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Date: 6/18/13 1:58 AM

What a wonderful husband I've got! I asked for a sewing machine and he went out and bought me one for my 50th birthday! There's only one problem, he bought one that costs as much as a small used car and THIS TERRIFIES ME! Not that I'm planning on dying anytime soon, but I'm wondering if I will sew enough before I die to justify $4000! LADIES, I NEED SOME HELP!!! The store he went to has made him a great deal, in that, after giving me my machine, (that also embroiders, something I care nothing about doing), I can return it for whatever I want. They carry Pfaff and Brother machines at the store I'll be going to. The one they sent him home with for me to unwrap is a Brother, but as I said it embroiders and I would never use it. I have someone who does that kind of work for me and it is a real pain when I've tried to do it on my Mom's machines. I know some of you are thinking I'm nuts, but it's always intimidated me. I'm a great seamstress, and I can quilt, I love doing both and making clothes for my grandbabies! I don't mind decorative stitches but I rarely use them. These are the things I want to do with my machine. Do you ladies have any suggestions as to which machine and where to even start??? I have an appointment at 3:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday with the sewing store to discuss my options. Thank you, Kelly

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Date: 6/18/13 2:14 AM

You might really like the Brother Dream Weaver machine that only sews and does not embroider. It is really a wonderful machine. Great lighting, quiet, a beautiful stitch, and a foot control that you can program to clip your threads with a tap, (or raise/lower the needle, or reverse stitch). It also has a really cool laser light feature that is surprisingly handy for multiple operations.

Learning to use it is a breeze, as it has very intuitive controls. In fact all of the Brother machines are very well designed. If the Dreamweaver seems more feature-rich than you need, the next model down might be just right.

Have fun shopping -- and give your husband another kiss for being such a great guy!

Teri

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Date: 6/18/13 2:59 AM

Thank you for your quick response, and I've given him dozens already for that very thing! I'm very aware how blessed I am!

I will look at the Dreamweaver tomorrow!

Kelly

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Date: 6/18/13 4:55 AM

If it's a Pfaff shop also, look at the Creative Performance, which you can buy with or without an embroidery module, in small or large. There's a whole looong thread here on PR, and it seems everyone loves the Pfaff CP.

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Date: 6/18/13 9:45 AM

Life is too short embroidery is fun just jump right in there and try it. You will be amazed at what you can do. And how you can add embroidery to your quilts. It's a whole new sewing world that has just opened up to you. Seize the day.

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Date: 6/18/13 10:00 AM

Brother and Pfaff have a very different feel. Make sure you test sew on each. Personally I would go with the Pfaff for the IDT (dual feed). The Pfaff Creative Performance is popular.

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Date: 6/18/13 10:22 AM

Congratulations on your NEW wonderful birthday present!

I have two thoughts on this:

1) This is what your husband wanted for you, so he must be comfortable with the cost. If it is ONLY the cost that is making you worry, then why not at least TRY some of the features, like the embroidery, before you trade the machine in.

I totally agree with QuiltingWolf, embroidery is fun and an exciting addition to your sewing. A brand new machine is going to be a LOT easier to use than the older embroidery machines, and Brother owners generally do say they are VERY intuitive easy machines to operate.

So before you decide it will be too difficult to use it, try it out to really be SURE that will be the case.

2) If you just don't want to try the embroidery, Pfaff has a new sewing only machine, the Performance 5. I would recommend you REALLY thoroughly test one.

I have the Pfaff Creative Performance, and it is a DREAM machine! It is super simple to use and is joyfully trouble free. You can get it with or without the embroidery unit. You also have two sizes of embroidery units to choose from. (Did I mention how VERSATILE this machine is?)

However, even if you choose to buy it without the embroidery unit, you will still pay a little bit more for the machine vs the Performance 5 because you will still pay for the machine's capability to do embroidery.

I have not used a Performance 5 so I can not compare the two. I LOVE my PCP so much I would absolutely pay the extra for it, but that is just going on my very lop-sided experience. I really LOVE my machine!

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Date: 6/18/13 10:24 AM

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Date: 6/18/13 10:38 AM

Happy 50th B'day and Congratulation's on a new sm...

I will take a Pfaff over a Brother any day of the week... I am a huge IDT fan... and once it's in your veins there is no going back to a walking foot...EVER. And I will spend more on a sm having a built in walking foot.

The Pfaff Performance 5.0 is a lovely sm. It has the large harp area...maxie stitches...tapering stitches...but no embroidery...ever.

The Pfaff Creavtive Performance...known as the PCP...is a dream machine...all that have a PCP here on PR lovvvvvvve them. It is available with or w/o embroidery... you can add embroidery later on. Both are in your DH's kind budget for a Pfaff too.

Go on Pfaff and Brother's websites and have yourself a look see...you may want both.

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Date: 6/18/13 11:16 AM

Be careful trading in a brand new machine! It is alot like a car, you lose money when you drive it off the lot! My husband got me a top of the line machine for Christmas and I couldn't be happier with his choice, and because he bought it at a Babaylock dealer they offered a full refund for awhile and then it turned into a trade in value for as much as the cost of the machine. You might check on that return for refund, then you can get whatever you want.

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