There are a
few things that may not be obvious when buying your first or next embroidery
I truly wish
someone had discussed some ideas/tips with me as I purchased any embroidery
machine, this can apply to used cars too.
1. When going to
a store, take a friend, and have a signal to leave. Stores work ridiculously hard to sell you. They often keep talking and
walking, they are like used car salespersons. Have help to leave. That does not
mean you cannot return to buy, and upon returning, clearly state a $ amount
your husband gave you. Make it less than the machine you are interested in.
2. Make that
offer at least 15 to 20% off. There is a HUGE markup on these machines.
Believe me, they make very good money. You won't find much in the way of
pricing on the Internet. Save your money! Researching pricing is difficult at
3. The number of designs, fonts, and monograms included with the
machine are of little or no value after you have used them to learn and
practice with. Don't get excited over a big number in those items.
4. Buy the
best machine you can truly afford. Most embroiders begin with something
like the Brother PE800 and keep upgrading to new machines as they find their
enjoyment in this craft. If you aren't excited about it after a 30–90-day
trial, your investment won't be too large. The PE800 is around $500 at Walmart
(but they don't have training!!) A dealership usually gets $700 and up to
around $1,000 for this machine. Bargain with them - A LOT!
5. It is ok to
accept 'goodies' but remember, they also have a big markup. Don't worry
about being 'too demanding.' Don’t stop
thinking about walking to the door!! They have tons of more practice than you
do at completing the sale. And, if they give you thread, keep in mind that
these things can sit on a shelf, tossed around, and get 'dry.'
6. Make sure
there is training - at absolutely NO CHARGE. Learning the basics takes time and
commitment. And, going from a single to a multiple needle has a learning curve
that is very high.
7. I have a LOT
MORE TIPS in my blogs. I have been doing them since May 2005, yes over 16
years!! Check me out,
Just left-click on "The Avid Embroiderer" at the top of the screen. There are lots of
Freebies as well. (Freebies are designs that are free and can be a great way to
build up a nice design library.)
Make a comment
here at my blog to ask questions. I love to give opinions and others do as
well. There are no dumb questions, believe me, I have tried!
Your money belongs in your pocket keep it there to buy more thread
and designs (LOL)!
In your new machine, you will find an assortment of monograms that are professionally digitized.
We may all recognize that the grim events in Florida have affected a lot of people. I wanted to acknowledge and create this design to mark this time of shocking and dire events for so many people, family, friends, and those of us who feel this pain.
You could use this at any time. I encourage you to use colors that "pop off the fabric." You don't need to use my suggestions!
Compassion is not encouraged enough. The Dalai Lama said -
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
My readers are all so beautiful, inside and out. Thank you for joining me. Enjoy this summer, there has never been one exactly like it before.