Today we are here to talk about some of the best embroidery machines that you will find in the market. Let us begin by saying that people who are artistic find their own distinct ways to express themselves. Like singers sing and artists paints, people who are mesmerized with enigmatic designs normally are more inclined towards embroidery. This is an art like no other and that is why you will find that people who are very skilled with needles and designs are generally the ones who are best at embroidery.

It is said that the art of designing which we know as embroidery had its roots in China and dates back to as early as the fifth century, hence telling you how old and important this art is. In early days people use to design cloths and other materials with their hands and their only tools were the needle and the designing material. It was hard and tedious but the outcome was more often than not really beautiful. But as the century turned, the need for automated embroidery machines also increased which is why we are here talking about it with you.

The obvious question right now is that what are these machines? In layman terms, an embroidery machine is a machine is used for the process of embroidery. Here the machine is responsible for creating the various designs and patterns on different materials and textiles. One thing that we can say that these machines can be found at the workplaces of corporate engaged with embroidery as they are really useful and effective. But it will be wrong to say that people who love embroidery and consider them as hobbies don’t have them because a large number hobbyists do. Let us know a little these awesome man made creations a little better with some in depth analysis.

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How does it all happen?

One think that must have crossed your mind is that how does the whole process of machine embroidery actually work. This is why we decided to include this particular information in our review. Embroidery in general is known for the intricate needle work and naturally they take patterns catering to the designer’s interests. But in embroidery machines any such requirement is not needed. Everything here is digitized and minimal effort from humans is to be given here. This means that even if you are not very good with designing but are an embroidery enthusiast, with the help of the embroidery machine you can get the desired designs.

As far as designing is considered, the process is pretty easy once you get to know what it is that you exactly need to do. Firstly, embroidery machines more often than not come with preloaded designs and pattern. So if you are an operator then you will need to select the design that you want to give to the textile from the screen on the product. One thing that you will find in most of the older machines is that the designs are preloaded but as you move on to the more newer models, you will get the option of editing the already existing designs which enables you to make your own designs and patterns.

After choosing the designs, the fabric on which the embroidery needs to be done is attached to a stabilizer. After all the preparations are complete the user will have to push a button that will start the process. The machine will actually tell the embroiders the exact moment when they will have to change the threads and will guide them till the completion of the process.

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Top 10 Best Embroidery Machine Reviews For 2016


Brother PE770 5x7 Embroidery-only Machine
  • Brother PE770 5x7 Embroidery-only Machine
  • No. of fonts:
    6 fonts
  • No. of built-in designs:
    136 embroidery designs
  • Dimensions:
    21.2 x 16.9 x 17.3 inches ; 27 pounds
  • Shipping Weight:
    27.2 pounds
  • Warranty:
    Limited 25 year – Premium
  • Reviews: 640+ customer reviews
  • Editor's Rating: 4.4/5 rating 4.4
Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4x4 Embroidery Machine
  • Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4x4 Embroidery Machine
  • No. of fonts:
    5 fonts
  • No. of built-in designs:
    70 embroidery designs
  • Dimensions:
    20.3 x 15 x 15.2 inches ; 10.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight:
    23.8 pounds
  • Warranty:
    Limited 25 year – Premium
  • Reviews: 1587+ customer reviews
  • Editor's Rating: 4.6/5 rating 4.6
Brother Designio Series Embroidery Only Machine
  • Brother Designio Series Embroidery Only Machine
  • No. of fonts:
    6 fonts
  • No. of built-in designs:
    136 embroidery designs
  • Dimensions:
    21.3 x 13.7 x 18 inches ; 20.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight:
    28.6 pounds
  • Warranty:
    Limited 25 year – Premium
  • Reviews: 95+ customer reviews
  • Editor's Rating: 4.2/5 rating 4.2
 Brother LB6800PRW Project Runway Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine with Included Rolling Carrying Case
  • Brother LB6800PRW Project Runway Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine
  • No. of fonts:
    5 fonts
  • No. of built-in designs:
    70 embroidery designs
  • Dimensions:
    21.5 x 16 x 22 inches ; 36.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight:
    36.6 pounds
  • Warranty:
    Limited 25 year – Premium
  • Reviews: 310+ customer reviews
  • Editor's Rating: 4.6/5 rating 4.6
Brother PE500 4x4 Embroidery Machine
  • Brother PE500 4x4 Embroidery Machine
  • No. of fonts:
    5 fonts
  • No. of built-in designs:
    70 embroidery designs
  • Dimensions:
    20.2 x 15 x 15.1 inches ; 22.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight:
    22 pounds
  • Warranty:
    Check with manufacturer
  • Reviews: 242+ customer reviews
  • Editor's Rating: 4.3/5 rating 4.3

Brother PE540D 4x4 Embroidery Machine
  • Brother PE540D 4x4 Embroidery Machine
  • No. of fonts:
    5 fonts
  • No. of built-in designs:
    35 embroidery designs
  • Dimensions:
    20.3 x 15 x 15.2 inches ; 22.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight:
    22.4 pounds
  • Warranty:
    Limited 25 year
  • Reviews: 41+ customer reviews
  • Editor's Rating: 4.5/5 rating 4.5
SINGER Futura XL-400 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • SINGER Futura XL-400 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • No. of fonts:
    5 fonts
  • No. of built-in designs:
    125 embroidery designs
  • Dimensions:
    22 x 9.5 x 13 inches ; 23 pounds
  • Shipping Weight:
    49.1 pounds
  • Warranty:
    1 year
  • Reviews: 367+ customer reviews
  • Editor's Rating: 3.5/5 rating 3.4
Singer S10 Studio 5.5 by 5.5-Inch and 2 by 2-Inch Embroidery Machine
  • Singer S10 Studio 5.5 by 5.5-Inch and 2 by 2-Inch Embroidery Machine
  • No. of fonts:
    3 fonts
  • No. of built-in designs:
    55 embroidery designs and 100 editable designs
  • Dimensions:
    20 x 12 x 11 inches ; 17 pounds
  • Shipping Weight:
    22.3 pounds
  • Warranty:
    Limited 25 year
  • Reviews: 41+ customer reviews
  • Editor's Rating: 4.2/5 rating 4.2
SINGER Futura XL-550 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • SINGER Futura XL-550 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • No. of fonts:
    20 fonts
  • No. of built-in designs:
    125 embroidery designs
  • Dimensions:
    22 x 9.5 x 13 inches ; 23 pounds
  • Shipping Weight:
    50.2 pounds
  • Warranty:
    Check with manufacturer
  • Reviews: 367+ customer reviews
  • Editor's Rating: 3.5/5 rating 3.4
Janome Memory Craft 350E Embroidery Machine
  • Janome Memory Craft 350E Embroidery Machine
  • No. of fonts:
    -
  • No. of built-in designs:
    -
  • Dimensions:
    22 x 15 x 21 inches ; 27 pounds
  • Shipping Weight:
    27.6 pounds
  • Warranty:
    Check with manufacturer
  • Reviews: 14+ customer reviews
  • Editor's Rating: 3.9/5 rating 3.9

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1. Brother PE770 5x7 Embroidery-only Machine

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Editor's Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

The first embroidery machine that we are going to consider here comes from the house of Brothers and is one of the finest available in this category. It has an impressive 5 inch x 7 inch field that works well on your materials. There is enough space for you to work on your creative designs. You can work freely without having to worry about the restriction of space.

Now, we come to the functioning of the embroidery machine. It has 136 in-built designs that you can use on your work. The set of 6 lettering fonts can come in handy too. If you consider the machine as a whole, there are unlimited designs that can be used on your cloth pieces. The fact that the machine has an internal memory ensures that you have access to numerous designs. But that doesn’t end there. If you feel like you want to add newer designs to your work, you have the option to get the same done by the use of USB ports and memory cards. You can import designs from these external drives and then store them in the internal memory and have a good time sewing.

But if you want to stick to the normal memory designs, then you get to access a range of 10 frame shapes and 12 border styles. However, if you want to experiment with the existing designs, you also have the opportunity to do that too. You can edit your designs, rotate them and change the size of the shapes according to your convenience. One issue that the users have complained of is the fact that the machine cannot be operated while connected to a computer. Otherwise, downloaded designs work well on this. The backlit LCD screen adds the cherry on the cake![Read full reviews]

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2. Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4x4 Embroidery Machine

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Editor's Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

The next product that we are going to talk about is also from Brothers. This is another efficient embroidery machine from the same brand. But this time it is not just about embroidery. Sew, embroidery and quilt are the functions in this product. You will have an area of 4 inch x 4 inch for your sewing purposes; that is pretty much enough for your work.

The LCD display will makes things comfortable for you. You will have access to 67 stitching designs, each of them unique in their features. Apart from that, there are 70 built in embroidery designs and 5 lettering fonts. If you wish to make something creative, you will have all the resources to yourself to make it count. The one advantage this machine ahs over the others is its connectivity with the computer. With this feature, you will be able to import designs from different websites on the internet and bring them to life through your work.

Another feature in this embroidery machine that tends to attract people is the automatic needle threader and needle cutter. We all know how difficult it is to thread a needle. The work gets done here very easily and reduces your tension. The workspace in this machine is very brightly lit which ensures that you do not have to work in dark or have to keep all the room lights on while you work. The users have remarked that out of the 5 fonts, 3 almost look identical. So this is one of the drawbacks of this machine. Otherwise, this product has been a huge hit amongst the people with its computer connectivity, automatic needle threader and the ease of bobbin preparation. The needles installed inside are organ needles and are available in different sizes.[Read full reviews]

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3. Brother Designio Series DZ820E Embroidery Only Machine

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Editor's Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Next up is the DZ820E embroidery machine that comes with 2 extra embroidery hoops for your convenience. These extra hoops include a 4 inch x 4 inch area and another 2.5 inch x 1 inch space. If you like to go creative, this is the ideal go-to place for you. You will get everything that will help you experiment with your designs and styles. There are 136 built in designs which are enough to cater to your sewing needs. This includes 6 lettering fonts and 120 design frames to garner your fashion designing skills. But it doesn’t end there. Over 200 additional design patterns come with this machine in a CD that you can make use of.

One of the standout features in this particular Brother embroidery machine is the set of built-in tutorials and design guides that will give you the ultimate sewing and embroidery experience. It has one of the largest design areas and that is why the users prefer this machine so much.  The 1.4 inches x 2.7 inches monochrome back-lit LCD touch screen display is probably the most convenient option here. Yes, initially it might be a little difficult figuring out the system. But once it is done, the machine becomes very easy. The embroidery machine also comes with an advanced easy needle threading system that does make the work easy for you.

Also, the computer connectivity of this machine is one of the features that the people look forward to. The USB port adds the cherry on top making it a great device. There are hardly any issues that can be observed with this machine. This is the reason a lot of people are using this device. With its wide range of designs and its advanced styles, you would have a good experience sewing on this one.

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4. Brother LB6800PRW Project Runway Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine

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Editor's Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

The next product in our list of embroidery machines is the real definition of versatility. The 67 sewing stitches is testimony to the fact. The design area is enough for your special embroidery styles. It comes in a 4 inch x 4 inch space. Apart from that, there are 5 inch x 7 inch stitching hoops available in the market. But where do you see all the exquisite design ideas? All of this is displayed on the backlit LCD screen. There is more to this, of course. 120 design patterns and 5 lettering fonts complement the inbuilt designs.

To add to the whole thrill, you can import designs from iBroidery.com or other such sites. The device is compatible with all computers for the best experience.  There is a memory card slot that allows you to put in designs according to your choices. Apart from the wide range of design ideas, this machine comes with a few other attractions. These include the 7 specialty sewing feet, designer rolling bag and the embroidery bobbin thread. All of these make your sewing experience a memorable one. To add to it, there is a one touch automatic thread cutter that reduces your problems. Also, the machine facilitates threading the needle with ease so that you can go on to your stitching ventures soon.

The product is very reliable, as reported by the users. The built in tutorials make this embroidery machine a very user friendly device. The default stitch isn’t the most attractive one, so you have to get used to changing it every time. For a beginner who is trying out his or her hands at embroidery, this is a great way to start, with ample designs and ease of use.[Read full reviews]

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5. Brother PE500 4x4 Embroidery Machine

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Editor's Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

There is a certain charm about embroidery machines. It gives one the key to freely bring out the creativity in ourselves. This is the reason a lot of people still hone this passion of sewing and embroidery at home. This is a feeling that the brand called Brother understands very well. Thus, presenting to you the next machine PE500 that comes with all the facilities that will make your sewing experience a good one. The sleek design and elegant looks are perfect for a home setting.

What one is impressed by in this device is the set of designs and fonts available here. Also, you can add to it by downloading different fonts and patterns and transferring them on to the machine. The 4 inch x 4 inch embroidery area is perfect to let your imagination flow and be en route to making something spectacular with your design. The machine is special because it comes with a number of accessories that brightens up your embroidery ideas. The starter kit is perfect to give you the push for your first project. It comes with 3 spools of embroidery thread and three stabilizer sheets. This is why this machine is ideal for beginners, coming well equipped with resources to create beautiful designs.

The workspace is brightly lit so that you do not have to worry about the lack of lighting whenever you stitch. The automatic needle threader is another attractive feature in this device that saves you time. As reported by most of the users, this machine is restricted to do only embroidery work and cannot perform much of heavy normal dewing work. This limits the functionality of the device. But the appliqué feature again makes up for it and gives you a complete embroidery machine.[Read full reviews]

6. Brother PE540D 4x4 Embroidery Machine

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Editor's Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

When it comes to embroidery machines, Brother is the most popular name here and rightfully so. Over the years, they have come up with some of the best products in this category and continue to do so even today. But there is something that sets this PE540D apart from the rest. This machine is capable of producing 35 Disney designs which is nothing short of bliss for lovers of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. These are easy to produce embroidery designs. This becomes even more useful if you have kids at home. That is not the end. Apart from the 35 Disney designs, there are 70 other ideas built in inside the machine. Add to that, it comes with 5 lettering fonts and 120 design patterns.

If you still aren’t perfectly content with the designs, there is no need to worry yet. Brother will take care of it that you are cent percent satisfied with this product. So, after you are done with the inbuilt designs, you can move on to the designs available on the websites online by connecting your embroidery machine to the computer. Also, there are USB ports and memory card slots that help you bring in designs from different sources to his machine.

The LCD screen with you is perfect for your designs. You can view all your ideas there and then plunge into the world of beautiful embroidery decoration. The machine assures you high quality work and designs and brings to you accessories like a needle set, bobbin thread, seam ripper, screwdrivers, USB cable and the likes. Again, there is only one drawback with this machine. The device can only perform embroidery work and is not able to do the normal sewing work. Other than that, this device gives you the best performance.

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7. SINGER Futura XL-400 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine

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Editor's Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Next up is an embroidery machine that comes from the house of Singer. The brand name of Singer is quite a popular one in this field of embroidery machines. Technology makes this a smart device that comes with some of the best performances. Singer makes sewing easy and that is what we will notice in this Futura XL-400 device. This can be completely customized with the help of technology.

You can get different design ideas from different places and then place them together in one file and use it to make your own designs. Let us look into some of the properties of this sewing machine, one by one. For starters, it comes with 125 embroidery designs that are more than enough for your work. This gives you a head start to your sewing dreams. There are also 5 monogramming fonts that make your work interesting and creative. Secondly, if you are not fully satisfied with these ideas, you can make use of the software provided to create and edit your designs and display them on your work of cloth.

Next, we are going to talk about the hoop provided. Even though the hoop is a 10 inch x 6 inch one, it has multi-hooping capacities. There are also 6 LED lights provided that light up the work space so that you do not have any problems related to lighting. This also prevents eye strain. As some of the users have reported, you cannot align the hoop vertically, it can be attached in only way. This might be a small problem for some. But the good news is that you can rotate your design in any direction you want to. This makes your work a lot more convenient.

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8. Singer S10 Studio 5.5 by 5.5-Inch and 2 by 2-Inch Embroidery Machine

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Editor's Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

There is no doubt that there are enough embroidery machines out there that you can use but the one brand which has become a household name is Singer S10 Studio. With some of the best features at your disposal, you will find the whole process of embroidery all the more easier in this machine. Firstly you will have the field access of 5.5 x 5.5 inches which can be termed as ample space for proper embroidery work to be done. You will also be provided with an extra 2 x 2 inches where you can keep a variety of materials.

One thing that you will look for in any embroidery machine is the provision for making border patterns as it was one of the first things for which embroidery was used. In this product you will get 18 built-in border patterns which are just perfect. Now you can have at least 18 border patterns to choose from. Moreover, one feature that every user looks at very minutely in an embroidery machine is the built-in embroidery designs. We are happy to say that you will have 55 embroidery designs to pick from and make the best use of this embroidery machines; it also helps you to be more creative with the fabric and materials.

As far as monogramming is concerned, you can easily make use of the color change options which enables you to put multiple colors in the monograms. The small chink in the armor is the software issue as some of the users complained that sometimes the software given in the USB drive doesn’t work properly. This is a problem that the manufacturers are trying to take care of as soon as possible to make sure that the users can use the machine without any hindrance, something that we all want.

9. SINGER Futura XL-550 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine

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Editor's Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The next product on our list is the well known Singer Futura XL-550. This is one product that has received rave reviews off late and therefore it is our duty to make you privy with this information. Let us talk about the basics of the product, which is the SwiftSmart threading system of the product. This is a system that even some of the best embroidery system doesn’t have but this product does. The advantage of having this system is that it is solely responsible in guiding the thread from the spool to the needle and the thread to the needle very easily. For the latter you will find a separate thread lever which is really convenient.

The next thing we need to look at is how much space it requires and how much space we get. The dimensions of the product are 23 x 9.5 x 13 inches and weighs just 23 pounds making it a wholesome albeit a lighter machine to have. The distance between the right of the needle and the arm length is 210mm which is more than sufficient to accommodate large objects like quilts and other such materials. The unique feature of the product is the AutoPunch Software. The reason we say so is because you will be able to make designs like logos, clipart, images and other designs into embroidery designs effortlessly.

Now we come to negatives of the product. The only problem that some people have brought in our purview is the needles at times break quite easily. This is a problem that has bothered the manufacturers as well and that is the reason they have left no stones unturned to make sure that this particular issue doesn’t crop up and create unnecessary problems for the users; after all the customers are their topmost priority.

10. Janome Memory Craft 350E Embroidery Machine

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Editor's Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars

If there is an embroidery machine that can give competition to Singer then it has to be JANOME MC350E. This is one product whose ratings have been constantly going up courtesy to the consistent performances being delivered by the machine. The feature that has made it all famous includes the like of automatic thread cutter. This particular feature makes sure that the thread is cut meticulously after use. Being 22 x 15 x 21 inches in dimensions makes it big enough to fit any fabric, textile and other such materials easily. Plus you will also have choices for built in flexibility which is a really important feature to have in any embroidery machine.

Moreover, the processor of the machine is brand new and really fast which makes the job of the user easier and faster, thus making sure that no time is wasted unnecessarily. You are also provided with additional machinery whose sole purpose is embroidery. This machine is dedicated to give you immaculate and perfect design and patterns to make sure that your embroidery work is done swiftly without breaking any sweat. Another thing that makes this product all the more tempting is the LCD touch screen. You will find that the LCD screen is back lit and it will actually help the user by guiding him or her through each and every step, which is something that is a great attraction in all embroidery machines and is a big advantage to have.

One thing that the manufacturers have to work on is the customer service as this has been the most notable complaint that has been reflected in our surveys. There are certain minor glitches in the USB port but that is a problem that can be easily solved, overall this is a top notch product to have.

Advantages of an Embroidery Machine

Here are some of the advantages that you will get from using an embroidery machine:

1. Issue of labour

one thing that was really a big issue earlier was the fact the in manual embroidery, people or humans were the only ones who had to work around the clock to give the patterns and designs on the materials. The whole process was tedious and required a lot of attention. But in embroidery machines the participation of man has been hugely reduced. Another advantage that you will get here is that chances of human error in designing also decreases tenfold. It also means that you will also get near perfect or flawless products which are something that all of us want. So here the machine embroidery is having dual advantage which can only be music to an embroidery enthusiasts ears.

2. Cost effective

You have to understand that when you are employing people to perform such skilled work then it is but natural that they will charge a particular amount of money as it involves creativity and expertise. In addition to that there is the cost of the threads and needle and other ancillary objects. So you will find that the end cost you incur is very high. But if you do the same work with the help of embroidery machines then you will save a lot of money. This is another plus to having a proper embroidery machine.

3. Time

As mentioned earlier embroidery is a tedious work and consumes a lot of work which in effect means that you will stand to lose a lot of time to it. But if you use an embroidery machine then you will get your end product in almost no time which means that you can save a lot of time.

4. Designs and patterns

Another good thing about embroidery machines is that you will find (whether you have an older or an advanced model) pre-loaded designs and patterns. This makes sure that you don’t have to think too much to get the best designs for you.

A comprehensive buying guide

Here are some of the tips that you should to follow to get yourself the perfect embroidery machine:

  • The first thing that you should do is decide why do you need the machine as it will help you decide what type and the kind of specifications that you would need in your product.
  • Second thing that is of utmost importance is that you should check out the features that are being offered and whether your embroidery machine has the minimal features of embroidery and sewing.
  • You will also need to see the type of designs that are on offer before deciding on which machine to choose. It is a must that you go for a product that gives you more and better designs and patterns within your budget.
  • Moreover, the budget plays a very important role in choosing the product as you wouldn’t want to spend excessive money unnecessarily, therefore get a clear idea about your priorities.
  • You must give due care especially in checking the other features that you are getting with your embroidery machines. Plus, warranty is an important issue, so do verify how many years of warranty the machine gives and what are the parameters for availing them.

Conclusion

We hope that the best embroidery machine reviews has been helpful as we have tried to give you an unadulterated look into the embroidery machine world. We hope that after looking at the features, advantages and reviews of the best products in the market, you are better equipped for choosing the right embroidery machine for yourself.

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