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Old April 27th, 2009, 03:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, My name is Melissa and I am starting an Embroidery business and wanted to see if any of you could give me some pointers.

What kind of machine to buy? I have been looking at the Brother PR-620

Where to buy your supplies?

Any other information that you would love to share with a newbie.

Thanks, Melissa
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Old April 28th, 2009, 09:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know I am probably going to hear a lot of flack about this but I saw a demo of a brother machine and I did not like it. It seemed to get a lot of "birdsnests" under it. When I went to the demo, the class was very nice as were the people and what I did learn there was what I did not want in a machine. I suggest you do some research on your big investment of a machine. I did and found the one that suited my needs. Before anyone bashs me here I am just telling my honest opinion. Thanks
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Old April 28th, 2009, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know I am probably going to hear a lot of flack about this but I saw a demo of a brother machine and I did not like it. It seemed to get a lot of "birdsnests" under it. When I went to the demo, the class was very nice as were the people and what I did learn there was what I did not want in a machine. I suggest you do some research on your big investment of a machine. I did and found the one that suited my needs. Before anyone bashs me here I am just telling my honest opinion. Thanks

No bashing here Debbiekitkat! I totally agree with you on this!
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Old April 28th, 2009, 06:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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bashing??? nope i totally agree with debbie tajima tajima tajima, Do not buy a brother machine! im not saying theyre not good, but birdnesting ive been doing this for along time and only run tajima and barudan, and i have only seen maybe one birdnest in my whole time with these machines. Melco brother etc.. its a everyday occurrence.


well melissa,
honestly buy a used tajima, you will not be disappointed. as for supplies are concerned do not buy them off dealers. over priced and too expensive.

pm me ill give you all the advice you need to get started the right way
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Old April 28th, 2009, 07:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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hello ive got a very nice 2008 ricoma 1201 w/ software/ hoops/hat attachments/hat hoops/5 yr warrenty /manual/toolbox. id like $7500.00 obo .and possably deliver and setup and show how to use it . thanks
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Tajima! Tajima! Tajima!

Barudan works too. However, I am not a fan of their single heads. I think Tajima makes a better single than barudan, and tajima is a little easier to run out of the box. However, either brand will never steer you wrong. Tajima is doing a promotional deal right now on New single head NEO2's ... I have 6 of them. They are great.

I run almost 400 heads at my shop. If you are looking at bigger machines, say 8 head and up go barudan, otherwise go tajima.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 10:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you all for the wonderful and honest opinions. That is exactly what I was asking for you honest imput. I have not purchased yet but still checking things out. I will certaonly check out the Tajima machines. Thanks and please post all comments. I am a newbie and need any advice. Thanks a million.
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I have a Toyota machine and I have been very happy with it. Thanks for not bashing me!!!LOL....Deb
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I have a Barudan and wouldn't trade it for any other. I will say that Tajima and Barudan are in a league of their own (IMHO) when it comes to embroidery machines. I would rate Toyota 3rd. Deb, please don't take it as a bash. It is just an honest opinion.

Also the poster from The Art of Design is a great digitiser. Give him a try when you have an opportunity.

Just remember, you get what you pay for in this business. Whether it be the machine or the supplies you use to run the machine. I always stay with quality materials such as thread, backing, needles and digitising.

Good Luck,
Glenn
Sew Fine Designs
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Old April 29th, 2009, 12:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Never heard of Bravo.

Melco and Amaya are basically the same machine. They are chinese made, and they boast that they are made in the US. NO ... They are assembled in the US. Kind of like your German Volkswagen is assembled in Mexico. lol.

You can never go wrong with Tajima .... They are a little extra money, but unbelievably worth it. Their support is Fabulous, the training is awesome.

As far as your centering a design on a shirt, you would set the machine once, and then it stays. You will need to hoop them all the same however, I suggest buying a hooping aid. or you can use pins, chalk, whatever works for you if you don't want to shell out the cash for a hooping station right away. Some machines have laser trace so it will trace out your design with a laser and you can see how it will appear in the hoop.

Hopefully that helps.
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