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New to machine embroidery

Paula1000 | Posted in Sewing Machines & Sergers on


I’ve been doing embroidery by hand for a year now, and I absolutley love it!
I’ve been thinking about trying machine embroidery, but I dont know where to start.
I have a few questions:
*Can someone recommend a good machine for begginers that I can buy online?
*How can I learn how to use the machine?
*Is there a visible difference between hand embroidery crafts and machine embroidery crafts?


  1. ThreadsMagazineWeb | | #1

    A number of machines would be good for your use, and many local sewing machine sales companies have classes to show you the basics. I would look for a local retailer and go and speak with them about your specific needs. Not a Joann's or a Walmart. Depending on where you are this may be easier or more difficult!

    If you can't find someone, a good company to check out would be Baby Lock - they have a few machines in different price points and often host workshops and training classes.

    Be warned though, embroidery machines do tend to be pricier. A $400 machine is considered cheap by most.

    Good luck!

    Christine, Threads digital content manager

  2. Mary_Brewer | | #2

    There are number of machines available in the market based on the budget and usage. In order to buy a good, you first find out your purpose and then I recommend to watch or read some review before buying. I recommend you to go with Brother PE800 or SE600, just read here https://embroik.com/best-embroidery-machine/.

  3. Pattiann42 | | #3

    The machine will be just the beginning.- supplies needed : https://royal-present.com/2020/01/17/machine-embroidery-for-beginners-what-supplies-you-need/

    Also, check out Embroidery Library for designs and tips.

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    Embdigits | | #4

    Brother machines are one of the best for embroidery.

  5. ebell | | #5


    I would buy a machine that you will grow into, as you will soon find that you want more hoops and designs. If you require a hands on approach to learning, then go through a dealer. If not, then you can get some good deals online.

    You need to do some research into all the sewing notions that you need to purchase along with your machine, as these will add to your overall cost. You will need a variety of stabilizers, embroidery threads, and needles.

    I have a Singer XL580, which is no longer available, but it does some amazing things in terms of creating my own digitized designs. Some machines have the software included within the machine, with others, you have to buy it in addition to your machine. You will need to decide what you want to do with the embroidery, so that you know which software you need. I learned how to use mine by thoroughly reading the manual and trying every feature out, so that I was comfortable with it. I also joined a FB group to ask questions if I couldn't solve the problem by myself.

    In answer to your last question, there is a clear difference between hand and machine embroidery. Machine embroidery looks perfect, and can be consistently repeated, while hand embroidery is always unique.

    While I love my computerized embroidery machine, I also love the unique quality of machine embroidery with a straight stitch machine using a free motion stitch. This might also be an option for you. It is a lot less expensive and equally as much fun. You cannot program it and walk away though.

    I wish you joy on your new journey into creative embroidery.

    Elizabeth Bell

  6. Cassy0110 | | #6

    Since many people have already advised you machines. I would like to advise you on a sewing table, my mum always sews at an ordinary kitchen table and her back constantly hurt. But try the special table, the first one https://justtosew.org/best-sewing-table/ It is a really comfortable height (I'm 5ft 10in) and the drop-down section is handy for the keyboard if you so wish. I bought it to my mum. The desk is sturdy and strong and I ended up ordering another which I will actually be using for myself.

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