The Brother Innov-Is 950 (NV950) is a compact sewing and embroidery machine that offers an embroidery area of 100mm x 100mm.
For the price, this is is a very powerful machine primarily attractive to first-time embroiderers and also as a second machine for those who have a larger machine and want something smaller and more portable for workshops or caravan use etc.
We would recommend this model for a sewing enthusiast who only wants to embroider occasionally because these days many of the embroidery designs available require a 130mm x 180mm embroidery area and this small frame machine soon becomes limiting.
You can buy a larger frame to fit this machine which is 100mm x 172mm (4in x 6.75in). This is a multi-positional frame and although you can still only sew designs up to 100mm, you can hoop up more fabric in one go, and re-position the frame on the machine to stitch farther along the fabric without re-hooping. EF71.
If you own one of these machines and wanted to use Anita Goodesign embroideries, you can use the re-sizing program supplied with the design packs available to make them smaller. Sue Box designs are beautifully digitised and offered in 2 sizes on every collection, 100 x 100 and 130 x 180 so you could just use the smaller designs sizes.
For around £50 more you can purchase the NV750 which is an embroidery-only machine with a 130mm x 180mm (5in x 7in). You would need to have a seperate sewing machine for general sewing.
The NV1250 is the same embroidery machine as the NV750 but is combined with an excellent sewing machine with many extra feet and features that would appeal to the Patchworker & Quilter.
Older machines that are also limited to 100mm x 100mm frames are:
PE100, PE150, PE180D, PE190D, PE200, PE300, PE400, NV500(D). To use embroidery designs from CDs with these older machines you would also need to purchase additional software such as PE-Design Lite or PE-Design which comes with a card-writer and re-writable blank memory card.
The NV900/950 have USB ports for transferring designs to the machine using Microsoft Windows.