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Which Type of Embroidery Machine Brand Should I Buy?


In essence there are three styles of embroidery machines:

  • purely embroidery (should you already own a sewing machine)
  • combination (sew and embroider on the same machine)
  • industrial (offering multiple needles and multiple heads for faster productions)
No matter which embroidery machine you choose, you'll need to think about all the features you will need. Some features to look for are:
  • bobbins that are easily changeable
  • automatic needle threaders embroidery hoops (keeps fabric steady)
  • mirror-image capability (provides balance and symmetry when doing patterns)
  • scanner - great for turning your designs into stitches you can embroider
  • presser foot - holds the fabric steady while you are embroidering or sewing
  • walking presser foot - much like the presser foot, but moves with the embroidery machine so that satin and silk (fine fabrics) stay in place
  • computerized embroidery machines - these come with a huge collection of embroidery designs already programmed into the machine. Some computerized machines allow you to create new patterns/designs on your computer and transfer them. Embroidery software is the accessory that will allow the transfer of patterns from your computer to the computerized embroidery machine. Beginners should look into buying an embroidery book on the basics.
The other popular brands of home embroidery machines include Bernina, Husqvarna, Janome, Pfaff and Viking. Each brand and each machine has features that makes them different. Some people may want to use their machines for embroidery only, because they don't like sewing garments or they already have a sewing machine and just want to add an embroidery feature. Other people want a machine for doing button holes and quilting. That's where you get down to the nitty-gritty of which model is perfect for you.

The most popular design format for home machines is .PES (Brother's format). Just like a word processor document from Microsoft Word has a file extension of .doc  and a spreadsheet from Excel has a .xls,  the software for your sewing machine has its own file extension.
  • Over 50% of home machines use PES designs.
  • Second most popular (20%) is .hus (Husqvarna).
  • .dst is used in commercial machines made by Tajima. The other popular formats are PCS, SEW and JEF.

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