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Brother Dreamweaver XE
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Date: 10/6/13 3:43 PM

Well I now own the Brother Dreamweaver XE. I am stunned....to put in mildly. Keep in mind that my reason for buying this machine was the lighting and the laser guide, in order to help my failing eyesight. Had only seen pics of it, some videos, and read everything on the net I could find. Bought it without sewing on it. I would have never, ever thought that Brother made a machine of this quality....and its not even their top of the line. It's like a super souped up Juki 600 (which I also own) with embroidery added. Feeds just as well, if not better. I have a feeling someone who sews wrote the software program for the touch screen. This is my first Brother sewing machine in over 40 years of sewing. I would have never predicted I would ever own one. Somewhere along the line Brother hired some good engineers and have quietly snuck into the TOP market and Viking, Pfaff, Bernina etc etc better pay attention. If you get a chance to try one out or the Babylock equilivant, please do it.....and no I am not affliated etc etc. Just passing the info along.

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Date: 10/6/13 4:55 PM

WoW! Enjoy........!!!!!!!!! This sounds exciting. Please post a review when you are comfortable to share about it; it'll be so fascinating to hear what you discover.

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Date: 10/6/13 5:18 PM

Have been using a Babylock for several years now. This is why I recommend people shop with an open mind and not be set on any particular brand.

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Date: 10/6/13 5:54 PM

Congratulations, it's an amazing machine. I've had my Dreamweaver XE for a few months and love it. The more you use the machine, the more you are going to find things to love about it. I agree, whoever designed them had to be an avid sewist.

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Date: 10/6/13 6:31 PM

Congrats on your new machine. I am not a brand snob; I try to own one of each brand.

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Elna Excellence 740, Pfaff Quilt expression 4.0, Janome 300E, Brother 8500D, Babylock Ellageo, Janome 900CPX CoverPro, Brother 5234 Project Runway Serger, Singer Treadle, Singer 66, Singer 99

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Date: 10/7/13 0:37 AM

Being a Viking owner years ago, then a Bernina owner, I also never thought I would buy a Brother. I thought of them as cheap because I saw them in Wal Mart. But I eventually did buy a Brother from my local dealer a few years ago and I love it! The computerized Brother machines in the $400 and up range are quality machines packed with features. My Innovis-80 cost me $645 in 2009 and still has a perfect stitch. The stitch never needs to be adjusted like my Bernina mechanical 1008 does sometimes. My only complaint is the speed is so slow in comparison to the 1008 - that machine is crazy fast. I also love my new Brother 1034D serger, which has replaced my hard to thread Janome serger. Brother rocks in my book! :-)

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Date: 10/7/13 0:55 AM

Mittskitt, who, indeed would have thought that Brother would be coming up with such a stellar machine? I'm in the market for a new machine and have so far test driven several well known brands. All were at similar price points and with similar features, all of them one machine down from TOL. The Dreamweaver's performance in every respect was so far ahead of the competition that I was absolutely stunned. It was super quiet, with brilliant feed on all types of fabrics from chiffon to several layers of denim. The others either chewed some of the more recalcitrant knits at the start of the seam or baulked at super thick denim seams. Not the Dreamweaver, and that was with ordinary feet, default settings and no horrid humpjumper to coax it along. This machine purred and did everything I threw at it exceptionally well. I would have ordered it there and then but I'm waiting for the Quattro 6750 to come out (in Australia) this week just to make sure the Dreamweaver is the machine I want.
I have no doubt you will love your new machine. It really is a superb performer, and the muvit foot rocks!

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Date: 10/8/13 6:52 AM

A die hard Janome gal....I want the Brother Dreamweaver combo too! Side by side to the newer Janomes, i was so impressed! (Not looking at janome 12000 or 15000... Too expensive!)

Who knew??

Sandy

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Date: 10/8/13 1:50 PM

LOL! I may be on the way to joining you. I have a Brother, a Pfaff, a Kenmore, a Singer and an Elna!

Now, who am I missing?

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Elna Lotus TSP, Singer 503a-Rocketeer, Brother Innovis 1250D, Pfaff Passport 2.0, Kenmore 10-Stitch, Centennial Singer Featherweight from 1950

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Date: 10/15/13 5:37 AM

Ok, I guess it was inevitable after all my waxing lyrical over these machines that I would end up ordering one. I actually ended up ordering two, the sewing and quilting only Dreamweaver QV3000 and the stand alone embroidery machine Dreammaker XE VE 2200, which is in keeping with my realisation that having separate machines for separate functions will make my sewing life easier, more streamlined and therefore more productive. Because the Dreammaker has only just been released in Australia, I basically got a really good package deal with lots of extra goodies thrown in that would be a lot more expensive if I purchased each item separately.

So I'm stoked and excited and also stunned, like Mittskitt.

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