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kevinr
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Date: 9/30/07 4:09 PM

Hello, I needed to turn to some experienced sewers for advice. I'm trying to find a sewing/embroidery machine for my GFs birthday. She is a fibers/textile design major. Currently she is doing all her sewing on her moms Bernina Activa. The primary function of the machine should be sewing. Currently she doesn't do any machine embroidery, but it's definitely something she'd want to have. I'm looking at at $2000 budget for this but I can go a little over if it's going to make a difference. The 6000$ machines are out of the question though :). I've looked at the Ellure Plus and the Janome 9500, both are within the price range and seem like good machines. Any recommendations? Also, where would you recommend buying from? Thanks in advance.

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Date: 9/30/07 4:21 PM

There are alot of great machines out there, but right now at a pfaff dealer, she is having a sale on her current models of 2124 for 2079 and 2134 for 2559. A free card station & personal card are included. The pfaff line is wonderful and both of these machines will serve a multitude of purposes. We own 2 pfaff machines and love them. This offer is good thru Oct 6th. You might check with your local pfaff dealer. If you would like her contact info, contact me. Good luck and she is fortunate to have someone like you to purchase her a machine!!!

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Date: 9/30/07 8:06 PM

I have a 9500. I think it is a great machine both for sewing and embroidery. It is not the latest model - that would be the 9700, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of difference.

What gets expensive with embroidery machine is the accessories. With some machines, you need special card readers and cards as well as software to transfer designs from a computer to the sewing machine. The Janome machines use Compact Flash cards (the same ones that cameras use), a standard card reader if you don't have one built into your computer, and needs no software.

You might want to check out internet sellers. I have seen some great deals on the 9500 like THIS ONE. That's where I got my machine.

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Date: 9/30/07 8:48 PM

I strongly recommend you take her shopping and let her pick out her own machine.......45 years of marriage speaking here!

For embroidery - try to find a machine that has a USB connection. Either using a flash drive or connection to the computer. This will allow downloading of designs from the Internet without any additional hardware.

There are a lot of free designs available.

The most user friendly embroidery machines are the Babylock & Brother.

Check for dealers in your area. They will provide a "get acquainted" lesson as well as classes, although someone as savvy as your friend may not need classes.

I also recommend "Embroidery Machine Essentials - How to Stabilize, Hoop and Stitch Decorative Designs" by Janine Twigg for anyone who is interested in machine embroidery.

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Date: 10/1/07 9:31 AM

Quote: spicegirl
I strongly recommend you take her shopping and let her pick out her own machine.......45 years of marriage speaking here!




Boy...I could not agree with this statement more. Married 15 years now and my husband rarely gets me anything he does not consult me about. I know it sounds romantic to buy the woman you love a wonderful sewing machine, but make sure it's the brand she likes. Believe me, everyone has a preference.

Personally, I think all of the suggestions above are good, but you should also take a look at BabyLock. They are excellent machines and affordable. I think the Ellure Plus sells for about $3000 and it has everything to get her started with embroidery and has a well equipped sewing capability too!

I heard that the Ellure (not the plus) is selling for under $2000 now since it being replaced. That would be quite a deal.

pm me if you would like contact info on my BabyLock dealer. She would be happy to help you even it if it's out of state, if you can't find a Baby Lock dealer in your area.

Kelly

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Date: 10/1/07 10:32 AM

My husband wanted to buy me a machine for a milestone birthday a couple of years ago. He gave it to me in the form of a gift certificate. Worked great, she could wait for a sale of a particular machine if she wanted.

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Date: 10/1/07 10:35 AM

Kelly, our BL dealer here is selling them for alot less than that, even! His Ellure is $999 and Ellure Plus is $1600. A real deal I say. I was going to get the Ellure Plus, but then I found out my Brother dealer had the Brother Innovis 1200 on sale for $999, (they usually sell it for $1200), and it has the USB connection, which the $999 Ellure does not. The Brother 1200 and the Ellure are basically the same machine - they look identical down to the screen. The Ellure Plus has the USB, and more stitches, but I just couldn't go that high.

Back to the question at hand: Go to the various manufacturer's websites, and search for dealers in your area. Babylock has to be sold by a brick and mortar - no internet sales allowed. But, as Kelly said - a brick and mortar might agree to ship a machine to you via phone sale - not sure about that.
There are soooo many machines out there, but honestly, as far as bang for your buck, I think you would do really well with a Babylock, Brother, or Janome machine.
Maybe just take her out on a surprise shopping trip once you have found a couple of dealers in your area. That way it would still be a surprise, but trust us when we say that she will very much appreciate that you took her along for her input. Ask yourself if you would want her buying you an important, expensive career tool without your input?

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Date: 10/2/07 4:54 PM

Quote: MaryT
Kelly, our BL dealer here is selling them for alot less than that, even! His Ellure is $999 and Ellure Plus is $1600. A real deal I say. I was going to get the Ellure Plus, but then I found out my Brother dealer had the Brother Innovis 1200 on sale for $999, (they usually sell it for $1200), and it has the USB connection, which the $999 Ellure does not. The Brother 1200 and the Ellure are basically the same machine - they look identical down to the screen. The Ellure Plus has the USB, and more stitches, but I just couldn't go that high.




I called my dealer and The Ellure here is $999 too, but the Ellure Plus is much more than $1600!! Your dealer has a sweet deal going. I looked you up and you are in the deep south right? I have noticed a sharp increase in price the farther north you go. That may not be true for all dealers, but the ones I have seen are more expensive up here.

For instance, many people seem to be buying the New Espire for about $1800 and I paid over $2000 and that is the going price in this area. But when I looked machines in Alabama...before we moved, they were less expensive.

Kelly
-- Edited on 10/2/07 4:56 PM --

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