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Message Board > Sewing Machines > EMBROIDERY MACHINE RECOMMENDATIONS ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 5/22/09 5:20 AM

I am looking to purchase an easy to use, hard working embroidery machine that won't let me down. I currently have a brother sewing/embroidery machine combo with the drop in cassette that has given me lots of problems! I don't want to spend an arm and a leg (looking to spend around 800-1500). I could even go a little higher if it is a sewing/embroidery combo. Can you recommend a really good machine for the price or where to start? Thanks, Lisa

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Date: 5/22/09 6:01 AM

This may help with recommendations: I am sort of a no-frills kind of sewer (maybe my eastern european background)
but am looking for an embroidery machine that will get the job done easily, without all the whistles and bells, but will be a heavy duty, up to date machine.

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Date: 5/22/09 7:31 AM

I am new to emb, but this is what I considered:
easy of use
size of stitching field - how big are your projects going to be???
ability to acquire emb designs that I wanted
service & dealer

I went with a combo sewing/emb. I seriously considered a standalone, which the Janome 350 (I think) and Bernina 340
are twins - basically made by the same company. These are great machines, I wanted to do larger designs than these machines would allow.
What dealer support do you have??? That is the big question. There are many others here on PR that are very well versed in this subject, but I hope this helps. Good luck.

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Date: 5/22/09 7:40 AM

The Bernina Bernette Deco 340 is a great embroidery only machine. It falls within your price range. It also uses PES format so the designs that you have in PES format for your Brother (not Disney Designs) will work with it. It has a 5x7 hoop and 3 other sizes as well. It has USB capability and some nice editing features. It's very reliable. I have several friends that have little home based embroidery businesses that use them and love them. The shop where I work sells them regularly and they don't come in for repairs. The website www.PicklePieDesigns.com is one person I know who stitches all her designs out using a Deco (this is not me). Hope this helps. You can check out info on the Deco at www.berninausa.com.

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Date: 5/22/09 10:08 AM

Have you read the discussion thread here on the Janome 300/350e? It is a great stand-alone machine in your price range. I don't know how the price compares to the Bernina Deco, which Janome makes for Bernina, nor the hoops, etc.

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Date: 5/22/09 10:16 AM

Like Doris said, there is a whole message thead on here about the Janome 300/350e machines. You could buy a 350e new for less than $1500. I paid about $1100 for mine about 2.5 years ago. I use Embird software. The 350e has a thumb drive while the 300e does not. I would get the latest technology you can afford. I have not heard any negative comments on the 350e and it is easy to use.Janome 300/350e


eta: the embroidery field is 5x7
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Date: 5/22/09 3:47 PM

Thanks so much! I appreciate that I can use my already purchased pes designs with your recommended machine. many thanks!!!



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Date: 5/22/09 6:13 PM

As far as I know, and have used it, the Deco 340 only uses .exp format. If you have software, you can convert from .pes to .exp. Some of the older decos use .pes, but not the 340.
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Date: 5/22/09 6:27 PM

I have the Brother 1200 combo. It uses a direct-connect from PC to machine which is really easy to do but you can also use cards and another medium to transfer designs to cards. One thing I noticed is that the PEDBasic program did not play well with my Vista computer. There were "patches" available that helped but it never worked the same. The 1200 is the most bang for the buck that I know of and costs about the same as the Janome 350. I could have been thrilled with that one too. Either would be great choice, imho. I really like the 3-letter monograms you can do w/ the Janome and, i "think" the embroidery field is very slightly bigger on that one but not enough to notice. I LOVE the needle-threader on the Brother!

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Date: 5/22/09 7:31 PM

I would stay with Brother or Babylock.

The 270 is not the best model to judge the brand.

Visit Brother and Baby Lock dealers to test the models.

The USB connectivity is handy if you do not already have a reader and pes card.

Minimum hoop/stitching area should be 5 x 7 to utilize larger designs.

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