Published on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Buying an Embroidery Machine: Your Personal Guide!

What You Need to Know When Buying an Embroidery Machine

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!

1. Put yourself first…

Really focus on what you need! What kind of embroidery do you want to produce- corporate, decorative, small, large, simple, intricate? This is something you need to ask yourself repeatedly as it plays a part in every consideration that follows. Make a list and keep it on you when you’re shopping around.

2. Shop around…

Buying an embroidery machine takes time and effort, don’t launch right into buying anything because a good machine is an investment. Find out about the various types of support that each company offers; inquire about a channel for support (phone number, email, live-chat etc) and any back-up services offered, and definitely make sure you also ask about warranties and spare parts replacements. This way the admin is covered and you can now get technical.

3. Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions…

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? 

For example, 2 single head machines will allow you to run two jobs in parallel, whereas having a two head machine doing a small job may be running only with one head. 2 single head machines are more expensive. You need to find the balance and make these decisions before you even start looking. Again, these are the types of things you need to find out about your machines from the seller. 

4. Cover all your bases…

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.  

5. Enjoy the process!

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

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