Juno, my embroidery machines (I have two set up for use, plus one
stored for parts) are no longer being produced. You might still
find one used on eBay, that's how I bought the last two.
Mine are the Singer Quantum XL5000, and XL6000 (essentially the same
machine with slightly upgraded spool holder on the 6000).
Yes, they do regular sewing, buttonholes, tons of fancy stitches,
etc. I did some testing of the sewing feature when I first got the
machine, and it did fine as a sewing machine. However, I leave mine
set up for embroidery, because I have the Singer 401As for real
This site has a pretty good description of the features:
I was sold on the "endless bobbin" feature by JoAnn in Reno
(remember singerlady?). When I walked into a local dealer in 2004
for supplies for DD's wedding, they were closing out the Singer
embroidery machines. Half price, I could not pass it up. Later
when I had a huge job, I bought the second one on eBay, and later
still, after I learned they were discontinued, I bought the third to
scavenge for parts if ever needed.
I use the PSW digitizing software (comes with a dongle and uses
obsolete serial cabling, I had to find USB adapters.) Description
The software is no longer available from singerco.com, but there are some on eBay. It's a bit of a slog getting up to speed on the software, the manual is poorly translated from Greek. I kid you not!
I do love the entire process, but be warned, it's addictive. ;-}
Thanks Beverly for the info. I haven't made up my mind as to just what I'm
thinking about. I love my little viking but looking for something more. How
much more I'm not sure about. I feel limited by what I can do on the machi
ne I have. I might just want something that gives me more stitch selection
and better button holes. Price is always a factor. Decisions. decisions, de
Juno, I don't always follow all that is being said on this group BUT is
there a sewing machine shop close by where you could go and look, taking a
piece of cloth for you to do some sewing on? Maybe even a Sears store with
machines. Or a sewing group where ladies get together to sew quilts and you
could see what their machines will do? Many years ago I was going to move
from a straight stitch Singer to something higher and I went to the store
and got something with a 4 step buttonhole and maybe? less than 10 fancy
stitches. I only had it a year before I wish I had gotten something with
more stitches, I was still happy with it because I I did not have the extra
cash then and could not upgrade for another 15 years or so. I'm rambling,
but I hope you can get something you will be happy with.
Barbara in SC, watching the weather on TV and hoping the hurricane wont head
for SC mountain area where I am
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Thanks Barbara, I would only buy a new machine after trying it out. This is
something I's like but not sure just when. I don't want to tr out unti I'm
ready to put my money down on the counter. I'm looking for input right now
and will make my decision later in the year. I never rush into a large pur
Beverly, I went to Home Depot and bought a can of Rust-Oleum 'Frosted Glas
s' *paint*. I've already put two coats on my bathroom window and I'm quite
pleased with the results! I think I'll put another one, two, maybe three
coats to give the desired opacity. Great stuff and dries quickly so you ca
n see your results in no time but it does stink to high heaven; thank goodn
ess for fans.
Thanks for the idea!!