Member since 9/30/13
Date: 9/30/13 11:14 AM
Hello, I'm thinking of adding a standalone embroidery machine, particularly with holiday time coming up when I have been known to have two running at once (don't have them both anymore).
I'm very familiar with the Brother/Babylock brands (I don't need something as big as the Dreamweaver and do not want to spend that kind of $). I'm thinking more along the lines of the Janome 350E, comparable Bernina Deco (?340?) versions vs. the Brother 700 series standalones?
Member since 8/15/08
Date: 10/1/13 0:32 AM
I just bought the Brother PE-700 but haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I pick it because of the 5"x7" embroidery area. My old machine only does 4"x4". I really wanted something larger, but could not justify the expense. Amazon has this machine for $559 and free shipping.
I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
zora neal hurston
Member since 2/8/09
Date: 10/1/13 4:57 AM
I often had my 350e going alongside my others depending on the project.
I had a fully finished basement with embroidery all set up and ready. It was a breeze to just hoop and get it going on the Janome.
I added a BL Ellisimo for the larger field but truthfully have not used it much to embroider in FL. I have to get the embroidery unit unpacked from another room. I had it on a desk all set up in my old house but here it sits in a Koala cabinet so it sits stripped down to the free arm.
If I had a smaller stand alone it would be more tempting to just load a design and go.
Anyway, my Janome 350e would embroider while I sewed on my Bernina 430 and then I had my BL ElliMo to either embroider alongside or switch over to sew. It sped up things ever so much!
Here in my new house I nearly always reach for a sewing project because setting up and breaking down a combo for an embroidery project is just one more thing that eats into my time.
sewing brings joy and meaning to my life...
Member since 2/10/11
Date: 10/1/13 2:51 PM
I have a Brother 1250D which is a combo, but not a HUGE one. It is basically the same footprint as the Brother 780D, but has the sewing side. The embroidery side is limited to 5 x 7, but so far, it has been adequate for my needs (well, almost ... I would love the capacity to do larger ITH projects). I do love the sewing features on this machine too.
It doesn't take me very long to set it up, but I agree it is a bit of an annoyance... Oh, I don't mind sliding on the arm, but I hate having to unscrew the presser foot ankle and doing up the embroidery one. Isn't that silly? I mean it does take me all of 60 seconds! Oh, and then I will get the project hooped up and ready to go when I remember I didn't change out the bobbin thread, so I have to remove the hoop and do that!
But..... I love having my machine and while I use it more for sewing, the embroidery has opened up an whole new dimension of fiber arts for me.
I wish there were a stand alone E machine with 8 x 8 capability. The one that brother has in the dreamweaver series goes up to 7 by 12. I don't need a machine with another 300 deco stitches and don't want to pay for that, but I'd love to be able to do bigger embroidery.
Elna Lotus TSP, Singer 503a-Rocketeer, Brother Innovis 1250D, Pfaff Passport 2.0, Kenmore 10-Stitch, Centennial Singer Featherweight from 1950
Member since 12/3/06
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Date: 10/1/13 3:49 PM
Stick with Brother or Babylock.
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge
Member since 6/29/13
Date: 10/29/13 11:22 AM
I've embroidered on a brother SE270D for the last eight years it worked great for the price I paid for it. I use brother's PED Basic and upgraded to PE Design version 7. Both are Very Simple to use/understand.
I recently upgraded to a Janome 350e, and have been embroidering with it for the last month.
I LOVE the on Screen Editing feature on the Janome, also the larger hoop size was a MUST. The ability to use the Flash Drive/Memory Stick on the janome is Wonderful and so much easier than the card/dongle method for the brother machine.
As far as compare/contrast between the 2. It's the little things, the brother will beep before the bobbin thread runs out, the janome does also, but there is still alot of thread left on the bobbin, where as the brother only had maybe 12 inches or less of thread.
The brother will STOP when the bobbin runs out completely, the janome DOES NOT STOP.
I use SULKY thread on my embroid machines, the brother has that "thread cartridge" and when the spool is less than 1/3 full, I'd have to really watch the thread, or it wouldn't unwind properly and would break. (manually helping it unwind via the serger tweezers,ughhhhhh!!!!!)
However, The Janome has a horizontal thread holder, and the spools unwind without any problems. BIG LIKE!
I do like the quality of stitch work from the Janome much better than the brother, tighter more even stitching. Esp for Font work!
And the Janome is a stand alone Embroidery machine, where as the brother can be a sewing machine also (I've NEVER used it to sew, only embroid).
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