Best Embroidery Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 21, 2020
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 reviews on 5 of the best embroidery machines. ...Read more ...Read less
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BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS
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PROS

Boasting a great selection of built-in embroidery designs that you can edit and customize to your liking with the help of the included software, the SINGER Futura XL-580 opens new horizons for creativity. For the most comfortable embroidering, 3 hoops of different sizes are provided.

CONS

This model has a pretty small display.

OUR VERDICT

This computerized embroidery and sewing machine will be appreciated even by the most demanding experts thanks to its smooth speed adjustment and a plethora of innovative features. Quiet in operation, the item has an ergonomic and reliable Drop & Sew bobbin system and a durable heavy-duty metal frame.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Sewing-embroidery machine

MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA

20" x 12"

EMBROIDERY SPEED

600 stitches per minute

BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS

250 designs, 215 built-in stitches

BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS

20

EXTRAS

Built-in needle threader, Independent bobbin winder, Endless hoop capability, 7 buttonhole patterns (6 automatic, 1 manual), SwiftSmart™ threading system, Built-in thread cutter, 6 StayBright™ LED lights, Twin-needle function, Basic + AutoPunch, HyperFont Advanced Editing Software included, USB port

ADJUSTMENTS

Easy stitch selection dial, Adjustable stitch width (7 mm), Adjustable stitch length (5 mm), Reverse, Mechanical speed control, Self-adjusting tension system, Programmable needle stopping position (Up/Down)

DISPLAY

Backlit LCD screen

INCLUDED PRESSER FEET

Embroidery foot, All-purpose foot, Zipper foot, Buttonhole foot with underplate, Blind hem foot, Satin stitch foot, Button sewing foot

DIMENSIONS

9.5" x 21.5" x 13" 

25 lbs

WARRANTY

Limited 25-year warranty for sewing machine, Limited 5-year warranty for consumables, Limited 1 year - accompanying accessory items

PROS

Featuring 240 built-in stitches, this embroidery sewing machine is also equipped with the My Custom Stitch feature that will allow you to design your own sewing stitches. If your goal is to create one-of-a-kind clothing and decor items, this model is an excellent choice.

CONS

The instructions are pretty extensive, it takes some time to go through them.

OUR VERDICT

Based on the latest technologies, this state-of-the-art embroidery sewing machine features a great selection of elegant built-in designs that you can combine, change in color, and do other editing if needed. The unit has a high sewing speed and an ergonomic quick set bobbin, and it boasts intuitive operation.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Sewing-embroidery machine

MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA

5" x 7"

EMBROIDERY SPEED

850 stitches per minute

BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS

138 designs, 240 built-in stitches

BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS

11

EXTRAS

Needle threading system, Quick-set bobbin, Automatic feed thread cutting, USB port, My Custom Stitch feature, Quick reference stitch guides, Built-in LED light, Free-motion sewing

ADJUSTMENTS

Adjustable presser foot pressure, Needle position key (Up/Down), Upper thread sensor, Bobbin sensor, Adjustable design icon size setting, Drag and drop editing, Speed adjustment, Adjustable stitch width (7 mm), Adjustable stitch length (5 mm)

DISPLAY

3" x 1.6" color LCD touchscreen display with adjustable brightness

INCLUDED PRESSER FEET

Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Stitch guide foot, Adjustable zipper/Piping foot, Non-stick foot, Open toe foot, Embroidery foot, Blind stitch foot

DIMENSIONS

11.54" x 23.19" x 13.43" 

22.05 lbs

WARRANTY

Limited 25-year warranty for sewing machine, Limited 2-year warranty for consumables, Limited 1 year - accompanying accessory items

PROS

You will be able to import any designs via the machine's USB port. It will be easy to find the ones you need with access to iBroidery.com, which offers thousands of stunning embroidery designs.

CONS

Its sewing speed could be higher. 

OUR VERDICT

As functional as it is, the Brother SE600 can help you embellish your projects, make clothing from scratch, or repair your garments. It is equally good for sewing thicker fabrics like denim or thinner ones like silk.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Sewing-embroidery machine

MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA

4" x 4" 

EMBROIDERY SPEED

400 stitches per minute

BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS

80 designs, 103 built-in stitches

BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS

6

EXTRAS

Automatic needle threader, Built-in USB port, Embroidery design editing features, Super bright LED-lit work area, Free arm, Quick-set drop-in bobbin

ADJUSTMENTS

Variable speed controls, Seven-point feed dogs, Reverse, Single/twin needle position setting (Up/Down), Adjustable stitch width (7 mm), Adjustable stitch length (5 mm)

DISPLAY

3.2" Sew Smart color LCD touchscreen display

INCLUDED PRESSER FEET

Spring action zigzag foot, Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Blind stitch foot, Button sewing foot

DIMENSIONS

15.5" x 21.2" x 16.5"

26 lbs

WARRANTY

Limited 25-year warranty for sewing machine, Limited 2-year warranty for consumables, Limited 1 year - accompanying accessory items

PROS

Offering a vast variety of basic, overcasting, stretch, and decorative stitches, the SINGER 9960 boasts as many as 13 built-in 1-step buttonholes. To provide even more freedom of choice, the machine has stitch elongation and mirror imaging.

CONS

It has no built-in embroidery designs. 

OUR VERDICT

Reliable and functional, this portable sewing machine has a user-friendly operation that will be appreciated by sewing, quilting, and embroidery fans alike. Its self-adjusting tension system will ensure quality sewing of various fabrics; an included extension table will provide ample working space for larger projects.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Sewing-embroidery machine

MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA

Not specified

EMBROIDERY SPEED

850 stitches per minute

BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS

600 built-in stitches

BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS

5

EXTRAS

Built-in needle threader, 13 one-step buttonhole style options, Built-in thread cutter, Self-adjusting tension system, 2 StayBright™ LED lights, Free arm, Mirror imaging, Stitch elongation, Twin-needle function

ADJUSTMENTS

Direct selection stitches, Adjustable stitch width (7 mm), Adjustable stitch length (5 mm), Reverse, Speed control, Self-adjusting tension system, Programmable needle stopping position (Up/Down)

DISPLAY

Backlit LCD screen

INCLUDED PRESSER FEET

General purpose foot, Zipper foot, Buttonhole foot, Satin foot, Blind hem foot, Open toe foot, Cording foot, Darning/Embroidery foot, Even feed/Walking foot, Overcasting foot, Button sewing foot, Narrow hem foot, Quarter inch foot

DIMENSIONS

8.2" x 17.2" x 12"

18.2 lbs

WARRANTY

Limited 25-year warranty for sewing machine, Limited 5-year warranty for consumables, Limited 1 year - accompanying accessory items

PROS

This model will allow you to preview and edit your embroidery project right on the touch-screen LCD display. You will be able to rotate your designs, change them in size, or alter colors. Bringing your creative fantasies to life has never been so easy.

CONS

Adjusting the hoop might seem a bit inconvenient.

OUR VERDICT

This user-friendly embroidery machine will allow you to use both built-in embroidery designs and your own customized patterns. Lightweight and compact, it is ideal for home use. The Brother PE800 has most of the features offered by its more expensive competitors. It is a good value for the money.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Embroidery machine

MAXIMUM EMBROIDERY AREA

5" x 7"

EMBROIDERY SPEED

650 stitches per minute

BUILT-IN EMBROIDERY DESIGNS

138 designs

BUILT-IN LETTERING FONTS

11 

EXTRAS

Automatic needle threader, Super bright work area

ADJUSTMENTS

Design editing features, Adjustable thread tension, On-screen editing

DISPLAY

Large LCD color touchscreen

INCLUDED PRESSER FEET

Embroidery foot

DIMENSIONS

7.91" x 17.13" x 11.49"

16.31 lbs

WARRANTY

Limited 25-year warranty for sewing machine, Limited 2-year warranty for consumables, Limited 1 year - accompanying accessory items

SINGER Futura XL-580

For Endless Creativity

Introduced by the world's leading sewing machines manufacturer, the Futura XL-580 offers unmatched functionality and incredible ease of use. It will allow you to make stylish clothing and linen and decorate them with fascinating embroidery. The unit has 215 built-in sewing stitches to help you perform any sewing task on various types of fabric. Moreover, it offers as many as 250 embroidery designs and special software for creating your own ones, so you are sure to enjoy the process of creating stylish things. This number includes 50 endless designs for creating border embroidery. Besides, the purchase comes with a 6.75'' x 4'' Endless Hoop, so decorating draperies and tablecloths borders will be a piece of cake.

To ensure you spend minimum time on preparations, this professional embroidery sewing machine features a Swiftsmart Threading System for quick needle threading and a Drop & Sew Bobbin System for hassle-free pulling up of the bobbin thread - just place the thread into a special channel before you start sewing.

Being a wonderful machine for embroidering, this item is also perfect for appliquéing and quilting. It comes with an ergonomic knee lifter that will allow you to raise or lower the presser foot hands-free and has a programmable needle stopping position (Up/Down) for easy pivoting.

Review of SINGER Futura XL-580 Embroidery and Sewing Machine

Everything You Need to Make Your Project Shine

To provide functionality and ease of use, the SINGER Futura XL-580 is equipped with all the necessary sewing gear. The embroidery machine comes with a Zipper foot, Blind hem foot, Satin foot, Button sewing foot, Buttonhole foot and underplate, and an Embroidery presser foot. In addition to an Endless embroidery hoop, you will get a 10" x 6" and a 4" x 4" hoop. The package also includes needles, bobbins, scissors, a seam ripper, and other items you might need for your work. An ergonomic extension table will come in very handy for bigger projects.

In addition to a great number of accessories and tools, the unit comes with a CD disk with embroidery software. This software will enable you to customize your designs, convert image files into embroideries, and PC True Type fonts into lettering. After installing the software on your PC, you will be able to create your own unique designs and then transmit them to your sawing machine via a USB port.

The only downside of this model is its pretty small LCD screen, which is a minor flaw if you find it comfortable to view and edit the designs on your PC screen.

Summing up, this professional embroidery sewing machine will help you to create beautiful things. Durably made from high-quality materials, it won't let you down in any fashion.

SINGER Futura XL-580 Embroidery and Sewing Machine in the use

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Brother SE1900

Personalize Your Embroidery

Innovative sewing equipment allows you to adjust every single detail to create smart clothing and accessories. With the Brother SE1900, you can create your own stitches using its unique My Custom Stitch feature. Alternatively, you can use one of the 240 built-in stitches, 138 built-in designs (including beautiful seasonal, floral, and kid's designs), and 11 font styles. Moreover, you can edit these designs (combine, mirror-image, change in size, rotate, and change color scheme) depending on your preferences. You can see your chosen design on the large unit's screen before you start embroidering, and even in color.

The unit comes with large 5" x 7" embroidery hoops perfect for creating larger designs. As the workspace is brightly lit by an LED light, it is easy to create complex embroidery and sew dark fabrics.

What's important, it takes a minimal amount of time to get the machine ready for work - it has an automatic needle threader that will make threading the needle a breeze. This will make even sophisticated embroidery projects with multiple thread changes frustration-free.

As this model is so functional, the instructions are pretty extensive and it takes some time to go through them. However, the operation is not difficult at all once you get used to the machine.

Review of Brother SE1900 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine

For Most Sewing Tasks

The Brother SE1900 comes with a set of accessory feet for almost any sewing and embroidery task.

  • Spring action zigzag foot will ensure flawless sewing over multiple layers and thick seams.
  • Blind stitch foot ('R' foot) will come in handy while making blind hems on sleeves and pant legs on various fabrics, as well as for edge stitching.
  • Zipper foot ('I' foot) is perfect for attaching zippers. It can actually be placed on the zipper edge for excellent sewing results.
  • Buttonhole foot ('A' foot) will allow you to create flawless buttonholes for your specific buttons. By the way, the machine offers 10 buttonhole styles so it will be easy to find the one that suits your project.
  • Button sewing foot ('M' foot). With this accessory, there is no need to sew the buttons on by hand, the Brother SE1900 will do it for you!
  • Overcasting foot ('G' foot) will help you protect the edges from fraying.
  • Monogramming foot ('N' foot) will come in very useful for making decorative stitches.
  • Adjustable zipper/Piping foot will ensure hassle-free attaching piping tapes and zippers.
  • Non-stick foot is just what you need for sewing leather and other fabrics that might stick to the foot.
  • Open toe foot is recommended for appliques and decorative stitching.
  • Embroidery foot will help you give your project the final beautiful touch.

In a word, the Brother SE1900 is a multifunctional computerized embroidery sewing machine that will allow you to work with various kinds of fabrics and create unique clothing and linen.

Brother SE1900 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine in the use

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Brother SE600

For Embroidery Hobbyists

While larger and more powerful machines are a natural choice of sewing professionals who work on big projects, this model is a real find for beginners and embroidery hobbyists. Portable and reasonably priced, the Brother SE600 is a functional tool with a 4" x 4" embroidery field that comes with a 4" x 4" embroidery hoop (you can purchase a 7" x 4" hoop additionally). As compact as it is, the machine has a pretty wide needle-to-arm workspace, which means you will be able to handle bulkier projects, not only smaller ones.

The unit offers 103 built-in sewing stitches and 8 buttonholes styles, plus 80 embroidery designs. In addition to built-in designs, you can use thousands of patterns from the iBroidery.com - the unit has a USB port for this purpose. Please, note that a memory stick is not included and for iBroidery.com an additional purchase is required.

What makes this Brother model especially appealing is the large color touchscreen. Not only will you be able to preview the designs before putting them on fabric, but you will also be able to edit them. For example, you can move designs on the smart touch LCD display, change the thread colors, and more.

Though its maximum sewing speed could be higher, the item offers variable speed controls to help you perform multiple sewing and embroidery tasks with ease. You can also preset the needle up/down position depending on your needs. To ensure smooth fabric feeding, the machine is equipped with 7-point feed dogs.

Review of Brother SE600 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Beautifully Simple

The manufacturer has done their best to make their product as user-friendly as possible. It comes with 7 presser feet (a spring action zigzag, overcasting, monogramming, blind stitch, buttonhole, zipper, and button sewing foot), and changing them is a snap. When you select the desired stitch, the screen will show you which foot to use - with this fantastic feature, even novice sewers will be up to the task. Threading the machine and winding the bobbin is quite simple, too, you just need to follow the numbers on the housing. Like its more expensive counterparts, the Brother SE600 has an automatic needle threader, so you will save your time and nerves on threading the needle as well. A convertible free arm will allow you to sew cuffs and sleeves with no hassle at all.

All in all, if you enjoy embellishing your garments with embroidery or making one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing for you and your family, the Brother SE600 embroidery sewing machine is a fantastic choice.

Brother SE600 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine in the use

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SINGER 9960

Over 600 Stitches in One Box

First of all, let's make it clear - the SINGER 9960 is more of a sewing machine, it has no built-in embroidery patterns. However, it is perfectly equipped to help you customize your sewing, quilting, and applique projects. Offering 600 built-in stitches, including stretch, basic, and decorative stitches (even 5 alphanumeric fonts), it is one of the most functional sewing machines out there. The patterns are so exquisite, they will make your sewing, home decor, and crafting projects pure eye-candy. Moreover, the unit provides stitch elongation and mirror imaging so you will be able to find the perfect pattern to suit your chosen fabric and personalize every piece of clothing you make.

On the unit's top, there is a lid with all the stitches and their numbers shown on its inner surface. This will help you quickly find the one you need. On its front panel, there are quick select stitch buttons with the most commonly used stitches, an LCD display, and function buttons.

With the SINGER 9960, you will be ready to sew in a blink of an eye. It takes seconds to thread the machine owing to its easy threading system and a built-in needle threader. The top drop-in bobbin system has a clear cover that will allow you to control the thread supply. A needle up/down feature will ensure easy pivoting while quilting, appliqueing, or sewing on pockets. Boasting 13 one-step buttonholes, the machine will help you make perfectly sized buttonholes quickly and easily. A thread trimmer button will allow you to cut the top and bottom thread simultaneously once you've finished sewing.

Review of SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist Computerized Portable Sewing Machine

For Multiple Creative Tasks

This portable sewing machine has a heavy-duty metal frame to ensure its durability and flawless performance. An automatic presser foot pressure control will allow you to sew any kind of fabric, thin or thick, with ease. At the same time, an included extension table will make quilting or working on bulkier projects as comfortable as possible. Meanwhile, as you remove the accessory tray, you expose the unit's free arm that will allow you to sew sleeves and cuffs with no difficulty. There is also a switch that can make the feed dogs go down for free-motion sewing.

Along with the purchase, you will get a zipper foot, a button sewing foot, a blind hem foot, a satin stitch foot, a rolled hem foot, a cording foot, an open toe foot, a buttonhole foot, an overcasting foot, plus a patchwork foot, a darning/embroidery foot, and an even feed/walking foot.

To sum it up, though the SINGER 9960 is positioned as a sewing machine, it can be used to perform a whole bunch of creative tasks because you will get all the necessary tools for sewing, quilting, applique, and embroidery.

SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist Computerized Portable Sewing Machine in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Machine is great for quilting and having fun with the 600 designs. Love it so much.

Features

Love the needle up/down button. It moves the needle to the highest or lowest point. No fiddling with the hand wheel to get it close.
 

Brother PE800

For Beginners

If you already have a sewing machine and want to embellish the things you sew or ready-made clothes with embroidery, this Brother model is a good choice. Moderately priced and compact, it has most of the features you would expect from a top embroidery machine and even the larger embroidery area that some of them offer. Namely, the item comes with a 5" x 7" embroidery hoop which allows you to bring to life larger and more sophisticated designs without rehooping.

This mini embroidery machine has 138 built-in embroidery designs, including 11 lettering fonts, 14 border styles, and 10 frame shapes. What's important, though, is that you can edit these designs, combine them, rotate, or change in size, right on the unit's touch-screen. As the item has a USB port and built-in memory, you will also be able to use images from the Internet and customize them to your liking.

Next, the unit has quite competitive embroidery speed (650 stitches per minute) for such a small machine. With that, the device is incredibly simple in use. It is easy to thread following a user-friendly numbered diagram. Moreover, during your work, you will be able to follow step-by-step tutorials displayed on the LCD screen. In such a way, you will acquire or expand machine embroidery skills very quickly.

Just like most of its rivals, the machine has a time-saving automatic needle threader. A bright LED light will help reduce the eye strain while you are working on your project.

Review of Brother PE800 Embroidery Machine

Budget-Friendly Alternative

Let's look at what is included in the box. The unit comes with an embroidery foot, a 5" x 7" embroidery hoop, 4 bobbins, a needle set, a cleaning brush, a seam ripper, a bobbin cover, small, large, and disc-shaped screwdrivers, small, mini, large, and medium spool caps, spool net, embroidery bobbin thread, scissors, dust cover, accessory bag, and a user manual.

We should emphasize that this machine was not designed for sewing, so it comes with only one foot and that is for embroidery. So, if you are looking for a sewing and embroidery machine, we would rather recommend that you get one of the models we've listed above.

Summing up, the Brother PE800 is an affordable machine for embellishing your clothing and linen that has a good selection of built-in designs and allows importing more as well as on-screen designs editing.

Brother PE800 Embroidery Machine in the use

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Comparison of Embroidery Machines

What Is an Embroidery Machine?

Modern embroidery machines allow users to quickly transfer images on fabric, saving their time that would otherwise be spent hand stitching. All these machines are controlled with a built-in computer and allow you to embroider 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 pictures 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 of the 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 a beautiful outfit for yourself or your family, we'd recommend you to look through our shortlist of the best sewing machines. To create beautiful and cozy comforters, consider buying a quilting machine.

What Features to Compare

Embroidery Area and Hoop Size

The first thing you should consider before purchasing a monogramming machine is its embroidery area - the size of a pattern a machine sews in one shot. Here, the 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 the pattern that can be embroidered. Larger hoops provide more versatile use, allowing embroidering multiple areas without rehooping and in this way, eliminate the problem of sewing errors in designs, cutting down the sewing time on the whole. On the other hand, small embroidery hoops are more convenient for stitching on miniature embroideries. Some embroidery sewing machines come with two or more hoops of different sizes to help you cope with any task with ease.

Built-in Patterns and Features

The next step to do is to check the built-in patterns and features your chosen embroidery 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. Most of the modern embroidery machines offer some pre-installed patterns, but if you're not sure whether you're not going to need more in the future, opt for a PC compatible model with a built-in memory slot. With this option, you'll 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. Innovative computerized models will allow you to edit your chosen designs to create your own unique embroideries. Make sure to check the embroidery speed and the option to adjust it for various sewing needs.

Extras and Adjustments

Finally, you should also consider extras and adjustments provided by the manufacturer to ensure convenient operation. An automatic needle threader and 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 different thickness. A built-in LED light wouldn't go amiss either and will help you sew efficiently even in low-light conditions. An LCD display will enable an even more comfortable working process with all the patterns editable on the screen. Of course, that's not the full list of available 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.

Did you know?

Making beautiful things is a part of human nature, which is why embroidery is almost as old as sewing. As soon as people learned how to sew materials together, they started to experiment with using the extra thread for seams reinforcement and garment decoration.

For thousands of years, embroidery was a time-consuming art which required time and skill to master. Today, you still need some patience and experience to decorate clothing and linen with enchanting patterns, however, you can do it in an incredibly short time. Moreover, innovative technologies allow digitizing images to create stunning, complex and precise embroidery designs.

But how did it all start? Let's have a quick look at the long history of embroidery.

  • The earliest embroidery pieces were found in China where the craft has been known for thousands of years. Some of the samples are dated back to the 5th century BC. Unfortunately, fabrics do not preserve well, so many artifacts are lost. However, there are other pieces of art, such as ancient Greek mosaics, that show people dressed in clothing embroidered with silk threads and pearls.
  • Embroidery continued to develop during the Middle Ages. Ecclesiastical embroidery became as important as other arts and crafts, such as painting or jewelry. Fine embroidery was a characteristic feature of clothing worn by noble men and women. Development of fabrics and threads influenced embroidery techniques; materials and patterns varied depending on the region and social status of the wearer.
  • The Renaissance inspired new styles and ornaments. In the 16th-17th century, the reign of secular embroidery began. Domestic embroidery became more and more popular. The craft was now used not only for decoration various kinds of clothing, including gloves, aprons, and hats, but also for embellishing sheets, cushions, coverlets, valances, and other household linen.
  • At the beginning of the 19th century, the first hand-embroidery machine was introduced. But, still, the machine looms did not complete all the tasks and a team of workers had to do embroidering by hand. It was only at the end of the century that the machine with a boat-shaped shuttle that produced the backing stitch was invented. The embroidery looked as if it was made by hand. Finally, in 1911, the Singer Sewing Company introduced a multi-head sewing machine.
  • The 20th century was a time of great changes and fast technology development. It gave us modern embroidery sewing machines - multifunctional computerized units that allow you to create true masterpieces in the comfort of your home.

Even in our fast-paced world, embroidery is still one of the most appreciated hobbies: inspiring arts and crafts never fall out of fashion.

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