I love crafting, and I love embroidery! I got into it about five years ago and have since just loved doing all kinds of embroidery work and perfecting my technique.
I’ve made handkerchiefs, embroidered names on jackets, and even embroidered some doll clothes.
How do I do it? Well, I have a great machine-namely, the Brother SE600. You deserve a great one too! Whether you are crafting for fun or your business, you have to have a machine that suits your ability level.
With a holiday or birthday always around the corner, you can’t afford to be left out with a cheap machine.
That being said, let’s look at the ten best embroidery machines available-you will be crafting all day and night!
Top Embroidery Machines For Custom Designs
1. Brother LB5000M
This machine is impressive in that it features Marvel or Star Wars faceplate designs. If you love embroidery and superheroes, this is the way to go.
The touchscreen is 3.2 inches and is in full color. 4”x4” is the most popular embroidery design size, and this is the workspace you will get with this great machine. You can preview the designs right on the touchscreen before you begin working.
This machine has 80 designs built right in, some of which are Marvel themed, and you get a code for 10 additional designs, too. You get 9 built-in fonts and 103 different stitches to make all your projects great.
You can upload your own designs using the USB port also. The automatic needle threader is another super option that will have you embroidering in no time.
- Users noted this was very easy to thread.
- Computerized stitches are easy to use.
- Character plates do not have to be used.
- Some users found the embroidery hoop to be too small
- Cannot embroider hats.
2. Brother SE1900
It is an excellent combination of sewing and embroidery to save money and space in the process.
There are heaps of great features on this machine, including a large 3-inch touchscreen, a speed of 850 stitches per minute, and a massive workspace of 5″x7″. It is much larger than some of the other machines and great for those bigger projects.
There are 240 built-in stitches and ten frame shapes. There are 11 fonts to choose from and 8 different sewing feet that come with it. You get buttonhole, monogramming, zipper, zigzag, button fitting, overcasting and blind stitch, plus embroidery feet.
Lastly, I love that you can insert your USB into the port on this machine and bring in your own designs.
- Great for beginners
- Quick and easy to switch between embroidery and stitching
- Great if you are limited on space
- Not suitable for thick materials like leather.
- Some users felt the 5″ hoop was too large.
3. Janome Memory Craft 400E
It is a quality machine that has an excellent touchscreen feature, an automatic thread cutter, and an advanced needle threader as well. You will love making use of the 160 included designs as well as the 6 fonts for monogramming use.
I like that you can monogram in 2 and 3 letters. The max size for embroidery is huge-7.9″ x 7.9″. It would be ideal for those of you that need a massive workspace for your designs.
The screen does all you need to perfect your designs: you can rotate, flip, reduce or enlarge the size, and more.
- Can adjust speed while embroidering
- USB design transfer capable
- Features an automatic thread cutter
- Comes only with a 7.9”x7.9” hoop
- The price is higher than other units.
4. Singer Quantum Stylist 9960
You can buy this machine as is, or with some handy accessories, too! This one is computerized and will have you dreaming of what you want to make next. It features heaps of stitches, plus a good selection of fonts to make embroidery fun.
It features an automatic needle threader, and it takes just seconds to get this started and get working. And, the accessories that come with this machine are incredible. You get many feet: one for blind hems, one for button sewing, one for rolled hems…and on and on.
No matter what fabric you are working with, you will have an easy time turning them into the projects you envisioned with these great pressers.
- Top loading bobbin with clear cover
- 13 different buttonhole styles
- Features 960 stitches
- Not great for quilting
- The needle area is small-hard to get hands in there
5. Brother PE800
This one is one to watch for because it got a Women’s Choice Award in 2018 for being a top embroidery machine! And, the reasons are many-there is a large LCD touchscreen for design perfection, 138 built-in designs, and a USB port to bring in your own designs.
The design editing of the PE800 is fantastic because you can mirror image, rotate, and increase/decrease design size. I would say this one is best for large embroideries, as the field is 5″x7″, much bigger than the 4″x4″ workspaces we have seen.
You get more fonts, too-11 in this case. Plus, there is an automatic needle threader, and you will always see your workspace thanks to the bright LED-lit work area.
- Can upload your own designs
- Much bigger embroidery field than other machines
- Features 138 included designs
- Users noted customer service was not great.
- Users complained the machine stopped threading itself.
6. Singer 9970
Here we have one with all the standards-automatic needle threader, plus a top drop-in bobbin system, which makes setup a breeze. This one has 600 stitches, and 13 buttonhole styles included, plus 5 different fonts!
The little things really matter, and the fact that this machine has an automatic thread cutter is super. It trims off the upper and lower threads once you get done sewing. It also has an electronic autopilot plus speed control to keep you in control and keep your sewing free of mistakes.
Users made all kinds of things using this great machine! I will say if you are a quilter, look into this one. Not only can it embroider for you, but also handles thicker fabrics like denim well. The body of this machine is beautiful and heavy; it will stay put as you work.
- Clear bobbin cover
- Handles heavy fabrics with ease
- Good, heavy machine
- May be too complicated for beginners
- No variable speed reverses
7. Brother PE535
The first thing I noticed about this machine is that the warranty is 25 years. This embroidery machine is great whether you are just starting, or you are a veteran of the sewing hobby. There are 80 designs plus fonts and borders included with the machine.
This one also has a beautiful 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen. You can see your design in color before you stitch it. You can even import your own designs using a USB drive.
Like the other machines, this features an automatic needle threader. You will also love the 4″ embroidery field-this is the most popular size for such designs.
- Touchscreen includes installation instructions
- Great for beginners
- You can import your own designs into the machine
- Understand this is embroidery only-no sewing on this machine.
- The machine does not come with ANY accessories such as thread or embroidery scissors.
8. Brother PE550D
This one also features one of those fantastic touchscreens measuring 3.2 inches. You get a great 4″x4″ embroidery space and 125 designs to enjoy, including Disney themes!
There are also lace, holiday, and designs for kids. The editing feature on this machine really makes it stand out as you can mirror image, move, rotate, or resize the design before you start the embroidery process.
The LCD screen is all in color. It is so easy to change the thread color using the included palette and then even preview it before you start stitching. There is an automatic needle threader, which is excellent for those designs with many thread changes!
And lastly, I love that this includes a USB port so that you can bring over your own custom designs.
- Can download more Disney designs
- Has 6 embroidery fonts
- Comes with an embroidery hoop and foot
- Workspace is not sufficient for large projects
- Does not have sewing capabilities
9. Brother SE600
It is the sewing machine of the future! It has a touch screen, a 4×4 embroidery area, and a big 3.7-inch touch screen. The embroidery features here are amazing. You get change and preview thread colors. You can place lettering on arcs and move the designs on the screen.
You can actually import your own embroidery designs using the USB port on the side.
There are 103 stitches available and some auto-sized buttonholes. There are six fonts that you can choose from to easily make your embroidery look perfect.
This machine also comes with the foot controller right in the box, and seven additional sewing feet. There is even one for monogramming, which I use quite often when making my hankies!
- The work area is lit by LED
- The touchscreen is in color
- Can import your own designs
- The work area is small for quilting
- Unable to use the extended table unless you are using the embroidery function
10. Singer Superb EM200
This sewing machine comes with 200 different embroidery designs and also features an automatic needle threader. You can also get projects done rather quickly using this machine thanks to the 700 stitches per minute speed.
The touchscreen does lack color, which is annoying when trying to preview designs before the embroidering begins.
However, the machine does come with a huge work area of nearly 8 inches. The workspace is well lit with the Staybright LED Lights, and you can work large designs with ease.
It does come with the large and small embroidery hoops, an embroidery foot, screwdriver, needle plate screwdriver, seam ripper, and much more. For heavy-duty work, this cannot be beaten.
- Features 200 designs
- Able to handle heavy fabrics
- Features speeds of 700 stitches per minute
- The touchscreen is not in color
- No USB port for custom designs, the software required.
I personally think the Brother SE600 is the best of them all. I say this because it offers a color touchscreen to perfect your design, provides ample workspace for most embroidery projects, and is highly rated by other crafters like us.
It is priced right and has all a new or veteran embroiderer needs to make beautiful, professional designs. I use this in my crafting and love how it operates.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review of these embroidery machines. Go check them out right away and start getting those creative juices flowing. The possibilities are endless with these machines.
Hello there, my name is Carole Lokey from Texas. I am a die cutting and scrapbooking enthusiast and I have been sharing my passion with my friends and likeminded folks for close to 15 years now. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via the contact page. Learn More>>