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Brother SE400 versus Sophia 2
I am considering a new embroidery/sewing machine and wonder if the best long term investment is the Brother SE400 or Baby Lock Sophia 2. This will be my only machine and the sewing I will do will be clothing, valances for windows, pillows, and crafts/gif
deb silva
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Date: 3/13/13 1:11 PM

Better to have my one and only machine that I will soon buy be a Sophia 2 or a Brother SE 400? I will be using it for everything from clothing, repairs, home decor, and crafts/gifts. Just had my 43 year old Golden Touch and Sew die, (purchased new in 1970), and have had issues with it for decades!

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Date: 3/13/13 2:20 PM

Have you tested these out? They are great machines qualitywise but a very small space for some of the kinds of things you'll be sewing. I'd love it as a backup or travel machine but I know I'd feel pretty cramped spacewise even with some of the garmentmaking I do.
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Date: 3/14/13 7:49 AM

You will get classes if you buy a Sophia from a dealer..plus it will be a better quality machine than the Brother. The Brother machine will connect to your computer, but it will not use a USB flash drive to transfer designs. This will mean you have to have a computer in close proximity when you want to do this because it uses a cable. The Sophia is a very nice machine and I would not hesitate to buy that one.

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Date: 3/14/13 9:36 PM

The Sofia may be small but really, I had a featherweight raising my children and did everything with it. No machine is perfect on every way but I think you will be very happy with it and love the classes- its perfect for toting back and forth.
As years go buy you can save up for a bigger harp if you need one and keep the Sophia as back up- will last a lifetime.

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Date: 4/10/13 11:08 PM

I have had nothing but joy from my Sofia. Unless you know about embroidery I'd go for the dealer supported one. She's dainty but a complex machine. Lots of stuff to figure out if you were on your own.

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