Member since 4/10/13
Date: 4/11/13 0:09 AM
I have been looking at machines for my niece who primarily needs a machine to make patches (though she has also expressed an interest in expanding into small quilted items). I am not willing to pay for one of the 6 - 10 needle embroidery machines so I have been looking at some of the combo units. I narrowed down the list to 3: the Baby lock Ellegante 3; the Dreamweaver XE 6200D; and the Bernina 580E.
The reps have all been extremely helpful and nice. The cash prices I have been quoted are:
Ellegante 3: $4,000 + $1,500 for the software = $5,500
Dreamweaver: $4,300 + $1,500 for the software = $5,800
Bernina 580E: $4,000 + $1.500 for the software = $5,500
The final pricing for all is pretty close to being the same.
Having read through a number of posts on here I am struck by the strong knowledge base represented here. So this seemed like a good place to ask my questions.
Are these good prices? Any thoughts as to which would be a better choice for her application?
Member since 2/2/12
In reply to neverfolds
Date: 4/11/13 2:09 AM
The dreamweaver would be a stand-out for however not as much as the Bernina 580e. It's best to sit down and test the machine with fabrics you sew with. Bernina has excellent designworks software. Although the Bernina is smaller out of the 2.
Member since 12/15/02
In reply to neverfolds
Date: 4/11/13 7:39 AM
I have been looking at machines for my niece who primarily needs a machine to make patches (though she has also expressed an interest in expanding into small quilted items).
these are all fairly high end machines. If your niece really into sewing? If not you might want to consider and $800 brother that can do all you listed. That being said I wish when I was a teen I had an aunt/uncle like you.
Member since 9/9/07
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Subject: Which is the better deal? Date: 4/11/13 10:01 AM
Man, I wish my Aunt would buy me one of these!
I agree- you need to sit down and test. Well, your niece does. Sewing machine at this level are very individual things. They are all EXCELLENT machines that you've named. It is about how they feel to the sewer now.
But I also agree with quiltingwolf, that for making patches, this is way overkill.
Member since 12/3/06
1 member likes this.
Subject: Which is the better deal? Date: 4/11/13 10:09 AM
I have to agree with QW. These are TOL machines and for someone who may want to do this or that, I would start with the Brother SE 400.
I made a lot of patches with a Brother PE (personal embroidery) 150, which also has the 4" x 4" embroidery area, but is not a combo like the SE (sewing and embroidery) 400.
You can get the SE400 for less than $400 and if she grows out of this, trade it up for one of the TOL models.
I prefer Brother and Baby Lock. They are super easy to use.
Are you the Uncle? Not knowing a multi needle machine does not sew and only embroiders and the "Neverfolds" handle sounds more like a guy who would rather be driving a sports car.... If not, my apologies.
-- Edited on 4/11/13 10:17 AM --
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge
"Isnít it a shame in todayís world you canít tell the truth. If you tell the truth youíre abrasive. If you lie youíre charming." - Bob Huggins/College Basketball Coach
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 4/11/13 10:25 AM
First of all let me say how sweet you are!!
But, I have to concur as well with the others. I would buy a small machine, no larger hoop than 5x7 (or 4x4 if that would do), and then let her save the money to upgrade. You never know how people's lives will change from one moment to the next. Spending a lot on a machine that is not your own may be sort of a risk. I know I was on my way to being a couture seamstress till I got pregnant with my son, lol.
How old is your neice?
Bernina 780, and 530
Viking Opal 690Q
When life gives you green velvet curtains, make a green velvet dress.
Member since 8/14/05
Date: 4/11/13 10:29 AM
This question has no answer.WELCOME to PR!
You will have to try these machines yourself and see which one fits you and your needs and which one you love sewing on! While doing that you are also auditioning the dealers. The dealer should answer your questions and be comfortable with your questions, and let you try the machines and in general seem supportive and willing to support the product after you buy it.
Have fun! I must say the Dreamweaver looks good.Berninas are terrific machines, and the Babylocks look really nice to me and all three would probably do you really nicely.
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
I have sewing machines
Member since 8/28/08
1 member likes this.
Date: 4/11/13 11:13 AM
Wow, you are one super auntie!! I just bought my niece some body lotion.
Before putting down that kind of money, get your niece involved. Have her make a sample patch on each of the machines and compare the results. She should also discuss her needs with each dealer. In what capacity is she making patches?... Is she hoping to sell large orders? Are these machines intended for that purpose? Lots to think about besides price.