Need Some Guidance Please

DeSotoSteveDecember 22, 2004

I'll start by saying that I am totally clueless when it comes to sewing or sewing machines. I'm hoping you kind folks will be willing to point me in the right direction.

My wife has been hinting that she'd like a sewing/embroidering machine. She has a birthday on 12/30 and I was thinking this might be a nice gift idea. She has a basic sewing machine that she has used for over 15 years but it does not embroider. She uses it only occassionally so it doesn't make sense to spend a ton of money on a top-of-the-line machine. I'd like to keep it under $1,000.

I've done some research on the web and I guess I keep coming back to the Singer CE-200. I understand that a few people have had some problems with the computer interface but I'm not too concerned about that (I'm a computer engineer so I'm pretty sure I can get it working as long as it isn't defective). Before I take the plunge and buy one of these, I thought I'd ask your opinions. Is the CE-200 about the best I can do for $900 or should I be giving serious consideration to something else.

Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide.


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I heard it was a good machine? Are you buying it from a dealer in your area? Also If you aren't check out ebay they had some on there!Also check the forum here there has been good feedback on it.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2004 at 3:02PM
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Here are comments from this forum.

Here is a link that might be useful: Singer CE-200. comments

    Bookmark   December 22, 2004 at 3:04PM
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I'm getting a Janome 300E after the holidays, its on layaway til I sell my Husqvarna Iris. The Janome runs $1000 and is embroidery only. The thing I like about it is it runs by compact flash card and adapter. My new computer has built in slots for 9 different memory cards and one is for compact flash. Also the Janome has 5 x 7 hoop where my Iris is 4 x 4. If your wife already has a sewing machine you may want to consider the Janome embroidery only. After starting embroidery in July, I've moved along so fast with it that now I favor the idea of two separate machines as I can be sewing on one while the other is embroidering. I also like getting a bigger embroidery field.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2004 at 4:56PM
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Steve, my advice would be to make sure there is a dealer nearby who can help with classes and correcting problems that may occur. I bought my sewing/embroidery machine at a show (a deal I couldn't pass up), then discovered the nearest dealer is about an hour away. I would love to take the classes they offer, but I don't want to spend an entire Saturday driving all the way over there for a 2 hour class and all the way back! Plus, the dealer can answer questions and keep you up to date on upgrades and things like that.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2004 at 7:26PM
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