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Date: 7/26/13 11:29 AM

I have been looking at sewing/embroidery machines and have gotten totally confused! I am only an advanced beginner so I don't need the top of the line but I do love all the bells and whistles. I also love some of the fun designer stiches like the scissors, needle with thread, cats, etc. So my question is, there is a Viking Designer SE for sale for around 1200 locally with all the fun stiches, about 5 yrs old, vs new Bably Lock Ellure Plus for around 1400 with only ordinary stiches, but of course it's new. Both have computer access. What's your opinion? What I don't want is it to not work, have sloppy stiches etc. Used, new?

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Date: 7/26/13 10:19 PM

That is a good price for the Designer SE.
Which one is easier to use? I would find someone who knows something about embroidery machines and take them to look at the designer with you.

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Date: 7/26/13 11:09 PM

Buy from a dealer where you will have help. They may have a trade-up for a good price.

Visit as many dealers as you can find.

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Date: 7/27/13 0:44 AM

You will have a warranty with a new machine, plus free lessons (usually) and dealer support (so important!).
Try both machines and see which one feels good to you.
Good Luck! Let us know which one you choose!

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Date: 7/27/13 5:33 AM

my "little baby" is an Ellure Plus, so I might be a bit biased, but...

If you're thinking of doing a lot of embroidery, and don't have a lot of experience, the new machine might be best. You'll get some lessons with it, and some support from embroidery clubs your dealer may have. And as was stated, when you're ready to move up, you should get a good price and support, again.

If you decide to go used, see how many stitches are on it. It may be a great deal and barely used, or it may be at the point of getting troublesome. Vikings do tend to work well for a very long time, but electronics such as boards can be pricey.

I'm not familiar with the particular Viking model, but think about hoop size. The Ellure Plus will only do 5x7, if the Viking has larger embroidery area, that's a big advantage. I bought a second EM, and kept my Ellure Plus for sewing (which it's great for) to get into a large hoop and direct computer connection.

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Date: 7/27/13 6:25 AM

You are going to need to buy lots of stuff to do embroidery. If the dealer offers classes and discounts on supplies you should consider that. I have never used either model though so take the same design in and see how each machine handles it.

I wouldn't base a decision on what designs are built into the machine as it is easy to buy them. Think about how often you will actually use the built in stitches vs stitch out an embroidery design. If you can see yourself using them go for it.

Most dealers offers classes year round along a theme so see if your local Viking does that. They are about $20-35 each class and build your skills of emb, feet or stitches. Some even offer discounts on the day you attend a class.
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Date: 7/27/13 9:44 AM

Thanks everyone for your input. Yesterday I met with the owner of the SE at a sewing store.....it was nice. She showed me all the extras she had, we did a few fun stiches that I love, etc. She also has a Viking Ruby and Diamond so that's why she's selling this one. She also said she's had a routine service
every year and never had a problem. Also, at that sewing store, they will give me lessons for $25/hr.

The lady is a customer at that store so that's how the store is involved.

So...I said OK and I'm picking it up this morning! I'm excited

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Date: 7/27/13 10:01 AM

Congrats! Sounds like a good situation-savings of used plus dealer training. Enjoy!

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Date: 7/29/13 11:37 AM

I also need help. My 20year old Elna Diva's motor burnt out yesterday and I don't think its worth the money to get it replaced. I do want another Elna but want an electronic machine, for sewing only. I don't do embroidery etc. just sewing for myself and the house. I am intermediate and would love any help and are open for any suggestions.

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Date: 7/29/13 11:39 AM

Good luck with your new "baby" hope she serves you well!

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