2007 July 23

The rate of technological advance means that new embroidery machine models are constantly being introduced to the market and the latest area of innovation seems to be among the single-headed embroidery machines, being manufactured with smaller dimensions yet packed with more technology. This type of machine is perfect for those needing a small-scale production line yet wanting a professional piece of kit. Here is a comparison between 5 of the most popular machines that you will no doubt be considering.

Brother:

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Brother’s PR600II has many enticing features, chief among which is a dedicated attachment which allows you to embroider caps. However with only 6 needles, a relatively small 200x300mm embroidery field and being far less technically orientated this will no doubt be rejected by even small-time professionals. The PR600II is clearly aimed at the dedicated home user but these may be put off by the not inconsiderable price tag of £5,295, however this includes software, delivery, training and a 12 month warranty.

Happy:

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The Happy 1 Head HCD 1501-40 at £7,995+VAT costs a similar amount to Brother’s machine. However despite its rather off-putting name this machine is a far more advanced piece, offering easy USB and Serial access points allowing the user to simply incorporate it into a pre-existing LAN network with no hassle or expensive specialist accessories. A large memory bank allows you to not only store designs but also the set-up information for each design, meaning that large and complicated designs need only be entered once and saved. With small enough dimensions to be tucked away into a corner, 15 needles, 1,200 stitches per minute, a 440x420mm field and delivery, software and installation included this is a powerful machine for a reasonable price making a great package for the small-time business or home enthusiast.

SWF:

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Packed with thoughtful features such as directional LED’s which negate the need for bulky lights over the work area and the ability to enlarge or reduce your design, the SWF/E-U1501 is a viable alternative to the Happy and a machine to be seriously considered if you are beginning an embroidery business from scratch. It also has 15 needles, automatic trimming to ensure the neatest possible job and an automatic recovery system in the event of power failure. However this model is larger and bulkier than the Happy so if purchasing be sure to have measured out the necessary space. There is no listed price and you have to ask the manufacturers for a specific quote.

Baruden:

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Their V Series C01 is the self-proclaimed “most powerful single head embroidery machine ever built”. Utilising the same welded frame construction and needle drive as their 12 head model the C01 can handle heavy jackets, canvas bags and horse blankets as well as t-shirts ensuring that stitching is both quiet and accurate even through the heavier garments. A colour LCD screen with easy-to-follow icons make this machine easy to use for amateurs and professionals alike, and the memory backup option makes sure that all logos can be saved so there will be no time-consuming re-entry of information. With its 15 needles operating at 1,000 stitches a minute this machine is as speedy as it is simple and its 450x520mm sewing field means that even the largest jackets can be handled.

Tajima:

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The TEJTII-C series boasts “The ultimate value for the beginning embroidery professional” and it is hard to disagree. Offering almost everything the other models do including a cap embroider, high-speed yet quiet operation, 1,200 stitches per minute, a 640,000 stitch memory, thread trimming, power failure control measures and the ability to check whether a design will fit into the frame before you sew this machine packs an incredible amount into a small easy-to-install package.

It is important to remember before purchasing any machine to be sure to enquire as to which software will work best with it, the one provided by the company may not always be the one to get he best out of your machine.



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