Extremely versatile, sewing and embroidery machines are among the handiest pieces of equipment that you can own. Indeed, instead of buying two different machines, you will be glad to learn that there are some models that can be used for both regular sewing and embroidery without compromising on the quality of your work. This kind of machine is ideal for anyone who is short on space since you will only require one surface for it. Best of all, you don’t really need to spend a fortune to get your hands on one of these machines since they’re available in a wide range of prices, hence providing you with a far greater choice.
Here are the three best sewing and embroidery machines on the market.
Our Choice: Brother SE400
With a price range of between $300 and$400, the Brother SE400 is a multi-purpose machine that will enable you to embroider, quilt and sew. It boasts of comprehensive sewing functions such as 67 sewing stitches and 10 one-step buttonhole styles.
When it comes to embroidery, its maximum embroidery area is the standard 4 x 4”. It also include 70 embroidery designs, which might seem like few, but thanks to its USB compatibility you’ll be able to download thousands of designs from various websites, including iBroidery.com.
Our Choice: Singer Futura XL-400
A mid-range multi-purpose sewing machine, the SINGER Futura XL-400 costs between $500 and $600. With an amazing, oversized maximum embroidery area of 18.5 x 11″ thanks to its multi-hoop capacity, you’ll be able to embroider any design you can find no matter its size.
It features 125 built-in embroidery designs with outline lettering and five fonts. You can also benefit from the SwiftSmart threading system, complete with Drop & Sew bobbin. This largely facilitates set-up and ease of use.
On its sewing mode it boasts of 30 sewing stitches and 2 one-step buttonhole styles. Sewers can even enjoy the various computerized functions which allow them to control everything at the mere touch of a button. An extra-large sewing space is also included to help you work with far larger expanses of fabrics.
Our Choice: Janome Memory Craft 11000
A professional-grade piece of equipment, the Janome Memory Craft 11000 costs a whopping $50000. It is admittedly on the more expensive side, but this machine is also unrivaled in terms of quality and features. It is not only fast and smooth but it’s also, as expected of Janome, quite heavy and stable. Among its best features, the Janome 11000 sports 358 sewing stitches and 13 one-step buttonhole styles.
Since this is a multi-purpose sewing machine, you can also expect to find embroidery dedicated features such as 170 embroidery designs and 3 alphabet fonts. Its embroidery speed is definitely faster than in most other embroidery machines with up to 800 spm. Its maximum embroidery area of 8 x 8” is also bigger than the standard and it includes not one, but two embroidery hoops, one of 8 x 8” and a smaller one of 5 x 4”.