Embroidery machines help you create one of a kind fabric designs. Stitch by stitch, these high-quality machines can bring even the most innovative and challenging sewing projects to life. But not all embroidery machines are created equal, so how do you choose the perfect machine for your needs and skill level?
There are several factors to consider when buying an embroidery machine. Below are some of the top considerations to keep in mind when choosing one for yourself.
This is, of course, subjective and depends on the other features you’re looking for in a machine.
Singer, Bernina and Pfaff make some of the most popular embroidery machines, each with their own innovative features to set them apart. Singer specialises in a traditional, what-you-see-is-what-you-get approach, while Pfaff embraces modern features like touchscreen displays and groundbreaking new attachments and functions (like with the exceptional new Pfaff Creative Icon 2) – but you’ll need to invest more for these perks.
When picking your machine, consider the sewing area you need. What size of fabric are you working with? How large do you need your embroidery hoops to be? A larger sewing space means that the sewing area to the right of your needle is ideal for sewing large amounts of fabric or batting.
This is one of the most important considerations, as the price of embroidery machines can vary widely depending on their features and the brand, as mentioned above. Do you have a set budget or are you happy to browse and choose the machine that best speaks to your needs?
Alongside budgetary considerations, think about the features you want from your embroidery machine.
There’s a range of features available with embroidery machines like quilt binders, electric thread tension, automatic tie-off, stitch sequencing and a range of stitch sizes. Many features will be brand-specific, while some are only available at certain price points.
Get the model you need to suit the requirements and complexities of your sewing projects.
There are some great sewing machines that also do embroidery, and while they may cost more than most embroidery-only machines, they can be a convenient solution if you need to rapidly switch between embroidery and sewing tasks.
Some popular examples include the Pfaff Creative 1.5 Sewing and Embroidery Machine and the Bernina S-590 Sewing, Quilting & Embroidery Machine, both of which are multi-function machines that can perform several tasks.
Are you a beginner, a novice or a professional? Embroidery machines are available at all skill levels, which is often reflected in the price.
Do you need a simple tool that’s easy to get to grips with or do you want an advanced piece of kit that will allow you to produce high-volume, professionally-finished fabrics? If you see yourself upgrading in a few years, you may want to consider an embroidery machine in a lower price range and skill bracket, like the Singer EM200 Embroidery Machine.
If you’re just starting on your embroidery journey, be sure to read our Beginner’s Guide to Embroidery.
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