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DUAL-FUNCTION MACHINES

THE Dream Machine Innov-is 8500D

  Brother International Corp. (asi/12600), Bridgewater, NJ; (800) 4-A-BROTHER;
    www.brothersews.com

Cost: $13,999

What is it: THE Dream Machine Innov-is XV8500D combination machine includes over 100 new or improved features, including InnovEye 2 camera-like technology. My Design Center integrates InnovEye 2 Technology with design techniques like line art scanning and illustration scanning.

What's new:

      
  • ScanImation Scanning Frame: scan drawings or printed clip art using InnovEye 2 technology and auto-punch feature
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  • Virtual stitch preview allows operator to see desired stitch superimposed on project using InnovEye 2 Technology, and HD LCD display allows user to modify stitch length and width
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  • AccuTrac Embroidery System provides better underarm support and stitch quality, and reduces bounce
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  • Couching technique and MuVit digital dual-feed system allow operator to add consistent decorative cording
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  • InnovaChrome LED Thread Coloring & Monitoring System indicates when a color changes and thread breaks.
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Key features:

      
  • 10.1" high-definition LCD display, with expandable library of over 40 built-in HD tutorial videos
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  • Expansive 11.25" needle to arm (56 square inches of workspace)
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  • Large 9.5" by 14" illuminated embroidery area.
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Buyer's note: The ideal user is a highly experienced quilter/embroiderer/sewer, who owns more than one machine (likely lower-end for quick mending projects). This machine would be used for more detailed/complex projects.

Mixed Chenille Embroidery Machine

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

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This machine combines the chenille and embroidery process, with a chenille embroidery head paired with a standard embroidery head. It combines chenille with embroidery, sequins, cording, taping, coiling and boring. Loop and chain stitches can be automatically swapped at the control panel.

Key features:

      
  • Dual automatic thread-break systems
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  • High speed (750 spm chenille/nine-color embroidery)
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  • Graphical full-color LCD control panel
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  • Supports Tajima binary data format (TBF) for improved design management
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  • Design data input via USB, flash or LAN.
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Buyer's note: This machine is for decorators who want to produce creative chenille and multimedia designs without investing in a chenille-only machine.

User review: Billy Spencer, owner of Koalaty Embroidery Inc. in Phoenix, started his business eight years ago, and bought his Mixed Chenille Embroidery Machine from Hirsch two years later. "We use it every day," he says. "I bought it for a specific contract job, but now we use it mostly for varsity jacket patches." When he was first trained on the machine, he says the chenille aspect involved the sharpest learning curve. "But overall," he says, "it functions just like other embroidery machines. The embroidery and chenille parts work pretty seamlessly."  

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