How do embroidery machines work?

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How do those fancy home embroidery machines work? I know they have software with designs you can use. Does the machine actually embroider the design by itself?

Sort of. Bear in mind that there are all levels of home embroidery machines. The basic machines will accept a digitized pattern and work the embroidery one color of thread at a time. You have to manually change the thread every time the color changes. The more money you're willing to put into a machine the more options you can buy. Like larger design area, faster stitching, and multiple colors threaded at the same time.

The machine is only part of the equation. Some come with basic patterns already included in the machine. To do any other designs you need to purchase design cards to add more options. Or you can purchase software and hard ware to download designs from the Internet (either purchased or free) and put them into a format your machine can then stitch. If you want to get really fancy you can buy some more software and learn to actually digitize your own patterns.

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November 19, 2012

mywaypink @ 2:29 pm #

Yes , it does all the work and you just sit and watch. Mine beeps when you have to change the thread color. The best investment of my life…Love it ;)))
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Ginny M @ 2:53 pm #

Machine embroidery is a term that can be used to describe two different actions. The first is using a sewing machine to "manually" create (either freehand or with built-in stitches) a design on a piece of fabric or other similar item. The second is to use a specially designed embroidery or sewing-embroidery machine to automatically create a design from a pre-made pattern that is input into the machine. Most embroidery machines used by professionals and hobbyists today are driven by computers that read digitized embroidery files created by special software.

With the advent of computerized machine embroidery, the main use of manual machine embroidery is in fiber art and quilting projects. While some still use this type of embroidery to embellish garments, with the ease and decreasing cost of computerized embroidery machine, it is rapidly falling out of favor. Many quilters and fabric artists now use a process called "thread drawing" (or thread painting) to create embellishments on items.

Some machines are "Embroidery Only" machines. These machines are solely devoted to doing machine embroidery. They do not do the work of a regular sewing machine.
Other machines, the higher end of the market, offers machines that can do any and everything. They usually have a removable embroidery unit so the machine will meet any sewing need.

The amount you will invest in machine embroidery has become a huge variable, costing from $300 to $8000 depending on the machine options, the software you purchase and the size of the embroidery the machine is capable of stitching out.
References :
http://sewing.about.com/od/machineembroidery/bb/embroidery.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_embroidery

Critter @ 3:19 pm #

Sort of. Bear in mind that there are all levels of home embroidery machines. The basic machines will accept a digitized pattern and work the embroidery one color of thread at a time. You have to manually change the thread every time the color changes. The more money you're willing to put into a machine the more options you can buy. Like larger design area, faster stitching, and multiple colors threaded at the same time.

The machine is only part of the equation. Some come with basic patterns already included in the machine. To do any other designs you need to purchase design cards to add more options. Or you can purchase software and hard ware to download designs from the Internet (either purchased or free) and put them into a format your machine can then stitch. If you want to get really fancy you can buy some more software and learn to actually digitize your own patterns.
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Just bought my first sewing/embroider machine from Brother. It's basic but I can still hardly wait for my hardware to transfer designs from the Internet to embroider.

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