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Date: 4/5/13 2:47 PM

Does anyone have any experience with the Brother NV5000 Laura Ashley machine? I'm looking at buying my wife a sewing/embroidery machine and was looking at options at the local brother dealer. He was showing me the 1250D ($2000) which is about the price point I wanted to be at but he figured he'd show me some higher models to show me what I'd be missing. He showed me the 2800D ($3500), the 4500D ($4500) and then he showed me the NV5000. He said he was having trouble moving this machine because people really wanted Disney (not a big deal to me) so he's offering to sell me that one for $3400. It seems to have a ton of great features but I can't find a review here on it and worry that there may be another issue. It's also a fair amount out of my price range but I'm tempted because it seems like such a great deal. My wife and I are both just beginner sewers and have never done embroidery but are interested in it. Too much machine?

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Date: 4/5/13 3:07 PM

No grab it and run. A lot of machine for the money and you can both grow into it. Normally we'd say let your wife pick it out but it seems like kinda of a joint gift. That machine was like $5-6K when it was introduced. But it's been out for a while and they just came out with new machines so it's probably going to be discontinued soon however it's still very up to date tech wise.

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Date: 4/5/13 4:14 PM

I concur with Quiltingwolf. Grab it and don't look back. It sells for 5K in my area. It is feature packed, will be easy to learn on and grow with. The Brother's do perform consistantly, you don't see too many complaints about them hardly ever...it is a safe choice, and quite frankly-- if you want anything half way decent in a machine, it will cost you a bare minimum of $3500 to $5000 anyway.

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Date: 4/5/13 5:02 PM

Oh man, I don't know that I was mentally prepared to be spending $3400 on a sewing machineIt does sound like a good deal and if it's going to last us 20yrs it's probably worthwhile to buy a good machine. And from what I've seen the higher end machines are just as easy to use, if not easier, than the cheaper ones. Hmmm.... it's just a big jump to go from thinking to pick up a $500- $600 beginner machine to a $3400 high end machine. But you get what you pay for.

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Date: 4/5/13 6:21 PM

Grab it quick!!!

That is a fantastic pricewow. I saw that machine in February for 6K. As for lack of reviews, don't be put off by that, many of us were simply waiting for the price to come down or to save our pennies. There was a thread here (stated by moi) that ran for a good while on the machine. If I had a brother dealer nearby who had offered me 60 mo n/I I would have grabbed it...better yet at that price. As it is I bought the Pfaff PCP.

Am a little jealous cuz I had to buy it myself. lol! Let us know if you get it and feel free to come online, ask questions or write your own review

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Date: 4/6/13 9:00 AM

Hi Barjoan. I have the Laura Ashley NV5000 and have had it for one year. I love it! It sews well, the embroidery works great and it comes with lovely Laura Ashley embroidery designs already loaded. I don't use the embroidery unit nearly as much as the sewing, but I have used it and have had no problems. As far as sewing, I sew fashion and quilting items. The only problems I have had have been user errors. The machine is very user-friendly and comes with all sorts of bells and whistles that I have yet to figure all of them out! If you have any specific questions please contact me - I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Last year when I bought mine I got it for just about the same price you have been offered - and it is a really good deal. Go for it and you will be so glad you did!

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Date: 4/16/13 10:48 AM

Hi, I think you can find better prices, for example I have found this great review about one computerized sewing machine (brother Innovis), it seems the price is lower
you can take a look by yourself at http://janpos.hubpages.com/hub/Brother-Innovis-40
Brother Innov is 40 Review

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Date: 4/16/13 11:12 AM

You do realize this is just the "tip of the iceberg".

Threads, needles, stabilizers are a given.

But, you need a software program to at least be able to see additional designs that you may want to add to the collection.

You may be able to get the dealer to throw in a software program for at least viewing downloads.

If not, for simple viewing, there is Embrillance Thumbnailer which can be purchased for around $40 and is available for Mac as well as Windows. Thumbnailer Overview

Before purchasing any additional software, wait until you use the embroidery function of the machine for a while to see what you would like to be able to add to what is already within the embroidery collection of the machine.

There are many sites on the Internet where you can download design files. Avoid the ones from foreign sites as they tend to infringe on the copyrights of other designers. This is against the law in the US but not outside the US.

Before downloading, create a folder on your computer and name it so it can be easily found. As you find designs you would like to add, download to this folder.

Downloaded design files are usually zipped and need to be opened/extracted and then saved in the format required by the machine you will be using. Brother is .pes.

When you save the file, you may want to change its name to something more recognizable as most are a series of letters and numbers.

The files saved in the folder can be easily viewed via Thumbnailer and sorted if you wish to do so.

You also need to be sure the design size is within the embroidery area of the machine. This is usually determined by the hoops that come with the machine.

Go step-by-step and it will all be less confusing.




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Date: 4/16/13 12:08 PM

Well, seems I must chime in here.. As all here know. that was the machine of my dreams.. and believe me.. as all know.. I already have a lot of machines..

So.. as hard as it is to say this.. I have to advise against it.. Now if I COULD buy it I surely would.. but as I stated. .it would not be my main machine.. or even my main emb machine.. but just the one I really wanted for the Laura Ashley designs.. and one day.. sooner or later.. I will buy it .. new or used..

If however you are just beginner sewers.. there is still so much for you to learn.. both about sewing and embroidery.. Lots to know about different machines too..

If you would or could take the time to read our archives.. you would see a pattern in the past of most members advising separate machines for sewing and embroidery.. for many reasons.. The main one being if one machine is down or needs servicing. you still have the other to sew on.. The second main reason being this allows you to buy according to your needs for each separate machine.. In other words.. this can help stretch the budget as you can buy a Sewing Machine first.. then an embroidery machine later. There is so much research and knowledge that can come into play with the emb machines in particular. including software etc. that may not be up your alley ot learn..

Honestly. and I can hear a collective groan from the group as I speak.. I would suggest buying a Juki 600 sewing machine.. fully packed for the money. My next suggestion if you want to explore starting with beloved Berninas.. big bucks..not as many features.. but they are loved for many other reasons by many.. That new smaller Pfaff with IDT coming out looks to hold promise too. Its a bit hard to be more specific.. not knowing what kind of sewing you are doing.. or plan on exploring.. garments. quilts. etc. . This can make a difference although over time you might do all sorts of sewing.

Then I would run RUN to your Janome dealer where the 300 model is being discontinued and selling for a lower price than usual. .although for the bucks still you could get a Brother .. perhaps with a larger emb field for the same money.. Just not up on current prices and models enough to advise any further.

NOW I HOPE.. some of the other members here will post. or repost and back me on this advise.. Its good advise. right on the money.. and I won't even charge you my normal 1.99 cents..

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Date: 4/16/13 1:05 PM

Wise words from the pigling......amen to it all.....

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