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I'm wanting to jump into embroidery!
Please help, stand alone EM or Combo?
cjohns2
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Date: 5/26/14 7:04 AM

I want to learn how to embroider so I'm thinking of getting a new combo S/EM.........

As I started my research someone mentioned that I should get a stand alone embroidering machine.

My thought is; wonder if I don't like it then I've got a specialty machine that will be collecting dust. On the other hand if I love it will having separate machines be a better setup?

Thanks for your thoughts. :)

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Date: 5/26/14 8:16 AM

If you don't like embroidery you can always sell or trade the stand alone without having to replace your sewing machine as well. Just a thought..

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Subject: Im wanting to jump into embroidery! Date: 5/26/14 8:43 AM

Doesn't everyone have more than one sewing machine? If not, you can feel really lonesome when the machine goes in for service.

Do as you please. I have had both and have enjoyed both. The combo will be there when needed, or may become your main, go to machine.


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Date: 5/26/14 3:49 PM

I've seen people say that they like having one machine dedicated to embroidery so they can be sewing on their regular machine while doing embroidery... Not me! If I'm sewing, I need to focus on that alone and not have my attention so spread out... and if I'm embroidering, I need to be watching for broken threads, though the machine usually does a good job of stopping instantly if that happens (it doesn't happen often, but more than I like)...

I will say that sometimes, when I am doing a lot of embroidery (or one project spread out over several days), it is nice to have another machine (or two!) to sew on... It saves me from having to convert the embroidery machine back to a sewing machine... I can leave it set up for embroidery until I'm finished with that function. Also, if I'm going to a social sewing event, and the combo machine is set up for embroidery, it's so easy to just take another machine...

Do you already have a stand alone sewing machine? If so, I wouldn't hesitate to get a dedicated embroidery machine... or I'd likely just leave the combo set up for embroidery all the time, if your other machine is a nicely featured and good performing machine... it's just so tedious to go through the conversion process unless it is only done very infrequently...

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Subject: Im wanting to jump into embroidery! Date: 5/27/14 0:19 AM

I have several machines and the funny thing is I like to sit and watch the stitchout. I agree with PattiAnnJ - do what you please.

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Date: 5/27/14 6:31 AM

Thanks everyone for your thoughts, I do have 2 other SM's a Viking 500 and a new Brother SB3129 that I bought for the RV that I've liked sewing on so much I took it off the RV and put it in my sewing rm.

I think I'm going to go for the stand alone EM!
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Date: 5/27/14 10:54 AM

Quote: cjohns2
Thanks everyone for your thoughts, I do have 2 other SM's a Viking 500 and a new Brother SB3129 that I bought for the RV that I've liked sewing on so much I took it off the RV and put it in my sewing rm.



I think I'm going to go for the stand alone EM!
-- Edited on 5/27/14 6:32 AM --

Now that wasn't so tough....you are all set for sewing/w back-up.

No brainer. Brother or Babylock. Test drive before you buy.

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Subject: Im wanting to jump into embroidery! Date: 5/27/14 10:55 AM

I think a stand alone would work out nicely. That is if you think you would not want another sewing machine.
At one time I had an entry level stand alone and 2 sm. Right now I have 2 combos (one is up for sale) and 2 sewing machines. I go back and forth about what I need.
Sometimes it's nice to have all three set up for sewing - one with a straight stitch plate for topstitching and another for construction and another with the contrast thread. But usually my portable is packed up and ready to tote to my next class.
But that is laziness really and I should be quite happy with one to sew and one to embroider. You know your situation better than anyone else so get what makes the most sense to your sewing.

I will say I liked starting with the inexpensive stand alone small hoop machine. I had more money for all the embroidery paraphernalia (which can add up to another thousand very quickly). It took me 2 years to figure out embroidery and outgrow the hoop size and upgrade to a larger combo machine. Even now I rarely go beyond the 5x7 but when I need it I like that I now have it.

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Subject: Im wanting to jump into embroidery! Date: 5/27/14 12:57 PM

I prefer a standalone so I can sew and embroider at the same time. I don't need, nor want, a combo machine.

The only reason I ever became interested in embroidery was because of PR members. I bought the frequently discussed Janome MC300E and loved it. Still do. That machine allowed me to get in to embroidery without spending an arm and a leg, yet with a large enough hoop size to do most of my projects. It also allows for very basic on-screen editing with multiple designs. I purchased Embird to go along with it. No regrets.

The newer model 350E is a super machine. The improvements are such that I would like to trade my machine it, however, I can't justify it because my embroidery is very spotty. Many months without doing it, then a month of seemingly non-stop embroidery. Many lulls, few busy periods.

Another nice, less expensive option is the Brother PE780, however, I like the Janome 350E better because of being able to import and see multiple designs on screen without the use of software.

Truthfully, I don't use my embroidery machine that much, but for the times I do it's a great machine to have in the sewing arsenal. No regrets on my purchase.

I don't know what machine you're considering, but I've never felt the purchase was a waste of time nor money. Research the machines and go for it!

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Date: 5/27/14 1:38 PM

I have the standalone Janome 300E embroidery machine. I definitely enjoy having a dedicated emb machine separate from my sewing machines. At first I had a combo machine and decided to switch to the 300E. I've had it for over 8 years of very heavy daily use and it's still going strong!

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