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Date: 6/10/13 11:32 AM

I've been wanting a new sewing machine with a deeper throat (currently sew on a Bernina 240) but was undecided on whether to get embroidery or not. so I took a two day Anita Goodesign clinic and yes I am completely hooked on wanting embroidery.
Have been looking at new Bernina 7 series, Babylock Ellissimo and either Brother Dreamweaver or Quattro.
Talking with other local sewers, everyone has strong opions on brand, and unfortunately most seem to bash Brother, yet I feel the Brother is very user friendly.
Appreciate any comments from those who have been into embroidery for a while now. I would be using it for purses / tote bags and quilts.
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Date: 6/10/13 11:44 AM

Brother is the leader in embroidery machines. I started with the least expensive model and then upgraded to a TOL Babylock.

The only problem with Brother embroidery only machines is not using the correct weight of machine embroidery bobbin thread, AKA, #1 user error. The embroidery only Brother machines use 90wt and 60wt is the most readily available thread. This is not an issue with the combo (sewing or embroidery machines) as they use the 60wt ME bobbin thread.

Another issue you need to be aware of is how the ME thread (top thread) is factory wound. Spools are usually parallel and cones, cross wound. User error # 2: the cross wound configuration works best if the thread feeds from the spool directly up to the first thread guide. Thread stands (some machines may have an "antenna") will help prevent the thread from tangling and breaking.

Visit as many dealers of the different brands as you can find and ask for a test drive.

This is an amazing craft. Take your time learning the machine and it will work very well for you.

Although tempting, never leave an embroidery machine as it is stitching.


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Date: 6/11/13 5:55 AM

Go with your gut. You have to be happy with your machine's performance, cost, dealership and ease of use. If that is Brother, I would not let it worry me that other's bash it. Over time, any machine will have quirks that you begin to discover. Question is can you accept them? There are many well known names use the Brother machines on the PBS show called Its Sew Easy. They sew and embroidery all types of things.

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Date: 6/11/13 6:16 AM

I agree with SandiMacd. Go with what you like and feel comfortable. I purchased my Brother Ultra2003D Pacesetter from a member of our neighborhood group of the ASG. I did no research; the price was great and all the extras she was including was unbelievable. I went from a Singer 401A to the Brother; took classes at our local Sew & Vac and have loved every minute of it. Granted, I should have researched, although I was most fortunate in my purchase. My local S&V services the machine and Dolly, one of the owners, truly taught me how to embroider. Your local dealer can be your go-to person, if you are as fortunate as I. I would love to be able to afford the upgrade to the new Brother V series but we needed a new generator instead. Some day :).

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Date: 6/11/13 7:35 AM

Decide on your budget the go test machines, all brands. You may find that you bond with a machine even though other people might not like that particular one. If I were in the market for one at this moment I would buy a Pfaff PCP. It's pretty much the perfect machine for the money. Get to know them so you can compare features. Some of them have big differences that could affect what you may want to do with them.

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Date: 6/11/13 9:56 AM

The Brother/Babylock machines are the most user friendly to learn and work with. They also "think" or process information you ask the machines to perform quickly, and efficiently. The needle threaders, lighting, thread cutters, large arm area, large touch screens on these two brands are very nice. The embroidery modules also have a sturdy feel to them. Check them out before you decide.

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Date: 6/11/13 10:20 AM

If you love your Bernina 240, I would certainly check out the Bernina combo machines. My first embroidery machine was a Janome 10000, but that was about 12 years ago. I still love machine embroidery and my current machines are both Berninas -- an 830LE and a 630E. The 630 was my first Bernina embroidery machine and it's wonderful. This model is discontinued, but you can still find them on eBay and possibly at some Bernina dealers.

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Date: 6/11/13 10:24 AM

My recommendation is for the (surprise!) Pfaff Creative Performance. It's Pfaff's TOL sewing machine, with the option to add on the embroidery module in either the small or large unit.

The PCP sews like a dream (the feed is simply unreal!) and embroiders beautifully & easily, and has a huge assortment of hoops, from ovals and rectangles to squares, including endless embroidery hoops, and from tiny to the largest available.

Any and all stitches, including buttonholes, can be sewn in the hoop, and of course there are Pfaff's amazing maxi stitch designs, as well as sideways stitching and tapering capabilities.

But as everyone's pointed out, try EVERYTHING and see which model of which brand best suits you. Happy hunting!


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Date: 6/11/13 10:55 AM

thanks for the great comments, there is actually a dealer in Chicago who sells several brands I'm looking at, so it may be worth a day trip there to drive them all on a single day; can at least compare them side by side..........

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Date: 6/11/13 11:58 AM

Sounds like a good idea to visit that dealer!
I think much depends on your budget.
I purchased a Brother 700ii about four years ago for less than $700.00 because that was what I could afford, and I have absolutely no complaints.
Easy to use, does a good job, 5 x 7 field. It just lacks some of the editing features and color screen that the priceier ones have, but I am happy with my purchase.

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