My birthday is the coming up (next week in fact)! As a child I NEVER got a birthday gift instead getting a combination birthday/Christmas gift. I was never really happy about that and couldn't understand why I had to sacrifice my gift just because my parents didn't plan well and I was born close to the holidays.
My husband surprised me with a birthday gift, that because I love it so, it also qualifies as an early Christmas gift. I have been talking about getting another embroidery machine. I have done lots of research, talked to people who had one asking their opinions, went to local shops trying to figure out the best way to go. I have a smaller Brother embroidery machine that I got when I was living in Florida. It actually makes beautiful stitches, better than my Viking even, but it uses a small hoop (as does my Viking). In addition, I am not able to get designs from the Internet, since it is incompatible with my computer. I have seen some beautiful quilts that incorporated embroidery designs so I wanted to expand my quilting repertoire as well.
Anyway, according to my research, the Brother machine is an appropriate comparison to the other higher priced embroidery only machines. It has a USB port so I have unlimited access to designs. In addition, it has a card and so I can also use my Viking designs with it. I mentioned this to my husband really just talking through the process not really asking him to purchase it. I had plans to do so myself after the holidays....but, Cyber-Monday came and he got a fantastic, absolutely, FANTASTIC deal!!!!!! I was gonna go ahead and wrap it and put it under the tree, but what the "hay", I am gonna play a little. He said he was making up for the fact that he didn't get the "door buster" for me at Joanne's----sure glad he didn't :c)!!!!!