Before I get into my embroidery machine reviews and recommendations, I wanted to make sure that you were aware that there are a two different configurations to choose from: single and multi-head.
What are the Different Types of Embroidery/Monogram Machines?
1. Single Head/Single Needle Embroidery Machine
The single head /single needle looks like a regular sewing machine. The single needle versions are less expensive and geared towards home use. The single needle models only allow one spool of thread on at a time which means that you have to change the thread each time you want to change the color. For home projects this usually isn’t a concern.
2. Single Head/Multi Needle Embroidery Machine
If you are starting a commercial business, you would definitely want a unit that is multi-needle. They are much faster and more accurate than their single needle cousins and you can load many different colors at once and not have to change them during the stitching process. This can save you a lot of time in the process and time is money if you are trying to run a successful business.
The single needle machines are the ones that I will review in this post. I am an at-home crafter that does it for a hobby and am not in need of a faster and more elaborate product. Continue below to find my recommendations for use in your home.
What Are the Price Ranges?
Embroidery machines start at the mid price-point range. To get an inexpensive one, you will be starting at around $350. If you want a higher end home machine then you will need to spend at least $500.
If you are looking to start your own embroidering business or want a professional version then you will be looking at around a $3,000 price tag. However, if you are serious about this, these machines are truly worth it.
Top 3 Embroidery Machines – Computerized & Multi Needle
One thing to keep in mind is that yes, each one does have varying amounts of designs pre-installed. Typically these machines have from 70 to 136 different designs pre-loaded into the machines and that include many font options and other fun designs to choose from.
You can also learn about the different embroidery machine stitches here.
However, you should note that the models reviewed below also have USB ports. What this means is that it allows you to download thousands of other designs with the only limit being your imagination. Therefore, the amount of pre-loaded designs really aren’t all that important. You can always download the ones you want. It is far more important to consider the size of the areas you wish to work with. The larger the area the more room you can embroider in.
Let’s move on to my reviews…
If you want the best embroidery-only machine, then look no further. There is a reason this is the #1 embroidery machine on Amazon.
The PE770 is an powerful, jam-packed, reliable machine and the best embroidery machine for a home business or for enthusiasts.
The Brother PE770 comes with 136 different embroidery designs and 6 fonts, but also comes with a USB port that allows you to access thousands of new patterns with ease. It has a very large 5 by 7 inch embroidery area that is perfect if you want to have the option of working on bigger projects.
Don’t let the “computerized” designation scare you away because this is actually surprisingly easy to use. The touchable LCD screen allows you to choose from the 136 built-in designs, 6 fonts, rotate the design, and increase/decrease the size of the design with the touch of your finger. Even if you do get lost or aren’t sure what to do there is a set of step-by-step instructions that will have you up and running in no time.
Loading a bobbin and threading is also a breeze. Simply drop the bobbin in it with the thread pointing the correct way and it is ready to go!
I was also surprised by how fast and smooth this unit was. Even though you only have one needle, your projects can be completed quickly due to the speed of the needle going 650 stitches per minute. I have completed hundreds of embroidery projects with this model including pillows, t-shirts, monograms and blankets and have never had a stitch done out of place.
Another great feature is the included USB flash drive port. This allows you to download hundreds or even thousands of additional designs onto it giving you endless options. There are a ton of great patterns on the internet that you can get for free so this is a really amazing feature for those of us who love to sew and are always looking for something new.
What else can I say? This is one amazing product! The retail price of this unit is $2500, but often you can find it below $1000. I’ve also written and in-depth review you can find here.
2. Brother PE500
If you are wanting an embroidery-only machine on a budget then the Brother PE500 is an good choice, retailing under $300. Even though this is an inexpensive model, it isn’t cheaply made. It is has the typical durability and flawless execution that you would expect from a Brother.
Beginners will love this one as not only is this beautiful, but it’s fun to use, and it is also easy to learn. You’ll also be happy to know that the auto-needle threader is a breeze. I had this threaded in less than a minute. I was up and working on projects in a few minutes. This is what happens when you get better with your machine.
The PE500 comes with 70 built-in designs, 5 fonts and a 4 x 4 inch embroidery area. The LCD touchscreen is so easy and intuitive to use. It allows you to control all of the options in one easy place. This particular feature makes it easier for people looking for beginner sewing machines as well as getting used to a new unit.
Another amazing feature that I use all the time is the USB port. You can use it to update your software to keep it up to date or you can use it to download additional designs and patterns. If you are looking for the best but you’re on a budget, then this is an excellent choice.
3. Brother SE400
The Brother se400 is a perfect embroidery machine for beginners. This model is also made by Brother and is an embroidery and sewing combo. If you don’t have a sewing machine and want to also do embroidery then this is an outstanding value.
The Brother SE400 is consistently the #1 selling embroidery sewing machine on Amazon. It has the identical features as the PE500: 4 x 4 table, 70 built-in designs, 5 fonts and LCD screen. What sets this model apart from the PE500 is that it is a combination built into one that also includes 67 built-in stitches,
This Brother SE400 is built to handle all of your sewing, embroidering, crafting projects.
If you don’t already have a stand-alone sewing machine this is an excellent choice that will give you tons of crafting options. Click here to see my full review.
Final Verdict – Which Model? Or should you Consider a 6 Needle?
If you are looking for a combo machine for embroidery projects like this, then the obvious choice is the Brother SE400. This is an excellent product for a beginner and one that I have test-driven on many different projects and was amazed at the precision and speed. Truthfully, it made me feel like I was working with a far more expensive model.
If you are looking for an embroidery-only version I highly recommend the PE770. It has a ton of features, a larger workspace and is the best option for use in your home or small business. I guarantee that you will love the capabilities and functionality.