Embroidery Business

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I'm new to sewing and don't know too much about it & the machines, but I'm looking for something that will let me do different fonts and adjust the size of the stitching. Hoping for something that's no more than $400.. Would Amazon or perhaps Walmart sell ones like this? Thanks

There are two major methods of machine embroidery — free motion, where you guide the hooped fabric, and can be done on any sewing machine, and computerized, which requires a special machine. I do some free motion embroidery — here's sort of the great grandfather of textbooks of machine embroidery. free motion on a treadle machine: http://archive.org/details/singerinstructio00sing and the best modern book I know of: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Machine-Embroidery-Creative/dp/0801976480/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1 done just before embroidery machines became commonly available to home sewing.

The other method is computerized embroidery, and there are several types of machines there: combination sewing/embroidery machines like http://www.bernina.com/en-US/Products-us/BERNINA-products-us/BERNINA-Sewing-and-Embroidery-Machines-us/BERNINA-8-Series-us/BERNINA-en (this one was a mere $12.5K when it was first released) or more reasonably, http://www.amazon.com/Brother-SE400-Combination-Computerized-Embroidery/dp/B003AVMZA4/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1359239253&sr=1-1 and embroidery only machines like: http://www.amazon.com/Brother-PE770-Embroidery-Memory-Stick-Compatibility/dp/B002MQI2NM/ref=sr_1_2?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1359239253&sr=1-2 or a multihead (many needles at a time) machine like: http://in.bernina.com/product_detail-n3-i258-sIN.html which sews many colors at the same time, and is typically used by an embroidery business.

Most of the people I know who do computerized machine embroidery have started with a 4×4" hoop combination machine, then discovered that 1) they wanted a bigger hoop and 2) if they didn't have another machine, they couldn't sew while the machine was laboriously stitching out a design. The folks I know who bought embroidery only machines plus a sewing machine didn't pay much more (if any) than the ones who bought a single combination machine, and most of them seem happier with their initial purpose.

On top of the machine, you usually wind up buying several types and weights of embroidery stabilizer, perhaps a digitizing program so you can make your own designs, another program to help convert predigitized designs into a format your machine can use, and thread. Lots and lots of threads. So the machine is only the tip of the iceberg.

If you can, see if you can find a basic machine embroidery class where they supply the machines. There's a fairly steep learning curve at first, I understand, and see if it's something you really want to invest in. Me? I'm happier doing embroidery by hand.

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We ahve a small business and I want to personalize my kids' shirts. What is a auitable model for this type of use?

You should look for a machine that has (at the very lease) a stitching (hoop) area of 5 x 7, or you will be limited to designs no larger than 4 x 4.

Also important is Internet connectivity. UBS port B is direct connection via a cable that comes with the machine and USB port A is a removable flash stick/drive. A is the most convenient, the PC needs to be near the embroidery machine to use the port B cable.

The less expensive machines use machine embroidery reader boxes and rewritable cards only – these are almost obsolete.

Bernina and Husqvarna are the most expensive and are proprietary when is comes to accessories (like additional UBS sticks).

Brother and Babylock are the same family of machines, the most user friendly and compatible with software, including the USB sticks.

Singer – has had an iffy reputation for several years.

They all are basically the same as far as functions. They get more expensive as the luxury features are added on.

You should be able to get an embroidery machine that has the larger stitching area and USB connectivity for around $1,000, or less.

You can buy new or a dealer may have a gently used one that has been traded up for one of the luxury models.

Do buy from a dealer for the support you may need.

Visit as many dealers as you can, watch the demos and then try the machines.

Buy the brand you like best from the dealer you like best.

Don't buy any software from a dealer until you have used the machine and are comfortable with what you can do with additional software – there are companies that have free trials that you can download and test.

For more discussions, you may want to sign up at:

annthegran.com or sewforum.com

Both have a lot of embroidery machine discussions – the sites are free.

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I've been sewing for 7 years but have never done embroidery. If someone has this machine, do you recommend it? Can I download free embroidery on a Macintosh and use it with this machine?

My wife and I bought this machine and found it relatively easy to learn. Neither one of us had ever embroidered or done much sewing before. The machine is, I feel, a really good starting point for someone wanting to get into the hobby or business. We had the machine for only a couple of months before we decided to upgrade. We are a small home-based start up embroidery business; thus the reason for upgrading. Having gone up a level and a half or so to a Brother Pacesetter 8200 there are some things we miss about the 270D and some things we don't. The 270D makes threading needles simple. The 8200 requires a tad bit more work (I do mean only a tad) to thread and is not as easy as the 270D; where once you get the thread situated in the thread cartridge you just insert it into the machine. So from that stand point the 270 is easier. That being said, having upgraded, I can honestly say, if we had known the difference in quality of the embroidery produced, we would have gone with a "higher" end machine from the start. The 270 produces good embroidery, but the difference of quality it is capable of and that of the 8200 floored us (270 had some looping and gaps in the designs while the 8200 did not). Same design, same thread. 8200 won hands down. So what am I trying to say here? If you don't want to shell out the dough, the 270 is perfect. If you can get your hands on an upgrade for a couple of hundred bucks more (varies), I'd go with a model a step or two above. My two cents. Hope it helps.

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Embroidery was first introduced as a hobby to decorate our ancestors' fabric materials with the use of needle and thread. Today, it is still used to decorate garments and household materials. Embroidery evolves the use of computerized machines to digitize the embroidery patterns. With embroidery machines, there are lots of ways to express your creativity as you work uniquely on your designs. And remember the opportunity to have free embroidery designs to download from Internet!

Embroidery machines can be used for personal and commercial purposes. Hobbyist' use them for sewing household linens, draperies, and decorative fabrics. They also use it to adorn bed linens, tablecloths, towels, and curtains. Commercially, it is used for product branding by putting logos and monograms on business shirts, jackets, gifts, and company apparels. It is also used for corporate advertising such as Christmas giveaways and anniversary souvenirs.

For more information on free hand embroidery designs click here

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Embroidery was first introduced as a hobby to decorate our ancestors' fabric materials with the use of needle and thread. Today, it is still used to decorate garments and household materials. Embroidery evolves the use of computerized machines to digitize the embroidery patterns. With embroidery machines, there are lots of ways to express your creativity as you work uniquely on your designs. And remember the opportunity to have free embroidery designs to download from Internet!

Embroidery machines can be used for personal and commercial purposes. Hobbyist' use them for sewing household linens, draperies, and decorative fabrics. They also use it to adorn bed linens, tablecloths, towels, and curtains. Commercially, it is used for product branding by putting logos and monograms on business shirts, jackets, gifts, and company apparels. It is also used for corporate advertising such as Christmas giveaways and anniversary souvenirs.

For more information on free embroidery designs to download click here

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Embroidery was first introduced as a hobby to decorate our ancestors' fabric materials with the use of needle and thread. Today, it is still used to decorate garments and household materials. Embroidery evolves the use of computerized machines to digitize the embroidery patterns. With embroidery machines, there are lots of ways to express your creativity as you work uniquely on your designs. And remember the opportunity to have free embroidery designs to download from Internet!

Embroidery machines can be used for personal and commercial purposes. Hobbyist' use them for sewing household linens, draperies, and decorative fabrics. They also use it to adorn bed linens, tablecloths, towels, and curtains. Commercially, it is used for product branding by putting logos and monograms on business shirts, jackets, gifts, and company apparels. It is also used for corporate advertising such as Christmas giveaways and anniversary souvenirs.

For more information on free hand embroidery designs click here