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#115385 Jan 7

Since you don't have any complaints about your current machine, why not look into an embroidery-only machine? Just personally, I don't see any reason to rush out and buy a new combo machine when you're not dissatisfied with the one you already own. I own a 5 Series machine, and it's very nice, but I don't think it sews any better than the 4 Series. Can you add an embroidery unit to your 430?

I'd think about what size embroidery field I was interested in and then act accordingly. It's important to me to have square hoops, so that's the direction I take when deciding on an embroidery machine. Every brand has its own unique features, and none of them have absolutely everything you ever wanted in an embroidery machine. You just choose the one that's closest to your ideal.Lee B.

---In 430_440_630_640_730@yahoogroups.com, pugluv@...> wrote :I am guessing that the only level that I might be able to look at would be a 5 series



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#115386 Jan 7

Embroidery is a whole different world and perhaps an embroidery only machine is the way to go... really depends on budget. Between the cost of software, machine, designs, threads it can be quite costly. You should think it as adding a whole new hobby experience. If you go toward embroidery, you might consider other brands as well.However I would add this to the discussion: there is a world of difference in the power/ piercing ability of my 630 (I think similar to your 430 in design) and the power/ piercing ability of my 880. The foot lifts higher for thicker fabrics like home dec in multiple layers and one cuts through butter, one stalls and hesitates. There was a definite upgrade in machines in this7-10 year period of development.My 630 does embroider and I don't see much difference in ability/ stitch qualitybetween the two generations of machines, although the 630 did not need to be directly connected to the computer as the 430 did while embroidering. But the 880 does have the capacity for larger hoops, certain features were upgraded in ease of operation, and I do like the thread cutter most of the time.I also like the 9mm width of decorative stitches and how well they do sew out in the sewing mode.But perhaps my favorite feature is alsothe biggest drawback:I lovethe large footprint with the much larger harp space. But this means you need another machine for portability. It is just too heavy to take to classes or Guild meetings.This said, timing wise, I think it is about time for another leap in home-sewing technology within the next five years. I am not an insider and can't even imagine what it might be. But historically, I think it is time for a leap forward when I consider the embroidery on my Pfaff 7570 of the late 90's to todays machines







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#115387 Jan 7

I love my 880 it is a dream! Has everything you will ever want on a machine!I bought when they had an interest free deal! I own a 200 upgrade to and love it I take it to classes.

LaVada

I am guessing that the only level that I might be able to look at would be a 5 series



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#115388 Jan 7

I am no expert at all, but will say that I have thoroughly enjoyed doing embroidery on my 750 that I bought in December 2014. I wasnt sure Id like it but I LOVE it. One nice thing about the 7 series is the larger harp space that would make it easier for those quilts you like to do. I love embroidery so much that I broke down and bought the software in October. Im still learning what that can do. I think you need to find a machine you can afford that you can grow into as you find what you like to do. Debbie in CO



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#115389 Jan 7

I have a 440QE which is similar to your machine, but with an embroidery unit. I no longer use the embroidery unit because I have an 880SE, but continue to use the 440 for stitching. It is as wonderful machine! The new 5 series are really just upgraded 4 Series.... so other than getting into embroidery and a newer computer machine, it won't be much different than your 4 series. If you are really thinking of getting into embroidery - a big step - consider a 7 or 8 series and really make a change. Hold onto that 4 series for secondary stitching! Good luck deciding



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#115392 Jan 7

I own the 440QE with embroidery unit and loved it when it was the only machine I had. The embroidery stitches look really good. I still have my 440QE, but purchased the 880 about 2 years ago. I love the versatility of this machine (880) and the embroidery is nice. I use my 440 QE when I go to classes, retreats, etc. AND when I am embroidering on the 880. This way I can do 2 things I love at the same time. I have never had an issue with either of my machines.Good luck in your decision!Lillian

I have a 440QE which is similar to your machine, but with an embroidery unit. I no longer use the embroidery unit because I have an 880SE, but continue to use the 440 for stitching. It is as wonderful machine! The new 5 series are really just upgraded 4 Series.... so other than getting into embroidery and a newer computer machine, it won't be much different than your 4 series. If you are really thinking of getting into embroidery - a big step - consider a 7 or 8 series and really make a change. Hold onto that 4 series for secondary stitching! Good luck deciding







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#115397 Jan 8

Hello Everyone !

I want to thank everyone who took the time to answer my query. What a generous group.

I am very grateful for the benefit of your experiences and marvel at the wonderful collection of machines that many of you have at home or in RVs !!!

After reading the messages, I think for me, I will be satisfied with my dear 430, but aware of the need to really jump up several rungs in models/series , to see a major noticeable difference in what is most important for my sewing needs.

As I mentioned, I do not need the beautiful colour screens and lovely fancy bits etc, but was more intrigued by stitch quality and speed, thread cutters, low bobbin indicators. Or, the nuts and bolts types of things. I definitely do not have budget for the really top end models but look in wonder at the magical pictures and I am very happy for those that can afford to enjoy such magnificent equipment! What fun it must be to have the very best !

Another theme, was the love of embroidery. I must confess that the next time I travel to my only local dealer I will be having a closer look at this feature. Does anyone do simple embroidery with their 430 ? I understand that it must be connected to a computer and fthose with the top of the line machines do not need to connect to one. Other than decreased convenience, do this really matter ? I apologize for being really green !

But would it be worth it - or even possible to get an embroidery module for the 430 ? I would only want to be able to do simple things - labels and small decorative bits and bobs :)

Again, I sincerely thank all of you for your truly generous gifts of time and knowledge!

Hugs, Aileen

En dag utan mopsar .r som en dag utan sol



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#115398 Jan 8

Hi! I have a 430e and a 153QE. The 430e is quite sufficient for my embroidery needs - I do have an upgraded embroidery software package (the one that is a step above Lite). I don't do a lot of embroidery, but for me, it does what I want. Connecting to a computer isn't a problem. In fact, I have a large computer screen with a detached keyboard and I can see everything really well. Barb - Butler, PA







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#115404 Jan 8

Aileen,

Here are my two cents. Before you go out and spend lots of money for a machine that does embroidery, decide whether you will like/do embroidery. Maybe sit in on a class at your dealer or perhaps a local quilt shop? I have a 440 QE and am very happy with the machine for all types of sewing: garments, quilts, home dec. etc. I do some embroidery, but embroidered garments and home dec are really not my style. Sometimes I'll go months without embroidering anything. I have done tea towels as gifts, Christmas stockings for my family with names on the cuffs, a tree skirt, fleece toddler blankets personalized with names, and now I am embroidering onesies, etc. for my grandson. It is lots of fun, but there is a long learning curve for techniques and which stablizers, etc to use. It is also an expensive hobby- you'll be buying tools, stabilizers, and lots of embroidery thread colors! And cabinets and storage boxes to keep it all in! I also ended up buying Bernina emb. software but never really got into digitizing, mostly used it for lettering and adjusting purchased designs.The 440, not sure about the 430? accept the embroidery module but need a PC to run it. I found using my PC laptop was a chore and the EC on PC (emb. computer on PC) had a nasty habit of malfunctioning in the middle of designs occasionally. There were some quirks to learn.

I then bought a 580 with embroidery and the 9mm stitches. I like that machine for sewing and but it is sooooo much easier to embroider on. I don't really use the software much bec. the 580 allows you to resize, rotate, etc right on the machine. You can get free programs for the computer that will allow you to store, open and transfer designs via flash drive to a 5 series. It is nice (and I know I am fortunate) to have the two machines - I can have one set up to embroider and the other for sewing, or one for stitching and the other for topstitching, etc. My advice: before you spend a lot of money to replace/augment a machine you are happy with, do a little investigating on how you might like or use the embroidery. Ann







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#115405 Jan 9

As far as the embroidery for the 430 - I have and still use my 440 with embroidery unit. One thing to think about is the high cost of the Bernina Embroidery software that is needed for your embroidery. There are a couple of options for this with Bernina. Some of the group members may have other ideas/tried other brands of software (at a lower cost) for their 430/440 machines. You may want to get their input on their success with these products.

Hello Everyone !

I want to thank everyone who took the time to answer my query. What a generous group.

I am very grateful for the benefit of your experiences and marvel at the wonderful collection of machines that many of you have at home or in RVs !!!

After reading the messages, I think for me, I will be satisfied with my dear 430, but aware of the need to really jump up several rungs in models/series , to see a major noticeable difference in what is most important for my sewing needs.

As I mentioned, I do not need the beautiful colour screens and lovely fancy bits etc, but was more intrigued by stitch quality and speed, thread cutters, low bobbin indicators. Or, the nuts and bolts types of things. I definitely do not have budget for the really top end models but look in wonder at the magical pictures and I am very happy for those that can afford to enjoy such magnificent equipment! What fun it must be to have the very best !

Another theme, was the love of embroidery. I must confess that the next time I travel to my only local dealer I will be having a closer look at this feature. Does anyone do simple embroidery with their 430 ? I understand that it must be connected to a computer and fthose with the top of the line machines do not need to connect to one. Other than decreased convenience, do this really matter ? I apologize for being really green !

But would it be worth it - or even possible to get an embroidery module for the 430 ? I would only want to be able to do simple things - labels and small decorative bits and bobs :)

Again, I sincerely thank all of you for your truly generous gifts of time and knowledge!

Hugs, Aileen

En dag utan mopsar .r som en dag utan sol







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#115411 Jan 9

Aileen,

One piece of advice that I have not seen, is age of yourself is a factor. Some of us have sewn for many years and do not have that many years left to sew, so our choices vary. So consider your time left to sew like you want and then go to the next step


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