Dual-Function Machines

Quattro 3 Trilogy Limited Edition Innov-is 6750D

Brother International Corp.; Bridgewater, NJ; 800-4-A-BROTHER; www.brothersews.com

Cost: $10,999

What it is: The Quattro 3 is an embroidery sewing machine with an LCD display that shows real-time magnified view of needle area and InnovEye Technology for sensing edge sewing

What’s new:

  • Runway lighting is brighter, covers full 10” of full-spectrum lighting
  • LED pointer shows needle drop position with pinpoint accuracy
  • Multi-function foot controller is adjustable and programmable
  • 200 large alphabet and 45 buttonhole embroidery designs
  • Software enables recognition of 6” x 6” square frame (not included) and design connection and recognition of 4”x12” continuous border hoop (installation required; not included)

Key features:

  • View design in multiple colors and new palettes without leaving machine
  • Create personalized designs on LCD display
  • Sketch, trace and autograph, then turn doodles into stitches
  • Almost 50 square inches of workspace: 10” to the right of the needle and 5” of height to accommodate large items
  • Automatic height adjuster feature adjusts for fabric thickness
  • Sew with embroidery unit attached

User review: Sharon Franz, an Albuquerque-based decorator, says her Quattro 3 has been in constant use since October 2013. “I’ve used this dream machine for appliqué, piecing, and free motion quilting,” she says. “The outcome of each has been exactly what I wanted to achieve.”

Tajima Mixed Chenille Embroidery Machine

Hirsch International (asi/14982); Hauppauge, NY; (800) 394-4426; www.hic.us

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This machine combines the chenille and embroidery process; a chenille embroidery head is paired with a standard embroidery head. It’s high speed (750 spm chenille/1000 spm embroidery); offers an automatic color-change system (six-color chenille/nine-color embroidery); and a graphical full-color LCD control panel.

Key features:

  • Combine chenille with embroidery, sequins, cording, taping, coiling and boring for innovative looks
  • Loop and chain stitches can be automatically swapped at the control panel
  • Dual automatic thread-break systems
  • Supports Tajima binary data format (TBF) for improved design management
  • Design data input via USB, flash or LAN

Buyer’s note: This machine is for decorators who want to produce creative chenille and multimedia designs without investing in a chenille-only machine.