What is the Difference Between an Embroidery Machine and a Sewing Machine?
While the same principal technology of two threads being looped together is used in both sewing machines and embroidery machines, there are some differences between them.
At a glance the most obvious difference is that a sewing machine has a flat presser foot that glides on the top of the fabric as it moves along maneuvered by the hands of the sewer.
The embroidery machine has a round presser foot that sits above the fabric that is stretched in an embroidery hoop, and stops it from popping up while the machine stitches.
The motion of the fabric in the embroidery hoop is determined by the design. The hoop is held by the arms that can move in any direction, back and forth, sideways, diagonally and at any other angle.
There are three types of machine available on the market:
1. Sewing machine
2. Embroidery machine
3. Machines that can do both sewing and embroidery (single needle only)
Which Machine Should I Get for Machine Embroidery?
Well, unless you only want to do free motion embroidery, which can be done with a sewing machine, you need to get either an embroidery machine or one that does both sewing and embroidery.
Which Embroidery Machine Brand is the Best?
There are a number of embroidery machine brands out there, and all the big ones like Brother, Janome, Bernina, Singer, Elna and Husquarna have great machines. It really depends on your budget and the type of projects you will likely to be doing that will determine your final choice of embroidery machine.
It is always best to find your nearest reseller, who can give you advice and can service your machine. Like all machines embroidery machines also need regular maintenence for a long and happy life. Some of the maintenance you can do yourself, but some will need to be done by a technician.
Shall I Buy a Single Needle or Multi-Needle Embroidery Machine?
Single Needle Embroidery Machines
If you are embroidering as a hobby, and have plenty of time on your hands, rethreading your machine again and again will not be an issue and a single needle will do just fine. Also, if you would like you use your machine for both embroidery and sewing single needle is your only option.
Multi-Needle Embroidery Machines
Multi-needle machines (4-10) are very handy when you want to embroider designs with a lot of colours, because you won't have to rethread your machine each time the machine stops to embroider the next colour. With a multi-needle machine you can thread your machine before embroidering. If you are looking at running a small home business where time is precious, a multi-needle machine will be your best choice.
Will Hatch Embroidery Software Work with My New Machine?
Hatch Embroidery works with most embroidery machine brands. After creating you designs, you will first save them as an EMB file, which is the design file format. When you are ready to embroider, you will export your design file to the file format that your machine recognizes, such as DST, JEF, PES, HUS, VIP, XXX. For the full list of file formats Hatch Embroidery can read and write, click here.
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