If you are looking into buying an embroidery machine, you need to consider many different factors before spending your hard earned money.
Here are the top 5 most important things to consider when purchasing an embroidery machine:
1. Ease of use.
I can’t stress this enough. Seriously. An embroidery machine can be sort of complicated, with all the high-tech gadgetry, computerization, onboard storage, threading, and bobbin placement. You will want to select a machine that is very easy to use so that you can start embroidering right away. A difficult to use machine will cause you many headaches or torn out hair follicles! For beginners that have no experience, this is especially important.
Buy a machine from a reputable manufacturer. Some brands include:
A brand name machine will definitely come with a good user manual. Choosing a popular model will also guarantee that there will be other resources on forums or on Youtube that will be able to help you solve any of the issues that you come across.
2. Hoop / embroidering field size
The hoop or field size of your embroidery machine is going to determine how large of a pattern you can stitch. This is very important because this is typically a non-upgradeable feature on your machine. Once you buy, you are stuck with this size.
Beginner machines typically have a hoop / field size of 4″ x 4″, which most people find sufficient for most applications. This will allow you to make most monograms, font stitching, and patterns on whatever textiles you can think of.
3. Price / Value
While price is a very practical consideration, I would suggest that you consider value over price, unless you are really stretched for cash. An embroidery machine is a tool, and like any other tool, you want to invest in one that has quality. While it may seem like a good idea to get the cheapest machine, it may not have the best quality and may end up costing you more in the end if it requires repairs in the future.
That being said, a relatively inexpensive, but high quality machine can be had for less than 300$ US.
4. Warranty and Repairs
Embroidery machines that get heavy use will eventually need repairs, adjustments, or maintenance. Most manufcatureres have dealers or centers that you can bring your machine to or ship to.
Look for a machines that has a solid warranty. Many machines will have extremely robust guarantees, sometimes up to 25 years! You know trust a company that stand behind its products with that much confidence.
5. Computerization Options
Each machine has different features in terms of its built in fonts, patterns, and designs. All machines will usually be able to accept other designs. This can be done via USB or sometimes even by SD card. Some embroidery machines will even have built in memory which will allow you to save your designs directly on the machine.