A Stitch Club [offsite link]
A club for machine embroiderers to join for downloading designs.
Babylock [offsite link]
A very attractive website, with good,easy to follow menus, and product comparasions. They offer a free e-newsletter and free projects. Downloads of software and details of accessories are all there as well.
Barudan [offsite link]
Barudan is more of a specialist commercial embroidery machine manufacturer,but their website is interesting to look at some of these massive machines!
Bernina [offsite link]
This website was not as easy to navigate as the others. The main website does give you a link to download a free pattern, but you have to choose a country, then click on another link to get anywhere with any real information on their products. Once there, there is a lot of information with lessons and other information, however
Brother [offsite link]
Before you enter, you have to choose your region, but once inside, they have a great club you can join as well as some free designs. It also has a nice comparasion of theirmachines and both manuals and software can be easily downloaded
Buying an Embroidery Machine
Before you buy an embroidery machine, do your homework. Don´t get stuck with something too expensive, that doesn´t do what you want it to!
Elna [offsite link]
This is a searchable website, with nice information on the machines, as well as the pirephirals and also some free projects.
Embroidery Billboard [offsite link]
A great place to find a lot of links to other machine embroidery sites. Also has a free membership that offers free patterns.
Freestyle Machine Embroidery
It’s time to spread your machine embroidery wings. Step away from the digitised designs, and start freestyling!
Husqvarna [offsite link]
Another well known brand that has been around for years. The menus are easily navigated, with a wealth of products to look at, as well as accessories, pattern cards and they also offer a free project every month. You can also sign up for a monthly e-newsletter from them.
Janome [offsite link]
Offers good details on the machines and their capabilities. It has a regular newsletter that you can subscribe to, and easy to download software updates, etc. It also has some free projects and lessons.
Machine Embroidery has taken off in popularity, with sewing machines designed especially for this intricate art.
Melco [offsite link]
Melco is another primarily commercial machine embroidery company, but it has some great embroidery systems, and you´d be surprised at just what they do supply that you use every day in your embroidery!
Pfaff [offsite link]
Very easy to navigate website, with a good list of products and features. Free projects and downloads and a forum for users.
Rainbow Embroidery [offsite link]
Rainbow embroidery sells machine embroidery designs and products specifically aimed at the gay and lesbian market. This site is well set out, and they have a large range of reasonably priced products.
Sewing and Embroidery Machine Maintenance
A machine – whether it is used for general sewing or for embroidery – is an investment and with a little regular maintenance, it will give you years of service.
Singer [offsite link]
Ok - you have to get past the flash intro for this website, and choose the region you live in before you get any information. The menus are mouseover navigation, and have a very small font and are difficult to read. However, there is good information on the products.
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