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Which embroidery machine? Goal: Start…

Maureen_Oosterveen | Posted in The Archives on

I’ve been looking at the computerized embroidery machines in the home market, since that’s the less than $6K market. I feel that I’ve narrowed it down to Brother 8500/PE-Design, or the Viking 1+ Designed. I do want to be able to do monogramming, customize designs and digitize designs. I have been totally captivated by the amazing embroidery capabilities of these machines, but naturally I’m also VERY apprehensive about going forward with this.
Am I dreaming, missing a few screws upstairs or lacking proper information, facts and advice? Any feedback would be very much appreciated.
Thank you for your time and input.
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  1. Linda_H | | #1

    You might also want to look at the Pfaff 7570 -- it's a great machine with built-in dual feed.

    1. cguarducci | | #2

      *You may want to look again at the Bernina 180E. The Berninas are such great machines and there is a promotional going on in November. The prices I have been quoted are $1000(!) less than retail. I am looking at the machine with the software for $4999.00 plus tax. Good Luck! I am trying to figure out how to use this machine for home based business as well!

      1. heather_blair | | #3

        *Maureen, two dealers I work with, have suggested the Brother 8200/8500 as the best ever machine for embroidery, given Brothers's experience in the sewing/embroidery business. One of these dealers is desperately trying to sell me onto a 180E, because she knows I am Bernina person, but on her second breath she says, if you really want to embroider mainly with the machine then for quality it should be the Brother.

        1. Lucky | | #4

          *I work in a fabric store and accepted the challenge of doing embroidered model garments for store display. The dealers who have provided machines for our classroom offered their demo machines for me to use. I used Elna, Viking, Pfaff and Brother machines. I had one day on each machine. Each had good results but the Brother 8500 was outstanding. Easy to learn, convenient to use, easy to customize designs, good selection of design software, beautiful results. This was the second machine I tried so I don't think simply becoming more experienced was much of a factor. I was very impressed with this machine. As a standard sewing machine, it is also very good.

          1. LNayes | | #5

            *I too have been reading and looking at the Designer I and the Brother 8500. There is a fair difference in price. I feel that the Designer I has great potential but I have yet to talk with anyone who has one. Have you bought your machine yet?

          2. Chris_Knoblock | | #6

            *Before buying a home embroidery machine, check the warrenty. I sold the Babylock Espree at House of Fabrics and its warrenty was void if used for commercial purposes because it was not designed for continuous sewing that a business would do.Chris.

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