Embroidery Machine Recommendations

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I’m looking at getting an embroidery machine for my birthday in a few months. I would like something I can add designs to, but not sure which is best. Would you be able to recommend some?

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Hi! There are many different brands and models of embroidery machines available on the market today. When it comes to choosing the best one, you want to consider how often you will be using it, what your skill level is, and how much you are willing to spend on it.

To find what machine will work best for you I would recommend going to a brand’s website and looking through their options. For example, this site shows how you can sort through the machines based on your skill level and what features you may want it to have. Once you have narrowed down your choices a bit you can go to a dealer and try out the machine before you buy it.

Hope that gives you some direction!

Ashley

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15 Responses to “Embroidery Machine Recommendations”
  1. FRAN

    I saw the video Aurora put out regarding differentials for sergers. Does a plain sewing machine have a differential? I found I needed to buy a walking foot so that my sewing was without pulling or pushing. Is there something I should fix on my sewing machine??

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Fran,

      Differential feeds are found on sergers and overlock machines while most regular sewing machines have an even feed. Are you sewing with thick fabric or multiple layers of fabric? If so, it is not uncommon to need a walking foot. However, you shouldn’t need to be pulling or pushing your fabric through your machine as it should be doing that for you. There is a speed setting on most machines for the feed dogs. Try adjusting that faster or slower and see if that gets rid of the pulling and pushing problem.
      Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Ashley

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      • Rita

        Most machines also have a pressure control for how hard or loosely the presser foot presses the fabric against the feed dogs. Adjusting that setting with very light or heavy fabric will make a difference. It is usually located around or near the needle bar. On vintage machines, it is frequently a screw inside the top lid. Simply put, all it does is increase the spring tension.

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  2. Doris

    I recently got an embroidery machine . I love the Brother SE400 that I bought but of I had known then what I know now, I would have gotten one with a larger hoop capability then the 4 by 4 .you are limited with what you can do.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Nilmini. There are many different brands of sewing machines that are great for quilting. What you will want to consider when selecting a machine is that is has several features that are helpful when using it for quilting. Some of these features include: The ability to have your machine stop in both the needle up or needle down position, the ability to lower the feed dogs, a larger throat plate or arm to allow for the extra bulk of a quilt, and an automatic thread cutter. These are some of the basic machine features that are great for quilting- after finding a machine with the features you want it to have it will then come down to how much you are planning on using the machine and how much you are willing to spend.

      Hope this helps!

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  3. Tonia

    I’m having problems with my welt pockets the finished ones always looked pulled ,any tips

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Tonia. By pulled- do you mean they are pulling away or not laying flat against your garment? This could mean that the stitching around the welt is not straight. If the stitching on the two short ends is not perfectly straight, when it is pushed through and pressed there can be slight puckers in the corners. Always be sure you are marking your stitching lines and using a ruler to ensure they are straight.

      Hope this helps!

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  4. Lorraine

    Having just gone through the search for a machine, I would suggest that you decide what you want to do with it. If you’re a hobbyist, home sewer and want to make gifts for friends and family, you might look at a combination embroidery and sewing machine. The combination machines are more expensive and you can only do embroidery or sew. Some of my friends use only the embroidery portion since its cumbersome for tem to change back and forth….so the sewing portion is wasted. Prices can range from $300 to $14000+.
    Fro a first time embroiderer, I would check out the Janome 500E. Its a dedicated embroidery only machine, user friendly (I sat down with the manual and was embroidering in about 15 min). It retails for about $3000. I got mine as a show special for much less. Brother’s Dream Machine will scan, digitize, and then embroider.
    Its lovely, but the price is high. Most of the brands now carry embroidery machines but you need to talk to people who own them. Some are simpler to use with less hassle. Digitizing capabilities and formats vary with the machine. When purchasing designs, there will be a choice of format. Choose the one specific to your machine. Bottom line, learn as much as you can before making your decision. Talk to owners, dealers, and
    try out the demo machines. Good luck. Embroidery is fun and adds another dimension to your creativity.

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  5. Helen S Haynie

    I bought embroidery software several years ago and found it very difficult. I have tried unsuccessfully to find an individual to teach me one on one classes. Do you have any suggestions for finding a tutor(one on one)for virtual instructions?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Helen. I would recommend searching the software dealer’s site . Many times they will have tutorials or DVDs with instruction specific to their product.

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  6. Avril

    Hi I’m trying to buy the video be friends with your serger iv surprised all the details to buy it but it won’t go through what am I doing wrong is it because I live in Guernsey,iv already bought a video before with no problem can you help Avril

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Avril. We are sorry to hear you are having trouble placing an order on our site. Please contact us at 1-855-208-7187; our Customer Service Team would be happy to assist you.

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