4 Single Head Embroidery Machine Models to Choose From

Highland Single Head Embroidery Machines

Best Embroidery Machine Value In The Industry

If you're looking for the best single head commercial embroidery machine, with beautiful stitch quality and tons of time-saving features, you've found it.

MESA offers four Highland single head embroidery machines so you can choose the one that best suits your needs, whether you're just starting a new home-based commercial embroidery business, or a pro with a well-established business. Choose from:

All Highland embroidery machines offer a large multi-tasking touch-screen control panel, extra-large sewing fields, high stitching speeds (1000 - 1200 stitches per minute, depending on model), and a huge memory that holds 100 million stitches. All Highland embroidery machines also include patented features that NO competitors offer, such as metal unbreakable reciprocators and 90 degree presser feet for sewing closer to a cap's bill. Each machine is simply the best embroidery machine of its class.

Highland Single Head Embroidery Machine Features

Perfect For Businesses or Hobbyists

Highland offers several single head embroidery machines for small or large businesses, with features to save you time and money. You won’t find a better value in embroidery machines for business use.

  • Unbreakable reciprocators with the patented RPS Reciprocator Protection System
  • Quick Change Cap and Hooping System* changes flats to caps, caps to flats, or even one hoop to another in seconds - no tools needed! (*Breeze model has the EZ Change Cap System - change out in one minute.)
  • Largest cap sewing area
  • Large sewing fields
  • Touch-screen Control Panel
  • Multitasking - shift between tasks like design input, preparation for the next design, and changing design parameters while the machine is working
  • Huge Stitch Memory capacity
  • Automatic Thread Trimmer
  • Automatic Color Change
  • Automatic Thread Break Detection
  • Linear Pantograph Drive Movement
  • Design/data ports: USB
  • Laser Light for Design Tracing
  • Built In Workspace Lights
  • One-touch Design Trace
  • Stitch Filtering
  • 110v single phase power (standard wall plug)
  • Custom Machine Stand
  • Built In Noise Reduction Technology
  • Memory Retention After Shut Down
  • Generous selection of hoops included with each machine

Demo Video

A quick video tour of the Highland HM/D-1501C. All Highland single head embroidery machines include all features shown in this video except the Breeze. Please ask your representative for details.

RPS Reciprocator Protection System

Reciprocator Protection System

With the patented RPS Reciprocator Protection System you never have to worry about your business being down because you struck a hoop. With other embroidery machines, striking a hoop can easily break the plastic reciprocator, making your machine unusable until repaired, possibly for days if you cannot do the repair yourself.

This revolutionary unbreakable reciprocator is metal, not plastic, and therefore cannot be broken by simply striking a hoop with the needle. Instead of breaking an expensive part of your machine, a small plastic post will break off, which can easily and inexpensively be replaced. When this post is broken, it puts that one needle out of order, instead of the entire sewing head. By reprogramming the thread color to another needle (and re-hooping the garment so you don't strike the hoop again) you are back in business! You can then repair the RPS system at your convenience.

The RPS Reciprocator Protection System includes a Lifetime Warranty on the reciprocator - never pay for a reciprocator for as long as you own the machine!

Watch this video to see how fast and easy it is to get back up and running after a hard hoop strike that would put other embroidery machines down for repairs.

Control Panel with LCD Screen

With the high definition touch-screen LCD control panel editing & design previewing is easy. Features such as satin width adjustment & the 100 Million Stitch Memory give you the ability to create flawless embroidery at any size!

  • Control Panel features a Touch-Screen Color LCD Display
  • User-friendly menu makes it easy to read and quickly identify production information
  • On-screen prompts guide you through every step of the process
  • USB Port for loading designs from USB flash drives
  • One-Touch Designs Tracing - easily trace the design to ensure accurate placement before ever sewing a stitch by simply pressing a button
  • Scale size of designs up or down
  • Manual/automatic offset - frame can easily be returned to the previous position by selecting the option, or set to automatically return to the previous offset position when a job is completed
  • Rotate or Mirror Image
  • Origin Return - easily return to the starting point of the design
  • Floating - Moves frame forward or backward through design without stitching
USB Flash Drive
USB Drive Design Transfer

USB flash drives are inexpensive, portable and convenient. The USB flash drive allows the operator to transfer one design or hundreds to the machine quickly and easily.

Highland Embroidery Machine Warranty

Embroidery Machine Warranty

Five year limited warranty coverage for your Highland embroidery machine - Lifetime warranty on RPS reciprocator.

Read the entire warranty here.

Embroidery Machine Service and Support

Expert 800 Phone Support is included with every purchase of new equipment or software. The mission of our friendly and patient support staff is to get you back up and running as quickly as possible, saving you time and money, and most support calls are actually resolved over the phone. If your issue cannot be resolved by phone, factory trained technicians are available for on-site service. Visit our website for answers to frequently asked questions, or step-by-step instructions for many tasks.

Embroidery Machine Machine Training

Training is included with each machine and software purchase from MESA, Inc. Single-head embroidery machine prices include training at a MESA training center or online video conference training. Full-size multi-head embroidery machine prices include onsite training at customer's location. Onsite training may also be purchased with single head machines. Visit our training page or ask your sales representative for more details.

What Our Customers Say

We are Caprimini Designs are extremely pleased at the amount of attention is given to customers. When you have a question, Jerry or Paula are right there to answer your questions (M-F) 8:00 to 5:00pm cst only. We own the 1501C, it was challenging learning the machine but once you get training and kept trying we were able to embroider our own design...Next stop software training!!

Johnny Stewart
North Chicago, IL

MESA has thousands of satisfied customers ranging from part-time embroiderers who work from home to large companies with many machines. Read more customer reviews about MESA's products and services.

Multihead Embroidery Machines

Dakota Collectibles Stock Designs (Optional)

Dakota Collectibles Stock Designs

MESA offers fantastic savings on select Dakota Collectibles Design Libraries when purchased with a Highland embroidery machine. Each collection includes the ready-to-use stock designs on cd, plus a beautiful design catalog to easily allow your customers to browse designs. Choose from four different design libraries. Click here to learn more.

Business Start-Up Packages (Optional)

We've assembled the most commonly needed items into money-saving Business Startup Packages to help you get started. Packages include Wings XP Embroidery Software, backing, needles, thread, bobbins, stock designs, and more. Click here to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions About Highland Embroidery Machines

Why would I want the Quick Change System?

The patented Quick Change Cap & Hooping System saves time and trouble every time you change from smaller Chest size hoops to larger full chest or Jacket Back hoops. And even more important, it is the fastest and easiest system for changing from tubular hoops to cap frames. No tools, screws, bolts, or nuts required. Just remove the tubular hoop, snap in the cap driver and you are ready to go. In addition, the new Quick Change Cap Driver uses a linear guide rail with a 60 mm linear bearing on the x axis, and a 50 mm cylindrical bearing on the Y access, ensuring the highest possible accuracy and quality even when embroidering intricate hat designs.

What is the benefit of Multi-Tasking?

While your machine is embroidering, you have the ability to set up your next job, which can save a significant amount of time. Set up names with the onboard lettering, load in your next file and color sequence, input or delete designs into memory or edit designs, all right on the machine.

What is the benefit of on board lettering?

On most other machines, each name must be created on a computer and then saved to a USB memory stick, then the stick must be put into the machine and the file read into the machines memory. When using onboard lettering, just type in the letters, preview, and sew - much more efficient when embroidering a series of names.

What about networking machines?

Highland has the highest features available in networking; from the ability to send designs, to reviewing each machine for efficiency with comprehensive production and machine delay reports.

What about service?

Highland brings you all the best options in service for your Highland machine. MESA is the exclusive distributor for Highland Embroidery machines so we can assure excellent service for our customers. MESA has independent certified technicians all over the nation to provide quick and efficient service should the need arise.

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