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Old September 18th, 2006, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What would you get?

I am new to all of this so I need all the advice I can get.

I am starting my own clothing line and I'm really interested in picking up a versatile machine to help with my ventures. Here is what I need:

- Must have digitizing software to allow me to import my own images and do as i wish. Something as simple as importing a .jpeg that I have created

- Would like more than 1 needle but if the price is right and everything else works well, I'll be fine with a single needle

- Must be able to attach a Hat adapter so I can stitch hats properly.

- Wanting to keep this under $7k

- Speed is not much of an issue since I don't plan on being more than a local clothing line; I dont plan on putting out that many orders.

What do you guys think?
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Old September 23rd, 2006, 04:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome SBK

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Must have digitizing software to allow me to import my own images and do as i wish. Something as simple as importing a .jpeg that I have created
Digitizing software can be purchased separately. You don't have to purchase the digitizing software from the same place you bought the machine, and an embroidery machine does not need a digitizing software to operate.

There is a steep learning curve with digitizing. It helps a lot to have a great understanding of the embroidery process first before learning to digitize. If you were embroidering designs for personal use or to sell to friends, then it may not matter much how your embroidered designs look. However, since you're doing a clothing line, it should look professional.

Unfortunately, you can't just import any .jpeg, click a couple of buttons, and magically get professional results. If you want your design(s) to look professional, you should get a professional digitizer to digitize your designs in the beginning.

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Would like more than 1 needle but if the price is right and everything else works well, I'll be fine with a single needle

Must be able to attach a Hat adapter so I can stitch hats properly.
To do caps/hats, it's best to get a machine with a cylindrical arm i.e. industrial/commercial machines. Home machines (single needle) can also do hats/caps, but it's not ideal and not always possible.
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Wanting to keep this under $7k
A used commercial machine (single-head, at least 6 needles) can be purchased for around that price. Buying a new commercial machine comes with free training. If you're buying used, you should negotiate or pay extra for training from the seller. You can also purchase a reconditioned commercial machine from a dealer that comes with training, but it costs more than buying used from a private seller.
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Speed is not much of an issue since I don't plan on being more than a local clothing line; I dont plan on putting out that many orders.

What do you guys think?
If you don't plan putting out many orders, or if you're just testing the water, you can also visit your local embroidery shop. See how your stuff will sell first and then decide if it's viable for you to invest a lot of time and money doing your own embroidery in the beginning.
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