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Expert advice on which machine

Posted by pettiet (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 31, 06 at 17:02

I would like to spend around $500 on an embroidery machine for diapers, bibs, blankets, etc. For those who have been embroidering for some time, which machine on the market would in your opinion get me the most for my money. I have been sewing for 30 some odd years. Thanks!

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RE: Expert advice on which machine

I would say the Kenmore machine. If you just want to do small designs look at the Kenmore Elite. See if you can buy a Kenmore 19001, it would be second hand. Kenmore are beautiful machines. I have never had any trouble with that brand. I have other brands and trouble all the time. B.

RE: Expert advice on which machine

You will get a variety of opinions...the one constant is try the machines out to see which one is the best fit for you.

You might be able to find a decent machine second hand at the dealers. Since you are doing childrens clothing, you may want to look at the Brother line of machines, particularly the Disney line. Not only do you have the Disney designs, you can use a miriad of other designs also. Personally, I would spend more money and go for a combo machine as you always need a backup machine.

I also have a Singer CE200 that is computer dependent and does a beautiful job embroidering. I just have problems with the tight sewing space and trying to change a needle much less anything else. The software pays for itself because it converts designs in different formats.

I think you may have to spend some quality time with your computer to do searches for machines within your price range that meets your needs. It saves shoe leather, you can print out the fact sheets for the ones you like, and then go and investigate those machines.

Also note that the expense does not stop with the machine, just like any other sewing with machine embroidery thread, stabilizers, hoops, needles, etc.

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