What factors should guide embroiderers in purchasing their first machine?

New embroiderers obsess over equipment. It’s expensive, and it’s undeniable that machine embroidery needs machines, but the first question they ask is, “Which machine makes the best looking embroidery?” Truthfully, among established brands, there isn’t a candidate that won’t produce a satisfactory result from well-digitized files and the right materials. Unless your work is highly specialized, most machines will suffice. The differentiators that affect your business most often aren’t equipment features but the following qualities.

Support: What training does your distributor or manufacturer offer? Will you be able to take advantage of it? What documentation or instructional materials are available? Is there an active user community to help you when official channels fail? In short, how hard will it be to get the instruction and answers you need to operate?

Repair: Are technicians and parts available to service your machine? Are they local to your business? If not, what costs are required to get a tech on site and what is the average wait for service? Ask yourself, when you are down, how difficult and costly will it be to get it running again? When multiple machines are affordable and suit your production needs, it’s the one which will be operated, maintained, and repaired at the lowest cost and with the least difficulty that serves you best over time.



Erich Campbell

Erich has more than 18 years experience as an award-winning digitizer, e-commerce manager, and industry educator. He empowers decorators to do their best work and achieve a greater success. A current educator and long-time columnist, Erich takes every opportunity to provide value to the industry.

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