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Mrs Shay
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Date: 9/2/12 10:59 AM

I would like to purchase an embroidery machine with a large field (12") and I am trying to decide which one would be good for what I am needing it for.

I want to do monogramming, just adding names to the items I sell. I'm assuming I will be doing about 25 names a month.

I have had Brother embroidery machines in the past so I have been trying to decided between a home emboidery machine or the PR-650 machine.

The PR-650 is quite a bit of money, but I am afraid if I get a smaller machine I may not be happy with it in the long run and want to upgrade.

Can anyone give me some advice? I sure would appreciate it!

THANKS!

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Date: 9/2/12 11:25 AM

If you are in the business, check out the multi-needle machines.

I would stick with Brother.

Can your local dealer handle the service for such a machine?

Can they demo all the features of the machine?

Can they provide lessons for the professional model?

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Mrs Shay
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Date: 9/2/12 11:36 AM

I do have a local dealer. They sell both the Brother and the Janome machines.

Right not they are running interest free financing on both brands and they provide lessons too. They have been in business since 1971 and they have a big service department so I am assuming they can work on them.

I talked to a sales person over the phone and got some prices and I am planning on going in Tuesday to talk with them. I'm just not sure which machine to go for. I know I will get the sales pitch.

Another thing is about price. Since they are the only dealer here I am afraid I won't get a good deal. I wish they would post prices on the websites, but they don't. I did check out the reviews here, to get an idea of prices though.

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Date: 9/2/12 12:10 PM

For about $6000 to $8000, think I could get a pretty nice real commercial one head embroidery machine, and not more an in between or transition one I think. So if I really wanted something like that, and actually thought I would be using all of it, I think I would just get that instead. But that is just me. An embroidery design of almost 12 square inches, and pretty solidly sewn out, is a whole lot of fabric to cover almost solid with embroidery though, would use up a ton of thread, and I think most times make you fabric kind of stiff and change the hand of it there and take a long time to sew out.

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Date: 9/2/12 5:13 PM

I had a commercial machine when I had a shop (an SWF 15 needle machine). I also had the Brother 270D with a 4X4 embroidery field (gave that one to my daughter), and now have a Baby Lock Ellure Plus with a 5X7 embroidery field. Here's my experience:

Most of what I did/do commerically was over-heart placement of logos on polo shirts -- the industry standard max size for that is 4X4. Most logos were/are 1, or 2 colors...sometimes 3.

Second was names, monograms, or designs on bags, towels, and blankets. Monograms or names on bags and towels and blankets may be larger than 4X4, but not larger than will fit in the 5X7 hoop. Most names were done in one color, monograms in 1 or 2 colors.

Third was caps -- but I eventually stopped offering caps because unless someone is ordering a large quantity (100 or more), it takes more time than it's worth.

I rarely had a design with more than 6 colors.

In my humble opinion, the only reason to have a multi needle machine is if you're regularly doing large runs with designs of more than 1 or 2 colors, or you need the ability to hoop specialty bags like coolers, etc. If you're doing something like lots of pillows, or jacket backs, then a large embroidery field is great -- but for names, and monograms 5x7 is plenty of room.

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Date: 9/3/12 0:37 AM

If it was me I would get a used one, there are lots out there due to people closing their biz/retiring etc. I live in Dallas and here is an example that is for sale on backpage.com http://northeasttexas.backpage.com/AppliancesForSale/2600-brother-pr-600-ll/14880130


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Date: 9/3/12 9:12 AM

If you think you will only do one color things, you can consider just using a single needle embroidery machine, but consider this: You cannot do tubular items such as onesies easily. If you went to a multi needle machine, you now can hoop something like a onesie or small t shirt and it will go around it with no problem. It now becomes possible as well, to do hats.

If you want a bigger field, go with commercial and do not be afraid of them. I have had Tajima machines for 16 years and started with this type of machine. You can learn how to use it! It goes faster, has more needles and has a much bigger sewing field. You can find used ones fairly easily because many businesses have failed in the last few years.

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Date: 9/3/12 12:47 PM

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If it was me I would get a used one, there are lots out there due to people closing their biz/retiring etc. I live in Dallas and here is an example that is for sale on backpage.com http://northeasttexas.backpage.com/AppliancesForSale/2600-brother-pr-600-ll/14880130






I agree! If I had known then what I know now, I would have purchased a used commercial machine instead of a new one.

Also, search for a service tech in your area before you purchase...techs for these big machines are few and far between.
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Date: 9/3/12 11:44 PM

Agree totally, you have to have a trusted mechanic just like you do for your car.

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