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I am looking to buy an embroidery machine. All I want to do is monogramming, like on ribbon. Do I really need to buy an expensive machine or can I get away with something under $500.00. And if I really don't need an expensive machine, what machine would you recommend. Thank you

it depends on how large you need the monograms to be. i have a kenmore (made by janome) that isn't even an embroidery machine but will do small (probably about 1/4 inch) lettering. if you do need an embroidery machine you could go with just a 4X4 embroidery field. i perfer brother machines for embroidery. walmart sells one that is a basic embriodery machine. it will have a couple of fonts with it. i haven't really checked it out because i have a brother ult2002D. i have been watching some of the prices on e-bay lately and you may want to consider a used machine. here is a great site for embroidery designs. they give away 49 free designs a day. they also give away a free font ocassionally if you joing their yahoo group.
http://www.designsbysick.com/amember/go.php?r=5647&i=l0">Designs by SiCK Embroidery Library

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I would like to monogram more than anything else. Does one of these machines work better than another. I would like to stay under $1000. Do I need special software to get new fonts? It's confusing as to what extra things you need to buy in order to get more designs. Can anyone help?

Here's a lengthy reply to your question. It's going to be long and detailed since I was doing the same research on machines myself a few months ago…here is what I've discovered….
I have a Brother PE-700 II, which is the same as the PE-700 except that it has a built in USB interface to download designs directly from the computer/internet. This little extra isn't on the regular PE-700, but other than that I understand from Brother they are the same machine. I LOVE this machine & have been using mine almost daily for 3 months. Because the PE-700 II has the USB capability, I don't have to buy additional hardware/software to add new designs such as monograms, and can now download (or buy) countless designs from the seemingly limitless supply available on the web. Even better, — it cost LESS with this nifty hsn-exclusive extra than the regular PE-700. It is a special configuration put together by Brother exclusively for HSN (hsn.com). I did a huge amount of research before purchase– even spoke to Brother on the phone a few times before purchasing it from HSN. The HSN cost is only 799.00, when they have it in stock — it's usually offered with a flex pay option of 5x 159.00 monthly payments. Even better –this is less than the usual price for the regular PE-700 that doesn't have the USB built in. It has a memory for downloading an additional 6 designs into it's memory at a time, and designs can be stored in tne memory or on your computer for later use. Lastly — Brother's customer service is very helpful and accessible so aside from HSN's terrific 30-day no hassle return policy you have the Brother's usual warranty coverage and customer support. The machine uses plastic class 15 bobbins –easily found, requires no oiling, keeps a record of stitches sewn for your "service count" before maintainance reminder for cleaning,accepts PES design cards, has ton's of designs built in and 3 built in alphabets with some built in sizing capabilities (S.M.L) for the fonts, an additional larger monogram font built in, nice bright light, hard case, easy threading like a dream, adjustable tension, on-screen sizing/placement/design flip, rotate etc, design stitch totals, estimated stitching time for design,auto bobbin and upper thread cutting, adjustable thread color options, option of viewing measurements in inches or milimeters, helpful on-screen reminders, adjustable screen brightness, lanquage selection, thread tension setting, beeps for broken threads, built in on-screen animated help with directions, and the larger 5 (wide) x 7(high) stitching area. I use mine to monogram purses, and the availability of free and low priced fonts/designs on the internet is endless. It sews out my complex lace designs like a dream with perfect stitch tension…just remember to lower tension number & stitch speed when using metallic threads as you would do on any embroidery machine. I find most of my designs/monograms on the web (search under machine embroidery designs), and either download the many free samples or make a purchase. Save it into your computer's "shared document" files with a folder name for east access, and then turn on the machine with the USB cable plugged into your computer's usb port and copy or save the design to drive "k" which is the emb. machine's active folder. The "k" drive only comes up on the computer when the embroidery machine's usb cable is attached and machine is turned on.)The included directions that come with the machine are very, very simple. The machine will read the file and download it into it's temp memory OR you can choose to save it for use later. Most downloaded designs are also resizable to some extent on the Brother PE-700 without needing additional software. HSN sells out of these (PE-700 II) fairly quickly, but is due to have more in stock very soon according to there craft/sewing host. If you'll check their website after midnite late THIS Wednesday evening (when it's actually 12:00 am eastern time Thursday morning)..they are supposed to be offering some sort of embroidery machine as the Today's Special with a terrific special price. It may or may not be the Brother PE-700II. Their program guide can be found on the website at hsn.com ….then go to Program Guide on the top bar to see when "sewing or crafts" will be airing on television and the internet. If you see the name Darelene Cayhill or the show "It's SewEasy", or Brother or Singer listed…there's a good chance a Brother embroidery machine will also be featured. It can also be watched online. (Check hsn tv.) I never was into any kind of home shopping until I got this machine…but my neighborhood authorized Brother dealer/repair tells me it's a peach of a deal with the built-in usb port and was such a sweetheart in telling me I could get it from HSN. com at a better price than he could offer — especially since the regular PE-700 has no built in USB port…He said these machines use the same parts as the Babylock version — just a lower priced brand name by the same maker. Anyway, I LOVE mine! And best of all — I really loved the special price, the extra's, & the easy low monthly payments using my check card. Now I have hundreds of designs at my fingertips stored on my computer and cd's. So yes — the PE-700 rocks — but is even better if you can get the PE-700 II with built in USB rather than having to pay more for USB converter hardware/software like PE-Design Box. Good luck! (P.S. I don't know for sure when hsn.com will have more of the machine in –but I am told more ARE due in very soon, so keep checking the website with a search for the Brother Embroidery machines. It's likely to be featured all day this Thursday or until it sells out again.They usually have several brands & models–the Singer Futura embroidery machine has had less positive customer reviews on hsn's website — some difficulties reported with Singer's software compatibilty with the new Windows version and requiring too many updates before being able to use.(I use XP with my Brother—no problems at all. The Brother PE-700 II has had nothing but stellar feedback on on HSN feedback pages as well as other websites such as embroidery web–rings. Personally, I was advised to select the Brother brand over the Singer because Singer's are said to be more prone to tension problem issues, require more "singer-only" parts such as bobbins, etc, need for software updates and patches, are said to change county-of-origin contracted manufacturing sources more frequently- hence less uniform control in the manifacturing process, more complicated software issues, higher priced Singer specific parts, and is a less consumer-popular name as Brother. Because Brother also uses the same quality parts in the embroidery machines as are used in the higher end Babyloc brand name machines — component quality is not an issue.) I'm not against Singer products, but this is what I've personally learned after reading many websites, customer reviews on both brands, talking to the manufacturers technical support people, taking sewing/embroidery classes and attending embroidery conferences (my last embroidery machine was a Brother too) and most importanty, talking to other user's and visiting several local authorized Singer and Brother repair shops for input prior to each purchase.) Once again –good luck and happy stitchin!

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Embroidery was first introduced as a hobby to decorate our ancestors' fabric materials with the use of needle and thread. Today, it is still used to decorate garments and household materials. Embroidery evolves the use of computerized machines to digitize the embroidery patterns. With embroidery machines, there are lots of ways to express your creativity as you work uniquely on your designs. And remember the opportunity to have free embroidery designs to download from Internet!

Embroidery machines can be used for personal and commercial purposes. Hobbyist' use them for sewing household linens, draperies, and decorative fabrics. They also use it to adorn bed linens, tablecloths, towels, and curtains. Commercially, it is used for product branding by putting logos and monograms on business shirts, jackets, gifts, and company apparels. It is also used for corporate advertising such as Christmas giveaways and anniversary souvenirs.

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Embroidery was first introduced as a hobby to decorate our ancestors' fabric materials with the use of needle and thread. Today, it is still used to decorate garments and household materials. Embroidery evolves the use of computerized machines to digitize the embroidery patterns. With embroidery machines, there are lots of ways to express your creativity as you work uniquely on your designs. And remember the opportunity to have free embroidery designs to download from Internet!

Embroidery machines can be used for personal and commercial purposes. Hobbyist' use them for sewing household linens, draperies, and decorative fabrics. They also use it to adorn bed linens, tablecloths, towels, and curtains. Commercially, it is used for product branding by putting logos and monograms on business shirts, jackets, gifts, and company apparels. It is also used for corporate advertising such as Christmas giveaways and anniversary souvenirs.

For more information on free embroidery designs to download click here

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Embroidery was first introduced as a hobby to decorate our ancestors' fabric materials with the use of needle and thread. Today, it is still used to decorate garments and household materials. Embroidery evolves the use of computerized machines to digitize the embroidery patterns. With embroidery machines, there are lots of ways to express your creativity as you work uniquely on your designs. And remember the opportunity to have free embroidery designs to download from Internet!

Embroidery machines can be used for personal and commercial purposes. Hobbyist' use them for sewing household linens, draperies, and decorative fabrics. They also use it to adorn bed linens, tablecloths, towels, and curtains. Commercially, it is used for product branding by putting logos and monograms on business shirts, jackets, gifts, and company apparels. It is also used for corporate advertising such as Christmas giveaways and anniversary souvenirs.

For more information on free hand embroidery designs click here