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Date: 4/8/13 4:05 AM

Iwould like to buy a new embroidery machine (not combo) and would like to know what members think of the Bernina Deco 430 or Elna embroidery machines. These are the most knwon machines in South Africa. Are there any other recommendations? Thank you

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Date: 4/8/13 6:45 AM

Both models are made by Janome, so they are basically the same as the Janome Memory Craft 350E. There are reviews for all of these models in the Review section. Hopefully your question will be moved to the Machine Embroidery board to get more responses, though there are plenty of embroidery-only machines here. Are there Brother machines in your area? I have a Brother PE-770. It's a great machine for about half the cost of what you are looking at.

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Date: 4/8/13 12:58 PM

Brother has a new embroidery only machine you might want to add to your list when shopping. The DreamMaker XE.

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Date: 4/8/13 2:22 PM

I do love my Deco 340. I would have been just as happy with the Janome 350 but I already owned Bernina software as I sold the embroidery module because I really didn't like using my computer attached to the machine. These twins do great work and are simple to set up. A USB stick is all that is needed to transfer designs, and the software is not necessary if all you do is download designs and resize or rotate on the machine itself.
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Date: 4/8/13 2:31 PM

Work with a sewing machine dealer on this. Bernina has expensive accessories. Bother embroidery only machines require 90wt machine embroidery bobbin thread, which is not always that easy to obtain unless you have a Brother dealer.

Be sure your dealer services what they sell.

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Date: 4/8/13 3:31 PM

I have a Babylock sewing and embroidery machine, and it uses pre wounds, and I also wind my own bobbins with matching embroidery thread if needed---I'm not sure what model you have that requires special embroidery thread. There are two bobbin cases and a spindle for the sewing and embroidery bobbin cases. If you are talking about 60 wt. Finishing Touch bobbin thread, all the Babylock/Brother dealers carry it, and you also can buy it online at Amazon or many of the thread websites. So, either way, bobbin threads are not a issue with Brother or Babylock embroidery machines.
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Date: 4/8/13 5:47 PM

If you do buy the 4 by 4 or the 5 by7 brother only embroidery machines, they take the 90weight bobbin thread, not the 60weight thread.
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Date: 4/8/13 6:51 PM

I have never had to purchase anything from Bernina for this machine. Except for the USB drive I have not purchased anything as it came with a great manual, 2 hoops and at least 6 bobbins, small scissors and other assorted stuff. I love that it cuts jump stitches and thread color changes. I bought pre wound bobbins on the Internet though I do wind bobbins that match my top thread frequently. It cost me $950 to buy this machine from my local dealer. One thing I can do that I think you can't do with the Brother is to combine a design with letters on the machine itself. (Not using software)
For me this has been perfect. It sits there in the closet until I need it and it sets up an about 90 seconds.
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Date: 4/8/13 7:31 PM

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I have a Babylock sewing and embroidery machine, and it uses pre wounds, and I also wind my own bobbins with matching embroidery thread if needed---I'm not sure what model you have that requires special embroidery thread. There are two bobbin cases and a spindle for the sewing and embroidery bobbin cases. If you are talking about 60 wt. Finishing Touch bobbin thread, all the Babylock/Brother dealers carry it, and you also can buy it online at Amazon or many of the thread websites. So, either way, bobbin threads are not a issue with Brother or Babylock embroidery machines.
-- Edited on 4/8/13 3:33 PM --

I did not say anything about the weight of the Babylock bobbin thread, although there was one a few years ago that used 90wt bobbin thread.

Two bobbin cases are usually included when the machine is a combo.

The original question was for embroidery only and not a combo.

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Date: 4/8/13 7:33 PM

Combinations can be made with Brother EM, you just have to buy the right one.

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