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December 4, 2006, 1:16 pm
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Re: help finding a machine
lettering, as all the machines have a 4 inch embroidery field (or
New Machines: The most inexpensive machines on the market at present
are the Brother SE270D and the Singer Futura 100.
Both of those machines can be bought at Walmart Online
(www.walmart.com) or at eBay (www.ebay.com) (and many other places)
Both of the machines are embroidery/sewing combination machines. The
Singer Quantum machines need to be connected to a computer to work (
to get the designs into them, etc.), but the come with the necessary
cable, etc. You can also buy auto punch software for this machine to
make designs from clip-art type computer pictures (about 199.00).
Walmart: http://tinyurl.com/y73pmu (Singer auto punch software)
The Brother SE270D machines do not require a computer connection to
work, but they do require a memory card and a card reader-writer to
get the designs into the machine. These card reader-writers can be
bought at WalMart or on eBay (I believe that Walmart has them for
Walmart: http://tinyurl.com/y7b2dm (card reader/writer)
You can buy this Brother machine as a "factory serviced" unit from a
number of places on the internet. One of them is Ken's Sewing Center (
you can check eBay and find others). Kens warranties the machines, and
offers "extras" in little starter packages:
Kens: http://tinyurl.com/u5sj6 (machine alone)
Kens: http://tinyurl.com/y6mhhp (mahine with extras)
The machine with extras is *probably* a better buy for someone
starting out, as you get a thread kit and 2 design cards as well as
I chose Ken's and walmart as examples here.. There are many others
online who stock these machines... You can also try:
Allbrands: http://www.allbrands.com /
Louann's: http://www.louanns.com /
I have heard that both of these machines *may* have stitch quality
issues, and people do have to return them both at times to get them
either repaired or replaced.
I am not in any way affiliated with any sewing machine company or
The above are the least expensive "new" machines you can buy. You can
also look at "previously loved" (used) machines on eBay, but the
better machines (even though they are "used") are going to be more
money than these machines are new.
I hope that this is helpful.