Singer Quantum XL-6000, Anyone own this one???

I am considering buying this model after a huge search across the
spectrum of machines past and present. I have been sewing for about 10
years and machine embroidering for 3. I sew for a side "business" and
do a wide range of projects. My little Brother PE 150v has been such a
great machine but I believe I've outgrown it with my needs and
customers' orders.
I have read several reviews of this machine and none have been bad yet,
but perhaps I am not looking in the right spot or maybe its not been
out long enough?
If anyone has any first hand knowledge/experience with this machine,
I'd appreciate you sharing it. THanks, Sonya
Reply to
MSMenagerie
On 13 May 2006 14:26:52 -0700, "MSMenagerie" wrote:
Something to keep in mind is that, with a combination sewing/embroidery machine, you cannot embroider and sew at the same time. Possibly a machine like the Janome 300E, which would let you sew much larger designs than the Brother 150 would be a consideration. It also might be worth looking at semi-commercial machine like the Brother 600 series.
gwh
Reply to
G. Wayne Hines
[Re the Singer Quantum...]
I agree with the above. I don't have the Janome 300E, but I do have a non-embroidery Janome that is very good, so I'm sure the 300E would be a good choice. Another idea would be to look at the Brother Innovis line since you already have a Brother machine. I have the Innovis 1500D, which cost me about $2300. The non-Disney version would cost less. I have over 2 million stitches on it since last fall. This uses the same memory cards as your Brother 150 (I started out with the Brother 180D, which is really the same as your machine, except for Disney designs). The 1500D goes up to a 6x10 embroidery field, and can connect directly to a computer via a USB cable. I also just saw recently that brother has just come out with the Innovis 1000, which is an embroidery only machine with a 5x7 field.
Good luck on whatever you get!
Iris
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I.E.Z.
I have one, but haven't used it yet. I bought it because it was the best machine I could find for all the features and the ability to sew and embroider. The price certainly didn't hurt the selection process. Plus it can be updated if there are additional changes. With the thread exchanger and the endless bobbin -- and the threader -- it's quite a machine. Add to that the fact that it does a fantastic job, and it's a no-brainer. There are real deals for it, too. If you are anywhere near Jenny's
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you are the envy of all. ;-) She sells on the internet, but I wish I could go to her shop, too. NAYY
Reply to
Pogonip
When you are thinking of spend more than $4000 for a home sewing/embroidery machine, you should think about a commercial machine. You can get a 6 needle SWF used machine for like $7,000.00. You have a 16" embroidery field left and right along with the ability to do a 270 degree cap. That is $0.29 per hour more for a 5 year loan compared to a $4,000.00 machine.
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JD
Hello all, I thank you for all the grand replies! I did it though. I found a special at
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that I just couldn't pass up. It ended last night at 11 p, EST and I bought it at 10:55. They have the absolute best prices and I can't tell you how quickly they respond to any question I've had, even one I had in the late hours of the night. I had considered all the things about having my sewing and embroidery separate and have preferenced Brothers because of my good experience with the 150. I looked at several dealerships here and just wasn't happy with what I could get for the $. I hope I haven't made a mistake ordering this one, I know you can get what you pay for, but in every review, and all the owner's I could find (which knew tons more than the dealers!) had nothing but praises. I personally wonder if the reason they are undersold is they are coming after a long streak of bad Singers (or so I've read from reviews...)? I know there are diehard Singer fans, I just don't know them and my Grandmothers "ain't the same machine" as what we have now. I am so excited I can't hardly focus on jobs at hand. I'll be sure to post to ya'll and let you know the low down- good or bad. Sonya
Reply to
MSMenagerie
Congratulations. I think you will be very pleased with your purchase. There are several email lists that might be of interest to you. I think they're all Yahoo lists, but if you want the names, just holler! 430 No such article 222 1754 body
Congratulations. I think you will be very pleased with your purchase. There are several email lists that might be of interest to you. I think they're all Yahoo lists, but if you want the names, just holler! Meanwhile, you'll have lots to do. Do you already have Embird?
Reply to
Pogonip
On 15 May 2006 18:26:53 -0700, "MSMenagerie" wrote:
Mostly it is because the dealers do not want to learn how to operate them. These machines are made by Juki for Singer according to Singer designs. They have been on the market for 2-3 years now and the XL1000 before this model was just a good. It is the Singer XL groups who have helped people learn the machine.
I believe the reason that a commercial machine was not considered was that the buyer wanted a combo machine. The commercial ones are nice but they sew a lousy seam.
Reply to
Hannas Mum
I own the XL5000, which I bought at the end of the model run at a nicely reduced price. ;-) From what I have read, for the 6000 model Singer changed the thread exchanger so that it accepts the RA mini spools (a nice feature as I have to trim the base of all the RA spools and that new one costs over $200) plus they included the continuous border hoop, which I have bought (but not used yet).
I had a few issues with mine at first, and my local dealer was a PITA. However, Singer shipped the machine to the nearest Singer repair center and after they installed a new circuit board, I have no further trouble.
One thing you might need to be aware of is that if you plan to use digitized (by yourself or others) designs, and are going to use a newer computer, you will probably have to purchase a USB-to-serial converter in order to send designs to the SM. Most newer computers do not have a *serial* port. And save yourself some major frustration: in addition to the USB-to-serial converter, you HAVE to use a null modem cable between the serial port and the SM. Ask me how I know this.
My 5000 came with software called "Conversion Tool", which would enable you to send new designs to the SM. And if you have Embird, you don't have to buy Singer's proprietary software PSW 2.0 By the time I discovered I could have used the (much cheaper) Embird, I had invested a lot of time and $$$a in the PSW. I like it, but I doubt very much it is much better than Embird.
However, as I understand it, (and it's born out by much testing), you CANNOT write designs to the SmartMedia cards for the XL5000/6000 machines EXCEPT by using the proprietary card writer which comes with the PSW software. That's not an issue if you have a computer set up near the SM, as you can do a direct transfer using the Conversion Tool.
I do love the quality of the stitch produced by the Singer, and have used it a lot after I finally conquered the learning curve. The manual is translated from another language (Greek?), and is a real PITA, but mostly I finally figured out how to do stuff on my own. Same goes for the manual for the PSW software.
HTH,
Beverly
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