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Date: 5/19/13 11:51 PM

I am new to sewing with a machine my husband bought me my first machine for Christmas last year. I am starting to feel more confident with it but I really want to buy a machine with monagrammimg features. I wanted to ask what everyone's opinion is ...
*What is the most user friendly?
*What would have the most options in fonts,ect?
*Which machine would be best if I am going to run a small to medium size business in monagrammimg?
*Are some better for monagrammimg hats & backpacks rather than just shirts?
Thank you so much for your input!Shea
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Date: 5/20/13 5:35 AM

First off, I learned AFTER purchasing a mid level machine (my first computerized) that the built in characters are not monograms. I guess I did not ask the right questions- I just thought that the letters were used to make monograms.
I don't know that there is such a machine as a monogram machine.

After a few years of pulling my hair out with the darn thing, someone in a Yahoo Group explained the monograms are an embroidery feature! Duh!

So I bought a 5x7 embroidery only machine to monogram but ended up with learning and liking embroidery.
So I got a combo machine with larger and endless hoop sizes. I love it.

So study up on monogramming and don't count on the sales people. You need to ask them the right questions. I would ask for a monogramming demo before buying. It requires software and everything else that embroidery does- unless you are completely happy with how the machine lets you adjust it on the screen.

Do you want to just sew out 2-3 letters in a limited size and look? Then the built in monogram feature may work fine.

Or do you want to able to tweak, sew out in larger sizes, use downloaded monogram designs, vary spacing or alignment and be able to combine with another design? Then you need software and larger hoops.

Once you invest in all of that will you be tempted to explore embroidering other designs? Will you be satisfied with just the smaller ones that fit under a 5x7? If not you need a combo machine with larger hoops.

So lots to think about.

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Date: 5/20/13 7:52 AM

If you are starting a business, I would get a multi-needle machine. That means if your embroidery has more than one color, it has multiple needles and will change colors for you. Unless you really are going to just do monograms or lettering that would require only one color.

If you want to do tubular embroidery, like a T-shirt embroidery, you can hoop it and hang the shirt around the arm, making it unnecessary for you to turn it inside out and clip everything together to keep it from getting caught underneath, sewing the back to the front. You can also do caps.

You would want software to have as many lettering styles as possible. Look into capabilities for combining designs with lettering and design editing. If you think you will want to digitize (create your own designs or lettering), you will want to research digitizing software. I would get something that does everything you want..not several programs that do one thing each. Floriani is a good software that is easy to learn and does everything you would want.

I have experience both with commercial Tajima single head, 15-needle machines and Baby Lock semi-industrial 6 and 10 needle machines. You could start a business with either. If you are only going to use single colors with each embroidery, you might be able to get by with a single-needle home embroidery machine, but it will be hard on it to use it constantly for a business. If you are just starting out, though, it might be a good option for you to see if it is going to be successful. You can, of course change every color if it is multiple colors, on a single-needle home embroidery machine, but that will greatly slow down your production time, eating into your profit.

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Embroidery software: Tajima DGML by Pulse (commercial) also know Designer's Gallery and Floriani for home use.

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