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Message Board > Sewing Machines > opions on husqvarna designer se le machine or brother 4000d ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Foxymomma
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Subject: buy the Husqvarna Designer SE LE or Brother Innovis 4000D Date: 8/10/09 7:54 PM

Hi, I was wondering if I could get some help or opinions on sewing/embroidery machines. I'm looking at Husqvarna Designer se le machine and Brother 4000d. They are both used but would like to hear from sewers that like them or why they don't. I'm not familar with either. (or if any one has better recommendations, I'm willing to listen)
I lean more towards the Husqvarna but ........ Any suggestions?Thank you in advance for your help!
-- Edited on 8/11/09 5:48 PM --

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Date: 8/11/09 9:16 AM

Foxy, I don't know either particular machine but have owned Brother (1200) and Viking (designer 1). The quality of embroidery on both is about the same but the Brother is much easier to use on the embroidery side mostly due to the means of getting the designs to the machine. I had 4-D which i thought was a night-mare esp with Vista. maybe with the SE you can circumvent the need for that. I prefer the sewing-side of Viking. Loved the perfect straight stitch. I now have an easy Brother for embroidery and a utilitarian mid-line Viking for the tidy, precise stitches, straight, satin and buttonhole.

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Date: 8/11/09 1:31 PM

sewfrequent thanks for the help! They are both used the ones I'm looking at but the Viking has less than 50 hours on it and the brother has over a million stitches and is several years older. The dealer on the brother doesn't like the Viking but I keep going back to the viking, so ....really don't know which to go with. Thanks for your help again!



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Date: 8/11/09 2:43 PM

I have the SE LE and it's a really nice machine. The only brother I've had was a PE-150 embroidery only machine and have to say it was great for what it was. I agree with sewfrequent that the sewing side of it is great on the Viking. I personally love Vikings auto pressure foot lift! I know some hate not having the manual lever in the back, but it can also be controlled through the buttons on front. I have used a Designer I for a while from a friend of mine and can say that the embroidery side of the SE is definately more user friendly on the SE. It can take several different embroidery formats (like .pes, .exp, and all of Vikings own) without even having to convert them first. If the Brother is anything like the small one I had, it's very user friendly also. If I were to go to a different embroidery machine brand, I would be seriously looking at the Brother or Babylock line. Also, I have the Viking 4D organizer and machine communication software that came with the machine and never had a problem with it running on Vista. I don't know if you have already read the reviews on here, but would check those out if you didn't of each machine. I would also sit down and test both models out, if you haven't done so already. One might "fit" you better once you sew on them.
-- Edited on 8/11/09 2:51 PM --

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Date: 8/11/09 5:35 PM

Hi, I loved the auto pressure foot too! If you had to pick all over again would you still buy the SE? I liked both but leaned more to the SE because its newer but I don't know if that really matters. They each have features to love, the Brother I can buy for $2499 and was made in 2005; the SE I can get for $2100 and made in 2007 and only has about 50 hours total on it. The decisions that drive me crazy!!

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Date: 8/11/09 8:06 PM

That's a great deal on the SE and obviously was gently used to have only 50 hours on it. Seems like the best value to me and in your shoes, its the one I'd get too.



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Date: 8/11/09 8:47 PM

I'm very indecisive with this stuff also! Yes, I would buy it again. Hopefully, someone chimes in here who has the Brother or experience with it. It is a great price on the SE though! I bought mine used also in March of this year for $4500. It had about 50 hrs embroidery time on it since that's all she used it for. The dealer said she traded it in for the new Diamond and owned it less than a year.

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Date: 9/17/12 6:44 AM

Thanks for your posts, Ladies, and the advice given. I just bought a used Designer SE and it's on its way to me. Hopefully it will revive my interest in sewing, which I lost when my Husqvarna Orchidea lost its embroidery capabilities a few years ago. It still makes beautiful buttonholes and stitches, although not all of them. Not good on zig zag anymore. So I am excited. It cost me $2,500. inc. freight. I will have a lot of learning to do! It's done 11 hrs. but I'm unsure if on the sewing or embroidery part of it. I wonder how you're getting on with yours Foxy? I will probably be asking you some questions later on. Although the lady I bought it off (E-bay) has kindly offered advice when I need it. Wish me luck!
-- Edited on 9/17/12 6:51 AM --

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Date: 9/17/12 9:13 AM

I have both machines and I think you are getting the right one.
They both sew and embroider well.
The Designer SE I like better because it has the fix button for basting around the designs and because you can place entire new alphabets into the SE very quickly.
Unfortunately the Brother has little internal memory space for designs, it doesn't have enough space for one full alphabet and you have to save a letter at a time, not like the Designer SE that needs only one click.
Also I find the hoops of the Brother 4000 machine very weak in keeping the fabric tight.

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