Is the embroidery machine easy to use?
Like a sewing machine, an embroidery machine should be simple to thread, with all of the customization functions and embroidery designs easily accessible at the touch of a button.
Does the machine also sew, or is it an embroidery-only machine?
Embroidery machines are available as stand-alone machines, or as add-on modules for some sewing machines. Depending on your sewing needs and space requirements, the choice is yours.
Can designs be rotated, resized, and mirror-imaged on-screen?
It is convenient to have some customization functions available on the embroidery machine itself, with out having to access designs through a software program. Other useful on-screen functions include stitch density, and the ability to combine motifs from different sources, and save the combined design to the embroidery machine or a blank card.
Do designs keep their integrity when resized?
The stitch count should remain proportional to t the size of the design when enlarged or reduced, with an internal processor recalibrating the stitch density.
Is free-arm embroidery possible for embellishing small areas?
Use of the free-arm allows embroidery in hard-to-reach areas, such as sleeves, pant legs, baby garments, and children's clothing.
Is a wide range of embroidery designs available?
Sources include designs pre-programmed into the machine and those available on embroidery cards, as well as those available on-line and on floppy disks and/or CDs, ready to be converted using the appropriate embroidery software.
Does the machine have a time indicator?
It is convenient to know the time required to stitch an embroidery patter, as well as the amount of time required to stitch each color in the design.