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The Best Cheap Sewing Machines for Embroidery

Updated on July 13, 2011
Brother SE400 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
Brother SE400 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Computerized embroidery sewing machines are preferable over hand embroidery for many hobbyists because it automates a normally tedious process. There are a number of high-quality embroidery machines for sale in the marketplace that can be purchased for less than $500.

If you’ve ever accomplished any embroidery on a sewing machine, you’ll have found how delightful and simple the process is, and it may even turn out to be somewhat addicting. There’s no limit to what might be carried out including embroidery on clothes, linens and home décor items. You may embroider up some beautiful curtains for the kitchen or perhaps you can ultimately even start a business!

When shopping around for a low-cost embroidery machine, ensure that it is all encompassing. This means the machine ought to have the functionality of all kinds of sewing and not just embroidery. The perfect sewing machines for embroidery would include plenty of built-in stitches for both conventional sewing and embroidery such as lettering in varied fonts, an assortment of interesting patterns, a card slot for additional design software and a USB port to connect with a PC for downloads.

Before purchasing any sewing machine you will need to do two things:

1) Peruse buyer reviews. First, look for the best sewing machines which have a 4 or 5 star ranking and pay attention to the good and bad comments that are being implied. Always remember that simply because an individual doesn't like a certain characteristic, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a problem.

2) After deciding on a machine, think about what other items you might need to get underway. There’s nothing worse than being all excited after you get your new machine home, but you don’t have what you need to actually begin a project. A few recommendations would be embroidery thread and stabilizer.

It's very important that you at least scan the instruction handbook from cover to cover so you know and understand the machine. You’ll steer clear of unnecessary errors and also learn about options you didn’t know existed.

My number one pick for this category is the Brother SE400. If you want basically the same machine with a rolling carry case and the Project Runway branding, then the Brother LB6800PRW will fit the bill.


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      bloggering 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for stopping by Silk Thimble! Yes...These are definitely great machines to use. Now if only I had one of those fancy Bernina's ;-)

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      SilkThimble 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      I have a couple of Brother machines, including a sewing/embroidery model, and have been very happy with both. They're excellent value for the money.