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    #16
    Re: Embroidery machine

    Originally posted by grammaterry View Post
    I have the Husqvarna topaz 50. Its nice. I guess I'm not very crafty. After making dish towels for friends and using it for quilting designs I found that it didn't make me feel as creative as FMQ eventhough it truly is more professional looking. I like the art side of crafts and I want to be able to say, "yes, I made that" but as my grandson told his mother..."yeah but you used that cheater machine and gramma does her own". Maybe that's why I can't seem to get into it. We are all different
    It is interesting you say this Terry, about not feeling as creative as when you FMQ. I don't have an embroidery machine and that is the main reason why. While I see beautiful things created with an embroidery machine I always feel like I want to be at the machine, hands on. That is what I love about quilting - just drivin' that machine. I don't think I would get the same feeling with an embroidery unit.

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      #17
      Re: Embroidery machine

      I have the Husqavarna Topaz 20. I agree with everyone here regarding getting the largest hoop possible. My largest one is 260 x 200 (approx. 10" x 8", I think). I definitely wouldn't want anything smaller than that. The machine sews and embroiders fabulously. If you like to FMQ, this one isn't great in that department - tension is hard to get right. For everything else, it's great!

      I like to use single run embroidery patterns to quilt on my quilts - they look very much like FMQ but involve hooping the quilt multiple times to get the job done.

      This model is no longer available but as has been mentioned here, the Topaz 50 is. If Husqavarnas are of interest to you at all, I've seen advertisements about the Topaz 25 being cleared out at dealers now so the price is probably much better than most similar machines.
      Maria

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        #18
        Re: Embroidery machine

        check my gallery for some of the things ive made. Unfortunately, no matter how small I get them I can't load pictures any more.
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          #19
          Re: Embroidery machine

          I'm a beginner at machine embroidery. Terry, I agree that it feels as though I haven't done much other than change thread colors when the machine stops, the hit the start button again. I am enjoying the in-the-hoop projects, though.

          Would love to learn how to make a quilt label.

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            #20
            Re: Embroidery machine

            My sister has a PFAFF that is about 20 yrs old that embroiders and sews.
            I have a Designer SE that also does both and I would suggest that you get a sewing Machine that uses several hoop sizes.

            My sister has a smaller Baby Lock Sophia that she loves to take with her when we all sew together, etc. She loves the Sophia for small embroidery projects.
            I have a friend that has a Designer SE (we purchased our Designers SE on the same day LOL! ) and she has a Brother PE 770 and I have thought about purchasing this machine for myself, as well. My friend has two Viking/Husqvarna and says that she really enjoys the Brother PE 770.
            I would recommend purchasing it at a shop that gives you classes with the purchase etc. The YouTuber called "The Crafty Gemini" has the PE 770 and she does show a few video tutorials using the PE 770 :
            https://youtu.be/dOH6F0wVFic
            Last edited by redcaboose1717; December 6th, 2019, 06:29 PM.
            Jacqueline ( Sugar ) Dorer-Russell
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              #21
              Re: Embroidery machine

              I also have the Brother PE770, and it works well for me. I would recommend you get an embroidery only machine because I've heard of one or the other component dying and can't be fixed. Plus they are usually more expensive. I think I paid $600 for the Brother. I bought it online from Ken's Sewing Machine several years ago.

              Jeanne

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                #22
                Re: Embroidery machine

                I searched for a year before I found a used Babylock Ellegante for a reasonable sum. I found I liked embroidery as much if not more than quilting. After a couple of years I traded that in on a purchase on a Babylock Unity. It has a huge hoop and I like the Babylock interface. I usually find some way to include embroidery in my quilts now!

                Anita Gooddesign often offer classes that include the use of their machines. It would give you a good idea if you would like machine embroidery. I finally found one last year within drivable distance that used Brother machines. The interface on the Big Brothers is nearly identical to Babylock. I would probably get an embroidery only machine if I did this again as this one is usually embroidering while I sew on another. I never use it for actual sewing ad I just leave it setup for embroidery.

                I would go with the best dealership nearest you. The first dealership I dealt with was excellent, but they closed up shop a year later. I now have to travel 80 miles for service.

                Be sure you feel comfortable downloading designs off the Internet, getting them on a USB stick, and putting them in your embroidery machine. I bought the Embrillance software to help with this. It can be a bit tricky at times. I bought a bunch of 1 g USB sticks off the Internet; I think the small size USB is better than having a huge size for this process.

                Most of all have fun! Warning: it can be addictive and eat up all your sewing time!
                Last edited by Lightwriter; December 10th, 2019, 11:15 PM.
                Connie

                Our lives are like quilts – bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.

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                  #23
                  Re: Embroidery machine

                  I've had two "cheap" ones;

                  1st was a Brother Project runway sewing/embroidery machine. It had a 4"x4" field, which was nice, I embroidered little moose/dear/ducks on shirts for my husband and son or on quilt pieces. Cost just under $400. It was great, sewed like a champ! Very small stitch per design though. After owning it 8 years I sold it for $300, because I saw....

                  Edge-2-Edge embroidery for quilting quilts where you are basically doing "longarming" in the hoop and immediately went out and bought a Singer EM200 which has a 6"x10" field. Although they suggest to not do large quilts, I regularly do queen quilts with it - but that's over 130 hoopings - takes me longer to "quilt" the top than piecing it! BUT, it was way cheaper than sending quilts to a longerarming service, which is how I justified it to myself to buy it. After doing 3 quilts, I had "saved" money, right?! I've probably done 15 quilts now. And own about 60 designs (got them as a package buy, rather than $20 per 10). Here's a backing :

                  20170831_083947.jpg

                  I love the Singer for the quilting aspect, however....

                  I would not recommend that Singer machine to anyone. It is an embroidery only machine, no sewing. It was cheap as I got it on sale and got an employee discount and spent right around $500. It's quirky, motor freezes up, has a stitch limitation of 50,000 per design (a quilt-in-the- hoop is only 1200 stitches or so), but I can't do large things (like on a back of a jean jacket) without splitting the design, which is painful to align properly and requires expensive software. This lighthouse was 64K, the green areas were split and if you really look the design, it is a bit trapezoidal. The actual size of the sewn patch is 5.5"x9".

                  Split Rock.jpg

                  I buy most all my designs from EmLibrary, you just have to pay attention to the stitch size of the designs. I didn't, so I have a bunch of huge designs I can't use Again, I can buy expensive software to fix them... (hmm, or a new machine that can handle them! Someday...) But they have a HUGE selection designs, no matter what you're in to!

                  I would suggest think about what you want to use it for, small things on kids clothes, and get a little, inexpensive sewing/embroiderer. Or, save your money, research better machines such as a Bernina or a Janome that can sew and embroider with a large (8"x13") or even a "jumbo" (9"x15") field (if you want to do quilting or large embroideries). And find out their stitches per design limitations if you want to do large designs.
                  I've learned so much from my mistakes,
                  I think I'll make some more!

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                    #24
                    Re: Embroidery machine

                    I purchased that Split Rock lighthouse design but haven't stitched it out yet. Yours is beautiful!

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                      #25
                      Re: Embroidery machine

                      Hope your machine does over 50,000 stitches, guess you'll find out!
                      I've learned so much from my mistakes,
                      I think I'll make some more!

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                        #26
                        Re: Embroidery machine

                        I have a Brother pe800 which is an embroidery only machine. I have a good sewing machine so I didn't need the combo. It cost me around $500, has up to a 5x7 embroidery area, but I can do a larger by splitting the design. I used to have a pe150 that I was gifted. I knew nothing about embroidery (didn't know I even wanted to learn it!) but I soon became hooked! The 800 has a color LED screen, many built in designs and USB port for downloading designs. ability to edit designs (merge/add, adjust size, etc) It is fine for me, I personally have no desire to go for bigger embroidery area. I didn't want to spend a ton of money because I embroider for myself, friends, and family (I do not do it for a business). Going to try to include a couple of pics.bookmark.jpgbookmark.jpgflag 4.jpg Bookmark (in the hoop design), flag I made to hang by my son's headstone, quilt for Grandson that has 35 embroidery designs
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                          #27
                          Re: Embroidery machine

                          Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
                          Hope your machine does over 50,000 stitches, guess you'll find out!
                          I just checked, and my design is a bit different than yours. Mine has the lighthouse, but only a little bit of the cliff. And it's only about 15,000 stitches. I like how yours includes the water.

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