Best Embroidery Machine For Large Designs

Brother Embroidery Machine with Large Hoop

There are tons of great embroidery machines out there, but there is, of course, a problem. Many of them, especially the cheaper ones, are capped at smaller sizes like 4″x4″. While this is an okay size for things like patches and pocket tees, it’s not desirable for larger designs like the ones found on jackets!

That’s why in this article, we’ll be talking about the best embroidery machines for large designs!

We’ve tried to choose machines which will fit into a range of budgets and needs, such as for home use or for doing embroidery for a small Etsy business, but in general, the bigger the embroidery size – the more expensive. That’s why it’s important to know what kind of projects you want to do, because it allows you to choose a machine which both fits your needs and your budget! Let’s get started.

Best Embroidery Machine For Large Designs – Our Top Picks!

Editor’s Pick!

If you’re looking for the best compromise between price and features, then the NQ1600E is our top pick.

This affordably priced machine offers a large 6″x10″ embroidery area, making it a great size to work on almost any project you could want.

This machine however offers the smallest embroidery area of all machines on our list, BUT because of its very attractive price point – we’ve made it the top pick. While there are, of course, embroidery machines with larger embroidery areas you’ll be paying a pretty penny for them. So, think long and hard about whether or not you really need that extra embroidery space.

However, there’s also another reason why the NQ1600E has made our top pick, AND why it has made top pick for many other lists we’ve made (like our ‘best embroidery machine for custom designs‘ list). This machine comes with the excellent Stitch Express software for FREE, allowing you to make your own custom designs without purchasing any additional software. This kind of software can potentially add hundreds of dollars to your purchase, and if you’re trying to embroider on a budget, it’s a good deal.

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Though, the machine itself has plenty of other great premium features to take advantage of. It also has a good amount of throat space (8.3″), and it hums along at a respectable 850 stitches per minute. It also comes with some fantastic premium features, like an upper thread sensor which lets you know when the thread is running low, an automatic thread cutter & needle threader, automatic thread tension, quick-set bobbin, a USB port. Embroidery machines with USB port allow you to upload the custom designs you make right to the machine.

You’ll also be able to see a realistic preview of your designs on the LCD screen before you start stitching, and you can also use it to edit your designs, change thread colors, etc. In short, the NQ1600E is one of the best deals around when it comes to embroidery machines. Click here to check prices and availability OR read consumer reviews for this machine.

The Janome Memory Craft 14000 is a fantastic combination sewing and embroidery machine which offers a spacious 11.8″x9.1″ embroidery area for your projects.

It offers a slightly larger embroidery area when compared to the NQ1600E, but the price is not nearly as nice.

However, it does have some nice features. For starters, this machine is very fast, and you’ll be able to sew and embroider at 1,000 stitches per minute.

This extra speed could be very useful if you plan to use your embroidery machine for a home-based business, like Etsy. The Memory Craft 14000 will help you zip through your orders much quicker than on a less capable machine.

You may also have noticed that this machine has gotten a 5 star rating from consumers! That’s because it’s a real workhorse – sewing smoothly and doing beautiful embroidery work. However, it also comes with a lot of features which make working on it both quick and easier.

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These features include a top-loading rotary hook bobbin, automatic thread cutter, automatic thread tension, automatic needle threading, memorized needle up/down, a free arm, free motion sewing capabilities, accufeed flex for controlled detail work, included AcuFil software for quilters, speed control, start/stop buttons, programmable jump thread trimming, and a lot more.

Like most machines, the Memory Craft 14000 has a USB port which you can use to import your own custom designs, BUT it also has something else! This machine has a real time PC connection, allowing it to effortlessly work with your PC through WiFi, a rare feature in a machine like this.

You’ll also enjoy a huge 7.7″x4.7″ full-color LCD screen. On-screen you can edit, rotate, or tweak your designs – or preview them before you start sewing. In short, while the Memory Craft 14000 is certainly not a cheap machine, it is a joy to use and well worth the money if you can fit it into your budget. Click here to check prices and availability for this machine OR read reviews from consumers.

The Baby Lock Pathfinder has a lot to offer and when compared to other embroidery machines which offer the same, it actually comes in at a pretty good price point.

For starters, you’ll be able to embroider designs up to 8×12, which is a fantastic size for almost any project.

This dedicated embroidery machine clocks in at nearly half the price of the Janome Memory Craft 14000, and while you won’t get the sewing capabilities or some of the fancier features – if you only care about embroidery then it may be the better choice for you, and it will actually embroider a bit quicker than the MC14000 at 1,050 stitches per minute!

A very unique feature of the Baby Lock Pathfiner is the sensor pen. This sensor pen allows you to pinpoint where your design needs to go and make adjustments on the fabric using the sensor! It’s a pretty cool feature. The Baby Lock Pathfinder also has a “needle beam” which shows you exactly where the thread will go on the fabric.

Video: A demonstration of how the sensor pen works.

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This machine also includes a quick-set top loading bobbin, with a thread sensor so you’ll know before you run out of thread. You’ll also enjoy automatic thread tension, which helps to keep stitching accurate, and an on-screen sensor which helps you to select the hoop size.

You’ll also get a large 7″ LCD touch screen which you can use for editing your designs, setting up the machine, changing thread colors, etc.Though there are still even more features. Because the list is quite lengthy we’ve opted not to list them all in this article.

Though overall, we think this machine is a fantastic value for the money. It offers some truly awesome features, has a generous embroidery area, and it will cost you nearly half of what most comparable embroidery machines will run you! Click here to see every feature this machine has to offer and to read consumer reviews for the machine.

Need a serious machine with fantastic embroidery and sewing capabilities for your small business?

Well, the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC does it all, and with style. Most notably, it has a huge 14.17″ x 13.77″ embroidery area, larger than pretty much any other at-home machine.

However, it’s also a sewing workhorse, and it will tackle nearly any project you choose to throw at it. This includes large-scale custom embroidery, specialty sequin stitches, free motion quilting, and more.

A unique feature of this particular machine is the JoyOS Advisor. This interesting software takes the guesswork out of projects by automatically selecting the best stitch, stitch length, stitch width, thread tension and more based on either the sewing technique you’ll be using or your fabric selection!

Though, you’ll also enjoy lots of other premium features with this machine like a 10.1″ tablet like LCD screen which allows you to edit your designs on-screen before you begin sewing, a large bobbin to save you from changing out thread so often, TONS of built-in stitches, fonts, lettering, and embroidery designs, a USB port to upload your own custom designs, an automatic needle threader, AND an exclusive sensor system which adjusts the fabric feed automatically based on thickness to keep it feeding smoothly through the machine.

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This machine also has some unique tech features. You can use the MySewNet storage to access and store designs anywhere if you’re working away from home on a laptop/tablet. Plus, you can download the MySewMonitor app on your phone or tablet to be alerted when the machine needs you attention, saving you from having to waste your time babysitting it when you could be packing orders or working on your website.

In short, the Viking Designer EPIC offers one of the largest embroidery areas around for a home sewing/embroidery machine, even competing with dedicated embroidery machines!

So, while it is a serious investment, it also comes with some seriously useful features which can help you streamline your home business, spending more time making money and less time managing your machine. Click here to check prices and availability for this machine.

If you plan to embroider designs which are larger than what the above machines are capable of – you’re getting into professional embroidery machine territory.

These machines aren’t cheap, but if you are growing an Etsy business where you embroider designs for a living, it could be a worthwhile investment.

Commerical machines also benefit from typically being able to embroider items which are more difficult, such as hats, because most home-based machines are really only capable of embroidering flat items. Plus, these machines are just faster, and if you have a sizeable business, you won’t be able to afford for your pokey at-home sewing machine to finish your orders to have them ready to ship!

Another benefit of commercial machines is that they are multi-needle. This means you can attach multiple spools of thread rather than having to change them out for every color. A multi-needle machine greatly improves your efficiency and work flow.

The Melco Amaya Bravo is one of the more affordable commercial embroidery machines. Not only can you up your embroidery space to 16.1″ x 15.7″ and sew at 1,100 stitches per minute, but it also comes with a number of other impressive features which can help you to save time and streamline the workflow for your small business.

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This is a 16 needle machine, and it not only allows you to embroider using that many colors without having to switch out the cones, but it also accommodates large cones, keeping your labor to a minimum. Plus, as your business grows, you can actually network up to 4 other machines together to complete large orders!

Video: A Melco Amaya embroidery machine in action.

This Melco Amaya Bravo also comes with its own design software. You can create, edit, and upload professional level embroidery designs, but you can also use this software to auto-digitize photos or vector images for your customers. It’s a fantastic mulit-needle embroidery machine for shirts, jackets, hats, bags, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

A professional machine like this also comes with a seemingly endless list of features, including the ability to preview stitches in 3D for puff embroidery, create automatic borders, automatic fabric adjustments, direct link from the Design Shop software to the machine, and a lot more.

So, while this is obviously not a machine for a hobbyist, it is a great machine for a growing business. If you’re struggling to complete orders, or finding that you can’t complete customer requests due to limitations of your current machine, give the Amaya a look! Click here to see all of the features of this professional embroidery machine.

By Barb Koehler

Barbie Koehler learned to love sewing from a young age in home economics. Though only recently did she decide to start blogging about that experience. She loves quilting, and spending free weekends at the lake with her grand kids.