Buying an embroidery machine with a home business in mind, you want the best machine that you can afford. A quality finish is everything. It’s the most central element of your tangible assets. On the other hand however, you can’t afford to bankrupt the business before it’s even started! (Worry not – it gets more lucrative once it gets going!)
But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve identified what we feel are the top embroidery machines out on the market today, and coming up shortly we have product reviews of our handpicked Top 5.
Following that we’re supplying you with a handy buying guide which outlines some of the things you might like to think about before you buy.
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There are a number of different things to ponder to help you decide which machine is right for you, and we’ll touch on each now.
You must ensure that you get a machine with a good hoop size. Even if most of your embroidery is a simple 4 by 4 inch monogram, you may well one day be asked to embroider something larger, such as a large design on the back of a shirt, rather than a small emblem on the front.
Our recommendation is that you don’t settle for anything less than a 5 by 7 inch hoop. You can always do smaller designs with a larger hoop but unfortunately not vice versa.
Materials Being Embroidered On
Any embroidery machine can embroider many thinner fabrics, but when it comes to heavier fabrics such as towels or denim, you need a machine that’s up to the task. If you expect to be embroidering thick garments such as these, then we would recommend that you get our Number 2 product, the Brother Embroidery Machine, PE770.
With any luck, most of the materials you’ll be asked to embroider on will be ones that you can lay flat. But there are sometimes one or two things that won’t, such as baseball caps.
You will need to hook up your embroidery machine to your PC one way or the other. Most models come with a USB lead that you can use, or failing that an SD card socket. Some machines may even let you connect via Bluetooth.
LCD Screen Size and Resolution
When it comes to screen size, it’s a case of the bigger the better. We would strongly recommend that you go for a machine that is at least 3 by 3 inches, and is in color.
Granted, a machine that has a smaller screen size will be cheaper, however it’s effectively a preview screen for the finished product, and you want to ensure that you get it right.
How Fast it Helps You Complete Orders
In the world of business, time is money, and you want a machine that will help you fulfill your orders within a good time frame.
This can be affected by the number of needles, the number of stitches it can do per minute, and whether the machine will change to a new color thread on it’s own.
Once the production line is underway, you can then concentrate on working on the business rather than in the business so to speak.
Remember you can always slow down the speed of a machine, but you can’t however speed up a slower machine.
After Sales Service
You should always go for a machine with a good warranty, this way you can be confident that the machine will last and work well for the duration of the warranty.
You should also examine the customer reviews, as this will tell you a lot about the Brand’s after sales service and technical support.
If you don’t have an embroidery machine repair shop in your local town, or if you don’t want to be without your machine for a length of time, then it might be worth looking for a repair service whereby the technician comes to your home or workplace.
Sewing Machine Capability
Many embroidery machines are simply just embroidery machines. But there are some fabulous machines out there on the market today that can function as sewing machines as well.
Many of your customers, rightly or wrongly, are likely to assume that in addition to embroidery, you can also do sewing repairs for them too. This would be an ideal extra add on to your home embroidery business. And having the two functions in just one machine is a huge money saver.