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Lottie2
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Date: 6/13/14 11:50 AM

I'm thinking of using my upgrade option with my Janome dealer to get an embroidery machine instead of a sewing machine. I currently have the 4120QDC and the next level sewing machines don't fit my needs, so I'm thinking of going the route of exchanging the 4120 for an MC350E embroidery-only machine and getting another separate sewing machine (different brand). However, I'm also thinking that maybe I should just sell the 4120 or keep it as a backup and buy an embroidery machine (any brand) separately. Basically I'm keeping my options open. I have several months to decide and I want to make sure that I really do my homework this time. I'm not really interested in combination machines.

So my question is, which embroidery-only machines would you consider to be the best? Some indication of their price range, if you know, would be helpful to know as well! Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Date: 6/13/14 11:54 AM

I don't know the price range but I know a lot of people are talking about the Babylock Spirit. It looks like a really nice embroidery only machine.

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Date: 6/13/14 12:31 PM

I immediately thought of the Baby Lock Spirit as well. It is such a feature packed machine for a stand alone embroidery. Pricey, but you get TOL embroidery features ...

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Date: 6/13/14 12:51 PM

Probably another is the Brother Dreammaker. I think that's similar to the Spirit but I don't really know much about either.

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So many projects, not enough time
At my house in VA:
Bernina 1010, Activa 220, Artista 630E, B580
Singer 201-2, 221, Bernina Serger 1300MDC, BL Enlighten, BL Sashiko, BL Cover Stitch, Consew 75T

At my Lake House in PA:
Bernina Artista 165E, Singer 503A. Bernina Serger 1100d

http://sewingtechie.blogspot.com/

Lottie2
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Date: 6/13/14 12:51 PM

I'll certainly look into it, thank you! The other Janome dealer in my area also sells Babylock, so maybe they will take my Janome in exchange (although I won't get full refund like with my current dealer, it might still be worth it). Does anyone know the price range (more or less)?

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Janome 4120QDC (starting to like her more...)
Brother SE400 (sweet little machine)
Janome Mini (really belongs to my little girl)

Planning to buy a Juki F600 next year (must buy house first)!
Weaving dreams about a Brother Dreamweaver...

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Date: 6/13/14 12:52 PM

Thank you - I'll take a look at that one too.

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Janome 4120QDC (starting to like her more...)
Brother SE400 (sweet little machine)
Janome Mini (really belongs to my little girl)

Planning to buy a Juki F600 next year (must buy house first)!
Weaving dreams about a Brother Dreamweaver...

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Date: 6/13/14 12:53 PM

I think the spirit is in the high 3k to low 4k range dependent on where you buy but I would hesitate to buy the v-series, embroidery only machine.

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Date: 6/13/14 12:56 PM

That might be on the high end for me. But good to get an idea of what's out there.

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Janome 4120QDC (starting to like her more...)
Brother SE400 (sweet little machine)
Janome Mini (really belongs to my little girl)

Planning to buy a Juki F600 next year (must buy house first)!
Weaving dreams about a Brother Dreamweaver...

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Date: 6/13/14 2:19 PM

Before choosing an embroidery machine, decide what it is you want to be able to do with it.

A less expensive model may have a limit of 4 x 4 inch embroidery area. Does not matter how large the hoop, the embroidery area does not change.

Then there is the software. You will need a basic program for viewing and editing.

Next is EM thread as well as EM bobbin thread. The weight of the EM bobbin thread can vary by brand and model of machine.

Bobbin size may or may not be so specific.

Stabilizers; cut away, tear away and water soluble are a necessity.

Temp spray adhesive (Sulky is the better brand IMO).

Needles. Sometimes EM specific needles will do a better job and Titanium coated will last the longest.

So, add in another $500 to the cost of the machine, or see if the dealer will add in a few extras. Don't be surprised if they are a bit clueless about bobbin weight and Titanium coated needles.

Take your time, but Brother and Babylock are the best.

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Date: 6/13/14 11:16 PM

If you had never had an embroidery machine before and want one, and don't need any bigger hoops than the 350 one I think that would be nice. But, if you want to do that, I think you should do that now,from where you got your other machine, and don't wait. Just because I read here, even just today, your machine already makes a sound you don't like most of the time, was refusing to even turn on, and had some error message on it, and also would not let you program any stitches. I don't think those are the kind of things, that would make it easy for you to then just sell it, to someone else at all. And especially not later, if it won't even turn on. So why would you want to wait to February, which is really far away, to do something about that?

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