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Date: 12/2/05 9:23 PM

Wondering if anyone has a White 4400, was suggested to me by a craft show vendor as an "entry level" hobby machine. Not very expensive - would it be worth it if just using for occasional use, not for sales?

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Date: 12/3/05 4:14 AM

I have the White 3300 ( like the Brother and Simplicity models) and I know that the new 4400 is a different machine with different features but if it is built like the 3300 it is a workhorse. I am not into embroidery as some are. I just use it for the grandkids etc. They like the horses, butterflies and redwork and I have done tons of monograms, names and words on various fabrics including plastic coated canvas and the machine does beautiful work. There are several built in alphabets that can be sized plus an alphabet card came with it with more fonts. I find that with this machine and the heirloom stitches on my sewing machine one can be very creative. Once family members see what the machine can do they request many projects. I'm doing about 10 towels now with names for family members plus some items with baby's name, date of birth, weight etc. I have never been a fan of embroidery so this little machine is more than adequate for me. I have never had any problems with the machine, it is easy to use and I am rather thrilled with how it performs.

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Date: 12/3/05 8:08 AM

I also have the fore-runner to these machines (Deco 600) and Ky expressed my sentiments exactly. I have done lots of things with mine on a sporadic basis as I'm not into embroidery in a big way either but like to use mine for personalizing gifts, and some crazy-patch stuff. My machine is now over 10 years old. I bought it used and it has seen the shop one time for a minor repair. The quality of embroidery is as good as any I've seen. I don't know the 4400 but one of these models (Simplicity?) has some very nice built-in designs and fonts. There are sooo many of these--Deco (Bernina), Brother, White, Simplicity, Babylock..and they're essentially identical except for the built-in designs. Janome makes one also w/ a bigger design field for around $1000. One of the Brother 4 x 4's (such as the White and others mentioned) would be a great start for you. They're very easy to learn and use. Factor in price of a box to transfer designs to your machine and thread/stabilizer.

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Date: 12/5/05 6:56 AM

I'm another fan of the 4x4 stand-alone machines. They're inexpensive, well-made and perfectly adequate for most embroidery needs. I think field size is so overrated. I have an 18" field on my industrials yet 99.999% of what I embroider is about the size of a business card.

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Date: 12/5/05 5:08 PM

I found the flyer that came from the Viking dealer located in a Joann's store here that has an ad for the 4400. The reg. price is $699 but it is on sale for $599 with software included to hook up to your computer, 100 designs also included. They are also having a sale on design cards for the machine. I don't know what cards come with this model if any. My 3300 came with a Disney card and an extra Alphabet Fonts card and I have purchased redwork and several other cards off the internet. . The 4400 has built in designs and monograms and uses clipart or scanned images to create new embroidery designs.

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Date: 12/5/05 6:10 PM

Another inexpensive option is the new E-Motions Embroidery machine that is endorsed/designed by Marie Osmond. It is made by Bernina and sold at Bernina dealers and also on QVC. It has a 4X4 field like the others but an unusual twist here is that there is a "club" you can join for about $19 month that gives you access to 3000 designs (the machine comes with a 30-day trial) and apparently the available designs change. The machine goes for $499 but if your Bernina dealer is having a sale you might get it for less. I'd be interested to know if anyone has purchased this machine - can't find any reviews yet online.
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Date: 12/5/05 6:41 PM

I asked my Bernina dealer that carries the eM1 machine who the manufacturer of the machine was and she replied that it was uncertain and that the machine came out of Texas. I do know that it does 600 stitches per min, has 40 designs that can be used with Explorations Lite software. Their was a discussion on another forum about the limitations of the software and that it was the only software that could be used with the machine. With purchase comes a 35 pc. stabilizer sambler set and how to videos for the machine and Explorations Lite software.

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Date: 12/5/05 7:25 PM

I'm trying to decide if I'd like to start doing embroidery. I primarily make clothes for myself, 99% of them fleece. So far I've been using neat trims to jazz them up, but I have trouble finding ones that are the right color/width/pattern and I wonder if I could make my own instead using embroidery...?

Any tips on what to look for in a machine (or links to tips)?

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Date: 12/6/05 10:33 PM

The EM-1's sure do look a lot like Bernette's, I'm assuming they're made at the same factory? It's so hard to tell these days who makes what for who!!

Heather, I love using the embroidery machine and I use it for both myself and my kids' clothes, as well as other little projects. It's kind of a hit and run obsession with me. I'll be fanatic about it for a couple of months and then I won't embroider a thing for a couple months!

I'm not sure of a site that gives you tips on buying a machine, but a few things to think about....

Field size was mentioned above. 4 x 4 are the cheapest machines (as in less expensive, not less quality!) and you can find a few for less than $400. Personally, I found myself wanting to do a few things for my daughter (like paper dolls, etc.) that were 5 x 7 and eventually I needed a bigger field. But honestly, with a program like Embird you can split designs and resize very easily. I was quite happy with my 4 x 4 machine for 5 years!

How you get the designs into the machine can be important to consider. Some of the newer fancier machines have a USB port, which is sure handy. Mine takes a regular old card though, and I have an Amazing Box (have also had an Ultimate Box in the past too) to read/write designs to a card for my machine. You don't necessarily need to buy the freakishly expensive cards from your dealer (unless there's a great sale!) There are tons of free and cheap designs available online that you can download and save to a blank card with one of those boxes.

The last thing I'd probably think about is stand alone embroidery versus combo sewing/embroidery. The least expensive are probably going to be stand-alones, and I personally prefer that (although my current machine is a combo! haha) I like to have the dedicated embroidery machine, but still have my regular sewing only machine available to sew. If you have the space, that is. If not, a combo's a great way to go!

a great site for embroidery related tutorials is www.secretsof.com Tons of info on embroidery stuff! once you get started, that is :D

Happy Shopping!

angie

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