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Message Board > Sewing Machines > When to upgrade your embroidery machine?? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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When to upgrade your embroidery machine??
Have you upgraded from one embroidery machine to another?
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Date: 6/12/13 9:28 AM

My Janome 9700 s 7 years old now. I want to knw if the newer models have more advantages in the actual embroidery capability...not just the USB option. My machine works fine but i am intrigued with the on screen capability, etc.

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Date: 6/12/13 9:41 AM

In addition to the on screen editing features, you will find newer models will allow a larger design to be stitched out besides other features.

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Date: 6/12/13 9:55 AM

Visit as many dealers as you can find and see if what the new machines offer are really needed. Many of the newer features seem to be for those who do not know how to center, rotated or combine designs - things you may already know how to do.

If you have software, make sure it is compatible with the newer machine, if not, see if the dealer will offer you a deal for the older machine and it's software for a trade-up.

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Date: 6/12/13 10:14 AM

I upgraded because I wanted the Jumbo hoop, endless embroidery and the virtual positioning feature.

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Date: 6/12/13 11:09 AM

I have a Janome 10001 that is 10 years old. I have to say it still fits my needs. I don't embroider anything bigger then 5 x 7. I might like a bigger hoop for quilting but for the amount of money I'd had to put out it was never worth upgrading. I was perfectly satisfied until I read the thread on the Pfaff PCP. I think now is a good time to upgrade cos honestly there isn't much more they can have them do. Except to be completely free of a computer with downloading and digitizing capabilities and Pfaff has started moving towards that. I imagine the next round of machines will be wi-fi capable and you will be able buy and download designs right to the machine, even browse the web while embroidering. If they can do it on a phone they can do it on a embroidery machine. Most homes now have wi-fi networks set up, we do. I can access Netfix from our playstation. Why not Embroidery Library from a Pfaff?

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Date: 6/12/13 11:46 AM

In 2008 I upgraded from a 5 yr. old Babylock Ellageo to the then newer Babylock Ellisimo. While I love having this newer model of machine, I soon realized there were just a few things that were improved and new (like the auto threader, lighting, bigger touch screen, bigger hoop, camera) While some of these are nice, my favorite is the auto threader! The others I could live without.
I could just as easily go back to using an Ellageo, and in fact I've even thought of buying another Ellageo as a second embroidery sewing machine.
I hardly ever use the camera or larger hoop on the Ellisimo.

If I were you I would wait for as one member here mentioned, and I'm fairly certain she is right---the new wave of wireless machines that are probably going to come out in the next year or two.

Now, I do think wireless would be great!

I would not rush out to upgrade to a newer embroidery machine right at this time----unless you are desperate for larger hoop. Which in my personal opinion is really all I ever wanted when I considered upgrading, and come to find out---I rarely use it.

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Date: 6/12/13 6:23 PM

Wi-fi capability? WOW! Makes sense! Just never really thought about it! Hmmmmm.
Sandy

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Date: 6/12/13 8:21 PM

to me you upgrade if doing so makes it easier and more fun, because that is what it should be about. I do find the older technology annoying, I'm a gadget person so it would be a factor for me because it feeds into the happiness factor.

When I see an embroidery design I might like to do I admit I weigh in whether the embroidery gods are likely to smile on my machine that day. If the answer is starts becoming no more than yes - then maybe i would look to change machines.

The embroidery gods smiled on me since I got my quattro - I look at multi needle machines and just can't tempt fate by changing - yet.

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Date: 6/13/13 5:33 AM

I agree with everything said.
Visit dealers, if new features are worth it to you, buy now. Or wait when price drops and wireless ones replace them. Or wait and buy wireless if that excited you.

I bought my Ellisimo in 2010. Upgraded from small b&w screen. Love the large screen. Love the USB. Love the positioning. User errors are rare as this machine can figure it out.
I won't be upgrading for wireless. Even though I can edit on my machine, I prefer my computer. Rarely do I download a design and not tweak something about it before stitch-out. I love my virtual stitch out on my computer software and seeing it on my TV screen.
But I have no doubt that some year I discover a new machine that has a feature I do want. Then I'll get it.

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