need help deciding on which sewing machine to by! Please help!?

Hi. I am wanting to buy a sewing/ embroidery machine for the least price possible. I am wanting to START sewing and monogramming things, your simple projects…such as baby gifts, pjs etc…(i am definitely a beginner) .The main thing I am looking for is to monogram. I found the brother se 350 on for a reasonable price 380$, but I am afraid to get it without having someones personal opinion! I read all of the reviews and all, but since I know NOTHING about machines it is all so foreign! The only thing that prevents me from getting that one, is that it only embroiders a 4×4 area and I am thinking that may not be a big enough area?? But i don’t know!! What should I look for in a combo machine like this? I would like to be able to add fonts and letters to the machine, but I don’t want to pay a fortune for them. I know some machines have a usb port that allows you to download stuff from the internet,,is that expensive to do? And this one has some kind of card reader?? Does that allow you to do basically same thing? Anyway, please help me decide what to do! Thanks!

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4 Responses to need help deciding on which sewing machine to by! Please help!?

  1. Susan July 8, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Brother is not a brand I recommend. It’s become well known in the last few years because of its cross licensing agreement with Disney. It’s the only brand that has all the cute Disney characters. But, when I was working, we saw too many of them in the shop.

    Start by going to a dealer that sells more than one brand of machine. You need to decide between an embroidery only machine and a sewing and embroidery system. The embroidery only machines usually have smaller sewing fields and a limited ability to receive designs from other sources. The combined systems give you a regular sewing machine plus the embroidery capability. I would suggest that you consider Bernina, Janome and Viking. These are solid brands with good manufacturing and engineering behind them.

    Be sure to buy from a store that offers lots of classes to teach you how to use your machine. Embroidery is a very large undertaking and there’s a lot to learn.

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  3. drip July 8, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    I would recommend going to a sewing machine dealer. let them know your budget. You can demo the machines there and get free lessons on the machine you do buy. Learning how to use a sewing machine by yourself can be frustrating as a beginner sewer. Learning how to use an embroidery machine by yourself is going to be frustrating to the point of you not using it. Go try out an embroidery machine and make sure you are up to using one. You will need special thread, stabilizers, learn how to hoop, I took classes, and would not of been able to learn all I did by myself.

  4. Cynthia J July 8, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Hi –I had the Brother se350 and soon gave it away because it didn’t do all that I wanted then bought a Janome that was just an embroidery machine but it did do 5×7 and 4×4 and I love it it did not cost as much as some of the others and I bought a second hand however if I were to do it again I would have bought the one with the usb port as it is quicker and easier to use I think. However this is a great machine I still have it but I bought a second hand Designer 1 and it is by far my favorite for many reasons and if I get another it will be the Janome next step up or the viking se –so that is my story. Good Luck Cynthia J