Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Buying a New Sewing Machine?


Are you in the market for a new sewing machine or have you recently purchased one? What types of things are important to you in a sewing machine? There are many features I wished my old clunker (Pfaff Varimatic - old school) had. After working with the Brother Dreamweaver XE for a month my sewing machine feature wish list became a reality. If you're shopping around for a new machine I would really recommend Brother, no matter what your budget. The Dreamweaver XE is definitely the top of the line machine and is the perfect choice for the hobby or professional quilter, clothing designer or Mom who wants to make clothes for her kids. It's also great for someone starting up a custom embroidery Etsy shop. Not only is the embroidery function of this machine A LOT of fun to play with, it's also very easy to learn and produces such high quality results.

I don't know if I told you, but for machine embroidering you can connect the Dreamweaver sewing machine directly to your laptop so your design possibilities are endless! There are so many free or inexpensive embroidery designs that you can download, including monograms (fun!!). You can also get a free trial of software to create your very own designs. Or, if you're not into that, the machine comes fully loaded with many different fonts and art designs, including all of the Disney characters.

So many Disney characters to choose from!

Mickey and Minnie
Even though the machine is a little on the heavy side (it's solid, man!), it's not too heavy to take to classes. It's definitely worth the effort of hauling it.

One of my very favorite uses of this fabulous Brother sewing machine was free motion quilting a quilt on it! With very little effort it produces beautiful even stitches, and since the workspace area is so large ( 5.0'' x 11.25'') you don't have to struggle with a bunched up mess of a quilt. It's a breeze and so enjoyable to quilt.

You've got to see the beautiful free motion quilting!

Here's more info from the Brother Canada website, in case you're interested!!

DreamWeaver™ XE is the exciting new mid-priced combination quilting, sewing and embroidery machine, which is downright dreamy – revolutionary technology, reliability, and ease of operation make this the perfect addition to create projects you've always dreamed of, all while adding a touch of sophistication to your sewing room. This exciting combination machine is packed with Brother-exclusive and industry-first features. A new chassis gives 5.0'' x 11.25'' of workspace – our biggest work area ever. Featuring 10'' LED lighting for brilliant, full spectrum lighting. With 1,050 stitches per minute, you will be creating more works of art in less time. Become a master by watching onscreen tutorials with the large LCD touch screen display which offers vivid, crystal-clear lucidity. If all the industry-first features weren't enough to make your dreams come true, this machinealso has many exciting features that customers have come to love like the Automatic Height Adjuster™ AHA® feature and automatic needle threading. Tackle bigger, bolder projects than you may have ever dreamed of with DreamWeaver™ XE!

  • 561 sewing stitches (531 built-in, 30 on CD), 318 built-in embroidery designs including 91 designs featuring Disney characters, 14 embroidery fonts, 3 Japanese embroidery fonts, 14 styles of 1-step auto-size buttonholes and 140 frame pattern combinations
  • V-Sonic™ Pen for sewing and embroidery
  • MuVit™ Digital Dual Feed
  • Droplight™ Embroidery Positioning Marker
  • Sew Straight™ Laser Vision Guide
  • Our largest workspace ever - 5'' x 11.25''
  • Large 3.6" x 6.0" LCD touch screen display
  • 10-inch LED lighting
  • Built-in dual USB ports
Please let me know if you have any questions about the Brother Dreamweaver XE and I'll do my best to answer or will pass your question along to someone who can. :) Have a great day!

Brother Canada has provided me with the Dreamweaver XE Quilting and Embroidery machine, but the opinions are definitely all my own. Thanks for reading.