The Best Embroidery Machines for Home Businesses
So you're thinking about starting an embroidery business at home? Choosing the right embroidery machine will be one of the most important decisions you'll make.
Multi-needle Embroidery Machines
You may already own a single needle home embroidery machine, and you know this won't be sufficient as a business machine. Single needle machines aren't designed to run a higher volume of multi-colored designs every day - the machine will wear out and need replacing far too soon. In addition, multi-needle machines allow you to embroider designs with multiple colors without needing to stop and rethread the machine. A 15-needle commercial machine can embroider designs with up to 15 different colors. Many professional embroiderers will keep a few frequently used colors on the machine at all times (black, white, red, and blue, for example.) This is a time-saver when rethreading the machine for the next job - the fewer needles you need to rethread, the sooner you're sewing your next job.
Embroidery Stitch Speeds
Some newer single-needle machines can stitch up to 1,000 stitches per minute, but for roughly double the price you can get a 15-needle commercial machine that stitches 1,000 or 1,200 stitches per minute. You should also keep in mind that the stitch speed listed for any model of machine is the maximum stitch speed, but there are situations which require lower speeds, such as when embroidering caps or heavy materials.
Every business model is different, but once you have a good idea of the types of jobs that you'll primarily be doing, you can figure out an average stitch speed to help estimate how many jobs you can complete in a time frame. For example, if you will primarily be stitching caps, you can figure an average of about 600 stitches per minute. If your average cap design has 5,000 stitches, and you spend 2 minutes between caps loading/unloading the cap frame, you can estimate how many caps you can complete in 8 hours as such: 5,000 stitches divided by 600 stitches per minute = roughly 8½ minutes per design. Add 2 minutes for changing cap frames and the total is 10½ minutes per cap. You should be able to complete roughly 45 caps per day.
A larger design, such as a jacketback design, will have a lot more stitches, and probably a lot more color changes. Flat embroidery is faster, but there are still variables such as the design itself, the thread you're using, the material you're embroidering, etc. Let's use 800 stitches per minute as an average for a 40,000 stitch design on a jacketback. 40,000 stitches divided by 800 stitches per minute = 50 minutes per jacket, plus 2 minutes for changing out the frame. At 52 minutes per jacket, you can complete 9 jackets per day on a single head embroidery machine.
Commercial Machines vs. Home Machines
The multi-needle commercial embroidery machine is more versatile than the single-needle home machine, allowing embroidery on a wider range of products, and with the ability to embroider larger designs. That versatility provides more avenues of income since you can broaden your product offerings to include jacket backs, hats, canvas bags, and much more.
Highland Embroidery Machines
MESA offers a selection of Highland single head multi-needle commercial embroidery machines:
- Highland 15 Needle Entry Level / 1501 Breeze Embroidery Machine
- Highland 15 Needle Compact / HM/E-1501C Compact Embroidery Machine
- Highland 15 Needle Compact Bridge Style / HM/E-1501c5 Embroidery Machine
- Highland 15 Needle / HM/D-1501XL Embroidery Machine
All Highland embroidery machines come with the patent-pending RPS Reciprocator Protection System that provides unbreakable reciprocators so you can keep embroidering even after a hard hoop strike that would break the reciprocator on other brands. MESA machines also include high definition touch-screen LCD control panels, making editing & design previewing easy. All four machines include built-in noise reduction, a large sewing area, and MESA's patented Quick Change cap & hooping system. (The Breeze model includes the EZ Change Cap System.)
With every Highland embroidery machine, MESA also provides:
We've also assembled the most commonly needed items into money-saving optional packages to help you get started. Business Start-Up Packages include Wings XP Embroidery Software, backing, needles, thread, bobbins, stock designs, and more.
"I just want to send my thanks to MESA for having such a great machine and impeccable customer service. In the past we have always used Brother machines, but when my company was expanding into larger sewing surfaces and I needed a new machine, I did months of research to find the best bang for my buck and I found it here with Highland. After a few minor adjustments my 15 needle machine is the most quiet workhorse I have ever used. My embroidery files range from 20,000 stitches to over 700,000 stitches, and at 1200 spm on flats it doesn't take long to sew them out. I highly recommend Highland to anyone and can't wait to look at buying a multihead."
Comparison of All Four Highland Single Head Embroidery Machines
"I can't say enough nice things about the way my wife and I have been taken care of by MESA. Service always calls me back promptly, and we have received great support for our HM-1501C."
Oklahoma City, OK
Other Embroidery Machine Considerations
There are a few other important things to consider when researching the best professional embroidery machine:
Support: Does the company that sells the embroidery machine offer support? How many ways are there for you to contact them? Is there a fee? Make sure you purchase from a company that offers support for the machine you buy.
Training: Does the company that sells the embroidery machine offer training? What type of training? Is there a fee for embroidery machine training? Getting training on your new machine is priceless.
Financing: Is it available? Do they offer 0% financing so you can start an immediate ROI? Most companies offer financing but few provide 0% financing, which can make a huge difference in the monthly payment amount.
Add-ons: Do you only get the machine, or are there other optional items you can get from the dealer to have everything you need to get started on your home embroidery business? MESA has options like cap systems and Business Start-Up Packages that include stock designs, software, and more.
Now that you have a good idea of what the best embroidery machine for home business is for you, it’s time to talk to a salesperson. MESA provides a warranty, support, training, and 0% financing. We’ve got add-ons to help you get started right away with your embroidery machine, when it arrives in your home.
MESA has been in the apparel decorating industry for over 25 years. This experience is invaluable when redesigning a system or selecting a manufacturer to make products for us. It also means MESA has the experience and expertise to guide you toward the right equipment for your home business.
"The level of service that all of you have provided has far exceeded our expections, and we certainly look forward to a long business relationship with all of you as we progress in this industry. We would definitely recommend your company to anyone who is looking to purchase equipment or begin a new embroidery business. Thank you for everything!"
Looking for the best embroidery machine for a business outside the home? You'll want to read The Best Embroidery Machine for Small Business.