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finding the right machine?

dragnfli80 | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

My company is looking for an easy and high quality sewing machine, for monogramming and embroidery. I have been researching and have found many great machines, but am not real sure what is the best option for us is. Does anyone have any good suggestions for a high quality but reasonable priced machines?


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    The first thought that comes to mind, is to warn you about copyrights on most of the designs that you buy.  Many of them cannot be used for business purposes without consent.  If you will want to be creating things with a company logo, you will need to get software and learn digitizing.  The software that comes with the home embroidery machines may be very limited and rarely includes the advanced digitizing software.

    I suggest that you do alot of research before purchase.  Then test drive several brands of machines at several dealers in the area.  You may be able to take "learn your machne classes" for free, but there may be additional charges for the software classes.  Embroidery is done in different formats that are machne specific such as hus, vip, shv, pes, dst, etc etc.  so you will want software that is compatible with the machine brand and model.  Many software pkgs. contain multiple formats (or languages) but you need to make sure that one of those is compatible with the machine. 

    I own Husqvarna/Viking machines and they are great.  Other brands are: Babylock, Brother, Pfaff, Bernina, Singer, Janome.  There are also many industrial machines.  Got to thier websites and check out thier education departments which may give you an overview of the software.  Some more thorough than others.

    You may decide to purchase the software from a company that is different than the machine manufacturer.   Such as Embird, Correll DraWings, Buzztools, etc. 

    When you have an idea what you like, check out http://www.patternreview.com as they have actual machine reviews and some software reviews written by owners. 

    I hope I haven't discouraged you, just wanted you to understand it is not as simple as buying an embroidery machine.   Mary


    1. Crazy K | | #2

      Hi Mary,  I read your post and thought about something I had read so am going to attempt to copy and paste it here......it is with regard to selling items with purchased designs.....and from Emb. Library.  I am sure companies each have their own policy so I would highly recommend checking into that from any design source. 

      Just thought it's good info for anyone wanting to pursue embroidery items for charity or for sale......

      Happy Stitching!


      Can I sell products that have Embroidery Library's designs on them?

      Yes, absolutely! And we wish you much success. After you make a purchase from us, you are licensed to sew the designs and use the result for personal use, gifts, donations to charity, or for sale for profit.


      The design file may not be transferred to anyone else, in any manner. You may not distribute the design file to any other person; the license is given only to you, and does not include resale, or sharing.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #3

        Thanks, I'm pretty sure this is the exception to the rule.  So many of the companies state that you can only make a certain number for charity and can give them as gifts but cannot sell anything with the design on it.  If you are using it for your own company, I wonder if that would still fall under "personal use".  These laws can be confusing, but we do need to check to prevent lawsuits.  I'm all for protecting the private business owners, especially with all the monopolies these days.  Mary

        1. Crazy K | | #4

          I had not checked into others and only to Emb. Library when a friend asked about it.  The laws are a bit confusing and a diligent search must be made to avoid penalty. 


  2. Pattiann42 | | #5

    You may have to go with a professional model as many of the brands do not warranty the home model when used for business.

    As for designs, many are now being made available.  Licensed or exclusive designs cannot be sold.  Always check, in writing/e-mail.  

    When you contact a company or individual regarding resale, keep copies of all correspondence.


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