I have been thinking about this for a while and my limited research has brought me to this machine and SewArt for the following reasons:
The Machine has good reviews
It is both a sewing machine and embroidery machine
Although the embroidery area is only 100mm x 100mm that is probably big enough for me. Also, I believe this can be made bigger by purchasing a bigger hoop although I haven’t looked very deeply at this.
Embroidery software is a rip off. Some software is more expensive than the machine. It’s clearly such a small market that they can get away with that. SewArt has a 1 month limited trial which only allows you to use 3 colours however this may be enough for some. If you just want 1 design over and over you may get away just using the trial software.
SewArt looks and feels like old software but seems to work well. My next test will be with this design. Two colour and very simple. I’ll put up a picture my results. For what it’s worth, I have basic photo-editing skill and only some vague sewing memories from school so if I can do it, most people should be able to.