Consider how many colors you want to use to determine how many needles you will need on your embroidery machine. The more colors you plan to use, the more needles you will need. Expect from one to 16 needles on a single-head embroidery machine. How many colors and needles will you need?
Research cap systems. Look for an embroidery machine equipped with a cap system if you plan to embroider finished caps. Check for the cap frame, driver and gauge attachments, which are necessary for cap embroidery. Consider cap systems that increase productivity when switching between cap and other types of embroidery. Consider a cap system for cap embroidery.
Check the frames and hoops. Embroidering different types of garments will require different-sized frames and hoops to hold garments in place. Look for a variety of frames and hoops to handle different garments. You will need frames and hoops to embroider garments.
Compare preloaded computerized designs. Using the preloaded designs as often as possible is faster than designing with design software on the computer and then transferring designs to the embroidery machine. Compare different embroidery design software.
Look for must-have features. Compare features that will make an efficient embroidery machine, such as easily changed bobbins, automatic needle threaders, thread trimmers, LCD displays, auto-color changes, USB port to connect to computer and devices, and emergency stop. Look for efficient features such as easily changed bobbins.
Compare accessories. Choose an embroidery machine that comes with specialty embroidery design software for generating stitches, designing with letters and digitizing images on the computer. Consider machine stands, tables, training manuals and tool kits. Look for embroidery software.
Similar in operation to sinhle head machines Contains two or more needles Garments are individually hooped and nserted horizontally under each head Each head utilizes 1 to 6 needles and up to 6 colors More heads require more loading time More idle time during the loading process