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Gvicha1271
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Date: 2/12/14 9:29 PM

Hello everyone! I desperately need some help! I have been searching and looking at embroidery machine reviews and I am still so confused! Right now I have a Brother SE400 and I love it! It was a great beginner machine but now I'm wanting to expand my options. I want something that is as close to that but bigger. Things I LOVE about my machine are

- USB to hook directly to computer
- I love that it's a sewing/embroidery combo
- automatic thread cutter
- easy bobbin winder and install
- PES design because I have a ton of images in that format only :-/

Also I am wanting to spend no more than $800.00. Is that not even an option? I am still very new to embroidery and I don't have a business doing this I just love it for personal use so it doesn't need to be one of these swanky huge machines (one day!). Any advice would be so greatly appreciated!

OH also I have purchased the editing software Edit N Stitch and I love it so I really don't want a machine I have to use its software only. Thank you in advance to all of you who know about this stuff. I am so lost! Your the best!

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Date: 2/12/14 11:02 PM

For only $800.00 I don't think you are going to get more than what you already have. You can find a Brother 950D for a little less than that and it will have the USB port, but you will still only have 4 x 6 capacity hoop.

For several hundred more I think you can get a Brother 770 or 780D that is embroidery only and has a USB port and has a 5 x 7.

Then for about $1600 you should be able to move into a Brother 1250D (that is the machine I own) and it is a combo machine with a 5 x 7 capacity, plus some really wonderful sewing only features.

I love my machine and the features are fine for me, but there are times I sure would love to have bigger capacity especially for doing In The Hoop projects.

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Date: 2/13/14 1:45 AM

I think you will need to save up quite a bit more in order to upgrade to a machine with a larger hoop.

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Date: 2/13/14 12:31 PM

I don't know how big of a hoop you want, but you can get the pe770 brother for about $600 or so on amazon. It is an embroidery only and 5x7, but if you keep your SE400 you would have a sewing machine too. Then you could sew and embroider at the same time
By the way I have Edit n Stitch and Personalize n Stitch and absolutely love them! I don't see much talk about them, they are a little more pricey, but boy I have gotten really good support and been able to actually talk to people when I needed help. I also love that Edit n Stitch will let you split for a multi-position hoop. I only have a 4x4 hoop, but have done some pretty cool things because of the software. Personalize 'n' Stitch has so many fonts and monograms that I don't think I'll ever buy one. So easy to use. They have opened up a whole new world for me!
Edited to fix silly grammar and spelling!

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Date: 2/14/14 0:47 AM

I would either save up more or get an embroidery only and keep your model for sewing.You can always search around you might be able to find a used 1250 close to your range, but if it were me I would just save up a little while more and you can have something nicer like sandygirl said

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Date: 3/3/14 11:42 PM

If you are not planning to get rid of your SE400, then getting an embroidery-only machine could be a brilliant idea. That way, you can use your SE400 for regular sewing, and you can put all your $$ toward embroidery functions. As someone else mentioned, the Brother pe770 is around $600, and it has a 5x7 field, and it takes a flash drive so you don't have to have a direct connection to the computer via USB cord. And with it being a Brother, you would have a very minimal learning curve b/c it is very similar to the machine you already have. Another embroidery-only machine I've heard great things about is the Janone 350e, but it is a little more than $800.

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Date: 3/19/14 11:23 AM

Save up and get the Janome 9900. Check out the reviews on pattern review. I paid $3200 for mine and this machine is incredible. Nothing comes close and it would probably make you happy for many years to come.

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Date: 3/19/14 2:37 PM

No software brand is limited in the brand of embroidery machine it will work "with".

Although Brother and Babylock are both leaders in machine embroidery and both use the PES format, there is no need to include the format as a deal buster. There are many software companies that offer free conversion and some sell software that includes conversion.

Remember, a Brother embroidery only machine requires 90 weight machine embroidery bobbin thread. You may find this at a Brother dealer or online (Allbrands is one merchant) but not at a fabric shop that sells thread, yet.

Is this a duplicate discussion? I feel like I am repeating myself. I know it's not Ground Hog Day. I think

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