Welcome back to:
Today is the final installment of 31 In’s and Out’s of Machine Embroidery.
I hope I have explained machine embroidery well enough for you to make an informed decision.
If you have decided that machine embroidery is more than you need, then I want to thank you for joining me on this journey.
If, on the other hand, you think you’d like to get an embroidery machine, then I have a few suggestions to help you get the best deal.
1. If you want a new machine, purchase it from a dealer. I suggest you find a dealer that has been in business a while. Check local reviews. Most large cities will have a quality dealer.
I would avoid dealers that sell sewing machines and vacuums. You want to purchase from a place dedicated to sewing.
A great dealer will stand behind his machines, hold new owner classes, and be able to answer all of your questions.
Best of all, dealers have regular sales, some with up to 40% off. Find a dealer you trust and get on their mailing list. If you have done your homework, you will be able to get the best machine for you at a price you can afford.
2. If you have a small budget, check with a dealer about used machines. Most manufacturers release new models in the Fall. That means that people will be trading in their older machines to get the latest and greatest.
If you look at used machines, you want to ask these questions:
What is the stitch count?
What are the hours-used on this machine?
Lots of machines are mostly used for sewing and quilting and have very few embroidery hours on them. This type of machine would be something to consider.
3. Embroidery machines can be purchased at large chain stores like Joann’s and Walmart. I’ve seen them on Amazon and QVC.
I would not advise purchasing your machine from discounted retailers. They do not offer support, free classes, or repair work.
And, the machines cost about the same as you would get from a dealer. So, you really don’t save any money. You are better off purchasing from a dealer that has an excellent reputation. Even if you have to drive to another city.
If you decide to take the plunge and get an embroidery machine, I’d love to have you chime in and let me know what machine you bought and maybe a picture or two of your first few embroidery project’s.
In November, I will pick back up where I left off. Lots of sewing, cooking, and gardening ~ and few things you’ve never seen.