Choosing the best embroidery machine

Embroidery is an elaborate art that takes a lot of creativity and patience to make. Moreover, investment on good equipment and time are important in this craft too.

Sewing machine brands

  • Janome, Singer, and Brother are one of the biggest names in the sewing machine market, both in commercial and home sewing. Brother and Singer are more specialized in home use, while Janome is more known for its heavy-duty and commercial-ready capacity.

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  • Janome sewing machines are known for their sturdy built that may be quite heavier than others, but are made to withstand a wide range of fabrics, including thick denim and leather. They are mostly used for commercial purposes though.
  • Brother on the other hand, is known for its innovations and software in home sewing. Its sewing machines are widely recognized globally, especially the computerized types. The computerized types are equipped with tens to hundreds of stitches, and has the capacity to connect to the internet or USB devices and download some needed data. It could also save projects and keep the last stitch used in memory.
  • Singer on the other hand has been in the business for a very long time, and is known for their embroidery devices. It is also known for creating models that are easy-to-use, with features that support this, alongside a community of Singer users that provide support and help for each other.

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It is important to know one’s future projects, budget, and skill level before purchasing in order to get the best embroidery machine. Some projects might require more thread changes than others, and other embroidery machines, although good, may be way above your budget. How much are you willing to spend and what do you exactly need to get the best embroidery machine that will allow you to add style, definition, and creativity to your projects?

Function and features

  • Some sewing machines are computerized and could use downloaded patterns, these are best for beginners. Could you imagine that? Computerized embroidery machines now could connect to the internet through a USB port and download patterns online! Floral prints, fonts, and other fantastic prints, are not a problem anymore.
  • Some embroidery machines are capable of reading a USB device to allow you to transfer compatible files for patterns.  You may download the patterns to your computer, convert it to a compatible file for the sewing machine, save it on an external drive, plug it on the embroidery machine, and voila! You have the pattern that you need.

If you are prioritizing cost, machines with only built-in patterns and cannot read or download new ones are the best option. If you can spend more, you can look for machines that even allow modifying the downloaded patterns and not just simply downloading them. Talk about boosting your creativity, right?

When you are skilled enough, or if you are already skilled in embroidery, you are free to create your own designs too. Put it in photo frames or in clothes. Personalize items at home! All these could be done with the best embroidery machine in hand. Doing embroidery takes a lot of skill and patience though. It will be worth it once you see your first projects!

Body and functionality

  • Now putting brand, function, and features aside, the best embroidery machine should offer autopilot and automatic thread tension. It takes a lot of skill and experience to manually control all these, and even the most experienced ones need a break from time to time. Having this function may be more expensive than ones that don’t, but if you don’t want to be on the road to disappointment, and if you’re only starting in embroidery, it’s better to invest on it.
  • Finding an embroidery machine that has a top loading bobbin and color-coded threading could also come in handy for the model to make use of different thread colors easily. Embroidery takes a lot more thread compared to regular sewing, and that would require multi-tasking.
  • Lastly, the best embroidery machine provides a large frame to work on. Consider this and your future projects in selecting the size that you need.

In a nutshell, diving into the world of embroidery might be painstakingly complicated or amazingly much simpler, depending on the device you buy. If you really want to pursue this, it could be a skill that could not only add life to your home, but potentially be a source of income in the future! Choose well!

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Guide for sewing machine starters at home

Getting a sewing machine for the first time could be easy. Getting it to work for the first time could be scary most times. I know, because this was how I felt when I first got my sewing machine. Here’s a quick and easy guide on how you could ease yourself to using your sewing machine at home.

The first step is easy: relax, and allow yourself to be excited for this. Think of all the projects that you want to do. Take that sewing machine out, and prepare!

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Acquiring guides/manuals

Next, and this is very important, get the guide that comes with it and keep it by your side. If possible, it’s more helpful to open video guides specifically for the machine that you have. Different sewing machine have different structures and mechanisms. I could go on and on here and talk about how to operate my machine, but we can’t be quite sure if it work for you, or if you will understand which parts I’m actually referring to. That, considering that this is your first time to put this machine to use.

Knowing your sewing machine’s anatomy

After getting the manual and compiling some tutorial videos, get ready now to dissect your sewing machine’s anatomy. No, we are not necessarily going to take each pieces out, but it is important to know your sewing machine’s parts, what they do, and where they are. For starters, look for these on your sewing machine: bed, bobbin, bobbin case, backstitch pedal, feed dogs, foot pedal, buttonholes. Buttonhole lever, hand wheel, free arm, presser foot, presser foot lever, needle plate, and the stitch selector, if there’s any. Now wasn’t that quite overwhelming? Allow yourself to do this carefully and really get to know each. This will determine how much easy the next steps will be for you.

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Knowing the basic functions

After getting to know the parts, this is where your videos come in handy. Know how to operate the basic functions on your sewing machine. Learn how to turn it on and off, where to place the needle when you’re about to start and end, how to put the thread in, how to select stitches, how to adjust stitch width and gap, how to switch stitches, and other functions that you have in mind that would come in handy for your first project!

Always test!

Once you’re done determining the parts and functions, do not forget this step: always test the stitches on a scrap piece of cloth before you start. To avoid frustration, never start a project right away. Always allow yourself to make mistakes and learn, by running your ideas on test fabric. This may not totally save you from making mistakes in the future, that’s inevitable, but it could still save you from frustration if you are prepared. This could be made into a habit every time you start sewing, or you could simply drop this habit off once you get the hang of how your sewing machine works!

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Get ready now for all the home improvement projects that you have in mind. Projects at home vary in difficulty, so it is best to test or search first if your machine is capable of doing the job. Be cautious on using thick or multi-layer fabric, as not all sewing machines for domestic use could withstand this.

Starting out with a new sewing machine

These days, having a sewing machine at home is very convenient and practical. Being able to customize and repair not only clothes, but also sheets, blankets, quilts, curtains, and other simple home improvement projects is empowering to a household. Sewing used to be for the knowledgeable, but it now is easy to operate even for the simple person. Electronic and computerized development in sewing machines make sewing convenient and affordable, not only with cost but also time.

Starting out using an electronic sewing machine could be intimidating, especially with all the buttons, needles, and thread that need to be setup. However, all it takes is taking the leap. It’s actually easy if one gives heart and focus to the task.

  • First thing that has to be done is setting up. Before starting the process of sewing, one must be sure that all components of the electronic sewing machine are ready. Have your manual ready and familiarize yourself with the parts of the electronic sewing machine.
  • Now, you may set the thread on the spool pin. Unwind part of the thread and look for the thread guide, if you have more than one, make sure to not skip it and let the thread go through it until it leads to a bobbin winder. After this, set the bobbin and make follow the steps on your machine to roll more thread in it, before enclosing it in a bobbin housing. Set the bobbin inside the housing, pull the thread further to the right until it clicks through the slanted guide. Now flip it over and have it attached to the tip of the horn on the machine. You’ll have to push it gently to keep it in place. Close the shuttle cover casing and get ready for the next step that comes after threading.

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  • Now that your machine has a thread, and since this is your first time in doing this, make sure that you have scraps of cloth to practice with first. Make sure that the pedal is flat on the floor and check if there are any tangles. Make sure too that the needle is up on its highest position, to ensure that the thread is kept in place.

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  • Place the fabric right below the presser foot now, then lower the presser foot lever to hold the fabric in place. Make sure to lower it to ensure a good tension. Now we get to the exciting part, begin sewing by stepping gently on the foot pedal. Start slowly first, see how it works, and go faster when you’re more comfortable. Know that you don’t need to push the fabric, it would automatically move.
  • When you come to the end of your stitch, it’s time to lock it now. Put the needle up and cut the needle first. Press the lock stitch on the controls, and slowly step on the pedal again. You’ll see that the machine will stitch on just one spot to lock the stitch. You may raise the needle again after this, cut the thread, and you’re done!