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From time to time customers ask me what is the difference in this type of embroidery machine or that one. Which one is best for my particular goal. I am just going to be monogramming which machine is the best for me?

There are so many name brands and models that it is difficult to grasp the concept. Emboidery machines manufacturers do not follow strict guidelines in designing their machine and the attributes cross over from one type to the other.

You need to consider what you want to do with your machine and where you want to be in the future. If you are just going to stitch out a few designs for the grandkids for birthdays and Christmas you may not want to shell out $16,000 for a top of the line machine. If you are going to be turning out production of 50 to 100 shirts at a time you may want to look at something more than a table top to get the job done.

There are three basic types or classes of embroidery machines. Here is a general breakdown of the machines.

Types and Classes of Embroidery Machines

There are three basic types or classes of embroidery machines. Here is a general breakdown of the machines.
Type or Class Table Top Intermediate Commercial Notes:
Name Brands Bernina, Brother HE, Janome, Pfaff,   Singer, Baby Lock, Brother Pro PR1000e, Barudan, Melco AMAYA XTS, Pantograms, SWF, Tajima, ZSK, These are examples of the three classes or types of embroidery machines. This is not an inclusive list but provides examples of the separate classes. Some brands such as Brother make all three classes of machines.
Price Range $1,500 - $4,500 $7,000 - $14,000 $10,000 - $18,000 This is a general price for a basic single head embroidery machine with hoops and software.
Marketed to Hobbyist, Personal use Small business, Monogramming Business, and Commercial, This is the targeted groups that these machines are marketed to.
Sewing Field 9" X 12" 8" x 12" 14" X 22" This is a general size of the sewing fields for each of the classes of machines. Sizes very from brand and model. Commercial machines can come as big as 14" X 44". Again this is generally speaking.
Threads 1 6 15 Thread needle numbers very. Some commercial machines come with as may as 16 needles. Some of the table tops have more than one thread.
Speed 1,000 SPM 1,000 SPM 1,000 SPM to 1,500 SPM Stitches per Minute can be deceptive. Most machines automatically slow down on smaller designs. Many cannot maintain their top advertised speed. Trims and color changes effect the sewing speed also.