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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Brother Dreamweaver XE VM6200D ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Brother Dreamweaver XE VM6200D
Test drive of their new all in one machine
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Date: 9/11/12 8:46 PM

I decided to take a morning and test drive the new Brother
Dreamweaver all in one. I came with various types and weights of fabrics in hand as I wanted to give it a thorough test.

Now I also want to tell you that during all of my testing I did not change the needle or thread in the bobbin, and only changed out the top thread when sewing out an embroidery design.

Because I wanted to see how easy the machine is to figure out I sat down to the machine with no instruction on it's use from the owner of the shop. Now mind you one of the sewing machines I currently own is a Babylock Ellegante 2, and because one is made by the other some of the basics were familiar. Also the shop owner is a friend here in South Florida and trusted me with her new fabulous machine. This machine also has built-in help in the machine...have a question on how to do something, the answer is there...sure beats getting out a paper manual all the time

I first tested some basic utility stitches, the buttonhole, and some of the decorative stitches. All sewed out beautifully with no adjustments. All provided very good result. The only thing I would adjust is the density of the buttonholes. It's just personal preference, but I like my buttonholes to have a little denser sew out to look richer than is the "standard" sew out. This is a simple adjustment.

I sewed 2, 4, even 8 layers of denim going back and forth through the various thicknesses and the standard foot had no trouble handling the variations in thickness. Their automatic height adjuster really did adjust as Brother says it does.

The machine also has the "multi-directional" sewing feature which means it will not only sew forward and reverse, but for straight stitch will sew horizontally as well as diagonally. the zig zag also would sew horizontally but I can't remember if it would go in the diagonal position. This feature could come in handy for mending and sewing in tight space where it may be difficult to rotate what you are working on.

The large harp space is awesome, and for someone who does not want to invest in a mid-arm quilting machine this should work quite well. I do sew some rather voluminous formal wear as bulky materials at times and think the 11+ inch would come in handy.

Speaking of quilting as well as precision I tested out the the laser on this machine and is extremely accurate. I first checked this feature to move the needle and it can move it by 1/2 mm increments...this machine is precise. I next used the feature for where I wanted the sewing to end--again was spot on. I can see this being used a lot! I also used it test out the embroidery feature which I'll get to a little later.

I then put on the "muv-it" foot which is Brother's answer to the traditional walking foot. This is an industry first for home sewing machines. Until now this feature could only be found in commercial machines. It has a large band built into the foot which is kind of like a conveyor belt to help move things along. This can be adjusted as to the rate it rotates to compensate for various materials or if say you were using a heavy material or leather like fabric on the bottom and a thin sheer on top.

I first used this foot to sew through some rubbery coated fabric, and on the factory setting with no adjustments, it sewed perfect. I then took two pieces of sheer organza and again sewed right along with no adjustments needed. To me that was impressive! Now here is where I tell you that this machine had a lot to live up to in my testing. I also own a Pfaff (1471---made in West Germany) with a "built in" walking foot for years and have been pretty spoiled by always having great results...no I should say "expecting" that kind of result!

Lastly I tested the embroidery part of this machine. I switched over to the "embroidery edit" section in the machine, picked out one of the Disney designs loaded on the machine and put a piece of double faced quilt fabric on a piece of sticky back stabilizer on the hoop, and no wash away on top. I used the laser to pinpoint where I wanted the design center to be and off I went. It sewed out beautifully.

SO...I would say if you are looking for an investment machine that can handle a LOT of different types of sewing, quilting, as well as embroidery you can't go wrong with this machine. Brother has a good reputation and a good warranty for their products. If you are looking for a new machine or just want to upgrade, check it out.

Sorry everyone this is so long but I wanted to be thorough since this machine is pretty new.
-- Edited on 9/11/12 9:01 PM --

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Date: 9/11/12 9:09 PM

How much is it?

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Date: 9/12/12 3:20 AM

What was it retailing for?

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Date: 9/12/12 8:54 AM

Thanks for this info! I am wondering about the laser myself.

So you can tell the machine where to center the design using the laser pen. But, don't most higher end machines have some sort of feature for that? Mine has a centering icon. When pushed, it'll move to where the current center is, then you can change that by moving the hoop to where you have marked your center if it's a little off.
I guess what really wows me with embroidery is still that snowman, available on the Quattro/Ellisimo.

But, that laser line would be awesome for quilting, keeping your 1/4 seam perfect! Is this a 9mm machine? Did you try any of the decorative stitches?

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Date: 9/12/12 11:04 AM

I fell in love with this machine just from the website

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Date: 9/12/12 11:29 AM

So how much does the thing cost? Did the OP notice the price tag along with all the other details?

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Date: 9/12/12 12:14 PM

I had to go snooping, and was it ever difficult to find a price for this masterpiece.

I finally found one at Shopjoya.com - and it says $4,500.

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Date: 9/12/12 4:08 PM

It looks like the one you're looking at is the DreamWeaver VQ3000 sewing only machine. Here is the link. I find it interesting they are putting a price there and stating "out of stock." I thought these could only be bought from an authorized dealer and not shipped.....or is that Babylock?

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Date: 9/12/12 11:44 PM

I believe in this area of Florida it will be retailing for around $5000 .
The maximum stitch width is 7mm.

I did forget to mention that the lighting is super bright on this machine...I can definitely see this coming i handy on those late nights sewing on darker fabrics.


I did try a few of the decorative stitches...they stitched out well with no adjustments needed. (My 28 year old Pfaff is still one of my favorites fro some beautiful decorative stitches)

Regarding the question about the laser with doing embroidery, yes, you basically touch where you want the center of your design to be placed. Of course if the design is large, you would be limited to how far you could move it by the size of the hoop. My Babylock Ellegante 2 unfortunately does not have the "snowman" decal that you can place and the machine finds it for placement. I know some of the machines have this feature. I do think the laser will come in handy for all different sewing applications even if you don't want to utilize it for the embroidery functions.

Hope this helps...

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Date: 9/13/12 0:56 AM

I think $5,000 is TOTALLY reasonable for that machine given the fact my quote on the Ellegante 3 was $5200 and I got my Ellisimo Gold for $6800.

I was told at the Long Beach quilting show that the Ellegante was being discontinued, but I wonder if that's happening now. The Brother Duetta 4500D was replaced with the Duetta2, so is the Ellegante 3 going to a 4?

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