What to look for in am emb. machine?
I want to buy an embroidery machine, but I don’t know what to look for in a machine. I’ve checked various manufacturers’ sites, and all the descriptions sound roughly the same. I know that some of these machines are the TOL models, and others are entry level. How do you differentiate one machine from another? They all seem to have a number of pre-programmed designs, and all seem to be able to take a memory card with more designs that you can either buy or create using a separate piece of software on your computer. They all seem to have the same stitch area – about 4″ x 4″.
I know this is a dumb question, but what’s the difference between a TOL embroidery machine and the ones at the lower end of the spectrum? Is it reliability? Stitch quality? Ease of use?
I’d like to get into machine embroidery, but I’m wary of making too large an investment before I know how much I’ll like it. But, I also want to make sure I can get a machine that will, hopefully, grow with me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!