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Combo machines under $1000?
upgrading and considering embroidery too
jillybean7681
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Date: 5/4/12 8:52 AM

I'm just curious if there are any machines out there that sew well (my main priority) and also have the ability to embroider up to a 5x7 field. I already have a Singer Futura, but it's given me nothing but trouble. I will not go down that path again, I've sworn off Singer forever. Are there any other machines out there that do larger than a 4x4 field and also sew? Or would my best bet be waiting until I can get a stand alone machine like the Brother PE700?

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Date: 5/4/12 9:28 AM

Jilly. get a stand along.. for many reasons.. And the one you mentioned has a good rep.. I think its now 599 .. maybe at Allbrands. etc..
That leaves a good deal leftover to put towards a stand alone sewing machine too..

Biggest plus to having separate machines you already pointed out.. although you might not have meant too.. If one goes down or disappoints you only have to replace/service the one.. not both.

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Date: 5/4/12 12:36 PM

That's what I was leaning towards but wanted to check all my options before deciding. I'm glad I got some confirmation that I was on the right track!

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Date: 5/4/12 11:03 PM

Well... if you want a combo machine AND a 5x7 hoop size, you're probably going to have to spend a little more $$$. I got the Brother Innovis 1250D which can do a 5x7 hoop, but it was $1299. The others I checked out in a lower price range were only 4x4 capable.

Good luck!

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Babylock Enlighten
Singer Curvy 8763
Brother 1034D
Janome 385.19606
Brother 2340CV

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Date: 5/5/12 0:19 AM

Visit dealers and try out the various brands and models. Then decide which one you think will best suit your need.

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Date: 5/5/12 0:27 AM

The extra that really makes a difference is getting some software for the embroidery machine. I mean, something that lets you lay out the design, resize a bit and add lettering. The software is not cheap, though there are some low cost options out there. If I wanted something to get me going, I'd get Embrilliance Essentials. It does a whole lot for $150, with a 30-day free trial. I've been a lot happier with my machine since I got software, and mine cost much more than $1000. The thing with the 700D is the small, black and white screen. The software will help with that, as you will be looking at it on your computer screen instead. Some of the standalones can use a USB (convenient). Others need to be hooked up to the computer to transfer designs -- less convenient, but not a big deal if you're not going to class alot. Good luck, and enjoy! Also, the less you spend, the slower the machine stitches, and the more effort you go through with trimming threads. I love having the embroidery capability. You can really expand your horizons with a 5x7 hoop!

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Date: 5/5/12 2:46 PM

The Babylock Ellure Plus is the lowest priced BL with a 5x7 field and a USB port. Babylock and Brother machines are pretty much the same and are fairly easy to use. I'd want the ability to transfer designs using USB sticks b/c you can purchase inexpensive designs on the internet very easily and transfer them that way. My 5x7 hoop is the one I use the most. I think it's worth the $$$ to start with a machine that allows those 2 specifications..... USB and 5x7. You can always check into financing.

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wife, mom, nurse, grandmother, sewing/embroidery hobbiest from SC with a BL Ellisimo, BL Enterprise, Babylock Evolve, Bernina 180 & 1090.

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Date: 5/5/12 9:59 PM

Yes, the BL Ellure Plus and Brother 1250D are the exact same machine except with the Brother you get the Disney licensing. That's one of the main reasons I went with the Brother & not BL... plus I have a Brother serger which I love.

I think I'd spend an extra $300 or so to get the 5x7 hoop... but of course that's just IMO.

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Babylock Enlighten
Singer Curvy 8763
Brother 1034D
Janome 385.19606
Brother 2340CV

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Date: 5/7/12 0:20 AM

I have to agree with heathergwo. I bet if you shop around, and maybe wait for a memorial day deal, you could find the brother 1250d for around $1,000.00. If it is more than that, the dealer may bundle it with other goodies such as a stabilzer package, or threads.

Or maybe you will lucky and win a 1250d like I did! I was really more about the sewing features than the embroidery, but having had the machine for a while now, I will say, I am hang a lot of fun with the embroidery.

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Elna Lotus TSP, Singer 503a-Rocketeer, Brother Innovis 1250D, Pfaff Passport 2.0, Kenmore 10-Stitch, Centennial Singer Featherweight from 1950

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