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Sally6776
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Date: 7/19/14 0:05 AM

Good evening, I have joined this group to find out some tips and tricks of embroidery. Firstly I need to purchase a machine, and I have no idea where to start, I am new new at this have never embroidered before so this machine will be my first embroidery purchase, I need help in the purchase, I visited a store today and they said the cheapest one they have was 2200.00. I am a beginner and not really wanting to spend that type of money , my price range would be 1200.00-1500.00. Can some one lead me in the right direction, I am in Canada and have found a couple of stores , one being babylock and another singer store, can someone help me as to what I should look for in an embroidery machine, I am looking to start with bibs , and tshirts and canvas bags .

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Sally

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Date: 7/19/14 6:41 AM

Consider looking at the Janome 350E. Lots of info here on the boards for the 300 and 350E which is the reason I purchased it several years ago. I love my 300E although it's "ancient" with only the card adaptor. This was the predecessor to the 350E which has great improvements like the auto trimmer, USB port, and better rotation of designs among other improvements.

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Date: 7/19/14 7:21 AM

Look at dealer pre-owned models too. Embroidery machines are expensive. Period. Love my Janome 9900 combo. I upgraded from Janome 9700 ( old technology...don't go there.)

Tons of info on this board. Lots of user reviews too.
Happy exploring!!
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Date: 7/19/14 9:08 AM

I have two made by Brother and have been happy with them. They are generally priced lower than some other brands. Good manuals, easy-to-use, excellent support. I bought mine online and found no need of a dealer.

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Date: 7/19/14 10:58 AM

I also purchased my first EM, from a big box store. However, I already had experience using a sewing machine. I think this helped me although the EM does not use the same weight bobbin thread as the top thread, there are no feed dogs (the machine moves the hooped fabric) and stabilizer is needed.

Sewing machine experience or not, go through the manual step by step, taking your time and practice with old garments first.

There is no need to spend your entire budget on the machine as accessories can run over $100. for just the basics.

Do try to purchase a machine that has a larger than minimum (4"x4") embroidery area.

This is a very fun craft.

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Date: 7/19/14 3:58 PM

Oh you will have so much fun. I just got my second machine, Brother PE770 and took a chance on Amazon. Does a nice job, easy to learn after you make all the beginner mistakes I'm still making at times. I also didn't want to lay out big bucks because I simply can't afford it. I had a Janome 200 and soon became dissatisfied with the limits of the size of the hoop. (It "electrocuted itself" and I have been without a machine for 2 years.) I also bought the set of 4 hoops to go with it. So far, less users mistakes, I LOVE IT! I did find this hobby costs more than I had expected but have also found so many things online cheaper than any retail store. I've given up on Joanns since the things I get there are just not quality. Walmart however is great. IMHO of course. Others will pop in with their experiences and have other options for you. This is just my own experience. HAVE FUN!

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Date: 7/20/14 8:26 AM

I still have my first embroidery machine and like it. I have the brother PE 780. It does have a 5x 7 hoop size and really that is fine. The price is right for a beginner. But you need embodied for that machine. You can't see much of the design and is has no color so if you don't have the. Correct color number the design calls for you don't know what color you need.


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Date: 7/20/14 10:37 AM

What did you buy at Walmart that was so great?

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Date: 7/20/14 11:46 AM

What was wondering as well.

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Date: 7/20/14 5:36 PM

LOL I find the fabric to be much better than what I can get at Joann's which is my only other option where I live. I have found their fabrics to be flimsy and many times the print is off whack. Joann's fabric is of sizing and one wash and the cottons wrinkle terribly. Maybe I have just gotten lucky. Stabilizer is half the price and it's the same stuff. If I want something nice, like Benetrix, I must order it online. My Walmart also carries C&C poly embroidery thread which my machine seems to love despite so many complaints. Guess I just got lucky. I do have to order my Brother bobbin thread online.

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