Social Media

 facebookshop  youtube
 twitter logo  

Service and Repair


Embroidery Machines FAQ's

Neo-Chinese vs. Chinese Embroidery Machines


A History of Paperweights and Boat Anchors

Written by Dennis Wilson, November 1, 2013, Updated November 5, 2017.

I work on most brands of Embroidery Machines including the many variations of Chinese machines. Prior to about 2009 Chinese machines developed a horrible reputation in the embroidery world. They were typically underpowered, fragile, and poorly made. When compared to the other standard commercial embroidery machines the stitch quality is poor and they just do not hold up. I have seen two identical machines that have come in the same shipment, one sewed as well as a Tajima, Barudan, or a ZSK, while the other broke thread and needles continuously and had electrical problems. The biggest issue with Chinese machines was the lack of quality control and the various companies using just what it takes to turn out the product.

Around 2009 a new machine emerged from China. I call them the Neo-Chinese Machines to differentiate the two classes of Chinese machines.

Read more: Neo-Chinese vs. Chinese Embroidery Machines

Where do you get the parameters for Chinese machines


I found your website because i was reading articles about chinese embroidery machines. So i found out that you know much about them. So maybe i can ask you few questions about them directly.

Here we have all kinds of machines, also chinese ones. As you wrote, some work great, some not that perfect. Now my question is: When a customer call you for service or help, from where do you get all parameters for the chinese machines to check and set? I repair all our machines by myself, but for chinese machines i just can try and check if all works. For Happy machines (as example) you get a complete service manual with every single parameters. For chinese machine it seems that such stuff doesnt exists. 

Regards from Austria,


Dahao software is a generic software used in 99 percent of Chinese machines before about 2008 . Dahao supplied the electronics and many of the motors and electrical sensors for the machines. The software is still used today in most Chinese machines. Dahao software is configured to the specific machine that it is loaded on. The software has a lot of features that your machine may or may not have. The software will still have the settings for Sequins, Cording and Boring that you may not have on your machine. The features are there and can in most cases be activated.

As for the answer to your question, I understand most of the Chinese machines are built by a couple of companies and rebranded for sale. You can start your own company by supplying your specs, (this size motor for this, this monitor etc…). They will build your machine and put your name on it. The parameters are set for the specific machine by the manufactures when they build the machine. The settings are not generic for all machines. Higher quality Chinese machines usually come with an operator’s manual with the parameters for that machine noted in the manual. Your best source for the parameters is the company from whom you buy the machine from.



Avance 1501C machine onlyI work on most brands of embroidery machines and in a unique position to evaluate and test most brands. I try to keep an unbiased opinion for my customers. This is what I think of Avance’.

Avance’ is one of the better Chinese machines on the market. It is patterned after the Pantograms GS-1501 with improvements, and upgrades. The biggest advantage of owning an Avance’ is the quality control used in building the machine and the customer support from the distributor. Each machine is set up when it is received from the factory and they test-sew and verify that the machine works like it should.  They sew a flat and cap design out on your machine. There is a single head model and a multi-head design. 

Read more: Avance’

Richpeace, Feyia, Richrui and other Chinese brands?

Does anybody here use chineese embroidery machines? I've got two multihead Tajima but need more productivity and don't have a lot of money to spend for another Tajima. Is the quality of chineese brands better than it used to be few years ago?

AJST = I work on a lot of the Chinese machines and the main issue with most of them is quality control. You can get two identical machines off the same shipment and one may sew like a champ. The other may never sew a lick.

Read more: Richpeace, Feyia, Richrui and other Chinese brands?

Pantograms GS-1501


GS1501 frontSmallWritten by Dennis November 2013

There is a new kid on the block. The Pantograms GS-1501 offers a new and refreshing balance of Cost verses Quality. In September of 2012, Pantograms introduced the GS-1501. This new machine is a single head, fifteen-needle Commercial Grade Embroidery Machine that Pantograms had designed and built specifically for them. The GS sews as good as any machines on the market and you can buy two of these machines for what you will pay for one tier 1 machine.

 GS1501 angleSmallChinese machines have developed a horrible reputation in the embroidery world. They are typically underpowered, fragile, and poorly made. When compared to the other standard commercial embroidery machines the stitch quality is poor and they just do not hold up. Is it possible for China to turn out a decent embroidery machine? The answer is YES. I understand that Tajima and other tier 1 brands have factories in China and parts are made for their machines there. So what is the difference in the “Chinese Machines” and their Japanese counter parts? QUALITY CONTROL.

Read more: Pantograms GS-1501

Pop goes the needle!

I was wondering if you could offer any advise on to what causes needle breaks when switching to cap frames? My Toyota 9000 sews just fine on flats, as soon as switch over to cap frame and begin sewing, pop goes the needle.

Thanks, Eric.

AJST = Broken needles when doing caps can be cause, by a number of things. Here is a list of the things that I check when troubleshooting this issue.

Read more: Pop goes the needle!

Stitch Count on Toyota Embroidery Machines


Checking the total stitch count on a Toyota Embroidery Machines
Warning: Turn the machine off before setting Test Mode: You should read the entire process before beginning.
    Note: This number is not always accurate. Changing the boards or reseting some of the settings on the machine can reset the stitch count.

Turn the machine off.

Read more: Stitch Count on Toyota Embroidery Machines

Thinking of Buying a Used Machine?


Brother, SWF, and Barudan are good machines and these older machines that you are looking at were good in their day. There are a few things you probably want to consider if you are looking for a machine this old.

1. Parts - The companies that built these machines may or may not still make parts for these machines. You may want to call the company and ask if can still get parts. The PCB boards are becoming rare and you may end up having the boards repaired. You are looking at $600 to $1200 for a board replacement or repair. As an example... Toyota 850 and 860 have little or no new parts. You will end up getting parts for them from companies that are buying older machines and parting them out.

Read more: Thinking of Buying a Used Machine?

Types and Classes of Embroidery Machines

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.

Read more: Types and Classes of Embroidery Machines

Embroidery Machine in NEED of repairs...

I have a 12 needle embroidery machine that powers up but that is about all, can't get the needles to advance.  You gave me advice on this back in April 2014, with no luck on getting it going again.  Last year was just a plain wash since we moved our business..but now I would like to get this going again.

Here is a run down of events

Replaced battery~didn't help

Read more: Embroidery Machine in NEED of repairs...

Which is the best embroidery machine?

The majority of Commercial Embroidery Machines are made in China, Korea, and Japan. Just about, all of them share the same basic mechanical design. In fact, many of the parts are interchangeable. The main difference in the machines is the components and workmanship included in the machines.To make it a little simpler to understand consider the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra. Both share the same basic design and use the same parts. The difference is in the workmanship and cosmetics of the vehicle.

Read more: Which is the best embroidery machine?