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Date: 7/19/14 12:11 PM

I am looking for a sewing & embroidery machine under $4k. I am new to machine emboidery. I am attracted to the Brother 2800d (like the Disney). Can I get more/better machine for around $4,000? I have seen some on Ebay but afraid to purchase from an unknown source. Also, think it may be best to purchase from dealer where I can take classes and get support. The dealer is quoting an add'l $750 for a 3 year maint agreement. What software/extras might I be able to negotiate into the price to make it more attractive. Also, want to be able to sew heavy materials (sunbrella). Any advise is appreciated. Thanks.

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Date: 7/19/14 8:48 PM

I think you can do much better at a dealer. But as for the best machine? Take your sample fabrics to a dealer and do test drives on various machines. You'll know the right machine for you when you use it.

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Date: 7/19/14 10:14 PM

for sewing heavy duty fabric like sunbrella I use my sailrite. They are about $800. I wouldn't try it with my sewing/embroidery machine.

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Date: 7/19/14 11:27 PM

If you are going to be consistently sewing sturdy fabrics like Sunbrella, you may want to invest in either a vintage straight stitcher, a semi-industrial(like a Janome 1600P, Brother PQ1500S or Juki TL2010Q) or find a used industrial machine. Actually, you can get a new industrial for the price of, or less than, the price of the models I just noted.

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Date: 7/19/14 11:46 PM

Pfaff . I have the vision machine. It sews from heavy to
Very light fabric . I did it all with this machine .
If has great pericing power. There are other pfaff machines
Out there to . Like the 2.0 4.0 and the 5.0 newer one.
Check out some of there used ones to. At least you know
They were serviced.
You have some good advice here. take some c
Fabric and test out a few machine. But always stay with in
The amount you want to pay.

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Date: 7/20/14 10:53 AM

I don't care what anyone says, there is NO way I'd use my expensive Brother combo machine to sew fabrics like Sunbrella. I would definitely invest in an industrial machine for that.

That said, I had the Brother 2500D (the precursor to the 2800D) and I loved it, but I got stupid and sold it. I've regretted it ever since. Since Brother is getting ready to bring out new machines, there are some pretty good deals on the 2800D at dealers, so I would definitely look in to those. And if you are fortunate enough to have a dealer who sells used machines (they are few and far between where I am; the dealers encourage people to sell their old machines on CL), you might find a 2500D or 2800D used for a great price. I've seen the 2500D go for about $2k in my area, which would leave you with enough money to buy the industrial machine as well. :-)

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Date: 7/20/14 11:41 AM

Brother is a good selection. But I am not sure I would used a computerized EM/SM combo for doing a lot of outdoor fabrics. I used a vintage Singer for my outdoor projects.

I would also pass on the extended warranty. Look at the Brother warranty and compare to what the dealer is offering. Does it run concurrent with the Brother warranty or after the Brother warranty has expired? Will any of the projects you are planning invalidate the warranty? You can read the Brother warranty at their website.

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Date: 7/21/14 1:38 PM

I do actually think the best best one, would just be any of them, that no one prior, had even been sewing a bunch of sunbrella or marine vinyl with actually. I don't think it would hurt anything at all, to just stick a piece of any of those things on sticky paper in a hoop, and just sew out a monogram onto them or such occasional at all, as long as if a lot of that in just the size of the piece of it, was also supported in your hands at the same time, so not pulling down or dragging on the hoop or machine while that was happening.

But if I wanted a used machine, I would just pass it it by, and not even buy one, if I thought anyone had been sewing though, either or both of those things too much. So I think just kind of a very unwise and bad combination for the kind of tool it would be.

If you want to do that, maybe have 2 separate machines instead, each one just sort of made for what it is supposed to to instead, and use each one for that alone.

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Date: 7/21/14 9:28 PM

Thank you all for your responses. The "sunbrella" project is not something I would use the machine regularly for and after all of the input, decided I will keep my 25year old Singer for such projects. I hope to decide between the Brother 2800d, Laura Ashley 5000, or Viking Ruby Deluxe (any opinions on these 3?-Going to try them out on Saturday). They are all around 4K. The dealer agreed to extend the "maintenance agreement" for 3 years at no additional cost. Is there a way to get the Disney designs for embroidery without buying a Brother disney machine?

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Date: 7/21/14 9:48 PM

I am a huge Brother groupie so I suggest those.

You have to have a Brother machine for the Disney designs, but it doesn't have to be a Disney machine. Check out ibroidery.com to see the offerings.

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