If you use the cheapest machine that can embroider a garment, you’ll never make enough money to make the work worthwhile, or you’ll be frustrated enough to quit. At worst, a printer will show me a small, single-needle home machine from a big-box store with a four-inch square embroidery area as an example. Though even I have one of these for fun, they aren’t suited for commercial work. A sub-$500-dollar home machine may seem like a minuscule cost to enter a new business segment, but you will waste a tremendous amount of time. These machines’ top speeds (which they do not maintain throughout a design) are far less than half the speed possible on a commercial machine. They can’t change colors automatically; each color requires an operator to re-thread. They have a very limited design size. They are difficult to mount flat garments on, let alone the torturous methods they use to turn cap-crowns into a flat medium, all while limiting their embroiderable area. They are great for a few pieces of craft work, not day-in, day-out commercial embroidery.
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