For Day 7 of my series, All About Machine Embroidery, I am going to talk about embroidery machine display screens.
Every embroidery machine has a display screen. This is how you see what you are embroidering.
Some are very large and show lots of color and details.
Some screens are very small and the display is black and white.
Where embroidery machine display screens are concerned, the better the screen, the higher the price.
On the first machine above, you will be able to clearly see your design and then manipulate it in a variety of ways. You will see all of the various thread colors, watch the design stitch out on the screen, and be able to go back to an exact spot in case you run out of bobbin or the thread breaks.
On the second machine, you will have a very small picture of your design in black and white. This machine will allow you to see the design stitching out, have a limited ability to enlarge or reduce a design, and show thread changes.
Some machines come loaded and has a stratosphere price tag hovering in the $8K+ range. Ouch! Others can be purchased in the $600-$800 range.
So, the big question is this: How many of those bells and whistles matter when it comes to embroidery machine display screens?
I used to own the Babylock Ellure and I had no problems with the screen size or lack of color. I only hit a snag when I had to go back if my bobbin ran out or thread broke. A larger, color screen would’ve been great.
Then, I upgraded to a nicer Bernina with a larger, color screen. There was a significant difference in my ability to manipulate designs, but overall, my embroidery looked just the same. Something to remember is that the display screen is part of the whole sewing machine. It is the place where you choose your stitches (straight, zigzag, decorative, etc.), stitch length, stitch width, etc.
You will need to have a basic knowledge of computers to understand how the screen functions. I checked with my daughter who now has my old Ellure and asked her thoughts on the display screen. She likes it and finds it easy to use.
The thing to do when shopping for an embroidery machine is get comfortable with the display screen.
It’s supposed to simplify machine embroidery!
Tomorrow I’ll discuss what to look for in a display screen.