To carry out machine embroidery, you don’t need a special embroidery machine; any sewing machine will work just fine. If you intend to do free-motion embroidery (the machine does the stitching while you direct the fabric), you just need a sewing machine that can keep the feed dogs in place while you guide the fabric movement.
You might also have to switch the foot to a free-motion or darning foot, depending on the machine type. To ensure the fabric stays stretched in place and flat, you will have to place it in an embroidery hoop to give room for maneuvering and for it to fit in the machine. Placing the fabric the other way up is the typical way to utilize the embroidery hoop, so the frame is above the fabric’s right side. If free-motion embroidery is what you want, the ideal embroidery machine should have a lower-the-feed-dogs feature.
Here is a list of the best and top embroidery machines of 2022:
Brother PE800 Embroidery Machine:
This embroidery machine is multi-purpose long-lasting equipment that is loaded with in-built fonts and designs. You can select from the 138 in-built designs or import your own designs. This is especially beneficial for embroiders who wish to modify or alter a pre-created design. For editing designs, the Brother PE800 has an LCD touch screen that is user-friendly and clear to see. In addition, this embroidery machine has a 5 x 7-inch embroidery area, 11 in-built fonts, a USB port and an embroidery foot.
Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine:
If you want to add fun or stylish patches to your project items without directly embroidering on them, this machine is perfect for that. The PE770 is mainly for embroidering and is particularly excellent at creating/adding patches to fabrics. It has 136 in-built designs, 12 border styles, 10 frame shapes and 6 lettering fonts. More designs, styles and fonts can be imported into the machine through a USB drive. In addition, the Brother PE770 has a wide design field of 5 x 7 inches for large design jobs. Although the machine may be slightly difficult to use at first, it becomes remarkably useful once you learn how to successfully operate it.
Brother SE1900 Sewing and Embroidery Machine:
With this machine, you get tons of in-built designs, extensive embroidery area and an LCD touchscreen. This double-use machine easily handles both normal sewing and special embroidery projects. In addition to its 138 built-in designs, you can import your own designs into the embedded computer storage. You can make custom sewing stitches and save them in the machine as well. The machine also has over 240 kinds of in-built stitches, lettering fonts and monograms. For adding buttons, there are 10 1-step buttonhole styles to select from.
The huge digital screen lets you preview designs in complete color before stitching begins. The machine even lets you alter thread colors and preview all the changes made before stitching. To round up, this SE1900 from Brother comes with 8 versatile presser feet including blind stitch and embroidery, zigzag, monogramming, zipper, buttonhole, button fitting and overcasting. For typical sewing projects, the machine’s sophisticated feed system ensures smooth and flat fabric feeding.
Brother SE600 Embroidery Sewing Machine:
Packed with features like 103 sewing stitches, 80 in-built embroidery designs, 6 embroidery lettering fonts and a 4” x 4” embroidery area, this machine is more than affordable. It is a great choice for those with a limited budget as well as amateur embroiders. You can preview your designs on the large computerized screen so you have a good idea of what your project would likely look like. You can also import your customized designs with a USB cable.
Brother PE535 Embroidery Machine:
No matter your level of sewing or embroidery expertise, you will find that this PE535 embroidery machine from Brother is a handy equipment to have around. Its design is very user friendly and the extended warranty it comes with is an extra advantage. Some of this machine’s features include 80 in-built designs, fonts, borders (10 frame patterns) and a huge 3.2” LCD touch screen that lets you preview designs before stitching starts. This machine also comes with 9 embroidery fonts (6 English and 3 Japanese) that can be edited in different ways. You can angle, curve or align the text as well as place it on several lines. The text/font spacing can also be increased and decreased between letters.