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I would like to find a machine that monograms and does not cost over $500. All I want to be able to do is the traditional 3 letter monogram (larger letter in center) or a child's name, such as Charlotte (more than 6 letters, I've read some only do 6 letters). I do not want Disney characters and really do not need all the other embroidery things. Just monograms and names. Is there such a machine? I also want to be able to monogram a name that is larger than 4" long (I keep reading about a 4" hoop that only allows about a 3 1/2 " name. Can someone please let me know if such a machine exists?

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My advice is to try going to a shop that sells machines and gives lessons for free. I bought from JoAnn's and they gave me lessons on it. I bought a Brother for $549 and I am not sorry because I actually know how to use it thanks to the girls at JoAnn's. I would not be using all of the features if I didn't have the hands on instruction. The manual is great for a refresher but nothing beats doing it and someone answering your questions. Think about it before you buy online, you may save a few bucks but in the long run you will be happy to have a relationship with people who care if you have a problem and can help you.

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