Ready to Buy an Embroidery Machine?

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If you are ready to buy an embroidery machine, follow these tips to make the best decision about what to buy. When you know what kinds of embroidery you want to make, where you can do it, and what level of embroidery software you need to buy initially, you are going to make the right decision about what kind of embroidery machine you should get. With the right embroidery machine, you will have a grand time unleashing your inner embroiderer, creating embroidery that you, your family and your friends will cherish for years to come.

Jennifer Cox is an embroidery expert and consultant with nearly 20 years in the decorated apparel industry. As a co-founder of the National Network of Embroidery Professionals, she has supported

If you’re ready to buy an embroidery machine, there are some important things you need to know before you begin. Follow these five tips for determining the right kind of embroidery machine for you.

An important factor when you start to evaluate and compare embroidery machines is to make sure that you know what you want to do with it. The reason why this is important is because certain embroidery machines are better at certain things. Get an embroidery machine with a sewing field that is large enough for the designs you want to create.

Another important consideration when buying an embroidery machine is deciding where you plan to use your machine. Some machines are the size of a microwave (home embroidery machines) and some machines take about as much room as a refrigerator (some commercial embroidery machines) and some machines are large enough to fill an entire wall (multi-head commercial embroidery machines). If you can dedicate the space to your embroidery machine on a more permanent basis, you will enjoy the machine more and be able to do more with it.

You don’t have to be able to digitize designs to fully explore your creativity with your embroidery machine. All you need to do is to become comfortable with the embroidery software to the degree that you want and then connect with experts to take on the more complicated designs, at least until you are ready to tackle them yourself.

Have you considered making money with your embroidery machine? Even the home embroidery machines can create quite a lot of embroidery, certainly enough the start a business. If you are buying an embroidery machine specifically to start an embroidery business, seriously consider a commercial embroidery machine.

Instead of complicating what you need to get when you buy an embroidery machine, simplify the process by getting a basic level of the embroidery software. You need to be able to create lettering, do basic editing and combine designs. When you buy the basic level of embroidery software, you often will find that most of the companies count your original purchase towards an upgrade, so that you only have to pay the difference to move to the higher level of embroidery software, when you are ready to move up.