Love the embroidery. In the process of shopping for a machine. I was wondering if you could tell me which one you have and if you like it. I am seriously thinking of one of the brother ones. Thanks.
Jen, I have the Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby. There are many great brands out there, but I ultimately chose to go with Viking because a friend has several Viking machines and I was able to use hers before purchasing one. It was very nice to have a personal resource when I had questions. There were also a couple other factors, price and service availability. I initially wanted a Bernina, but couldn't afford the machine I wanted and had come across a couple people that didn't have the best luck with their local service. I have had great customer service from the local Viking dealer and they have called me back every time I've had any questions, even after I took all my introduction classes. I don't know anyone with a Brother embroidery unit, so I can't speak for or against them. I suggest checking out online reviews. Another thing to look at is if the machine you're looking at comes with software that allows you to use/create/alter designs. Whichever machine you go with, I know you'll have fun. There are so many cute designs out there. Oh and last, but not least, you might want to visit different dealers and find out when they have their sewing get togethers because those are the people you'll want to get to know.
Oh and check out some of the used machines. Mine was considered used, but had less than 16 minutes of sewing on it and the embroidery module had never even been opened. The lady who purchased it, bought it as a second machine. She took it home and decided to trade it up to a Diamond, because she was already familiar with the Diamond. I was able to get my machine for a couple thousand dollars off of retail plus I talked them into giving me the software, which was worth a few hundred bucks.