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What’s The Best Embroidery Machine to Buy For My Business?

What’s The Best Embroidery Machine to Buy For My Business?

Today there are various types of Embroidery Machines on the market that each have pros and cons. If you’re starting a home-based embroidery business, you need a machine that can handle more than your average embroidering session. It does depend on what type of customers you’re targeting – are you going to be embroidering names on thirty baseball uniforms in a weekend or just doing a little monogram on a hat every now and then?

You have a few choices when it comes to an embroidery machine for your business…

Single Head, Single Needle Embroidery Machine

A single head, single needle sewing machine is very similar to a traditional sewing machine. It has a flat bed bottom and a removable embroidery unit attached. It can be used for general sewing, decorative or utility stitches, or even computerized machine embroidery.

As the name of the type suggests, these sewing machines have only one head which is composed of the bobbin, thread, needle, and other metal parts.

Also, when a single head sewing machine is embroidering, only the embroidery arm moves. While the embroidery arm is moving with the digitized design, the needle will stay stationary.

The most common hoop sizes for a single head, single needle machine are:

  • 4” x 4”
  • 5” x 7”
  • 6” x 10”
  • 8” x 12”

And these sewing machines have embroidery speeds of 300 – 1000 stitches / minute!

Single head, single needle sewing machines are extremely easy to find and widely available in sewing machine stores.

When considering a single head, single needle sewing machine, consider that they’re not efficient when you’re embroidering in bulk. So, depending on how busy your home-based embroidery business gets, this machine may not be efficient enough to satisfy your demand.

Also, with this machine, it’s difficult to hoop ready-made garments, like tote bags or accessories. For instance, if you’re embroidering a pocket on a tote bag, you’d have to remove the pocket, then embroider it, and reattach it to the tote bag.’

Single Head, Multi-Needle Embroidery Machine

If you want to step up your embroidering game, you’ve got to upgrade to a single head, multi-needle machine. These allow for more embroidering capabilities that you can’t get on a single head, single needle sewing machine.

Typically, a single head, multi-needle machine has 4 – 10 needles, each of which can hold it’s own thread color. That way you can have up to 10 different colors in a design without having to stop to change the thread.

A multi-needle embroidery machine has two hoop attachments points, as opposed to the single needle machine which only has one.

The most common hoop sizes for a single head, multi needle machine are:

  • 4” x 4”
  • 5” x 7”
  • 6” x 10”
  • 8” x 12”
  • 8” x 14”
  • 14” x 14”

And these sewing machines have embroidery speeds of 400 – 1000 stitches / minute!

Usually, a single head, multi-needle machine will finish a multi-color design faster and more precisely.

You can also purchase additional hooping systems to easily embroidery that tote bag pocket, without removing it from the bag, and even shirt sleeves!

While they are more expensive machines, they are better if you’re planning on embroidering in bulk. They make the process quicker, easier, and more precise.

What machine do you find is best for your home-based embroidery business?

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