Embroidering has been a timeless hobby since the invention if the first sewing machine in 1848. Since then, embroidery machines have come a long way. You’re no longer limited to the basic straight stitch we all know and love. But finding the right piece of equipment for you and your project style can be troublesome task, so I’ve created a basic informational chart to help you through the process of choosing a machine that’s just right for you.
Mechanical Embroidery Machines
These are the very easy and more basic machines. They’re most commonly found in homes because of how simple they are to use. However, stitching options are very limited, making this the ideal machine for beginners who are just starting out and only work on smaller projects. Because of how common they are, there’s a very wide range of them, from simple to industrial. If you’re thinking about a mechanical embroidery machine you can be certain to find just the right one out there for not only you, but your wallet as well.
Electronic Embroidery Machine
With the technology age upon us, electronic machines are by far the easiest ones to use. They come equipped with more embroidery pattern options than regular mechanical machines but also come with traditional sewing capabilities. This a great choice for those who are experienced and do more projects routinely. They’re more lightweight and transportable. But because of all the conveniences, these machines come with, they’re generally more expensive. If you’re an assorted projects type, it’ll definitely be worth the investment.
Computerized Embroidery Machines
You guessed it; computerized machines are the most advanced of the three. This also means that they’ll be the most expensive of the three as well. They can be programmed to do a lot of complicated stitches and don’t even need a human to help them get it done. With these, all you have to do it select your settings and watch the machine do the rest of the work. Many come fully equipped with an automatic needle threader and various needle positions to choose from. It’s a great purchase for those of you who are embroidering complex, hefty projects daily.
Head and Needle Details
Different types of machines may also come with head and needle options. This is an important detail to consider, especially for the people who are participating in those more complicated projects.
First there’s the standard single head and single needle machines, they’re the basic setting that most embroidery machines come with. They can handle the simplest of projects and even the complicated one. Nonetheless, there comes a point where projects may become so elaborate that using a single head and needle machine is no longer efficient enough. If or when you reach this point, consider a single headed machine with multiple needles.
The single head, multi-needle machine come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They usually include around four to ten needles and are incredibly convenient for elaborate embroideries. One example is this, say you’re doing a multi-colored stitch. Instead of having a single head and needle machine where you’d have to manually change the thread each time you wanted to switch colors, with a multi-needle, you’d just switch setting and continue. These can be expensive, but to anyone who understands the struggle of doing intricate projects with only one needle, it.