After talking to several people that had machines, visiting a local brother dealer and knowing my budget ($2,000 for EVERYTHING) I decided on the Brother PE-750D. I was pretty sure I wanted at least a 5" x 7" embroidery area and I liked the idea of being able to stitch Disney designs for my kiddos and this machine fit the bill. Now I would have liked the sewing/embroidery combo (the Innovis models), mainly just so I would not have to have 2 machines, but I would have had to double the cost and I was just fine having two machines; I mean I was not even sure how much I would use it at that point. The nice thing about my dealer is that I have 1 year and if I want to trade up I can do so with 100% credit for the price I paid for my machine.
When you set a budget for an embroidery machine there are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind because it is not like a sewing machine in that once you have it you are good to go. Most of your budget will go to the "other" things you will need.
- Wholesale Linens (retail site Embroider This)
- Discount Embroidery Blanks (retail site The Sophisticated Stitcher)
- Wholesale Boutique
- Bluesky Imports
- Stitched and Stamped
I highly suggest joining a yahoo group for embroidery. I have learned almost everything I know from reading and asking questions on these groups. Everyone is so helpful!! Finding a good support group will help you to have the confidence to try new things. Depending upon your settings you can get summary emails that list all the messages in a day or you can get each message sent to your email.
Ok, so that is all I can think of right now but I will be adding to this as I think of more things that might be helpful if you are thinking about embroidery or if you are just starting out.