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What is your favorite beginner machine and why?
We all got started somewhere, what was the machine that got you hooked?
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Date: 9/28/13 11:40 AM

Earlier this year I was looking for a beginner embroidery only machine (gateway drug as one member called it). I was so grateful for the resources here that I thought others who might be interested in dipping their toes into machine embroidery might have similar questions. There are few resources as knowledgeable as pattern review members IMHO! (in my humble opinion).

So here's my story. I was looking between the Brother PE500 or SE400. I really didn't need another sewing machine. So for embroidery only I decided to consider the Brother PE770. I was really going back and forth and visited a local brother dealer and saw a few boxes with the Simplicity Brother 7050e embroidery only machine with USB capability and some lettering software (PE Lettering Basic with lots of fonts and Monograms). Long story short I bought one from a different dealer and have LOVED it. Machine embroidery has opened up a whole new world. As for the 4x4 I can see how it can be out grown pretty quick, but it saves on stabilizer and thread and most of the designs out there I'm interested in I can use. If I want to fit a lot in I resize with some editing software (I use Amazing Designs and I really like it, but I digress) or use a multi positional hoop. I paid $499, but just saw it for sale at $399. It comes with a lot of helpful info for a beginner and to me the extra money and dealer access were worth it.

Here is the link to my little machine (because I don't have a pic.) Brother/Simplicity SB 7050E

What is your story ?

edited to add price info :-)
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Date: 9/28/13 3:50 PM

I was looking at the PE770 as well, I had a babylock espire and an interest, well the new dreamweaver came out and I loved the sewing features, so decided to invest in the combo machine and it is just amazing, I am glad I didn't start small, lots of onboard editing features, screen visibility is great for seeing designs

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Date: 9/28/13 3:55 PM

I started with a JC Penny Penncrest because it was affordable. Then I got a Janome 8000 and that was like heaven. Now I have a Babylock Unity and it really is heaven.

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Date: 9/28/13 4:06 PM

I think the Brother PE500 is great as a first machine... it's actually my second embroidery machine. I had an older Pfaff years ago, one of their first to do embroidery, but the electronics in it fried a few years ago and it would have cost more than it was worth to repair it, and I didn't have much need for embroidery at the time so I replaced it with a regular sewing machine. That's all I had until a few months ago.

I paid just over $200 for my PE500, and while there are some moments I wish I had a larger embroidery field, I bought it primarily for quilt labels, and to embellish small things for my kids, and for that it's been perfect. At some point I may upgrade to a machine with a larger embroidery field (I'll probably go much bigger if I do), but I bet I'll still keep the PE500 because it's so small and convenient.

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Date: 9/29/13 0:26 AM

I LOVE hearing all the different journeys taken. These are really neat.
keep sharing!

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Date: 9/29/13 1:21 AM

I learned to sew on my moms Singer Featherweight. It was really basic- no zig-zag, just forward- nothing to distract you from basic sewing. But every stitch was perfect and there were many accessories to accomplish the fancy stuff if you wanted. My mom had a ruffler and a buttonholer and a zipper foot besides the foot that came with the machine in 1946.
Sadly, she upgraded to a singer that would sew zig- zag and the salesman talked her into trading the Featherweight in. They gave her $40 for it and probably sold it for $400. Grrrrr!

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Date: 9/29/13 7:03 AM

My Mom had a Kenmore which I used quite a bit my last couple of years of high school. When I got married I got myself a Fashion Mate 257 and I loved it. It was so easy to do whatever type of sewing I was doing at that time (jean snap shirts, maternity clothes when I got pregnant) I loved the buttonhole attachment. When I moved to Japan and did not take my machine with me, my husband (second husband, second sewing machine) got me a Singer 1425 which did not work anywhere near as well as the Fashion Mate. Then it completely messed up and I could not afford another at the time (second divorce) finally I got what I had been wanting for a long time, a Bernina 153 QE. I still have this and it is my "main" machine. But after joining PR I was bitten with the vintage bug and now have a 15-91 (two of them), Rocketeer (two of them), a Featherweight, and two sergers and a coverhem Pro. I do not see myself getting any other machine as these all do whatever I need doing. I am not interest in an embroidery machine. BTW, I rescued my Mom's old Kenmore and have parts to fix it up, but do not know if I will ever get around to it, right now it is unusable.
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Date: 9/29/13 8:28 AM

Definitely an old Singer, 99 I think. It was in my childhood and I will never forget the gentle clink of the handcrank and smooth running through it's stitches. Just pure love of sewing came from that machine.

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Date: 9/29/13 8:45 AM

I started out 40 years ago with a Singer that had been my great-grandmother's. I can't recall the model number, but I still miss that machine. Never loan out your sewing machines, folks.

Many machines after that, I didn't get into embroidery until I bought a used Pfaff a few years back, and then didn't use it much, the thing was a beast to work with. Then I lost a board in it, and bought a BL Ellure Plus and decided I did like embroidery, got into digitizing, and the DreamWeaver followed. I have a feeling my next machine will be a multi-needle.

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Date: 9/29/13 10:33 AM

I think the question is based on embroidery machines, right? At least that seems to be what the thread is--it's in the Machine Embroidery section.

To answer what is my favorite beginner (embroidery) machine, it's the same one I've had since I started embroidery eight years ago. Oh yes, I've thought of upgrading--a 5x7 area is nice, but it's like you said: More thread, more stabilizer, etc. So until Brother no longer supports my PE150 (yes, that's a one five zero), I'm sticking with it because it suits my needs.

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