So I decide to look around and see what’s available. I surf the internet. That’s usual for most people, essential for people like me who live out in the cow patties.
I love to embroider so much that decide I check out the professional models. Nope, I don’t embroider enough to sink $20K or more into an embroidery only machine. I’m not fooling myself either. I’m not setting up an embroidery sweat-shop in the basement. I’m not even telling myself it’s a possible way to pay for a new machine. I have things to do that don’t involve slavery. My own or others. Nope a professional, multi-head machine is not in my future.
Next I look at the multi-head machines designed for home use. The price doesn’t exactly take my breath away. I mean were not indigent, but don’t claim wealth either. It comes down to do I want this enough to make the payment? So I look closely.
I was surprised that the Happy and PR didn’t boast a larger embroidery field. It’s the same popular 5×7″ embroidery field with more needles to do the embroidery. I’m not particularly against threading the needle. Oh from time to time, I do have to wrestle with the automatic threader but it’s not that big of a deal. But, having 4 needles to thread at the same time doesn’t make me estatic either. Faster stitch-outs? Yes these machines stitch faster but I don’t really care. I have my embroidery machine stitching at the same time that I am sewing or ironing or something in the same room. I am definitely a hobbiest who makes things for self, family and friends. I’m not into production embroidery or production anything. This purchase will be a separate embroidery station. I don’t have to rush through the embroidery so I can get back to sewing. Faster is nice but not $7-10K nicer.
To top it all off, the machine is, once again, only the tip of $$$-iceberg. After The Machine, you need the new hoops and the Ipad + software to control it (dang first downside of having bought a Nook instead of the 4xmore expensive IPAD), and different stabiliser and and and…
Conclusion: Stitching faster, in a 5×7 hoop is just not enough incentive to make a payment. Multi-head machines are not going to be in my future.