When you go into a store to look at for embroidery machines, you will find out that there are a lot of options to choose from.
What you need to do is to sit down, and sift through to determine what kind of embroidery machine is going to be right for you as a beginner.
One thing you need to keep in mind is that this is an investment. And it’s something you want to have fun with for a long time.
My aim is that you get a nice product that will make you really happy for years to come. I want long-term happiness for you and your embroidery machine and to help you make the best decision.
Ok, enough talk! Let's get down to the brass task. I have got people call and ask me these few questions;
- What is embroidery?
- What is an Embroidery machine?
- What are the types of embroidery machine?
- What do I stand to gain by using an embroidery machine?
- How can I find the best embroidery machine as a beginner?
Well, good questions! I will tell you.
What is Embroidery?
Do you still remember those beautifully designed stitched portraits that your mum had hanging on her wall? Well, that’s a perfect example of an embroidery design.
We can say that Embroidery is when you take a piece of art, it may be your name or a company's logo, and you want it displayed in the thread or sewn into a garment.
So, in simple terms, we will say embroidery is using thread to integrate your name or logo into fabrics. That is, the process of decorating a piece of materials with needle and thread.
What is embroidery machine?
Embroidery machines are tools that feature embroidery designs and patterns used for integrating designs or logos into fabrics. They are tools that are used to create patterns and designs into materials.
What are the Benefits of Having an Embroidery Machine?
The advantages of using an embroidery machine cannot be overemphasized. Below are some of the benefits you will get when using machine embroidery.
- You can have different colors of thread running on different needles to create your design
- Another thing is that embroidery machines are fast. Some will go from 250 to 600 stitches per minute.
- Most of these machines are networkable. You can easily hook up your internet port and browse as many designs as you want.
- Most of these machines also have USB port that allows you to send designs to the machine.
- Large sewing field for your designs. This sewing area means you can do a dozen or two dozen patches
- They are fast and accurate
- You have the ability to embroid any material of your choice
Types of Embroidery Machine
There are so many options when it comes to embroidery machines. We are going to look at some of the common ones in the market today.
Below are some of the major types of machine embroidery for beginners.
- SINGLE HEAD, SINGLE NEEDLE MACHINE
This device looks like a traditional sewing machine that comes with a flatbed bottom and a removable embroidery unit. You can use this tool for creating decorative and utility stitches.
They can also be used for general sewing and computerized machine embroidery.
The machine comes with a single head that is made up of a needle, thread, bobbin and other metal parts.
The single needle embroidery machine features a single point of hoop attachment. The capabilities and functions of the hoop are quite restricted compared to a multi-head or multi- needle machine.
Most of the hoop sizes that come with a single head machine are from 4” x 4”, 5” x 7”, 6” x 10” and 8” x 12."
It also has an embroidery speed of 250 -1000 stitches per minute.
- SINGLE HEAD, MULTI-NEEDLE MACHINE
The SINGLE HEAD, MULTI-NEEDLE MACHINE comes with 4-10 needles that can hold its own thread colors. You can choose from a variety of colors during embroidery, without having to stop and change the thread.
If you own this type of machine, all you need to do is to choose the type of needle thread colors you are going to use. Next, is to hoop your fabrics, then start the motor, and you will see how the motor works from start to finish without you having to change to another thread color.
Unlike the single needle embroidery machine that comes with a single hoop attachment, the multi-needle machine comes with two points of hoop attachments.
And it also has a significant and more functional hoop capabilities compared to the single needle embroidery machine. Hoop size ranges from 4” x 4”, 5” x 7”, 6” x 10”, 8” x 12”, 8” X 14” and 14” x 14” with speeds of 450 -1000 stitches per minute.
Well, before you decide on the type of Embroidery machine that you are going for, there are factors that you need to consider before making a purchase.
Below are 10 Tips You need to take into Account before Buying an Embroidery Machine as a Beginner
What do You Want to do With the Machine?
The first thing you need to focus on is finding the purpose of your machine. Are you going to be using it at home to work on small projects? Or are you going to be using it commercially?
If you are going to be using it to work on bigger projects, then obviously you are going to spend more and have a bigger machine with more features.
Are You Going to be Sewing on the Embroidery Machine?
One question you should ask yourself is to decide whether you just want an embroidery machine or a combination sewing embroidery machine?
If you are going to be sewing on it, you can also embroid on it as well. So my recommendation is that you keep the embroidery unit separate from the sewing machine.
I do that all the time, and I won't have it any other way.
How large is the size of the machine hoop?
Most people who have multiple size hoops will do 50 percent of their embroidery in a 4x4 hoop. Meanwhile, others will do 90 percent of their embroidery work in a 5x7 hoop. I believe this will give you an idea of the size of hoop you should look into.
How much do they cost?
Embroidery machine comes with different price points. They start with a couple of 100 dollars and can go up to 15 to 20 thousand dollars, depending on their features and purposes.
My advice is that you should go for the one that fit your sewing objective and budget.
Does it have an Automatic Needle Threader?
Some machines don’t have a needle threader at all. This means you will have to feed the thread through the eye of the needle.
Well, my advice is that you stay away from that type of embroidery machine. Go for embroidery machines that come with an automatic needle threader.
One of the reason is they will automatically slide your thread into the needle-like butter.
Does The Embroidery Machine have a Spot for Your USB Drive?
If there’s one thing about embroidery machine I love is the fact that it comes with a USB spot. This is a key factor.
In some machines, you’ll have to connect your computer to it, which means you'll have to run a cable to your computer.
Where that gets to be a problem is if you don’t have a big table or work surface, it’s sometimes hard to manage and put your computer besides your embroidery machine.
So, go for an embroidery machine that comes with a spot for your USB drive. With this, you don’t need a computer right beside you.
You can easily collect all your design files from your computer and pass to your embroidery machine.
Does it Clip jump stitches?
If your machine does not clip jump stitches, then this is going to be a problem. You will be forced to stop the machine, and clip it so that the embroidery is not jumping over the hoop and causing problems.
So, if you're like me, you may want to consider machines that is half an inch or 3 to 4 inch, the needle has to stop and move to a new spot. Then the machine will lock the thread and clip the thread and move over and start again.
The Size and Quality of Your Screen Display
You need to go for an embroidery machine that comes with a bright visual display screen. With this feature, you will be able to see clearly the kind of design you are working on.
The LCD screen stands as a guide to you when you are sewing. You can quickly select the type of stitches and colors of the thread you want.
What about the Bobbin Winder ?
I knew of someone that had her bobbin winder covered with painter's tape. The reason for that is because if she doesn’t, sometimes as the thread is going through the machine, it will occasionally jump and catch at the bobbin winder.
When that happens, it breaks the needle and creates a lot of problems. So, the tape prevents the thread from accidentally catching on the bobbin winder.
Well, I am not saying you should use a tape to hold your bobbin winder. No, far from it!
The point here is that when you are looking for an embroidery machine; check out the bobbin winder to see how it works. Find out if it runs smoothly while sewing and won't be affected by the thread in the machine.
The Speed of Stitching
Another thing to look at for is the speed of stitching. You may want to go for an embroidery machine that has 250 to 600 stitches per minute. I have to be honest with you, this is all I need, and these speeds are perfect.
The reason is you'll have more control of your sewing. But if you decide to go with the ones that come with faster stitches than the above, then you may find it bouncing around while sewing.
The best 5 Embroidery machines that you would certainly want to consider
- Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4x4 Embroidery Machine
Never before has it been so easy and affordable to achieve local professional sewing embroidery right at home as it is with the Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4x4 Embroidery Machine.
One unique thing about this product is that it is a sewing and embroidery machine.
The SE400 is packed with a lot of features you only thought you would find in more expensive models.
It features 70 built-in designs and gives you beautiful embroidery lettering fonts. Whether you sew, embroider or you do both, the computerized Brother SE400 is perfect machine to unleash your creativity.
The built-in memory card slot allows you to import additional embroidery designs. This feature is great because it allows your creativity not to rely on built-in models.
You can use your USB connections to import designs to your machine from the company's website.
If you are a beginner or an advanced sewer, you'll delight in the wide variety of built-in stitches. The stitch speed can be regulated manually or automatically.
So you can sew in the pace that suits your project and skill level. The machine sews in reverse with a touch of a button which turns your fabrics.
Automatic Thread Cutter
For added convenience, the embroidery machine has an automatic thread cutter and onboard scissors. You will never have to worry about uneven thread trims in your projects.
Bobbin Winder System
Also, the automatic bobbin winding system is a time saver. You need to see how the bobbin winds into place in just a second. For embroidery, you will be impressed by how easy it is to slide the embroidery arm into work.
You can even have fun using the embroidery edit functions before you push the embroidery arm to sew your project.
The machine delivers a speed of three 350 stitches per minute. And when you're through with the design, the engine stops, cuts and ties up the upper and lower thread for each color change.
- Combination of a sewing and embroidery machine.
- The machine has a built-in memory card slot that allows you to import additional embroidery designs.
- The stitch speed can be regulated manually or automatically
- An automatic thread cutter and onboard scissors. You will never have to worry about uneven thread trims in your projects.
- It comes with an embroidery edit functions
- The quality of the touch screen is great and fantastic
- This machine is able to make free standing lace and patches
- The accessories come in a cheap little plastic bag
- You will need a screwdriver to change the needle.
- You cannot adjust the size of the fonts