I just bought the Brother BC-1000 for myself for Christmas. I though I'd try it out since it was a good price at Target (Only $149) and they said I could bring it back any time within 90 days after Christmas. I've taken it out of the box and given it a "test drive" and read the manual. It's a truly WONDERFUL machine for the money! It has great reviews on Amazon.
But, I'm thinking I want just a little bit "more", a computer machine with more decorative stitches and a built in alphabet. I'd like to stick with a 'Low Shank' machine (like Brother, Kenmore or White) because I already have several costly attachments from my old Brother. I don't need an embroidery machine, as this would just add to the cost, but this isn't mandatory. I am definitely looking for something under $400, preferably even under $300.
I like Janome sewing machines.
They used to be sold in Sears stores. I ended up buying my embroidery machine online, I was able to call the store a speak with a salesperson with all my questions
Before doing this, I went t o a sewing store a tried out all the machines. They usually have less expensive versions of the better machines or even trade ins.
I decided to go with the Janome because of the price and the fact that I had a lot of the equipment that I could use with the new machine and the old one.
My former machine was a Kenmore. I say former because it was replaced with a Brother SE-270D--the Disney Machine (got it on sale at Wal-Mart). I had my Kenmore for 32 years--the trick is keeping it clean & oiled. My oldest son now has it & it's still going strong! I have had my Brother SE-270D since October--got it for myself for my B-Day in November--paid $350.00. Of course, if you want to use embroidery designs other than those already on the machine, then you have to buy the PED-Basic to use it's program disk in your machine. It's totally reuseable & re-programable--cost $129.00
The SE-270D is a combination sewing/embroidery machine & I just LOVE IT! I especially like that it threads the needle for you--unless you're using the double-needle & then you have to do it yourself. It also has the drop-in bobbin & will cut the thread for you! I love to embroider but my eyes are going bad & I just can't seem to see well enough anymore to keep the stitches straight & even. Plus, the length of time it takes to hand embroider something can seem to be an eternity when you are drawing closer to a deadline for your grandkids B-Days & your project is only half-finished.
It didn't help my case any when I went to my old sewing machine & couldn't see well enough to thread the needle even with the little threading wire! But switching to using this machine was exceptionally easy & it's easy enough to use that I'm teaching my 9 year old granddaughter how to sew on it! Plus, if you have an idea in your head for a project you want to do, there are a ton of embroidery files on the net that you can download for free!
I have yet to buy a design because with the proper programs you can combine designs to make whatever you want. The handbook goes into a lot of detail too--which makes it even easier to use & if you have any problems trying to figure out how to do something, you can go to the Brother website & learn from there or contact a tech. I would recommend the Brother SE-270D for ease of use & cost. Go to the Brother website & take a look!
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