I wonder if anyone can tell me if such a thing as second-hand
embroidery machine's exist. I would really like to give machine
embroidery a try but the new machines are way out of my price bracket.
Besides, I don't know if it's something I would like/be any good at,
so I don't really want to throw a huge amount of money at something
that might end up as a white elephant.
I know the new machines have all kinds of wonderful functions and
things, but I'd just like an old clunky out-dated thing that I could
just have a go with, so if the concept doesn't work for me, I won't
have wasted too much money. Do you know if they exist anywhere in the
UK? I went to three shops in London today, but they all told me they
never saw second-hand embroidery machines. Is it true, or were they
just trying to make me buy new?
I only want to do embroidery on it, I'm blissfully happy with my 20
year old Janome for regular sewing!
Thanks for any help/advice you can offer.
I can't speak for what is available in the UK but second-hand machines
are definitely available in the US. I suspect they are available in the
UK too. A Viking dealer tried to talk me into a used 1+ (not the
Designer 1, older model) instead of the new Rose that I was eyeing. I
think it was because they had several used 1+s and didn't have a Rose in
stock. I didn't like the dealer but did like the features she showed me
on the 1+ so I got one elsewhere. Although this is an older machine, it
has quite a few features that are nice. Many people trade up to have a
larger embroidery area. I can content myself with 4x4 for now. That
may be the case for the machines you find as well. If you are willing
to forego the dealer experience, you may find machines available online
in auctions or through ads in newspaper. Keep looking and good luck to
you. I'm having a lot of fun with my embroidery machine.
Marilyn in Minnesota
If you would be at all interested in a Singer EU, which is
a heck of a good little machine, sign up for
email@example.com because people moving up often
list their system for sale. Check the recent archives,
I'm sure someone recently listed a machine for sale.
There are TONS of second-hand embroidery machines on eBay for sale. I
bought one myself about a year ago and like it very much. Also, there
is a site called rummageads.com where you can also find them.
But if you'd like a low-end machine you can find the Brother and
Simplicity embroidery-only machines at Wal-Mart (if they are in the
UK), HSN.com and QVC.com.
I started with a Brother 150 embroidery only machine you can pick
these up for £250 or £450 New if you b uy second hand check out they
can sell the software with it and card transfer box so you can really
get into downloading free designs from all over the world to practise
on....I have a Brother 2100 for sale but its sewing and embroidery not
really what you want The Janome 300E which is cheaper new is a great
machine must have PC for transfering designs also check out
they have demo and second hand machines I bought and
sold mine there....
Hope this helps a bit