Hindsight is always 20/20. What do you wish you had known before your embroidery machine purchase?
I recently read this thread and thought the information was not only useful, but also quite interesting, especially if you are just getting interested in machine embroidery.
The question was, “What is the one thing that you wish you had known before you bought your embroidery machine?” I grouped the answers into eight basic categories. Some of the answers may surprise you.
Buy a Bigger Hoop – 18%
A majority of those who responded said they would have purchased a machine with a bigger hoop capacity. The hoop size dictates the size of embroidery designs that you can stitch. In this case, bigger is better.
Organize Embroidery Designs as You Get Them – 17.5%
A close second, is organizing your embroidery designs. Get a system going right from the start. It takes a lot of work to find designs scattered all over your computer or multiple jump drives. We have some blogs that will help, here.
Time Investment/Learning Curve – 17.2%
At nearly a tie for second place, is the amount of time that it takes to learn this craft. Unlike sewing, machine embroidery also involves learning the right combination of stabilizers, working with your computer, getting the designs to your machine, choosing the right dealer, user classes, and design positioning.
Expense of Extras – 14.7%
The machine is only the beginning. What many beginners may not realize is that the cost of thread, needles, stabilizers, and designs adds up in a hurry. Of course, if you are a member of Bonnie’s VIP Club, you can get 20% off every order, even regular sales, early access to new design sets, and special offers.
Participants also expressed concern that shortcuts should not be taken. Inferior products and those not made for embroidery (coffee filters) are not a good investment. Use the right tools for the job for best results.
Buy a Better Machine – 12.7%
This goes along with buying a bigger hoop. Basically, buy the biggest machine you can afford. Read about the important options here.
Addiction – 9.7%
If you love this hobby, and most of you do, machine embroidery will likely become addictive (and not in a bad way). Studies have shown sewing/embroidery is relaxing and can lead to medical benefits such as lower blood pressure, a steady heart rate, and lower stress levels.
Needing a Housekeeper – 7.8%
Because of the amount of time you will spend embroidering, housework will suffer. So sad.
Not Enjoying Embroidery – 2.5%
Even more sad, is that a very small amount of respondents wish that they had known that they would not enjoy machine embroidery.
A few said that they were happy that nobody told them anything. Had they known that machine embroidery would take so much time and money, they probably wouldn't have bought a machine.
What do you wish that you had known before buying your embroidery machine?