Machine embroidery is magic.I think I have said that a time or two. I have had my Brother Quattro for many, many years. I just love making home decor and monogramming. I have made many gifts, personalized items for family and friends. Plus I have been hired to embroider items for co-workers. Who doesn’t love a personalized gift with either their name or monogram on it?
Oh, but you say, have you priced these machines? Yes and yes. There is no doubt this is an investment.
There are two different types of embroidery machines available. A stand alone embroidery machine that does embroidery only and a sewing/embroidery combo which is what I have.
Your local sewing machine dealer has many used machines that people have traded in for a new model. Much like car buying. The good thing about buying from a sewing machine dealer is they offer lessons and classes on your embroidery machine. Plus they can advise you on stabilizers, thread and software for your machine.
Keep in mind to get the biggest embroidery hoop size you can afford. This will give you the most flexibility on what you can embroider.
You can also look at the want ads and estate sales or yard sales. Put the word out to friends and family that you are looking to buy an embroidery machine. There are always those that are ready to sell for whatever reason. One word of caution when buying from an individual. Request that the embroidery machine you are considering be serviced by the local sewing machine dealer. You want the receipt that states it is in good working condition.
If you do buy from an individual, do not expect to get free lessons and such from the local sewing machine dealer you didn’t purchase it from. If you do need lessons, be prepared to pay for them.
Ok, I have helped you locate a reasonably priced machine but it’s still a lot of money. This is where you offer your embroidery services to family, friends and coworkers what magic you can produce. Baby gifts, wedding gifts, and birthday gifts are perfect for personalizing. Yes, charge for this service. You are using your TIME and supplies.
Call several monogram shops and sewing machine dealers on what they charge to embroider an item. This will give you an idea on what to charge.
Granted you won’t make a ton of money with this but you can earn enough to help pay for your machine.
If you’d like to see some of the things I have embroidered, please click on the following posts:
I hope this gives you a little incentive to venture into the wonderful world of machine embroidery.