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i do art-textiles at a-level and i do a lot of free machining/embroidery work , so will need it to have that feature plus the foot, also do normal machining, would like it to be quite straightforward, nothing tooo complicated
any suggestions would be great
thanks!!

I would suggest getting an older second hand machine, I do art and design A-level textiles and my all time favourite machines come from viking (also known as husqvarna). Bernina, the old ones i would say are the best for machine embroidery and last a lot longer, in one session without dying on you than the newer models :). I know quite a bit more about machines than most teenage girls doing textiles as my mum is a textiles teacher, from sweden where the teaching degrees for textiles require a lot more knowledge, also i have experience with both old and new viking machines, both great, an old bernina, especially used in our house for machine embroidery (all these three we have at home). and a Janome, a new one from school, which to be perfectly honest did not agree with me at all.

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We ahve a small business and I want to personalize my kids' shirts. What is a auitable model for this type of use?

You should look for a machine that has (at the very lease) a stitching (hoop) area of 5 x 7, or you will be limited to designs no larger than 4 x 4.

Also important is Internet connectivity. UBS port B is direct connection via a cable that comes with the machine and USB port A is a removable flash stick/drive. A is the most convenient, the PC needs to be near the embroidery machine to use the port B cable.

The less expensive machines use machine embroidery reader boxes and rewritable cards only – these are almost obsolete.

Bernina and Husqvarna are the most expensive and are proprietary when is comes to accessories (like additional UBS sticks).

Brother and Babylock are the same family of machines, the most user friendly and compatible with software, including the USB sticks.

Singer – has had an iffy reputation for several years.

They all are basically the same as far as functions. They get more expensive as the luxury features are added on.

You should be able to get an embroidery machine that has the larger stitching area and USB connectivity for around $1,000, or less.

You can buy new or a dealer may have a gently used one that has been traded up for one of the luxury models.

Do buy from a dealer for the support you may need.

Visit as many dealers as you can, watch the demos and then try the machines.

Buy the brand you like best from the dealer you like best.

Don't buy any software from a dealer until you have used the machine and are comfortable with what you can do with additional software – there are companies that have free trials that you can download and test.

For more discussions, you may want to sign up at:

annthegran.com or sewforum.com

Both have a lot of embroidery machine discussions – the sites are free.

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I'm wanting to get my wife a sewing / embroidery machine for Christmas. I know Brother sells their 'Disney' versions, but what if I don't want a Brother machine. If I buy say a Singer, or Husqvarna, or Janome machine, will she still be able to embroider Disney characters? (I know legally you'd need copyright licensing to sell it, but I'm talking about just on a T-shirt or pillow case for our kids). Anyone know a good website where you can buy embroidery designs like this?

If you are determined to have Disney designs will need the Brother brand and for the best PC connectivity, a model with the USB stick for sending downloads to the embroidery machine.

Otherwise, my first choice is Baby Lock, then Brother.

This Brother program will work with several Brother models – http://www.ibroidery.com/default.aspx?campaign=ClickOut Models are listed at the side bar. The iBroidery designs will be in the .pen format and only certain Brother models can read this format.

Before iBroidery was available only Brother D (model numbers ended with D) machines had or could stitch out Disney designs.

If you select another brand of embroidery machine, the machine's required format may be different than the usual Brother and Baby Lock of .pes.

Most formats can be converted as required by your embroidery machine. With the exception of the .pen format used by iBroidery designs and .art used by older models of Bernina.

You can embroider copyrighted designs to your heart's content as long as they are not represented as a liscenced product (such as an authentic MM sweatshirt).

In addition to the embroidery machine, a minimal embroidery machine software program will be needed.

Embird is the most economical and most popular with the home machine embroiderer.

Embird requires the base program and then as the embroiderer progresses more can be added, or not. http://www.secretsof.com/content/1798

In addition to the Embird software, it would be a good ideal to have this book – http://books.google.com/books/about/Embroidery_Machine_Essentials.html?id=j6e847_n3MUC

This site – http://www.annaboveembroidery.com/embroidery-tips.html will show how to do many things including downloading from the Internet and saving to the PC. There are many free designs available for downloading (avoid those from foreign countries as many are counterfeit).

Flash drives/flash sticks/thumb drives can be used for backing up the design files just in case the PC has a break down. These can be purchase for very little money almost anywhere (office supply stores, electronic stores, drug stores). They are about the size of a Pez dispenser. I have several and keep them in a storage container so they are not misplaced.

More tips and techniques – http://www.emblibrary.com/el/elprojects/holder.aspx?page=techniques

Another tip – most machine embroidery thread will be rayon. Use polyester machine embroidery thread on items that will be washed a lot or come in contact with chlorine.

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0 How to Embroider an Applique Design by Sew With Lisa BDemonstration – "How to Machine Embroider an Applique design" by Children's Embroidery Designer Lisa B. from SewWithLisaB.com Applique embroidery uses a combination of fabric and fill embroidery. You will need an embroidery machine, the fabric you wish to applique upon secured in a hoop, the threads, a pair of scissors and the fabric for the applique design. Download the digitized applique design to the embroidery machine and attach the hoop. Stitch the outline of the design. Place the fabric over the applique design outline and stitch the tack down stitch. Next, remove the hoop from the embroidery machine and trim off my excess fabric. I recommend using a pair of curved scissors to allow you to trim close to the thread without cutting it. Remember, never remove the fabric from the hoop until you are done, as this will affect the alignment of the applique design. Next, stitch final tack down stitch. Finish the design by stitching the fill embroidery portion. Change fill colors and stitch out the eye of the pig. When the sewing of the design is complete, remove the fabric from the hoop and trim the excess threads. The applique design is complete. For more visit SewWithLisaB.com

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0 Husqvarna Viking 4D Professional 1: Packages IncludedEmbroidery software educator Soni Grint shows highlights of the packages contained in 4D Professional. She shows a jacket embellished with Shapes, a table runner created with Encore and lettering font samples including QuickFonts created from computer TrueType fonts, all in 4D Embroidery Extra. Another jacket demonstrates editing features from 4D Stitch Editor, as do morphing samples. A sampler, designs and text were created in 4D Cross Stitcher.

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0 Pfaff creative 4D Suite 2: Additional ModulesEmbroidery software educator Soni Grint shows highlights of the five exclusive modules contained in creative 4D Suite. Make every design unique with creative 4D Design Creator using special fill effects such as contour and motif fill. Transform photos using monochrome and 4-color techniques in creative 4D PictureStitch. Embellish fabric with machine or personal motifs with creative 4D Fabric Decorator. Create your own fonts using creative 4D Font Digitizing. Use creative 4D Stitch Artist to create stitches for many Pfaff sewing machines. Finally, use 4D Organizer to catalog your designs, 4D Vision to preview designs before embroidery or 4D Design Aligner to split larger designs for any hoop. (available in other packages)

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0 Pfaff creative 4D Suite 1: Packages IncludedEmbroidery software educator Soni Grint shows highlights of the packages contained in creative 4D Suite. She shows a jacket embellished with Shapes, a coaster and table runner created with Encore and lettering font samples including QuickFonts created from TrueType computer fonts, all in creative 4D Embroidery Extra. A skirt and jacket demonstrate editing and morphing features from creative 4D Stitch Editor. Printer fabric and iron-on transfers are enhanced with free motion embroidery created in creative 4D Sketch. A sampler, designs and text were created in creative 4D Cross Stitcher.

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0 Husqvarna Viking 4D Professional 2: Additional ModulesEmbroidery software educator Soni Grint shows further highlights of the packages contained in 4D Professional. Printer fabric and iron-on transfers are enhanced with free motion embroidery created in 4D Sketch. 4D Design Aligner splits larger designs for any hoop. There are highlights of the four exclusive modules contained in 4D Professional. Make every design unique with 4D Design Creator using special fill effects such as contour and motif fill. Transform photos using monochrome and 4-color techniques in 4D PictureStitch. Embellish fabric with machine or personal motifs with 4D Fabric Decorator. Create your own fonts using 4D Font Digitizing. Finally, use 4D Organizer to catalog your designs or 4D Vision to preview designs before embroidery (available in other packages)

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0 Wahm Embroidery Designs AngelsVideoVIB Downloads http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FVideo-On-Demand%2Fb%3Fie%3DUTF8%26node%3D16261631%26ref_%3Dsa_menu_atv2&tag=shopping0039-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957 Butterfly angel and star angel embroidery design patterns.Available for Melco, Tajima, Brother, Babylock, Barudan, Bernina, Pfaff, Viking, Huskygram, Husqvarna, Kenmore, Janome, Renaissance, Simplicity, Elna, Happy, Toyota, Poem, White, Zsk and Singer embroidery machines and any other embroidery machine that uses any of the following formats. *exp, *dst, *pes, *pcs, *pcm, *hus, *sew, *jef, *csd and *xxx formats. embroidery designs can be used for personal and commercial use which is great because i use their designs for personal and retail free to embroider on personal items or products to resell and you can download and embroider the designs today.

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0 How to Machine Embroider a Digitized Embroidery design by Sew With Lisa BDemonstration – "How to Machine Embroider a Digitized Embroidery design" by Children's Embroidery Designer Lisa B. from SewWithLisaB.com You will need an embroidery machine, the fabric you wish to embroider upon secured in a hoop, the threads and a pair of scissors. Download the digitized embroidery design to the embroidery machine and attach the hoop. Stitch out the first fill color. Next, the second thread color is for the frogs eyes. The third thread color is for the outline and the spots on the frog. The final thread color is for the frogs eyeballs. When the sewing of the design is complete, remove the fabric from the hoop and trim the excess threads. The embroidery design is complete. For more visit SewWithLisaB.com

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