What types of embroidery machines are there?
Embroidery come in three main types: commercial, combination, and embroidery-only. A commercial embroidery machine have more than one needle, giving you the ability to thread various colors before beginning a design, saving you time and energy, but tend to be bulkier and more expensive. Combination embroidery machines can be used as embroidery machines or sewing machines. Embroidery only machines are small, lightweight, and good for simple, basic projects.
What size embroidery can I make on an embroidery machine?
The size of the embroidery you will be able to make will depend on the type of model you buy. A basic embroidery only machine can accommodate a 4×4 loop or possibly slightly larger, while more expensive commercial models can accommodate loops as large as 10×16.
How fast is an embroidery machine?
Embroidery machine speeds will vary dependent on model, but you can trust that using an embroidery machine will be much, much faster than hand-sewing your embroidery. Some Brother models can boast 400 stitches per minute, so you can complete projects in record time. If you are looking for an embroidery machine to enhance your home business, you will be able to produce amazing designs quickly, increasing your sales capacity tenfold.
How many designs will come with an embroidery machine?
Embroidery machines can include between 70 to over 150 built-in designs, not including 5 or more different font options. A low-priced Brother embroidery machine, for instance, has 70 built-in designs and 5 fonts, while a higher-priced Singer model offers 125 built-in designs and 20 fonts.
What if I want to design my own embroidery?
If you are looking to design your own patterns, opt for a model that offers computer connectivity so you can use pattern-making software, or look for a model that has free-form embroidery options. You’ll want an embroidery machine that has a stitch regulator if you opt to do free-from embroidery; a stitch regulator will help you make even stitches using motion-sensors.
What sorts of features should I look for in an embroidery machine?
Some good features to look for include easy-to-use LED or digital screens, computer or wifi connectivity, lighting options, an automatic needle threader, a start/stop button, and a push-button thread cutter.
Why is having an easy-to-use LED or digital screen beneficial?
Especially if you are just starting out using an embroidery machine, the symbols, instructions, and messages displayed on the screen can look like gibberish and take hours to figure out. Look for an embroidery machine with a more intuitive and easily understandable screen so you can begin embroidering and troubleshoot quicker and with less aggravation.
What are the benefits of computer or wifi connectivity?
An embroidery machine that includes wifi or has a computer connectivity feature will allow you to download new custom or pre-made designs to the machine; you can download them from the internet or from software programs. This gives you almost unlimited options for what sorts of embroidery designs you might be interested in. You can also design your own embroidery patterns on some programs.
What are the benefits of lighting options?
You want to have a variety of lighting options because you will want to be able to illuminate different parts of your work at different times.
What are the benefits of an automatic needle threader?
Automatic needle threaders, available on many Singer models, makes it easy to get started without having to try and thread the needle yourself. This is great for any user, but especially anyone who has poor eyesight, shaky hands, or has a lot of trouble threading their own needles.
Why is having a start/stop button beneficial?
If you find that holding your foot down on the pedal for long periods of time is tiring, opt for a model that operates using only the start/stop button so you don’t need to constantly have your foot on the pedal.
What are the benefits of a push-button thread cutter?
A push-button thread cutter or trimmer will automatically cut your thread when you need it to without having to use scissors; it’s precise and can cut to the exact length you need.
If I choose a combination embroidery machine, what sewing features should I look for?
Some good features to look for in a combination embroidery and sewing machine include automatic locking stitch functions, automatic presser foot pressure functions, programmable needles, and
What is an automatic locking stitch function?
An automatic locking stitch function will allow you to tie off a number of stitches, both decorative and utilitarian, simply by pressing a lever or button; this guards against unraveling and losing stitches during normal wear and tear.
What are the benefits of having automatic presser foot pressure?
You can set the machine to a certain pressure and do not need to keep adjusting the presser foot; this allows you to work with dainty materials like lace or heavy-duty materials like denim with ease.
What are the benefits of programmable needles?
A programmable needle can be set to your desired height; you might want to set it to stop once it’s reached its highest position so you can easily remove your materials, or set it for a lower setting if you are quilting or pivoting.
How much does an embroidery machine cost?
Embroidery machines can range from $250 to as much as $800 or more. More expensive models are generally designed for commercial or industrial use and boast multiple needles, threads, heads, and a vast array of designs, while cheaper models tend to be more suitable for home use and hobbyists. Consider your plans for the embroidery machine and how much profit you can make, if you plan on selling your products, when budgeting for an embroidery machine.
What sort of maintenance do embroidery machines require?
In order to keep your embroidery machine running in top shape, you will want to conduct regular maintenance on it. Some machines will need to be oiled every day that you use it; be careful to study the owner’s manual to learn how and where to properly apply oil. Always use dedicated sewing machine oil. You’ll also want to be sure to remove any lint or fluff that can build up around the bobbins or other moving parts; it’s best to do this with a lint brush or a vacuum. Change your needles each time you use it or whenever you’re using the machine for ten or more hours at a time. It’s also a good idea to have your machine checked and serviced by a trained technician yearly or bi-yearly, especially if you are using your embroidery machine for business.
What sorts of projects can I complete with an embroidery machine?
You can embroider just about anything from handbags to t-shirts to pillows with an embroidery machine. You can embroider blankets, quilts, or loops for your home décor. You can embroider heavier duty fabrics like denim jeans and jackets, as well. You can create custom monogrammed napkins and towels, or a monogrammed necktie for a special gift or occasion.
Where can I sell my embroidery?
If you’re looking to start a home business with your embroidery machine, you need to know where you find buyers for your work. Craft fairs and farmer’s markets are great places to set up shop and attract customers, so look for local ones in your area. You can also sell your creations online on marketplaces like eBay and Etsy. Ask your friends and family if they know anyone who would be interested in having some custom work done, as well, or put an ad in your local newspaper.