Which Embroidery Machine Should I Buy?

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Sewing nerd who is absolutely determined to perfect this insanely fun hobby.

13 Responses

  1. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for the information on machines. I have a Babylock Destiny 2 and love it. The dealer isn’t real close by, but its a nice trip and there are several quiltshops nearby. I have heard things about local service that scares me, so I will make the trip. My friend has the Babylock Spirit, an embroidery only machine, and loves it. It has 8″ x 12 or 14″ capacity. Coming from a Viking background in machines, there is nothing like the Babylock or Brother brand.

  2. Susan T says:

    I am brand loyal to Brother. I started with a small Brother sewing machine I bought from Walmart. That little thing was a work horse. I’ve passed it onto a granddaughter. I have the Brother VM5100 with an upgrade to enlarge the hoop size. I sew, embroider, quilt and do edge to edge quilting. The nice large throat allows for quilting ease. I’m very happy with what I own but I sure would like to upgrade just for the fun of it!

  3. Cheryl Hernandez says:

    I have the Baby Lock Destiny 2, fully upgraded, which was their TOL until the introduction of the Solaris. I could trade in for a Solaris, which has some great new features, but I’m perfectly satisfied with what I have and suits my needs. I do mostly garment sewing, with some embroidery thrown into the mix, and am leaning toward learning to quilt, thanks to Becky and all her wonderful videos and great recommendations. Maybe that’s why I’ll keep my Destiny – she’s costing me money. LOL

    • Cheryl, if you mostly garment sew and dabble in embroidery, then your Destiny is probably perfect for you and you’re smart to stick with what you have. As I go through the Howl-lelujah quilt along, what you see me do using the ScanNCut (SNC), Brother Canvas, and Simply Applique, you could actually do completely on the Solaris using the scanning hoop and My Design Center. Is that worth an upgrade? It totally depends on how many times you’ll do an applique quilt and if you already have a SNC and Simply Applique software. Also, I prefer to edit scanned images on my laptop vs. on the machine’s screen just due to the size of the screen my laptop has. If you didn’t already have a Destiny, I’d say go for it (ha ha) but with the addition of a SNC and Simply Applique, you already have every tool you need to do any applique quilt. Save your pennies for fabric! 🙂

  4. jgmari55 says:

    Thank you for the wonderful information. I already have a Luminaire, Brother Entrepreneur Pro 1050, and a Bernina 790plus. Love them all. Each of them have their pluses. Have not had any problems with any of them.

  5. Vicki Bass says:

    Becky, this was very informative about the Brother machines! I am looking at a Brother Quattro 3 on eBay for $3,000. It says Version 4.2? Have you heard anything negative about this machine ? I am a lot like you, I can fiddle and delve right in and work with a machine and try everything out but there’s some people that’ve had to take this machine in the repair shop, apparently, quite a bit…

  6. I’ve not heard anything negative about that machine. Quite the opposite. $3k is about right provided it has a good maintenance record. Sewing Machines Plus has one on their site too. You might call about it and then you may get maintenance support.

    • Vicki says:

      Yes I do value your opinion very much. Thank you for your advice and the tip. I’ll check on this!!

  7. Cordelia "Jackie" Maddox says:

    Hi Becky, thanks for a great read. I may be the only one who preferred an embroidery only machine the Babylock Spirit…not true but that’s how I feel sometimes. Rarely hear anyone talk about that particular model and maybe that’s the reason. I mentioned to you in a YouTube comment that I’ve only used a few times. I would like to do more embroidery. Hoping the more of your videos, I watch the more encouraged I become. Also, do you have an opinion about magnetic hoops?

  8. Freda Morrow says:

    I have a BabyLock Destiny 2. It’s automatic threader breaks a LOT. in 4 years I’ve had the threader replaced 8 times. It’s very frustrating. Is there a manual threader I can use instead of traveling 45 mutes & waiting 4 weeks to get my Destiny 2 threader fixed??

    • Debbie Britnell says:

      I read your note about breaking the threader. I too broke my threader 2 times. I finally found out it is imperative the needle is in its up position so if I have rotated the needle wheel or am not certain if I did I use the needle down/up button to make certain it is perfectly aligned. I have not broken a threader since.

  9. Tanya Terbrock says:

    Hi Becky, Thank you for the information. I have the baby lock crescendo and just purchased the baby lock meridian last year. I do love the Crescendo. I mostly quilt and do some garment sewing.Ive not used the meridian as much as I thought I would. I have quilted a baby quilt on it and turned out great due to your tutorial on the topic. My sewing room is small and packed. lol Im thinking about trading them in for the luminaire or Solaris but still on the fence. Anyone have an opinion on this that would help me make my decision?

  10. Wanda Woods says:

    Hi Becky, I have a Bernina 790 Plus. While visiting my dealer recently I looked at the Luminaire 2. Trying to decide if I should upgrade to this machine. I do embroidery, some quilting and sewing. Just wanting your thoughts

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