Do you have an embroidery machine on your Christmas list
this year? If so, they are a considerable investment, so you want to be sure to
get the one that is right for you. Here are the top five things you should
consider before choosing.
1. Research, research, research.
Each manufacturer has a website with plenty of information
to read and download. Check out the forum
here at AnntheGran.com. It has plenty of tips and offers help to users of Brother
Things like design cards and magic boxes are old school. USB
hook up direct to the computer is essential. What kind of warranty do you get? Can
you resize designs on the machine or do you need a separate computer software
Are you buying a machine for business or pleasure? Production
machines are quite different than those built for home use. Can you get service
locally, or do you have to ship the machine to the factory for repairs?
2. Don’t buy one without trying one.
This is one item that you do not want somebody else to pick without
your input. Once you do the research, try out a machine yourself. Check at your
local quilt shop; dealers have models on display. Ask around among your sewing
friends. Most are more than happy to show you what they have, what they wished
they had, and what they know.
3. What is the best brand of embroidery
machine to buy?
These days they are all relatively good. Obviously, some
embroidery machines have more options than others and prices vary accordingly.
Just like with vehicles or pets, everyone has their preference. Bottom line, decide
on a budget and buy the most options available for the money.
4. Choose a machine you can grow into.
Be sure you have room to grow. Hoops are getting bigger
every year, so you do not want to be limited by only one or two standard hoop
sizes. Often, the throat width (space between the needle and machine) dictates
how much real estate you can hoop.
What kinds of accessories are available? Different presser
feet, quilting capability, even cutwork tools are considerations.
5. Make sure you can get help when you need
It doesn’t matter how wonderful your new machine is if you
can’t use it. Whether it is from a friend, dealer, or forum, be sure you have
resources you can easily access for help in using your machine.
What advice do you have for anyone buying a new embroidery