Embroidery Machines

I’ve had some questions about Embroidery Machines so I thought I’d do a quick post.  Shopping for an embroidery machine is VERY overwhelming!!  I went to several stores and tried out their floor models to see what features I liked.  Utimately I bought my machine used off of Ebay.  It is a Singer XL 1000.  I am by no means an expert on embroidery, but here’s a few thoughts I have:
  • I bought mine used and would recommend that – it’s a great machine at a fraction of the cost.  However, I would recommend buying used from a store instead of Ebay – that way you would have a place to turn to when you had questions.  A lot of stores offer free classes on how to use your machine – I didn’t get that benefit and it would have been very helpful.
  • Mine has a big hoop – don’t buy a machine that will only hold a 4×6 hoop – you’ll want bigger.  This is a big downfall with the cheaper machines.
  • I love that mine converts to embroidery or regular sewing.  I thought I wouldn’t use it for regular sewing, but once I did I haven’t gone back to my old sewing machine.
  • I’d highly recommend a screen.  Some embroidery machines you can’t even see how you’re laying things out.  Mine has a touch screen and I can load up images and arrange them how I’d like them to sew out.
  • Everyone always dreams of bigger and better – if I were to upgrade, I would buy a machine with a USB port – that way it would allow easy transfers of desigs from the computer to the machine.  Right now I have to have a separate convertor box to do the job.
  • Good Luck shopping around – I would shy away from Brother because they’re a cheap machine, and there’s the whole “you get what you pay for ” thing – people love Bernina and Husquvarna, but I haven’t had one so I can’t compare.
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  1. says

    Thank you. I have always wondered about embroidery machines and the does and don’ts when I am ready to purchase one. Your imput has been very helpful.

  2. says

    I have an xl 6000 and would love to see more tutorials for these machines. I learn better from seeing than I do from reading the manual.

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