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dukaqwn

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Date: 11/5/12 6:59 PM

I just wondered if anyone has had or has tried this machine, and if so, how they liked it. I ordered the Juki HZL-K85 from this site and returned it because I just didn't like it. After thought, I just want a stand alone embroidery machine because my Morse makes the most perfect stitches. Here is the page:

Brother HE-1 at HSN

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niki913
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Date: 11/6/12 11:36 AM

I used to own the Brother HE-240 and then I sold it because it was bought as a gift for my daughter and then she lost interest in it.I sewed on it and it's a little power horse.It sews through thick layers and does not complain unlike my Babylock Ellegante I.It actually packs a punch because the machine likes to vibrate and move while you are sewing.The embroidery is limited to a 4x4 hoop but if you are doing a lot of sewing and you find a way to stop it from moving then it's a great machine.

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Date: 11/6/12 12:04 PM

You are limited to a 4 x 4 inch hoop for that reason alone I would pass it up.

This would be a better choice

Brother

Cos if you get into machine embroidery you are going to want the 5 x 7 size field. Trust me.


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dukaqwn

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Date: 11/6/12 6:37 PM

Thanks for your replies. I think I will save a little longer for the 770.

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Date: 11/26/12 4:38 PM

we have an HE-1 and it's not a bad starter machine. You have the flexibility to upload patterns you download/buy online or patterns you make yourself (PES and one other format) so there's that expandability. The largest limiting factor is the 4x4 area though... I'm currently hunting for an upgrade for the wife but it seems like there's quite the jump when going from 4x4's to 5x7's. You can get an HE-1 cheap but then they seem to jump to nearly $1k+, but like buying a car... you may have a few choices if you're hunting for a used car around $10k... raise your budget to $15k and you'll have 5x as many to choose from.

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Date: 11/26/12 4:51 PM

Problem is they don't made middle of the road embroidery only machines except for a few. They're either the low ends one that not only limited in hoop size but also stitch count and thread changes. And then are the professional mutli-thread ones that the avg home embroiderer doesn't need at a cost of $6K. To get mid-level embroidery you need to buy a mid-level combo machine.

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