Need help choosing an embroidery machine

tropicalcindyFebruary 29, 2008

HI folks!

I am new to the forum and would like opinions on purchasing a new embroidery machine. I want to be able to do shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, possibly ball caps.

I am looking in the $2000-$3000 range, but certainly will pay less if one machine is better for what I want than another.

Have been sewing and quilting for years and am very computer literate, so wanting to get one that I can use my own designs from the computer.

Any and all help will be appreciated...either on the forum or off post to my email at

Thanks bunches!


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hi Cindy, I'm partial to Brother machines and PE design. I haven't heard anything much about singers, I do hear pfaff and janome users are happy too. Just shop around for features you want/need. newer models have usb to transfer files to the machine.

I am teaching myself PE design with some tutorials found over the internet, I couldn't stomach $45 an hour for lessons from someone who may or may not know what I want from the software! It's windows based and I know all the ms office products and some programming, so it isn't as bad as some people say.

good luck

Whatever you choose, make sure there's a dealer around for servicing, warranties, etc...
if you want to test out software before shelling out the $$, sophiesew is out there, I haven't tried it. There is a free trial of PE design and I think Embird also does a trial period.

    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 9:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I agree- I just bought a machine last week- Try to find a dealer close to you. Find out who will fix the machine-if you need it.. will it be sent away? or can the dealer fix it? make sure you can get FREE lessons- Most offer them. You are spending a lot of money with them- you should not have to pay for the lessons. Make sure the dealer is computer savvy-it helps. Go for customer service- that really counts. Good luck.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 7:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

lindycat - what machine did you purchase? I too am interested in getting a machine and have been going back and forth between different models for years (hence no big purchase yet, don't want to put out the big $ if I can't get what I want!!!). Thanks

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 5:41PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Singer Futura CE100
Hi, I am new to the forum and desperate to speak to...
Viking embroidery machine software
I am interested in purchasing embroidery designing...
separate forum for hand embroidery?
anyone else think this would be a good idea? machine...
Help!! Anyone have a Brother SE-270D embroidery unit?!
Help! I made a huge mistake. I knew nothing about sewing...
New to Machine Embroidery...Brother Innovis 4000D
Hi Everyone: I have just discovered this forum and...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™