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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Recs for SM with Alphabet, please :) ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/10/13 1:34 AM

I have a Janome DC2007 and I have loved it! This summer though I went from an occasional sewer to an almost everyday sewer. I made a dress and have made about 15 purses that I am selling. A customer had a great idea that I could put my name on the purse strap. What a great idea! So now I would like a machine that has more stitch options and an alphabet. I don't want a full on embroidery machine thought.
Also, I have a cap of $600 to spend. Do you experts have any ideas?
Thanks.

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Date: 8/10/13 2:18 AM

There are a lot of sewing machines with built in lettering most will be 7mm, the limit of the machine needle plate. A full embroidery machine has a hoop to hold fabric and allows lettering to be 1"-2" inches, and many more styles. Look at Brother machines on their site for info/videos.

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Date: 8/10/13 2:50 AM

I see you already have a Janome. How about a Janome DC5100? $599 and you can share your presser feet between the two machines.

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Date: 8/10/13 3:13 AM

Several things come to mind.

1. Many machines with alphabets come with an anemic set of BLOCK CAPITAL LETTERS that have limited usefulness. A script or cursive typeface with lowercase letters might be more useful/
2. The larger the bight of the machine, the more impressive the letterform. A 5mm machine produces an anemic looking letter compared to a 9mm machine, which pales next to an embroidery machine.
3. The interface of the machine matters. You don't want to be looking up numerical codes. (185=A, 190=E...) and punching in codes to get letters.
4. Don't buy unless you can see a sample. Stitch pattern quality varies.

You might be better off with an embroidery machine. Alphabets are a good way to inflate the stitch count of ma machine-- (Wow, this machine has 1237 stitches!), but they aren't really that useful.

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Date: 8/10/13 1:19 PM

Would you say my best bet is to go shopping? We have a tiny Bernina store in town. A little larger one 1 hour away.
There is supposedly a Janome store/quilt store 30 min away. I will check them out as well.

Thank you for the helpful information. I would for sure want to see exactly what the lettering looks like. Good idea.

I have never seen an embroidery machine so shopping will be a lot of fun, or extremely overwhelming ;)

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Date: 8/10/13 1:52 PM

Yes-- go shopping. Always the best option

Be prepared for Bernina sticker shock-- the entry level models are really stripped down.

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Date: 8/10/13 2:51 PM

While you are visiting the Bernina store you could check out the Bernettes also. I have never sewn on one but I have heard some great remarks about them and the way they sew. There are some reviews on this site that you could read.

I also agree with the Janome DC 5100 it would handle like your other Janome and it also has a DC motor which gives you extra power and penetration just like your 2007. HTH
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Date: 8/11/13 8:06 AM

I thought when I bought my Bernina with built in lettering that it meant I could sew nice looking names.
But no- that is called embroidering!
Any machine with letters just means your machine will arrange straight stitches into pathways that resemble a block capital letter.
If you practice you can do a much nicer looking job by using a zig zag stitch on any machine and sewing it into the pathway of a capital block letter.
I think what you are looking for may be a machine with built in embroidery letters. I got a Janome 350e to do that and was quite happy with it.

It is nice to be able to use my regular machine and keep sewing things while the other one was stitching out the letters.

So try out both options- machines with letter stitches and machines with embroidery letters before you decide.

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Date: 8/12/13 10:56 AM

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I thought when I bought my Bernina with built in lettering that it meant I could sew nice looking names.

But no- that is called embroidering!

Any machine with letters just means your machine will arrange straight stitches into pathways that resemble a block capital letter.

If you practice you can do a much nicer looking job by using a zig zag stitch on any machine and sewing it into the pathway of a capital block letter.

I think what you are looking for may be a machine with built in embroidery letters. I got a Janome 350e to do that and was quite happy with it.



It is nice to be able to use my regular machine and keep sewing things while the other one was stitching out the letters.



So try out both options- machines with letter stitches and machines with embroidery letters before you decide.

I tried doing my name freehand on the machine last night. I do think as you say with practice that I could do it. I need a different foot because I couldn't see where I was going and I had a hard time getting the material to move. I plan to "embroider" on a purse strap.
I tried with fee dogs and and feed dogs down and neither worked very well. The material just seemed trapped.
Any ideas on how I can get it to move free?
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Date: 8/12/13 11:00 AM

Use a darning foot.

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