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From: MaryW
Date: 10-30-2006, 11:53 AM (1 of 7)
Machine embroidery has been so very popular for a few years now. Almost anyone you talk to has an embroidery machine. It is wonderful what has been designed and created for clothing and accessories.

However, there are some of you who really don't like to machine embroider. Who wishes they hadn't invested money into a embroidery/sewing machine. What did you buy and do you think you will be selling your machine or perhaps taking a second stab at the whole process?
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From: Melanie T
Date: 10-30-2006, 12:19 PM (2 of 7)
I sold off my Janome 300e and the dream of doing embroidery for a small business just before baby #4 came along.

Of course, I would have much more time to pursue my hobbies:sick: with 4 boys instead of 3. Sewing is keeping me sane right now. I kept the Kenmore that I started my 2 year long obsession with, but have used it once in 4 months to embroider something on pjs for my boys. I am using it as a regular sewing machine, but in hindsight... I could have saved a bundle of money.

Yes it is for some people, but for me it was just not the time in my life. Maybe when they are all grown, I will buy a new model of what is available then and not have to try to make a 10-15 year old dinorsaur do tricks with obsolete software etc. Because I bought it used in the states, I actually came out ahead on the price of the machine. However, lets not talk about what I have invested in thread, stablilzers etc. that are not getting used right now.
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: pretnichols
Date: 10-31-2006, 08:32 AM (3 of 7)
I haven't bought an embroidery machine, mainly because I find I don't even have time for sewing any longer. And even before, sewing was just mending, etc. So purchasing a machine that I won't have time for makes no sense. Plus, the machnes are expensive and so are all the "extras" that I don't have the money for. Instead, I am going to wait another year and keep saving money toward a new machine...whether it is a sewing machine, embroidery machine or a combo. Just my 2 cents....:wink:

So little time, sew much to do...........
User: pretnichols
Member since: 10-16-2005
Total posts: 342
From: pjbobbins
Date: 10-31-2006, 08:52 AM (4 of 7)
Nearly 10 years ago I remember being in a sewing machine shop looking at some accessories for my machine when an owner's class was letting out for the new top of the line machines with all the bells and whistles and computerized embroidery. One woman said to the other "I have been wanting to re-do my kitchen for 10 years-every time I bring it up Floyd would say we can't afford it. Not long before Mother's day, my old machine broke down and wasn't worth fixing. All I needed was something I could mend his work pants and make some new kitchen curtains once in awhile. With what he paid for this fancy machine and all the classes I have to take to learn to use it, I could have had my kitchen cabinets redone and a new dishwasher!"
User: pjbobbins
Member since: 08-15-2006
Total posts: 12
From: pjbobbins
Date: 10-31-2006, 09:05 AM (5 of 7)
I am amazed at the beautify effects people are getting with the embroidery machines now-laces and ornate designs. If I had the money to sink into the equipment and supplies, I'm sure I would enjoy playing around with one. I know there's quite a learning curve to do it well, cause I've seen some less than perfect examples of machine embroidery.
I learned to do hand embroidery when I was young, and really enjoy being able to carry a project with me when I travel or have to wait for appointments and such. And I must admit, I have gotten more than a few compliments on my work, I enjoy the smug satisfaction of knowing I truly did it myself and didn't need a machine!!!!:bolt:
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From: Kylnne2
Date: 10-31-2006, 04:09 PM (6 of 7)
I am one that prefers regular sewing and serging and doing some deco work with my serger and sewing machine but my DGK's love monogrammed items and also some clothes with embroidered kiddie designs so I purchased a White 3300E for $349. It has been a workhorse of a machine and is like the Brother type machines and the Simplicity model and one of the Babylocks that take the same embroidery cards. I am not intrested in buying any extra's to do down loads etc. from the internet for more designs but I know they are beautiful for those that do embroidery more than I. I have just used the built in designs on my 3300 including some Disney and the different alphabet fonts plus I have used the extra Alphabet font card that came with it most often. I purchased a few extra cards of horses, butterlflies and redwork too. The machine even embroidered well on my daughters plastic coated canvas outdoor furniture pillows and pads that I made for her. I put words in French and Italian on the material in different fonts and colors reminding of her honeymoon trip to France and Italy.
I won't be buying a combo sewing embroidery machine but maybe in the future I might look into buying the Brother 700 that takes all the cards and has a bigger embroidery field.
I monogram swim towels for my family with my 3300 then I deco stitch with the regular sewing machines around the band. I keep getting many requests for more including some for gifts for their friends. I am glad I purchased this machine and am rather surprised how well it has done and never skipped a beat on almost any fabric. It accepts all threads well and I do not spend much on stabilizers.
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From: mommydionne
Date: 11-06-2006, 07:34 PM (7 of 7)
I'm kinda like Klynne2
I have a little brother 180D, is 4x4, embroidery only, I got a huge pack of threads stabilizers etc from the dealer with the purchase, I'm glad I did or I would have been really bummed, I still have not used them all.

I use the embroidery machine for labeling kids stuff and t-shirts, sweat shirts for my kids and neices and nephews. Not much for garments for me, I'm not patient enough I guess, I did some digitizing but wish I had the money back from that software, Did just get the Dora the Explorer card so I'm going to be really popular with the 4 and under card at Xmas:wink:

For the cost of a sewing embroidery combo I have my bernina 160, a viking serger and the brother machine. Which for me is much better, plus while the machine is embroidering I can sew/serge on something else.
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
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