Date: 8/28/12 3:52 PM
I have a 440QEE, and the embroidery works nicely. I don't have a 580--I have a 830, but the biggest differences I can think about are these.
1. You MUST be hooked up to a computer to embroider with the 440. Is this a big deal to you? I have a laptop available so it isn't a big deal, but I still prefer using a usb stick to load designs so I don't have to have a computer in range.
2. The lighting on the 580 is better.
I ADORE my 440. And adding the embroidery until is not very expensive in comparison to purchasing a 580, but it really depends on your preferences. I think both can give you great results.
Sewing machines make me happy. I like sewing with them, cleaning them, petting them, gazing longingly at them.