Machine Embroidery

@drannhh (15240)
United States
May 5, 2007 10:16pm CST
I have recently gotten a Brother Innovis 2500D sewing/embroidery machine and I wonder if any other people on MyLot have an interest in this sewing machine or in computerized sewing machines in general? I was going to buy the 5000D or a BabyLock Ellegante, but this has ALMOST the same features for about 1/2 the price. I have a BabyLock Evolve serger, too, and would love a response from anyone sews.
3 responses
• United States
9 May 07
I am so sorry I didn't see this and respond earlier, please accept my apologies. I have a Baby lock Elga [made by Brother], this is my second embroidery/sewing machine. I love it, both for the computer embroidery and the awesome sewing capabilities. I have embroidered many miles of thread through my machine, I love, love, LOVE, it. Sadly my machine is now down for repairs, and it is going to be awhile before I can get it into the shop. Enjoy your machine.
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
9 May 07
Thank you for being the first to respond to my first discussion here on MyLot. This is a pretty amazing place! I got my Innovis, which came bundled with PE-Design6 just before Christmas, in time to download some designs from AnntheGran.com and make poly-filled tree decorations for a few friends. I'm an artist, so I wanted the machine to embroider some of my own designs, but there was a little learning curve on that! Things got a lot easier when I discovered software called Pre-Design made by Artistitch that works with the more expensive design software. I'm sure sorry you have to wait to get your machine fixed! What went wrong with it and how far do you have to go to get it fixed?
• United States
9 May 07
I am near a dealer, in fact the one I bought the machine from--------I just really really dislike both the man and his wife. They were 'oh so helpful' until they had my money, then --------bam, no service, too busy, yada yada-----. I just hate putting a dime in their pockets. I have Embird, for designing in------I don't do a whole lot, mostly it is just for my own pleasure. I have done a few originals which I gave to a dear friend for her embroidery site. Did you do your avatar?
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
21 May 07
It is hard to find a good "authorized" dealer for these expensive but lovable machines! The people who sold mine seemed really nice but when I went back to buy some more thread, they had unexpectedly packed up and left without even leaving a note on the door, so now the nearest dealer is over 100 miles away. This guy said I should mail him the machine for preventative maintenance every year (ha ha ha ha ha~) and that failing to take it in would VOID the Warranty (which as far as I'm concerned isn't worth the paper it was wrapped in anyway) and he said the people who sold it to me were incorrect when they stated that the 2500D "never needs oiling" and to just take it in for maintenance if/when something goes wrong. So I called the manufacturer just to politely ask which response was closer to the truth. Not only was the Brother rep incredibly rude, but she was unwilling and/or unable to give me any useful information whatsoever. Of course, I am totally hooked on the machine, and although my first one is still purring like a kitten, when I saw a slightly used 2500D on sale cheap on eBay I bought it to use as a backup! Now I'm really glad I initially bought the 2500D (cf. ellagio) instead of the 5000D (equivalent to the Ellegante) Yes, my avatar is a 16 x 20" oil painting and I can hardly wait to clean up the photo with Pre-Design (a program worth its weight in e-gold!) and then Pe-Design 6 to autopunch this so I can embroidery it onto things!
• Philippines
20 Jul 07
I have seen that model in my friends business. She is doing embroidery for business. The machine is performing well and I really like my friend's designs. I think she is happy with the machine and she enjoys embroidering too much. It gives it her livelihood.
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
20 Jul 07
Mine is just for home use, but I like it very much and use it to make many useful items, as well as for the creative outlet. For my next project, I want to convert some of my oil paintings to machine embroidery patterns. I'd like to start with this on that I'm using for my avatar here on myLot, my girl with the chili-pepper hair. The thread colors necessary for this project were available at a very good price on eBay so I have bought them already. Your friend probably gets her thread with a quantity discount, but for the home sewer it can be quite expensive in the small spools.
• United States
20 Jun 10
I know its been 4 years since you got your 2500D and I was wondering if you are still loving it? I am looking into purchasing this machine. I have a Pacesetter 700 for general sewing and I love it but now I want to upgrade and embroider as well. I'm not trading in my Pacesetter so I'll have to fork over the cost. Is it worth it?