I thought I would share about my new sewing machine. Keep in mind that I have been sewing on a very basic $199 machine who's fanciest stitch was the zigzag. Lol! My husband has been telling me I should get a fancy machine for years, you know the whole "the right tool for the job thing". But I saw no reason. I have never used my machine for any decorative sewing ever. All my sewing has been purely for construction so my little Kenmore had never posed a problem. In fact it was a great little workhorse. It wasn't until recently that I had a project that I couldn't do on this machine. So I went to my DH and said "....it's time" he looked at me with a scrunched face and said "huh?" so I explained. I had decided that I wanted to put the baby's name on the blanket then I designed something in photoshop to go around her name. I printed it out on transfer paper and then ironed on to fabric but it didn't fly. Nope not at all what I was going for.
So here was my criteria when I set out for my new machine:
* I want to be able to design something in photoshop and then embroider it.
That's it. Simple right?
My dh's only requirement was that I make sure I get what I want. Woohoo. So I set off to the Sewing Center. This is a local store who retails all the big names... Baby Lock , Husqvarna etc.. Well I found out that the Bernina that I had been looking at was in the $5,000 range. I knew that was out. Seriously can't justify that price, if it was my business then of course, since it's not I had to move on. So... I moved on and explained to the nice lady what it was that I wanted to be able to do. Now she kept starting to say something and then she would stop and look at me with a look that tells me she's thinking...and thinking...which causes me to stare blankley back at her wondering if I have just asked something really stupid. She would eventually give me an answer that causes me more confusion because the answer seems to really not be an answer at all but radom information that makes me think she doen't really get what I'm asking. This goes on for a while and it boiled down to the least expensive Baby Lock at about $1800 and the next Baby lock up would also do she said and it was $2300. I asked what the difference between the two was she answered "not much". Uh huh, yah, well there has got to be $500 dollars worth of something more on that machine. Oh, she says "yes, that one you can connect directly to your computer and the cheaper one you can't" Ugggghhh.
Now, had I had a really good sales person I could have easily busted out the checkbook. I was a prime customer, I was in the moment, excited and wanting to create my own stuff, I just needed someone to tell me that they had a machine that was exactly what I needed and that I couldn't live with out it. But here I am, I know nothing about these machines other than most "real" sewers have one of these big names but I have not been convinced, in fact about the only thing I was sure of was that this sweet lady and I were not on the same planet and I could easily be sent home with a machine that I didn't really need. So I grabbed my mom and the little guy (who is not digging the sewing machine store) and tell the lady I'm going to think about it and get back to her. So I say to my mom we should go by Joanns and see what they have. Even though I new that they wouldn't have anything I just needed to get some perspective.
So I run in leaving my mom and son in the car and I see this stack of big boxes with a "new" sign on top. I read the price $899, hmm, didn't think they'd even sell machines over a couple hundred. It embroiders..hmm...it includes Auto Puch (which is the software that digitizes your designs) hmmmmm it connects directly to your computer...are you serious? I'm thinking there is no way this machine does everything that the $2300 machine did at the other place. I ask a manager if she could answer some questions for me..." I'm so sorry" she says " we don't know anything more than what it says on the box" Ok , "what is your return policy?" (I am sooo done at this point)..."90 day's" she says.... Done, I'll take it.
So I bring the machine home and Steve unpacks it for me and, more than once, asks me if I'm sure this is the one I want...am I sure this one will do everything I want. I had prepped him that I would be spending quite a bit more money. I explained the 90 day return policy and how it may be too good to be true but I just didn't feel confident about spending $2300 on a machine that supposedly does everything this one does. So I'm giving it a try.
Steve sets this thing up and I set a PC ( I had an extra PC from work thankfully since we are a Mac family) and I set myself down on the couch with all the manuals and instructions and I'm kind of dreading figuring this thing out...it's probably going to take a while and I hate reading manuals, I wish I had someone to just show me so that I can start creating. Let me just tell you. I just went for it. I already had my design that I created in photoshop saved as a jpeg, I loaded the sewing machine software on to the computer, connected the computer to the sewing machine. Opened the software, imported my design, clicked on the auto punch icon which digitizes the design and voila! There on the screen is my design ready to go.
Apparently Singer just came out with this machine and I could find no reviews on it. When I mentioned the machine to a lady that has been selling Berninas and Baby Locks for years about this Singer and what it does she was shocked..."it comes with the software?....it connects directly to your computer?....It was how much?" Oh boy she said, this could give us a run for our money. Now I'm not sure if this is true and I know Singer is not the brand that generally comes to mind when one is setting out to buy a "Big Girl" machine but I am feeling like I got a deal. So far so good. So there you go. I hope this might be helpful.
There is also some additional software that you can purchase. I will definately be purchasing the Hyperfont Software
The machine only comes with five fonts and this software allows you to use any true type font. This also looks fun. It's PhotoStitch which converts photos into embroidery.
and Auto Cross Stitch which converts images to cross stitch designs So there you have it. Let me just say this is not a recommendation. I certainly do not know enough about machine embroidery and I have only just barely used this machine. I just thought it might be helpful since this machine is so new. What machine do you have? Do you love it? Are you ready for a new one?