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Date: 8/10/13 7:37 PM

First post a newbie!!!

I have a Brother CE4000 sewing machine that my mom got my for Christmas a few years back, since I don't do much with it (basic pillow cases and things), I've never needed anything more.
However, I've been thinking about getting an embroidery machine because I would like to personalize stuff for my son and make things for friends that have had babies recently and are expecting in the near future.
I started researching on a machine earlier this week, from just a simple Brother's PE500 to maybe a PE770, to now, looking at a used Ellure+ for $1200 or a new Viking topaz.

So, for a beginner just want to pick up a machine as a hobbie and make little things here and there, which machine should I go with? Brother, Babylock or Viking?

FYI, i really don't need too many features, just want to be about to do names and cute designs that I can download from the internet or using a digitizing software.

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With the Viking from Joann, the special they have now is that they are including a software with the purchase of the machine and they give free classes.

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Date: 8/10/13 8:15 PM

I bought the PE770 for the same reason. I'm not totally into embroidery but wanted something for random projects and possibly larger than 4x4. I bought a nice set of Elipse hoops off Amazon.

I prefer having a separate embroidery machine. Some embroidery designs can take awhile. All of your choices are nice ones. You may be able to get the Topaz at discount next month or later as Viking is coming out with a new Topaz. Remember extra costs for some of these machines may be software-related. Someone who is more familiar will give some input here soon.

-- Edited on 8/10/13 8:16 PM --

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Date: 8/10/13 11:06 PM

How do you like the pe770? Do you have issues with the hoops like most reviews I've read.

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Date: 8/10/13 11:16 PM

I bought a set of Elipse hoops off Amazon. They are very nicely made.

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Date: 8/11/13 0:04 AM

The Ellure is the Babylock version of the Brother 1250D which is a Brother 780D with sewing capability. The PE770 is just the embroidery part--like a 780D without the Disney. But with the capability of reading PEN files off of Ibroidery-which sells Disney designs. So you can do Disney designs on your PE770. If you have a sewing machine, you do not need something like the Ellure.

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Date: 8/11/13 8:31 AM

Take a look at the "free software" before deciding. Most times this just means you get software that will let your computer open or see image previews of the designs. It will not let you do anything else!

That type of software is also free on the Internet, very inexpensive or included with the software that you will also need to buy for minor editing.

If the bundled software (free) software they are including does things like rotate, enlarge, reduce, delete stitches, duplicate, merge, etc then Yes, it may be a very good deal!

That type of software is in the editing/modifying category and begins at $50 for Mac, $150 for PC and upwards to hundreds of dollars depending on features.

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Date: 8/11/13 9:39 AM

I have the Topaz 30 and am very satisfied with it. There is still a lots I need to learn. I like the large embroidery field but most of the designs I do is 5x7. I suggest you check each machine and see which one will be best for you. I have the D1 also. The Topaz is really a sturdy machine.

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Date: 8/12/13 6:43 AM

I have the PE770. I bought it to get my feet wet with embroidery. The actual stitch out quality is excellent-- I have no complaint on that. There are certain projects I would not attempt on it, as it does not provide the features that would benefit certain projects. (Ex. I don't expect it to stitch out double sided metallic on a sheer, like a Viking Designer Diamond with the "Thread portioning" feature.) -- It is reliable and adequate for the type of use you want it for.

Here is the wrench-- as you start embroidering more, and understanding the process better, the inconveniences of the machine become apparent. Here is what I find inconvenient:

1. The screen is small and not in color. The machine will tell you what color it is on, but sometimes the small screen view of what section the machine is stitching makes it "less convenient" to follow where you are at in the stitch out of the design.

2. Because of the above....it helps to print out your design on paper with a color printer. The print out for the designs I have used give the color and stitch out order-- and I find it handy to have this in 'big' version. The print outs can be used as templates for positioning.

3. Because of #2, you spend added time at the computer and printer before beginning your project, this I hate. You can run a recap of the stitch out on your computer screen in the software, which I find helpful sometimes...

4. Eventually your confidence grow...and as your confidence in what you are doing grows...the kind of projects you want to attempt grow. Then you realize, there are project disk....but half the designs won't even work because you only have up to a 5 by 7 hooping/stitch field capacity.
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My response is really meant as an "in general" response to anyone who comes along reading this for input. For your specific intention-- it may be just fine, but I'm just pointing out small pitfalls. For the price-- with the quality of stitch out-- I would recommend the Brother PE770 for a complete beginner/explorer. It is an affordable way to find out if you even like doing embroidery, and I have not had any break downs/tension or service issues with it.

Hope this helps.

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Date: 8/12/13 8:47 AM

If I were to skip the PE770 and go straight for a more comprehensive machine, which is better, the babylock ellure plus (used about 8 months) or a new Viking?

or is there another embroidery only machine I should look into?
-- Edited on 8/12/13 8:49 AM --

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Date: 8/12/13 5:46 PM

I too have wanted to try machine embroidery . I just purchased a Brother PE700ii online from Costco.com. I know that it must use a usb cable hooked up to my laptop but the price was too good to pass up. It is currently on sale for $389.97, that's $100 off their regular price. Plus if I try it and I don't like it I can return it to the warehouse and get back my money back, even the shipping cost. I can't wait for it to come.

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