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Subject: Actually I meant Bernina software. Bernina makes nice machines but I think they are excessively expensive and not the "ideal" machine for Irish dance (more inside)

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Date Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 11:29:45am
In reply to: . 's message, "Did most of you purchased the embroidery machine and then learned to digitize?" on Wednesday, July 23, 08:45:12am

If its feasible I'd recommend going straight to industrial. I have the Toyota 860 and it was about $5500, so less than some home embroidery machines. Before that I had a brother with a 6x10" hoop that I bought used on Ebay for about $1600. You will always want a bigger hoop until you have the xpanto, so just keep that in mind. Irish dance stuff is very hard on machines so expect a lot of repairs with a home machine. (although probably less with Bernina than Brother). Unless you are making simple dresses you will need rehooping software. Masterworks has Hoopworks, but I didn't find Masterworks very efficient for knotwork. Bernina's digitizing software has built in hoop splitting. Its a pain but definitely doable. I started with Bernina Designer Plus version 5 and that was fine, got it relatively cheap on ebay, then upgraded to version 7. But version 5 is fine, I just wanted the newer features. And make sure you get digitizing software, not editing.

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Very helpful! Thank you so much. (NT)Appreciate it very much.Wednesday, July 23, 11:53:27am

I agree, go straight for an industrial machine, preferably one which can take the X-panto frame, or at least the border frame. You will be frustrated otherwise! Bernina V5 Designer Plus does all you will probably need for these dresses (NT).Friday, July 25, 03:31:54am

You are the best ladies! (NT)Thank you.Friday, July 25, 08:43:16am

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