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mama_nell
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Date: 6/19/13 11:49 AM

I have a Brother 8200 sewing/embroidery machine and what it does, it does very nicely. It is limited to a 5x7 hoop and 30,000 stitches and I want more. I do not want another combo machine because I don't need/want more sewing bells and whistles. I want more embroidery, more stitches, larger hoops and Disney would be nice but not a must have. I have PED Basic, cards, cd's and I want to stay with Brother. Closest dealer is in Denton Tx. and that's perhaps 1 1/2 hrs. away. Before I go there I sure would appreciate some suggestions from the deep pool of knowledge here. thank you all...Nell

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Date: 6/19/13 1:17 PM

It sounds to me like the Brother DreamMaker XE would be a great choice for you. It is an embroidery only machine and it does have the Disney designs since it is Brother. This machine is the equivalent to the Babylock Spirit (which I've been eyeing for awhile).

Here is a link to the webpage where you can find out more about this machine. There are so many features on this machine, I can't imagine wanting anything more. Largest hoop size is 12x7, which is included, as well as the 5x7 hoop. There is also an optional 6x6 hoop and I think they may make the 8x8 hoop compatible at some point down the road. It has the V-Pen which aids in perfect placement, a nice color LCD screen and USB ports for easy transfer of your designs.....plus quite a bit more.

Reviews have been great so far from what I've read on the web and it looks like a fabulous machine. I've heard the price point is around $3500 to $4000. I know my dealer was selling the Babylock Spirit used for about $3200 or so. If I had the money at the time, I would have snatched it up.

I hope this helps!

Jim
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Date: 6/19/13 3:53 PM

I don't know what your budget is but have you considered a multi needle home embroidery machine? Brother has the Entrepreneur® PR650e 6-Needle Home Embroidery Machine and the Entrepreneur® Pro PR1000e 10-Needle Home Embroidery Machine.

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Date: 6/19/13 4:07 PM

At the link for the Brother embroidery only, see that spool of thread with the accessories? That is probably 90 weight bobbin thread, which the Brother embroidery only machines use and is not that easy to find. Online, some Brother dealers who know their products and possibly Janome or Babylock as they did have models that used the 90 weight bobbin thread.

A Brother combo will use 60 weight bobbin thread which is much easier to find.

The multi needle machines are so different from the single needle. I would want a thorough demo as well as someone knowledgeable to help when and if needed....and I do not mean online.

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Date: 6/19/13 5:47 PM

That's very interesting information about the difference in bobbin thread requirements for embroidery-only versus combo. I never would have realized that, nor that it would be difficult to find. Thanks for the insight.

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Date: 6/19/13 6:28 PM

You brought up a good point about the bobbin thread....I still don't know why Brother uses the 90wt in their embroidery only machine. Just to double check, I downloaded the manual for the DreamMaker VE and, sure enough, in the parts list it mentions the spool of bobbin thread is 90wt.

The big problem is nowhere else in the manual could I find mention of the bobbin weight thread. Not even the section about winding bobbins. It does come with an alternate bobbin case to use for different weights of bobbin thread, but it still doesn't mention what weight. What it does say is "For optimal results, use the bobbin thread included with the machine."

So there you have it.....for whatever reason this embroidery only machine uses 90wt. Now it's not IMPOSSIBLE to find, but it's not like you can always go to a local store and pick one up. Amazon sells them, but the problem would be trying to find a package of pre-wounds. I haven't done a search, but I can't imagine they are very popular. I assume Brother dealers will keep this bobbin thread handy since the machines use it, but dealers who do not carry Brother most likely will not have it. Before I bought my Ellisimo, I had a Brother PE770 and mentioned to her that it used 90wt thread....she had never heard of that.

Another option, but without the Disney, is the Babylock Spirit. Here is the link to that machine. It uses regular 60wt bobbin thread and your options on prewounds are pretty large.

Hope this helps and let us know what you decide!

Jim
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Date: 6/19/13 7:43 PM

For your consideration: a lady at Brother told me that the warranty may not be honored if a different embroidery bobbin thread was used than what they suggest. (90 wt.) Personally, I wouldn't want to chance it. I ordered a box of the thread from Brother.

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Date: 6/19/13 8:50 PM

That is a very good point about the 90 weight thread and I would not have known that nor about a perhaps warranty problem from not using it. I would use what's recommended with any machine. If that thread is all it can use and it could be a problem finding it and perhaps Brother is the only seller of it.....well....may be I should be considering the Babylock Spirit. Does anyone have a base ball park idea on the cost of one of those? I'm not interested in a several needle machine. The budget can handle it but I'm not sure I can. I know any new machine has to be learned but I want to keep it enjoyable for me. I don't wanna work..I wanna play! As for Disney, I do have the Taste of Disney card, I could always pick up a good used Brother D machine and a few cards if I must have Disney. You all are sure giving me good information. Nell

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Date: 6/20/13 9:06 AM

I live in Denton and encourage you to visit two other dealers during your search for the right machine. One is in Grapevine and the other is in Wichita Falls. Believe it or not, I actually drive all the way to WF for the sewing club meetings now and then. I found that dealer two years ago when I was searching for a used Ellegante. I got a great deal, a great dealer and sewing club in the process.

Good luck in your search!
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Date: 6/20/13 11:50 PM

This machine has Disney capability in that the designs can be downloaded from ibroideryspring.com, but it does not have built-in Disney designs like the Dreamweaver combo machine has. Only the machines that have "D" in the name have the built in Disney designs.

I thought that was odd there was no Disney built in to the machine.
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