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  1. First of all, what's your budget? My advice would be to go with either a Brother or Janome. You are more likely to have certified service/repair providers within a reasonable distance. Just look for the biggest maximum hoop size available that fits your budget. I have a Janome 350e that I love. This is an embroidery only machine. I chose this because I had a sewing machine that I love and I didn't want a multi purpose machine. It has two hoops - 5x7 and 4x6 and it's pretty easy to use. And it also has a USB port so that you can transfer designs onto the machine. The Brother machines are also good, tough workhorses too, (I also tried 2 Brother embroidery machines at work: Brother Pe800 and Pe535 mentioned here) but as far as being more user friendly, having a better screen and more onboard editing capabilities, for the money Janome wins hands down.
  2. Make sure your tension isn't too tight and tighten your fabric really well in your hoop. I usually embroider a design as a test before I make the 'real' one! You also may need to experiment with different types and weights of stabilizers. I get frustrated at times also, but I can usually fix the problem by working through what I can control...needles, stabilizers, tension adjustment, etc.
  3. Guess that's quite an old thread, yet here are my two cents - usually embroidery software is not that demanding. Though, it would benefit from high resolution screens like any other graphics arts software. For instance, I use Embird and it's minimal requirements are: 1 giga byte RAM, screen resolution 800x600, True Color display mode. So you can buy almost any laptop on the market and you'll be more than fine.
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