Machine Embroidery

Once upon a time I was totally addicted to my embroidery machine. I did it all – clothes, towels, blankets…. I loved embellishing! As the embroidery trend became more inventive (like in the hoop projects), my tiny little 4×4 field really limited what I could do with my machine. Consequently, I’ve let it sit for quite some time – unused. I’ve been getting a lot more interested in embroidery since I started getting Urban Thread‘s newsletter and have been trying to find an (economical) machine that will allow me to do some larger projects.
This leads me to my next question(s): Do you have an embroidery machine and if so, how much do you use it? What do you typically use your machine for? And what size designprojects do you usually use? I’d love to hear your opinions!

8 thoughts on “Machine Embroidery

  1. CGCouture

    Well, my thoughts are this: buy the PR-620 (or whatever Brother’s new model is called) and be done with it. 😉 They are relatively economical, you won’t outgrow it, and they have more flexibility on what you can do with them. The typical home-model embroidery only machines have a small embroidery field that limits you and the ones that are a sewing machine/embroidery combo aren’t really any cheaper than the Brother machine I mentioned. Plus, the Brother has six needles, so you can get the embroidery done faster with fewer thread changes. As soon as I save up my pennies, that’s what I plan to do. Hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Marietjie

    I just want to find out, Is there anybody that has an embroidery machine that they want to sell.
    I just love machine embroidery but don’t know how it is possible to afford a embroidery machine or embroidery software on a low income.
    Kind Regards

  3. Leesa

    I have a Bernina 200 and like you when I first got it I was embroidering everything in site. It is a sewing machine too and that is what I have been using it for more lately. But I love having the option of adding embroidery to any of my projects. I love any kind of sewing machine though. I have a embroidery machine that I bought about 11 years ago that does the 4×4 field and I did enjoy using it but I longed for a bigger design capability.

  4. Mary

    Hi Stacy,
    I have been embroidering for 6 years. I started out with a Brother ULT2003D machine that was the biggest lemon I have ever had in my life…the thing was in the shop more than it was in my studio…total boat anchor! I ended up buying a Babylock EMP6 for what I bought the ULT by shopping around. They were just coming out with the newer model that did not have the floppy drive in it, so my sewing people sold me the demo for a song and threw in the cap hoop to boot! LOVE that machine…you have so much versatility with the bigger hoops and since it has 6 needles you don’t have to stop between colors for a thread change. Check your dealer for closeouts when the newer models come out.

  5. Nikki

    I bought my embroidery machine about 8 years ago, and I have never used it for embroidery once. I’d have to buy the Amazing Box for like $200 to be able to obtain designs that I’d actually want to embroider on something.

  6. Wren

    I have a Brother SE 350. I got it at Walmart last Spring. I love it and use it all the time. I wanted the Janome, but I wasn’t sure I would use it enough to justify so much money. I’ve already outgrown the 350 (need a bigger hoop!), but I see that the Janome of my dreams would be overkill unless I was able to retire and make things for resell.
    On the 350 webpage on the Brother site, it offers larger hoops for the 350. It sounds like they would work on the 350, but that wouldn’t even make sense. I’ve emailed to ask, but I never heard from them.
    Amazon has larger hoops offered for various machines, including mine, but I’m a bit hesitant to buy them–tempted but hesitant!! 😉 They are generic hoops but they promise they will work. I’d be interested to know if anyone has tried them.

  7. Peggy

    Hi Stacy, I have had an embroidery machine for the last ten years. I started with a 4×4 area embroidery machine and graduated to a Viking Designer SE which I love. The largest area I can hoop is a 240×150 field. It is great. I embroider all kinds of things as gifts and they are always appreciated. That being said you can really spend alot of money on this and if I knew then what I know now I am not sure I would go down that road. Sometimes I feel very guilty about the cost of the machine, stabalizers, thread, embroidery designs,,,yadayadayada……

  8. Tere

    I have had several Brother embroidery machines over the past 10 years or so and have loved them all. I currently have the Innovis 4000D which is just awesome. I kinda go in spurts with the embroidery… sometimes I do a bunch and sometimes not at all for a few months. I guess it depends on what I’m working on.
    The smaller machines that do the 4×4″ designs do have bigger hoops available, but they are for repositioning. Say, you want to embroider a 4×4 design and a name underneath. You would stitch the design first, then move the hoop, then stitch the name. It saves you the hassle of rehooping, but does not give you a bigger stitch area, if that makes any sense.

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