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!


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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
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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
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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
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