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From: mommydionne
Date: 07-03-2007, 09:16 PM (1 of 4)
Well... I'm trying to decide about embroidery machines, I'm not much of an embroiderer (although I have about 60+ spools of threads and a small corner of my sewing space holding all the needed stuff...)
I have a brother 180D primarily b/c the kids like the disney stuff, but I'm thinking if I had a better machine blah blah I would do more etc. (or so I keep telling myself)
I would not give up the machines I have now (I sew on a Bernina 160 and absolutely love it),
I'm actually considering getting a machine purely for embroidery, my local Viking dealer has several options at the moment.
So I'm asking for opinions on these...
Designer II ( a trade in model) for $2299 :Canada:
or a Platinum 950 (trade in too) for $1749
they will give me a three month warrenty for parts and labour for 2 years.
They also have a designer I but I could buy both of the above machines for that price!:re:
Both machines are lovely but I'm leaning a bit towards the Platinum (seems to have more built in designs etc) and is more embroidery oriented, it seems the sewing functions were more of an add on :bluewink: for it.
but if anyone has an opinion let me know!!
(or I may just buy a bunch of new cards for my little brother and save my money!!!)
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: MartySews2
Date: 07-03-2007, 11:13 PM (2 of 4)
If your embroidery machine works well, I would invest in the cards for your 180D for more designs or get some software where you can download designs off of the internet to use in your embroidery machine. If you want a larger embroidery field than the 4x4 that the Brother machine has, then look at getting another machine. Just my opinion for its 2 cents worth.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: paroper
Date: 07-04-2007, 10:32 AM (3 of 4)
The 160 should be a great sewing machine for a long time. If you buy a sewing machine for embroidery and you do it a lot, that machine will probably stay set up for embroidery. Sometimes I look at mine and think "I bought a $7000 combo machine for embroidery? WHY didn't I think of just buying a 6 needle $7000 embroidery machine?"

Where I am going is this: Chances are that with a great sewing machine you'll practically never need or use that machine for sewing, so why not buy a NEW Janome, Brother or even Bernina embroidery only machine? In a range of $750-$1200 you would have a larger stitch field, a faster machine and a full new warranty. You should get training on usage too (well, I believe you get that with Bernina, don't know about the others?)

Just something to think about.....

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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From: Tom Land
Date: 07-04-2007, 01:38 PM (4 of 4)
The problem with "Embroidery Only" machines is that they are so limited in what they can do (easily). In the price range you have mentioned you can already get a very good new combo machine with the largest hoop on the market. But I would wait about 2 months. We expect to see something new and fantastic in Sept. When that happens machines like the Pfaff 2170 will be available at good clearance prices. In fact a lot of dealers are selling them at clearance prices now. I think I cleared my last Designer 1 at $2200. You might want to shop around.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
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