I have the Designer II (Huskavarna) sewing machine. A local quilt shop is
going out of business and the pushy woman who runs it is pressuring me to
buy the embroidery attachment. It's 50% off so would save me a lot. My
question is - how many of you actually would use such a thing. I told her I
was interested more in doing wall hangings, and she insisted that was the
way to go.
What do y'all think?
I'd like to have the embroidery stuff for the Bernina 440 too. 50% off
sounds wonderful. However - I see so much machine embroidery that is done
so poorly. Wrong fabric, wrong thread, wrong stabilizer, terrible tension
... beats me why somebody would spend that kind of time and money and not
learn to do it right.
I know, I know. Happiness is learning to enjoy doing things poorly.
Still, I can't imagine why not go ahead and suffer through the testing until
it's right. Polly
"lenorel95" 50% off would do it for me! You can do all sorts of
In article ,
I don't have the embroidery module for my Bernina, and I'm surviving
quite nicely. ;) My dealer would love me to buy it, but I haven't for
several reasons: 1. I don't know where I'd store all of the threads,
stabilizers, etc., that are necessary. 2. I'd rather spend my limited
retirement pension on my quilting. 3. I used to do a lot of
free-motion embroidery with my DDs were little, and I keep thinking that
I could brush up on that and do it again -- without a module -- if I
ever wanted to embroider anything.
Those are *my* reasons; I think you should do what makes you happy! :)
I have the embroidery unit for my rather elderly Pfaff 7570, which I
know will make amazing stuff. However, I've never used it. It takes
mountains and mountains of pretty thread, the kind I really can't
afford. And it's not really what I "do" so it would become just one
more thing that I'd try to fit in and probably would become one of
those Polly grieves at who wouldn't do it right. But, if you want to
do machine embroidery, now is the time. And it is gorgeous stuff.
I got the Designer1 the second year it was on the market. It came with the
embroidery unit. I eventually got one of those plastic rolling carts with
all the drawers, mine had nine drawers of three different depths. I had all
my threads, stabilizers and embroidery computer stuff organized in that,
The fact that this place is going out of business puts up a red flag for me
now knowing what I do. You really NEED to be able to take classes. You also
need to make sure that it's a Huskvarna trained instructor teaching them. I
took one class that amounted to nothing more than some gal reading form the
manual (I'd already done that) and not really being able to answer questions
or troubleshoot. I was so pissed after an hour of this I demanded my class
fee back (and got it) and learned to check on the instructor's credentials
before signing up for classes. I have three 3 ring binders of class notes
and samples on what and how information. If you don't have a place to take
the classes I honestly don't think you'll ever be able to really get all
your bang for your buck from the embroidery unit you've just invested in.
I'll also tell you that it costs $$$$. You'll need a multitude of different
stabilizers and know what to use when. Then there's the threads and the
needles and the designs and it just goes on from there. You're going to have
to take your machine, embroidery unit and supplies to those classes so you
can almost figure you'll end up with a rolling luggage gizmo to pack it
around. In my opinion there's a huge learning curve to tackle if you are
going to do it well. I sat with the manuals, going through step by step,
page by page and worked on it for about a year, never completely happy with
results. It wasn't until I finally broke down and spent time taking classes
that I came out with results I was satisfied with. If classes aren't in a
location that's convenient you probably won't take them. If you are on a
tight budget that's another thing to consider. I figured I spent about 3
times the cost of each class on materials to do what I was learning over a
time period of 18 months.
These are just a few of the things to seriously be aware of and to think
about before you invest in the embroidery unit. Sometimes 50% off can end up
being very expensive. YMMV
I LOVE machine embroidery, much more than quilting. However, I often
combine the 2--embroider blocks for a quilt, and do a lot of wall hangings
that have embroidery on them. I now have 2 very good embroidery machines.
I had a Vkikng Designer 1 that was less than something I liked. I then got
a Babylock Ellageo machine, which was always set up for embroidery. I got a
Babylock Quest for quilting, so I could get rid of the Viking. I love the
Quest. I'd had my eye on either the Babylock Ellisimo or the Brother
Quattro huge sewing/embroidery machines. Our local dealer is going out of
business and had the Quattro for $3000 under list price, plus he gave me a
$1000 trade in for the junk Viking---Oh my, what a wonderful machine.
They're giving all the classes for the next few months, even after going out
of business. I've been sewing and embroidering for years, but I've got a
lot to learn about this machine.
Is it worth it to you----that depends. If you don't have much interest in
machine embroidery, then no, even if it's half price. If you think you'd
like it, then maybe, as long as you can get help learning to use it.
As for those that think free motion embroidery can accomplish the same
thing-----not even close!!!!!!!!!!! I also do free motion, and they're 2
very separate ways of doing something.
I guess it all comes down to if you want it or not. A sale's no good if you
will never use the item.
I spend my time (retired nurse) making crib size quilts for babies and as
lap quilts for adults. I machine piece and then I "embroidery" designs on
them as quilting. They turn out great! So now I have two machines--one for
quilting and one for sewing!! I'd go for it!
On Wed, 22 Apr 2009 20:27:11 -0500, Judy Clarke wrote
(in article ):
I have a stand-alone Brother embroidery machine. I use it occassionally, to
embroider stuff like tea towels, etc. But not as much as I thought I would.
I don't regret buying it, but I could live without it as well.