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Coco1xx
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Date: 9/2/12 7:09 PM

I am a beginner quilter and have never used an embroidery machine before. However, now that I have retired, I have time to pursue both, and I am looking for the "perfect" machine. I have been offered a really good deal on a 635, but I am not sure I like the big blue bubbles on the face of the machine (much too busy). I have also looked at the 580. Can anyone offer any advice on which of these two machines might be better for me, or is there another machine I should consider

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Date: 9/2/12 7:30 PM

Did your dealer tell you about the new 7 series that is coming out? It may be more than you want to spend, but they will be out very soon. You could look at the 750, which will allow you get just the sewing machine and add the embroidery later. These machines will have the larger harp space, hover feature, dual feed, and a great new bobbin system. They will also allow a larger embroidery field than the 5 series.
Many people love their 6's. You also have the choice of getting a 730 at a close out price. That's what I have. Although I may upgrade, I do love this machine. It has many great features!

I think the 580 is a great machine, but it also depends on your budget, and what features you will need. Do you want 5.5 mm feed dogs, or the 9mm size?

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Date: 9/2/12 7:33 PM

Everything SouthernStitch said.

Also, I thought you could put a different 'cover' face on the machine? Someone here should know if that is true, but that was my understanding. I say that because the 635 is an awesome machine, and if you are getting a good deal on it, I bet you would love it.



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Date: 9/2/12 7:34 PM

For $24.95, you can design your own skin for the 635.

There. Now you can move on to more pressing concerns--like which machine has a better mix of features.

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Date: 9/2/12 7:38 PM

Appearance of a sm is my first pressing concern. Features come after that.

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Date: 9/2/12 7:42 PM

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Appearance of a sm is my first pressing concern. Features come after that.




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Date: 9/2/12 7:44 PM

I can't comment on embroidery at all, but I have a 630, and it's my favorite machine. Just so easy, intuitive, precise, powerful, reliable and fun. I go to my 820 for wide deco stitches, the huge harp for quilting, and integrated dual feed.

If the "bubbles" bother you, you can create your own skin for the 635. I like them, and I think special editions add a fun element.

I've been hearing $3800 on closeout for the 630/635 without embroidery. I think anything under $3500 is a very good deal, much lower would be a "run don't walk" situation for me.

I adore my 630, which I bought used. I really wasn't expecting it to be much more than a minor upgrade to my 440, but it is.

The 580 is a whole other beast, IMO. 9mm stitches, more advanced embroidery capability, and more than twice the price.

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Date: 9/3/12 10:54 AM

I owned the 635 (love the bubbles!) and it is a workhorse. Embroidery stitch out quality is probably the same as on my 830. I use Embird to do all my editing but you can do some on the 635. As others have stated, you can make your own skin for the 635. I can highly recommend this machine. I really know nothing about the 580 (I played with the simulator), but I prefer the software on the 635. You might consider the new 7 series since they offer a larger harp, bobbin, BDF, thread cutter. My best advise to you is to sew on the machines you are interested in with your own fabrics. Do a lengthy test on them by testing all the features. You need to find the one that feels right to you.

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Date: 9/3/12 11:09 AM

Get the most machine you can....even if you go up to the 7 or 8 series. I have the 635 (love it), but really would like a higher end 7 0r 8 for the other features. I didn't think I want the embroidery, but I do alot of it (for me) for gifts. Now everything has gone (almost) to the 10" embroidery field and I am lusting.....but ultimately it is the one you can work with & like in your hands. Not us. Have fun shopping & let us know what you get.

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Date: 9/3/12 12:01 PM

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Appearance of a sm is my first pressing concern. Features come after that.




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