My new baby was nowhere near that pricey, but it has all the features I need!
When I started listing all the things I currently make that I could embellish with embroidery, I decided that this would be my next big purchase. Research led me to the Brother machines, reasonably priced and good quality. I love my Brother sewing machine, so I wasn't worried about the quality. Everyone advised me to get the biggest hoop I could afford, but I decide to start small to make sure I really use it. Mine is the brother PE500, with a 4x4 embroidery field. That sounds tiny, but for what I have planned, it is plenty big! I'm actually amazed by how big the designs are.
(It's better than watching TV!)
(My camera picks up the grain in fabric...I should probably try to fix that in my settings)
(My first broken needle. When I break a needle, I don't fool around!)
(Death Before Decaf, my motto for life!)
(First try with multiple threads, it's almost as thick as a patch!)
(Had to get the Ponies because both my Daughters and I love them!)
Now I need to find the best embroidery websites, so far I'm loving UrbanThreads.com and EmbroideryDesigns.com, but I search Etsy a lot and am always on the hunt for other great sites!