend a fortune on a machine.

I have an opportunity to purchase a brother floor model at an excellent price, but am unsure of the product’s reliability and performance.  When I read about embroidery/sewing machines the brands are generally janome, bernina and pfaff.  Has anyone had experience with the brother sewing/embroidery machines?  Do they hold up as well as other manufacturers?

Any help with this dilemna would be greatly appreciated. 




  1. tmorris1 | | #1

    hey patticake, I purchased a low-end brother machine about 5 years ago, and HATED it. The machine was poorly made, had no power and was completely unreliable. The stitch length would vary so badly that my seams would have big gaps in the middle, the bobbin thread would tangle, I couldn't sew even denim because it had no power. It was horrible, in fact it was so bad that I almost gave up sewing because of it...then I discovered janome. All I have to say about brother is that you definitely get what you pay for. If you are short on cash there are plenty of excellent well loved machines out there for sale, and I guarantee that you would be happier with a used pfaff, elna, viking, janome, etc than a new brother.Hope this helps (and if there are any brother lovers out there I apologize, this is after all only my opinion)Tara

  2. pc3 | | #2

    I have three brother embroidery machines and I love all three of them. I do a lot of digitizing and embroidery, and my machines get a lot of use. The newest is the Enovis 4000 and it is wonderful. I have taught embroidery classes in a number of different stores with a variety of different machines and have found the brother easier to use. But even my Brother dealer has told me that the low price machines are junk. If your going to invest in one get a good one.

  3. SueinNE | | #3

    I had a brother embroidery only-machine was extremely frustrated with it.  I kept it serviced, asked for help, took classes and just never was happy with it. Tensions were whacko and never could get an acceptable product.  Obviously others feel differently.   My suggestion would be to actually test it in the store, don't rely on a demo. by someone else.   

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