Making the decision venture into the world of machine embroidery for the first time is exciting, but it can get overwhelming with all of the choices available on today’s market. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you wrap your head around buying an embroidery machine. Whether you're a first-time buyer or simply shopping for an update, learn all about what you need to consider before purchasing an embroidery machine!
When shopping around, don’t hesitate to get all your questions out there- after all, your machine will be an investment that should last you 15+ years! Think about the size your embroidery will be, selecting the size of the machine best suited for your work is the most important thing. Then consider how many heads do you need? Ask yourself how flexible should your “production capacity” be?
Tiny little things tend to go under the radar, but when you’re purchasing an embroidery machine, these tiny details can make all the difference… Ensure that your machine can support the accessories, format and extensions that you require. Things like special hoops (does the machine have large enough hoops for your designs?), cap-frames (embroidering on caps and pockets requires free arm machines), number of needles (how many colors are you going to need?) and various decoration techniques like sequin or cording are functions you may want to keep in mind, especially if your designs go beyond basic lettering and images.
Finally, don’t let starting this new venture become a chore! Make sure you take your time, browse at your own leisure and remember to enjoy every step, after all embroidery is tons of fun!
Good luck in all your endeavors,
The Wilcom Team