Member since 3/13/13
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!
Member since 4/21/11
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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Member since 12/5/10
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.
Designer 1, bought in 2000
Simplicity 350 serger, bought about 1997
3 Tajima Neo single head embroidery machines
Digitizer by profession
Embroidery software: Tajima DGML by Pulse (commercial) also know Designer's Gallery and Floriani for home use.
Member since 2/8/09
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.
sewing brings joy and meaning to my life...
Member since 11/27/06
Skill: Advanced Beginner
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.