Embroidery Machine

The term ‘embroidery machine’ has changed over the times. Earlier it used to mean machines that could be used to make embroideries on cloth. Though the machine would do the embroidery, the conceptualization of it and even the actual handiwork would be the person using the machine. However, today, there are embroidery machines that are almost completely automated. These machines can be hooked up to computers from where they can take digitized embroidery patterns and then work them on cloth.

These machines essentially read the pattern that is brought up on the computer, set it into a format that they can read it and then create them on the cloth. There are various embroidery software applications available, with a variety of customizable options. People conceptualize the embroidery they are seeking with the help of these software applications and get a pattern ready. Once they have the pattern, it is fed to the machine. The machine will digitize the pattern, i.e. convert it into a readable format. Then it will work its way at bringing the digital pattern into a realistic form.

Embroidery machines will need threads to work with. These threads require to be spooled in bobbins and to be hooped onto the needle. Bobbins are cylindrical structures around which the embroidery threads are wound. These bobbins of threads are readily available in the market in various colors and strengths. The bobbins are assembled, along with the threads wound on it on a particular rod provided on the embroidery machine.

The next step is to hoop the thread. A required length of thread is pulled out from the bobbin and is put into the eye of the needle where it can be fixed. This is considered to be a difficult procedure, especially for people with weak eyesight, because the eye of the needle is too small to pass the thread through it. However, there are some aids available to help with this procedure. Hooping needs to be done very cautiously because the thread has to remain taut. If it slacks, the entire pattern could be spoilt.

Most embroidery machines will also sew clothes, but it is not necessary. A different arrangement may be present for sewing clothes. Embroidery is itself considered to be a specialized art form within sewing. As such, the machines are considered to be extremely classy equipment, with prices of some of them used in professional environments going up to $125,000. However, for home purposes, there are machines starting out from even $200. A good machine with standard features could cost between $500 and $1,000. Most of these machines can be customized with options. That is why there is such a huge price difference. Fully automated machines with high-scale software compatibility can cost much more than ones that need more manual effort.

All embroidery machines have an option of free motion embroidery. This feature is much liked by people who take up embroidery as a hobby rather than as a commercial venture. In this feature, the software is not used and the machine does not digitize any images. The user comes up with the embroidery pattern entirely with his or her own effort. For that reason, this is considered to be an art form that requires more creativity than skill. Some of the patterns created by free motion embroidery are quite prized in the world market and sell for high prices. However, the skill that drives this art is most important.

Most embroidery machines come with a set of embroidery patterns which people can use for their work. If these are used, people would not need to depend on the software. The software is mostly used by professional embroiders who need to cater to a huge clientele and impress them with innovative designs.

This Embroidery Machine Review is Written/Updated on Apr 2nd, 2009 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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