The monogramming of a garment or other material, is by far the simplest way to give it individuality, uniqueness and branding. A monogram is very much like a signature.
To get it done right however you’re going to need equipment that will get it right the first time, won’t damage the material at all, and ideally won’t be too fiddly. To this end, your best bet is to go with either an embroidery machine or a computerised sewing machine.
There are some really great machines out there on the market today, and we have reviewed 5 of the best top selling models for you. To help you in your decision we also have a buying guide for you, covering everything you might want to think about before purchasing.
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What follows is a quick run down of things to consider when buying your machine. We hope it helps.
With so much variation in the cost of these machines, our recommendation is that once you have a feel for how much they cost, decide on your budget and aim to stick to it. The general idea is to buy one that has all the features you want now, plus any extra features you think you might want in the future, but at the same time getting good value for money.
When it comes to sewing machines, the brands that have been around longest, tend to still be amongst the very best. Specifically, you would do well to get a Singer machine or a Brother. They’ve both been around for decades and there’s good reason why they’re so well known.
The best thing about going for a good brand like Singer or Brother is the warranty. They tend to cover the machine for up to 25 years. And with sewing machine repair shops being so hard to come by, you’d be glad you chose a good well established brand when it comes getting parts for repairs.
Basic and Extra Features
If you’re reading this buying guide, you’re obviously looking for a machine that will do monogramming. But don’t make that your only concern. You must also ensure that your sewing machine also has the basic features such as an automatic needle threader, top drop-in bobbin, and a programmable needle up/down.
You may also be interested in a powerful motor if you’re going to be embroidering thick fabric like towels or terry cloth, a one step button-hole stitch, or a built in light to illuminate your work space. We also find adjustable speed control very handy, especially for thicker fabrics like denim or curtains. An extendable table area is a nice feature too.
Computerised Sewing Machine versus Embroidery Machine
Of course it is possible to embroider a monogram using a regular sewing machine, but in our view you can get a more perfect and more consistent image when you use a computerised sewing machine or an embroidery machine. And so perhaps your biggest decision will be whether to go for a computerised sewing machine or an embroidery machine.
Unlike a more basic sewing machine, a computerised sewing machine will let you select what stitch you want to go far, whether it be a zigzag stitch, or a letter or number, and you can simply program the machine to do that particular design. The job becomes instantly less tedious and becomes more consistent and automatic.
An embroidery machine on the other hand will generally include all of the features and options provided in a computerised sewing machine, but is much better suited for monogramming and, obviously, embroidery.
With a computerized sewing machine, you can get a wide array of preprogrammed stitches that you can select from for patterns and alphanumeric stitches for monograms. But with embroidery machines, you can embroider from any design and make it as unique or personal as you like.
We particularly like machines that are compatible with your computer. Rather than rely solely on patterns that are built into the machine’s memory, you can use unique designs from your computer that can then be transmitted to your machine by way of memory card, CD or data stick.
Thus an embroidery machine will allow you to choose from any font for your monogram, or even enable you to design your own.
The downside to embroidery machines however, is the extra cost. Whilst you can get some good computerised sewing machines for $100 to $200 dollars, you can generally expect to pay $300 to $400 dollars for a good embroidery machine.
Some machines are designed to be both computerized sewing machines and embroidery machines at the same time. Needless to say, it is these machines have the most versatility and offer the best value for money.