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Date: 12/10/10 2:23 AM

Hi, I have only been sewing about a year and a half on my Brother machine and also on my Singer 66 Treadle. I am now wanting to get an entry level embroidery machine.
Costco has the Singer CE250 for about $550 shipping included...is this a decent machine just for entry level embroidery? I don't have a very big budget to go with a really good machine, but like I said I have only seen a few reviews and they weren't great, but I also read that once you get used to this machine and its learning curve that it is great.

I would appreciate any advice you all can give me.
Thanks!

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Date: 12/10/10 6:20 AM

I looked at the reviews on Amazon and there does seem to be a few unfavourable reports.

http://www.amazon.com/Singer-Futura-CE-250-Sewing-Embroidery/product-reviews/B000UXT38W/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneStar

Have you considered buying an "embroidery only" machine as you already have a sewing machine ?

I have an embroidery only machine as well as a combined machine and the embroidery only machine is fabulous.
I am in Australia and not familiar with which brands are available in the US, besides Janome who sell three embroidery only machines. Buying a preloved quality machine might be another option.
HTH's
Vonne

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Date: 12/10/10 8:03 AM

From what I've heard Janome and Brother make some really nice entry level machines. I don't have either but I have heard good things. I would be rather cautious about Singer. I haven't heard much good about them recently.

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Date: 12/10/10 8:48 AM

I think you'd do well to look for a different machine. If you're on a budget, the Wal-mart SE400 is a good bet around $399 and also Janome makes a stand-alone model 200e for $499. The Brother SE400 is a combo machine w/ a 4x4 embroidery area. The Janome only embroiders and it does a 5x5 area. If you want a 5x7 embroidery field, you will need to look to Brother as they have a few stand-alone models under $1000.

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Date: 12/10/10 9:59 AM

Once you get hooked on embroidery and you will your going to want all the bells and whistles. Id say buy as much
Of a machine as you can afford from a dealer. Stay away from singer.

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Date: 12/10/10 4:43 PM

I would recommed the Brother PE770 embroidery only machine. It has a 5x7 stitch field, has a usb flash drive port for transfering designs from the computer which is the newest technology, and does very nice embroidery. The machine is very dependable. Several members have this machine and are very happy with it. It can be had for about 700, sometimes less if you are willing to take a refurbished machine. You can check with Allbrands, they are a internet and brick and mortar store with a very good reputation. The machine is very easy to operate as all the Brother machines are. The manuals are well written and easy to understand. With the help of the members here and YouTube videos, you should be able to teach yourself.

Myself, I am looking at buying the 780D which is the sister machine but with Disney. My dealer will sell it for 899. I already have the Brother 2500D but I want a machine that is easier to transport to class. But I want at least the 5x7 and the flash drive port.

Keep in mind, you will also need stabilizer,( several different types), embroidery thread, (not the same as sewing thread) and a decent working windows computer,(for storing, cataloging, downloading from the internet, and transfering designs to the transfer system you decide on.) These things can be gotten slowly to keep the cost down but do not scrimp on the machine, get the best you can afford, heck I even used coffee filters when I first started,(yes, they work fine) for doing practice stitchouts. But, got the best machine I could afford and never regretted it.

Best wishes with your search and hope it works out, many of us love it, but be fore warned, it can become addictive, hahaha, ask me how I know!

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Date: 12/10/10 5:32 PM

Get at least a 5 x 7 field. You may be able to get more machine for less my buying used.
Brother has a good embroidery reputation, and you can get the Disney option if you need. The Janome 300E and 350E get great reviews; I'm not sure of the field size. I think they sell the 300E at Hancock's.
Go look at the machines and see what they have to offer. Although I know people who like their upper-level Singers, it's not a brand I'd seek for ME.

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Date: 12/11/10 9:41 AM

Babylock has an entry level embroidery machine - the Sofia - I think it's going for aroun $700.

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Date: 12/13/10 11:27 PM

Reallyrob, did you decide on anything yet? Let us know when you do, we love to oogle over machine aquisitions, hahaha, good luck.

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Date: 12/14/10 7:29 AM

I recently got the Brother PE-770, and I love it. I got the refurbished one from AllBrands that comes with a bunch of thread, a CD of designs, and stabilizer samples. ..and disturbingly it looks like the price is a bit lower than it was when I got it! You will have to get more stabilizer fairly quickly since it just comes with samples, but the thread you get is a bit more substantial. It's certainly *very* nice to have an assortment of embroidery thread to start out with.
I'd recommend also getting a smaller hoop-- it only comes with the 5x7" one, and I'm finding that I really wish I had a smaller size too, since most of the designs I've done have been smaller than that, and especially for things like lettering, it seems like a waste of stabilizer and all. (Although I've been doing quite a bit of embroidering on canvas without stabilizer, which has worked out surprisingly well too.)

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