Embroidery has become much more affordable over the years. How much you pay will depend on a lot of different factors, but you can expect to pay between $500 – $900 for an entry level machine.
However, fancy embroidery machine features can quickly drive prices up. With some of the highest level home embroidery machines reaching price ranges in the $7,000 to $9,000 range.
Likewise, consumer and professional multi needle machines generally start at around $5,000 and head up and up all the way to $25,000 for multi-head commercial machines with high production capabilities.
What Determines The Price Of An Embroidery Machine?
The price of an embroidery machine depends on many different factors:
- Single Needle or Multi-Needle
Single needle machines are cheaper and generally the go-to choice for home embroidery users. However, since they have only one needle – you will need to change out each thread color when the machine calls for it. Multi-needle machines do this for you, hence the price increase.
- Embroidery Field
One of the most important considerations for an embroidery machine is the maximum embroidery space. If you buy a cheaper machine with a very small embroidery space – you’ll quickly feel limited in what designs you can make.
However, larger embroidery fields quickly push you into higher price ranges for machines. We recommend at least a 5×7 or larger embroidery hoop capable machine. Though sometimes you can use “multi-hooping” to get more bang for your buck on a smaller embroidery field.
- Automatic features
If you can live with things like manual thread tension – then you can save a lot on your embroidery machine. There is, of course, a bit of a learning curve with things like this and it’s not as convenient, but in many cases that’s what you’re paying all that money for.
Just make sure you really can live without those features before you buy a cheap but irritating embroidery machine you will soon come to hate!
- Single head or multi head
While this is not a concern for most people, if you’re looking for a commercial machine, then a multi-head machine will cost you a LOT more money. Not to be confused with multi-needle, a multi-head embroidery machine can embroider more than one item at once.
This, of course, gives you faster production times if you’re running a business but it’s also quite pricey. If you can’t afford the expense, then some single head machines allow you to network machines together as you can afford them rather than buying a multi-head.
- Brand Name
Some brands really do cost more than others! Bernina’s Swiss made embroidery machines start at around $5,000, but do they really offer more value? I suppose that’s up to you, but for me that’s a big fat no. While many people do love them, we’d prefer a reliable Brother or Baby Lock Machine.
Which Embroidery Machine Is Right For Me?
That’s a question which only you can answer, but we’ve written a number of article on embroidery machines which may help you decide. You can read more at the below links.
- Best Embroidery Machine For Custom Designs
- Cheap Embroidery Machines For Hats
- Brother Sewing Machines That Embroider
PS. When pricing embroidery machines, don’t forget about software!! Most machines actually do NOT come with software, and some embroidery suits can cost you hundreds of dollars. If you need some free embroidery software for mac and windows we’ve got an article for that too though!
PPS. We’re also working on building our FREE download embroidery designs library if you’d like some starter designs for your machine. Happy crafting ya’ll!
Tanya is a stay at home mom who blogs online to earn a bit of extra income from her hobbies. She also loves working on projects which she can involve her two kids in and teach them the valuable life-skill of sewing.