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Hi,
I know you aren't a forum for questions but your site is the only one I have found that has helpful information.
I had Melco machines a long time ago (EP-1 and EMC-1). They were a nightmare to keep running.
I am wanting to get back into embroidery now and have the opportunity for a couple of different machines.


My question is should I be cautious about buying an older Toyota or Brother machine? Since the machines are no longer sold under the Toyota name, and I could not find any indication that Brother makes and industrial type machine anymore, will I be throwing my money away?
Are there parts avaialble for these and do you think they will be acvailable for the forseeable future.
Thanks for the helpful information on your site!
Rob,
Denver, CO

 

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Hello Rob,

Thanks for your question. Both Melco, Brother, and Toyotas were some of the best embroidery machines in their day. These older machines are still in use and will be around until the parts run out or they are completely worn out. It is difficult to find one made today to the quality and standards that these machines were built to. The Melco and Brother still make quality machines but have steered away from the commercial market in America and have focused on smaller shops and home-based businesses.

Brother was making commercial grade machines but last I heard they were only being marketed in other countries. Most of the brothers sold in the states are what I call an intermediate style of embroidery machine somewhere between a table top embroidery machine and a commercial machine. Entrepreneur Pro X PR1050X is their current new machine.

Melco makes the Melco EMT16, and Amaya Bravo which are single head machines. They have 16 needles, stitches at an impressive 1600 SPM, and for multi-head needs focus on a modular setup. Modular setup means that for multi-head needs they offer multiple machines instead of multiple heads. Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages.
The older Brother and the older Melcos have parts that are no longer supported or being made of the machines. Technical support is most cases is hard to find.

Toyota embroidery machines are no longer being made. The story is, Toyota made sewing machines before they made cars. The quality of Toyota cars was exhibited in their embroidery machines. I own two 9100s, so I am sort of partial to their brand.
Beware of 830, 850, and 860s. The machines were great when they were in production and being supported but mechanical parts and control boards for these machines are becoming extinct.
You can still get most mechanical parts for Toyota 9000-9100. Big Secret: Toyota and Tajima used the same company to build their machines. The Tajima NEO and NEO II (TEJT) share the same mechanical parts numbers with the 9000 and 9100. The pc boards are different. Some of the PC Boards are becoming difficult to find.

The bottom line is that out of the machines that you asked about I would steer clear of anything older than about 10 years old. There are still a number of machines in circulation that are on the market but you may end up with a big paperweight if you don’t do your research.