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HeartfeltHomemades
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Date: 1/31/11 12:00 PM

Hi - I'm new to this board and am looking for advice on a EM - embroidery only. I have a great sewing machine and don't need to spend the money to duplicate. I've been looking at the Brother 780D and the Janome 350E. I would appreciate your thoughts on these two machines, plus any others I should consider!
THANKS!!!

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Date: 1/31/11 12:35 PM

I can't speak for the Janome, but I have the Brother 780D and love it. It embroiders beautifully and is extremely easy to use. It does everything I want it to do and does it well.

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Date: 1/31/11 1:12 PM

Thank you! I have read that the 770 and the 780D are basically the same machine, but without the Disney characters. I can order the 770 online for about $670 (before tax) and the 780D from my local shop for $1100 (before tax). If I purchase the 780D at my local shop, I get a personalized service and a class to teach me how to use the machine....not sure if that is worth $430. Thoughts???

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Date: 1/31/11 1:32 PM

When I got my PE-770, they didn't offer classes, however I did watch the sales clerk thread the machine and select a pattern on the screen.
The rest I learned by doing and following the instructions in the manual.

I've also attended a couple of seminars on using stabilizers, which helped a lot!

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Carencro LA
Kenmore Zigzag, circa 1970's
Brother PE-770
Janome Jem Platinum 760
Singer 221 (1948)
Singer 413
Singer SEQS-6000 (Quartet)
Janome Horizon 8900 QCP

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Date: 1/31/11 1:45 PM

YouTube can be your best friend! I learned everything about my Brother HE-240 from YouTube so when it arrived, it was a no-brainer to get it threaded and embroidering in less than 30 minutes!

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Date: 1/31/11 1:47 PM

If you are the type of person that can read and figure things out then you could probably figure out how to use one of these machines. There is a lot of information and videos on the web. But, if there is a problem, you will need to call the online vendor for help, or ship it back.

If you are the type of person that will quit the first time you hit a problem, then get one at the dealer, haha. That is partly why you pay a higher price, mine gives life time lessons and preferred service.

I got the 780D for $899 plus the big multi positional hoop and the smaller 4x4 hoop thrown in. I paid in cash so no credit card fees or bank fees for him. Most dealers have boxes of thread they sell and stabilizer. Seeing as how you will need thread and stablilizer, find out the cost on those things, then make a deal with some of those included on the price he quoted. I would recommend some tear away, cutaway, fusible, and water soluable stabilizer. The short rolls would be good for your machine. He will be making a sale on a machine and the cost of the thread and stabilizer will be at his cost. And maybe a hoop or two, doesn't hurt to ask. Tell him what you want and here is what I will give you in cash, today.

Sorry got kinda long winded on you. Just like to see everyone get a good deal, I have learned over the last several transactions. Of course they love the ones that come in and say, I'll take it, right off the bat, then have to buy all the add ons.

Best wishes, all the machines you are looking at are good. Be sure to try out alllll the functions of the machines yourself, and do a stitch out, although the machine does most of the work, but be sure they show you how to transfer designs from the computer to the machine as well on the USB stick. You want to be able to go home and actually use it, not leave it sit in the box because you are intimidated and afraid you will break it.

Or if you do go with an online vendor, you have some experience with it already.

Best wishes, Dodger

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Date: 1/31/11 8:49 PM

Don't know anything about the Brother, but I've had a Janome 350e for 3 years and it's been a trouble-free, delightful experience.

Don't settle for anything less tha a machine that has a USB transfer capability - forget about Magic Boxes and floppy disks. It's not worth the hassle of outdated techology that is no longer supported.

Trust me, you'll love it! It's not nearly as hard as you think it is!

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Date: 2/1/11 11:15 PM

I got my Brother 780D from a local dealer for quite a bit less than $1100 so you may try getting them down on price. I belive the Janome 350 comes w/only a 5x5 inch hoop which I did not care for.
I also heard that the 350 does better monograms but I have to say the 780D does beautiful ones. It cuts the thread for you and is very easy threading. You do have to chnage colors out as w/most home machines. I would love an industrial that holds 6 threads but it all comes down to how much you can spend.

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It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. ~ Franklin D Roosevelt 1843
Janome 19606 ,Janome My Excel 4023, Brother 1034D, White 1750C, Kenmore 158.1803, White 764, Brother 780D.

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Date: 2/2/11 0:12 AM

The 350e has a 4x4 and 5x7 hoop plus Gigahoop and freearm hoop capability-sold optional. I have only played with this machine a little when we had them in the store. The monchorome screen takes some getting used to. We have a customer that sews the h*ll out of her 350e and it keeps stitching beautifully. And she does some very large, dense designs
Its a trooper.
I own a Brother ULT2002D and I have never had a bit of trouble with it in 8 years! So there's a testament for Brother...

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Janome 6500P, Babylock Eclipse SX, Janome Coverpro 1000, Babylock BLCS, Juki 654, Juki 735, Janome 1600PDB, Brother ULT 2002D, Babylock Spirit, Brother 770

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Date: 2/2/11 1:32 PM

Hi, I have the Janome 350E and love it. I think Brother is also a good machine. If I had to do it all over again I would try to get the software at the same time as my machine.

I think right now Janome is offering free software with the purchase of the machine. I am not sure when it ends, it could have already. Go to www.janome.com and it is under truckload sale. Also, you can visit the Janome forum on that site and the people there have a lot of useful information.

If you decide to go with Brother you can ask the dealer about the software. I did go with the Janome Digitizer Jr. I know a lot here use Embird and so does my friend. I just found it difficult to learn on my own and the Janome software was much easier for me. I did get it for the same price as Embird so went with the Janome.

I think Brother makes a good machine too. Good luck on your decision.

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Babylock Ellisimo Gold 2
Janome 12,000
Bernina 1530
Elna Carina
Elna 704

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