Best Embroidery Machines in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 30, 2017
Do you like handmade embroidered clothing but have no time to spend stitching in the evenings after work? Well, you only need to get a monogram machine and converting thousands of embroidered patterns on garments will be the work of a moment. Here's our review on 5 best embroidery machines. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA
EMBROIDERY SPEED
BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS
BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
ADJUSTMENTS
DISPLAY
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
DIMENSIONS
WARRANTY
 
PROS
Ergonomic rectangular embroidery hoops tightly hold the fabric owing to special clamps. An anti-slipping sticker prevents fine fabrics from sliding around while sewing.
CONS
The device is a bit bulky.
OUR VERDICT
A wonderful choice for embroidery lovers! Owing to a user-friendly toolbar and stylus, it is easy to move and edit patterns to get the unique design you need.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Embroidery machine
MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA
Up to 200 mm х 280 mm
EMBROIDERY SPEED
Up to 860 stitches per minute
BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS
160 designs
BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS
3
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Auto thread cutter, Easy bobbin winder, Auto needle threader, Standby timer
ADJUSTMENTS
Speed control, On-screen editing, Thread tension control
DISPLAY
5”/ Full color LCD touch screen display
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
Embroidery foot
DIMENSIONS
55 x 33 x 60 cm, 11.5 kg
WARRANTY
2 years for Parts, 6 years for Electronic Components, 25 years for the Chassis Casting
PROS
The machine control can be performed via PC on a big screen, which is extremely convenient and hassle-free.
CONS
All designing programs to convert images into patterns should be purchased separately.
OUR VERDICT
If you are looking for a reliable 2-in-1 device for efficient sewing and embroidering, Singer Futura is the machine that will meet all your needs.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Sewing-embroidery machine
MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA
470 cm х 280 cm
EMBROIDERY SPEED
Up to 600 stitches per minute
BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS
125 designs, 30 stitch patterns
BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS
5
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Twin needle setting, Automatic needle threader, Separate bobbin winding motor, Automatic bobbin winder, Reverse stitch
ADJUSTMENTS
Speed control, Adjustable upper thread tension, Adjustable stitch length (up to 4.8 mm) and stitch width (up to 7 mm)
DISPLAY
N/A
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
Zipper foot, Blind Hem foot, Satin foot, Button sewing foot, Buttonhole foot, Embroidery presser foot
DIMENSIONS
56.6 х 24.1 х 31.8 cm, 10.8 kg
WARRANTY
Limited 25-year warranty for sewing machine, Limited 5-year warranty for consumables, Limited 1 year - accompanying accessory items
PROS

Owing to a wide selection of patterns and stitches, it will be easy for you to find a suitable one to complement your garments or accessories.

CONS

A hoop embroidery area is not very large.

OUR VERDICT

The Brother Innov-is NV955 is a unique functional tool that will help you sew and decorate clothing, home textiles, etc. An embroidery frame is easy to attach and remove.

detailed parameters
TYPE
Sewing-embroidery machine
MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA
10 cm x 10 cm
EMBROIDERY SPEED
Up to 400 stitches per minute
BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS
296 (70 + 126 from CD + 100 from USB memory stick) embroidery designs, 120 frame pattern combinations, 129 stitches
BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS

6 embroidery fonts + 3 sewing fonts

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Needle threader, Auto thread cutter, Start/stop button, Automatic bobbin winder, Reverse stitch
ADJUSTMENTS
Speed control, On Screen Editing, adjustable upper thread tension
DISPLAY
LCD touch screen display
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blind stitch foot, Button fitting foot
DIMENSIONS
27.8 x 17.5 x 39.5 cm, 7 kg
WARRANTY

1-year carry-in warranty

PROS

The Janome embroidery machine can be oiled manually by any regular sewer at home and offers all advanced features one expects from professional embroidery equipment.

CONS

Has no extension table.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a functional device for middle-sized and smaller decorations, the Janome model is exactly what you need. Get perfect results with this efficient embroidery machine!

detailed parameters
TYPE
Embroidery machine
MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA
Up to 200 mm x 200 mm
EMBROIDERY SPEED
Up to 860 stitches per minute
BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS
160 designs
BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS
6 styles
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Auto thread cutter, Start/stop button, Easy bobbin winder, Auto needle threader, Standby timer
ADJUSTMENTS
Speed control, On screen design editing, Thread tension control
DISPLAY
5" LCD colour screen display
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
Embroidery foot
DIMENSIONS
60 x 55 x 33 cm, 11 kg
WARRANTY

2-year warranty

PROS

This wonderful 3-in-1 Brother embroidery/sewing machine makes sewing, quilting, and embroidery as easy and enjoyable as possible.

CONS

Doesn't support preset embroidery designs.

OUR VERDICT

Being perfect for beginners, this handy embroidery machine allows creating and decorating a wide variety of clothing and accessories.

detailed parameters
TYPE
Sewing-embroidery machine
MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA
Free-motion
EMBROIDERY SPEED
3 speed levels
BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS
100 stitches
BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS
1 lettering style
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Twin needle setting, Auto needle threader, Automatic bobbin winder, Reverse stitch, Start/Stop button
ADJUSTMENTS
Speed control, Adjustable upper thread tension, Adjustable stitch length and stitch width
DISPLAY
LCD display
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
Zigzag foot, Overcast stitch foot, Monogramming foot, Blind stitch foot, Buttonhole foot, Zipper foot, Button sewing foot
DIMENSIONS
50.8 x 44.8 x 32.2 cm, 8 kg
WARRANTY

3-year warranty

What is an Embroidery Machine

Modern embroidery machines allow users to quickly transfer images on fabric, saving their time otherwise spent hand stitching. All these machines are controlled with a built-in computer in both traditional (satin and criss-cross stitches) and modern ways. An embroidery machine may come with a set of pre-installed patterns or programs to let users transfer photos and picture on the clothing instead of doing this work all by themselves. Therefore, if you are now in search of an embroidery machine to decorate your clothes or any other items with unique fancywork, you've come to the right place. Here you'll find 5 most popular embroidery machines and some useful tips on how to choose the right one to fit your needs.

But if you want to ply needle and sew some outfit for yourself or your family, we'd recommend you to look through our shortlists of the best sewing machines and overlock machines.

What Features to Compare

The first thing you should consider before purchasing a monogramming machine is the Embroidery area - the size of a pattern a machine sews at one shot. Here, a Hoop size (where the fabric is placed) limits the size of a pattern that can be stitched. It is obvious that the larger the hoop is the bigger pattern can be embroidered. Larger hoops provide more versatile use, allowing embroidering multiple areas without rehooping and this way, eliminate a problem of sewing errors in designs, cutting down the sewing time on the whole. 

The next step to do is check the Built-in Patterns and Features a monogramming machine offers. If you've already got a sewing machine at home, then you'll be quite happy to have an embroidery-only model. For all the rest, we'd recommend considering all-in-one machines with built-in designs and fonts. A lot of embroidery machines offer some pre-installed patterns, but if you're not sure whether you're not going to need more in the future, you better go for a model compatible with PC and with a built-in memory slot to be able to download more patterns and designs later on. The supported format files are generally specified by manufacturers so you'll know exactly what to look for online. Make sure to check the embroidery speed and the option to adjust it for various sewing needs. 

Additional Features and Adjustments are what mainly determines the comfort of work. An automatic needle threader and a cutter are meant to simplify a painstaking process, considerably saving your time. An adjustable needle position allows users to embroider on garments of different shapes and sizes, not to speak of stitching on fabrics of a different thickness. A built-in LED light wouldn't go amiss either and will help you sew efficiently even in low-lit conditions. An LCD display will enable even more comfortable working process with all the patterns editable on a screen. Of course, that's not a full list of options and you can find plenty of advanced embroidery machines with their own bells and whistles. But we are quite convinced you'll be able to find your own best pick from the models we've handpicked for you at an attractive price.

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Janome Memory Craft 500E

For Creative Embroidery Lovers

Embroidery is one of the most popular and commonly used décor elements. Janome embroidery machine is a perfect device to create charming embroideries, appliques, and more. And, what is important, it is easy to operate. An ergonomic tool bar and stylus allow moving and editing the patterns on a large colour touch screen. You can adjust the angle (from - 0.5 ° to 0.5 °), enlarge and reduce, rotate and flip, drag and drop, arc, combine, copy and paste patterns, depending on your needs. With 4 variable hoops included (up to 200mm X 280mm in size), it is easy to decorate both smaller pieces of clothing and bed linen. Just draw centerlines in the desired place and match them with the included template to center the hoop. Hoops have round corners for a comfortable use. Their stiff design and ergonomic clamps tightly hold the fabric. As a result, creating a perfect embroidery is a breeze. It is easy to enlarge working surface with an included extra wide table. You can select one of 160 built-in embroidery designs or any other ones from your USB flash drive. Moreover, you can save newly created designs in the device's memory or USB flash drive to use them later. In addition to variable appliques and embroideries, there are fantastic celebration and bracelet designs available. All in all, Janome embroidery machine is a wonderful choice for professional-style embroidery.

High-quality tools are essential for a sewer. To bring your projects to a pro level, consider buying an overlock machine.

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Janome Memory Craft 500E
 

SINGER Futura XL-400 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Giant Embroidery Area

The feature that stands Singer embroidery machine apart from the competition is a multi-hoop capability that allows users to embroid designs up to 18.5 x 11 inches. It is a truly giant embroidery "field" if compared to the other models on our shortlist. Singer Futura XL-400 embroidery machine isn't fitted with a screen and so, you'd need to connect it to your PC to be able to choose and edit patterns. The machine comes up with the two hoops of different sizes: 10'' x 6'' and 4'' x 4''. Here you may wonder how it is possible that a machine stitches a pattern bigger than its hoop is. Well, it really is, thanks to the pre-installed software which allows this option. What it does is split a pattern into 4 different parts and then sew them together. You'd only need to rehoop the fabric to line a pattern up accurately. The embroidering machine has 125 pre-programmed designs and features the speed of about 600 stitches per minute so you can complete your projects in no time. Besides, Singer monogramming machine can read a wide variety of design file types: FHE, XXX, JEF, CHE, HUS, PES, DST, SHV, PEC, EXP, VIP, PCS, PSW & SEW, thereby lifting the boundaries to the options you can try out.

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A Wide Variety of Additional Features

Singer embroidery machine is designed for a hassle-free sewing. It's got all the features to make your work stress-free and easy. What you will like about this machine right away is a SwiftSmart threading mode with Drop and Sew bobbin, allowing using it out-of-the-box. The other obvious advantage of the machine is a separate bobbin winding motor that can be automatically wound during work. You can adjust the upper thread tension to fit the type of fabric you're using or reinforce the stitch with the reverse option. Despite multifunctionality, Singer embroidery machine is very easy to use. Whilst being connected to PC, all features can be easily customized right on a computer screen. What's great about this model is that despite it hasn't got its own screen, it allows for downloading thousands of other patterns from the web. For enhanced convenience, there are 6 LED lights that can be turned on in the nighttime to illuminate your working place.

SINGER Futura XL-400 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine in the use

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For the most accurate, precise, and quick shaping, get a quality cutting mat.

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SINGER Futura XL-400 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine
 

Brother Innov-is NV955

Extensive Range of Options

An important feature of any embroidery machine is a number of embroidery designs you can choose from. The Brother Innov-is NV955 sewing and embroidery machine has 70 of them in its memory. Plus, the package includes a CD with 126 and a USB memory stick with 100 embroidery designs. Ant that's not all, since you can also use patterns from the embroidery cards compatible with the Brother Innov-is NV955 or create your own embroidery designs by editing the existing ones. Besides, the device boasts 129 built-in stitches and 10 styles of buttonholes, which makes it a functional sewing tool. 10 built-in shapes with 12 border styles allow creating 120 border patterns variations.

The only downside is that the device comes with a single 100 mm x 100 mm hoop. However, you can buy a 20 x 60 mm miniature embroidery and larger 170 x 100 mm hoops additionally. All in all, this functional embroidery/sewing machine is a wonderful choice for creating and decorating pieces of clothing and home textile.

Creating charming knit clothes is a piece of cake with a quality knitting machine.

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Brother Innov-is NV955
 

Janome Memory Craft 400E

Functional Tool for Creating Exquisite Embroidery

The Janome embroidery with a 200 mm x 200 mm hoop is a wonderful choice for creating cute pieces of embroidery art. Experienced users, however, can make even larger patterns by combining several different designs. The machine is also fitted with a smaller hoop that allows decorating kid's clothing and making logos.

The device boasts multiple advanced features found in most more expensive professional embroidery machines that include an ergonomic start/stop button, an auto needle threader and an auto thread cutter that prevents fabric from shrinking and allows for neat stitching. Using this user-friendly embroidery machine from Janome, you'll be able to finish your projects faster and with less effort due to impressive embroidery speed of 860 stitches per minute. The speed that high will let you decorate all your clothes and linen easily in the twinkling of an eye. Considering all the above-mentioned features, we can readily recommend the Janome Memory Craft 400E embroidery machine to both enthusiastic and professional sewers who seek a quality and straightforward equipment with intuitive controls and user-friendly features.

If you are looking for a piece of equipment to sew blankets, bedspreads, tablecloths, and other items, consider buying a quilting machine.

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Janome Memory Craft 400E
 

Brother FS100WT

3-in-1

As a rule, professional sewers choose to use a different machine for a different kind of stitchcraft. If you're not a professional and seek a reliable device with a combo of functions to be able to do both, make and decorate clothes for your family needs, you'd hardly find a better solution out there than this Brother FS100WT. The given embroidery machine can easily replace three different appliances saving your time and money you'd otherwise spend on buying additional equipment. Besides sewing, the Brother FS100WT can also make fancy stitches on clothes as well as sew through quilts, so you can try yourself as a quilter either. Embroidery monograms are also supported and can be used for decorating linen and clothes. With all that said, the Brother FS100WT can easily be considered one of the most user-friendly and versatile solutions for sale on the market. If that's the kind of machine you've been searching for too, don't hesitate to get the Brother FS100WT today at such an attractive price like it is now.

For your comfortable work, it is essential to have all the stuff neatly arranged. Get a quality craft table to make your working place much cosier.

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Brother FS100WT
Brother FS100WT
 

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