4 best embroidery machines in 2021
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Embroidery on denim dresses and tops has become more and more trendy and popular. But, embroidering by hand can be time consuming and exhausting – and can even accidentally prick your fingers. Embroidery machines are an easier (and much faster!) Way to personalize your clothes with designs and personalizations. Whether you have your own home-based business or are just looking for a new hobby, investing in an embroidery machine will leave everyone wondering, “Where did you find this cute, embroidered cut?”
However, machine embroidery is not as easy as pressing a button. They still require skill, understanding, and a lot of time to master to achieve ideal results. Our fabric DIY pros at the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab have reviewed over a hundred embroidery and sewing machines for durability, ease of use, and innovative features. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, check out our top picks for the best embroidery machines to buy in 2021:
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Best overall embroidery machine
SE1900 sewing and embroidery machine
Work both as an embroidery and sewing machine, this top-rated choice from Brother is for a reason: it’s easy to use with its clear controls and included accessories. With over 900 rave reviews on Amazon, pros and critics alike agree that the large 5 x 7 inch embroidery area accommodates a wider range of design sizes. The machine offers 138 built-in designs and 240 stitches, but it is easy to download custom designs via a USB port. As a one-needle machine, the The automatic needle threader makes it easy to change colors when prompted.
- Automatic needle threader
- Large 5 x 7 inch embroidery area
- Lightweight, at 22 pounds
Embroidery machine at the best value for money
Sewing machine SE600
Starting at around $ 500, this sewing machine with embroidery options is a steal. With a clear LCD display, an easy-to-insert bobbin, variable speeds and free-motion sewing capabilities, this Brother machine has everything you will need for your sewing and embroidery projects. There is a 4 x 4 inch embroidery area to use the 80 built-in designs, and a USB port to upload custom images. Our professionals have found the instructions provided to be easy to follow, making this the perfect purchase for a beginner.
- Easy to follow controls
- Affordable price level
- Variable speed settings
Best embroidery machine for home business
MB-7 Seven Needle Embroidery Machine
If you are capitalizing on current embroidery trends and selling your designs on Etsy or other online sites, this Janome multi-needle embroidery machine is worth the investment. You can thread all seven needle heads in advance for faster embroidery speeds. With a maximum embroidery size of 9.4 x 7.9 inches, this machine accommodates a wide variety of design styles and has a USB port for downloading designs. Critics particularly like the large LCD display, independent winder (allows you to wind the bobbins while the machine is embroidering!) and a ton of free included accessories.
- Accessories included such as storage and an embroidery table
- Independent bobbin winder
- Bright LED lights
Best embroidery machine for custom designs
Sewing and embroidery machine B79
This “sleek, stylish and modern” embroidery machine features a huge extension table, making it easy to manage embroidery and sewing projects, according to reviews. The larger hoop size, at 10 x 6.3 inches, can accommodate massive embroidery designs. Innovative features like tie off (no back seam required) and thread trimming can be programmed to occur automatically. There are 208 embroidery designs and seven built-in embroidery alphabets, but the included embroidery software contains hundreds more that can be downloaded via USB. It can also be used as a sewing machine, has over 500 stitch options and offers an impressive speed of 1000 stitches per minute.
- Automatic thread tying and trimming functions
- 208 embroidery designs, 500 stitches and seven built-in embroidery alphabets
- 10 x 6.3 inch large circle
- No free motion sewing capability
What features to look for when buying an embroidery machine:
Cut: If you plan to take your machine to sewing lessons or groups, go for a smaller machine. While there aren’t as many bells and whistles, large embroidery machines can weigh over 50 pounds.
Sewing capacity: While some embroidery machines have sewing capabilities, others are only intended for embroidery. However, most single needle embroidery machines also function as sewing machines.
Hoop options: The design area will limit the size of your embroidery designs. Most machines have a circle length of four to 10 inches.
Designs: Although embroidery machines have a number of built-in designs, you are not limited to those included because many also feature a USB port to download custom designs. Pro tip: Check if the brand has an online site to display thousands of other embroidery options.
Single-needle or multi-needle embroidery machines
Embroidery machines are single or multi-needle, which means you can only use one color at a time (one), or the machine can hold multiple colors (multi). Most embroidery and sewing machine combos are single needle machines. On these machines, you can still create designs with multiple colors, but the machine will ask you to change threads each time. multi-needle machines retain different thread colors simultaneously, so you will not have to change them manually for faster speeds embroidery. Just note that these models tend to be more expensive as they are generally designed for home businesses.
How to use a computerized embroidery machine:
When you start out, make sure you have a few necessary tools handy for best results: sharp scissors, embroidery thread, and sturdy fabric. Follow these basic instructions to begin your embroidery journey:
- Create your design: Choose a design included in the machine or download one via the USB port. When starting for the first time, we recommend that you choose an integrated design with a minimum of colors, as complex and colorful designs are more difficult.
- Machine inputs: Depending on the design you choose, make sure the number of colors and the sewing order are accurate on the machine. On a multi-needle machine, make sure the thread colors match the numbers on the needle heads correctly.
- Frame the fabric: Lay the fabric in the hoop (make sure it doesn’t wrinkle first!) And make sure all stabilizers are in place before inserting the inner ring of the hoop. Place the hoop in the machine and make sure the needle starts exactly where you want the pattern.
- Start: Hit the start button and make sure to stop when you need to change colors.
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