There are many types of machines used for embroidery. They can either be simple embroidery machines or they carry the adherent benefits of both ‘embroidery’ and ‘sewing’. The second category of machines is commonly preferred by most. They are a lot more expensive than the simple embroidery machines. Often the large businesses make an effort out of their expenditure to allow their companies to buy the second category of machines, due to their inherent double advantages.
The prices of these machines vary to a great extent ranging from $300-$800.These machines come under the labels of different brands and models. Each brand adds some exquisite feature to its products. Therefore, often a lot more research and information has to be gathered to avail the best possible qualities within a single machine.
Some of the basic characteristics that need to be known about the different embroidery machines are:
The fabric is linked to the hoops, which are then secured to the sewing machine. This process performed is called ‘hooping’. The sewer gets hold of the fabric until machine has completed its round of fabric design. This is important, as it makes sure that embroidery doesn’t get misaligned.
There is another subset feature to these machines, called a ‘stabilizer’. Its function is to stabilize the fabric by holding it tautly. This is an important factor, which contributes to the perfect alignment of the design.
Nowadays various digitizing software systems are available. They come in many varying types. One can easily purchase the suitable one from the market. These digitizing software systems can easily digitize the selected image. The digitized images are then fed into the embroidery machines. An exact pattern of design gets engraved onto our required article.
There is another more sophisticated form of embroidery called ‘handmade embroidery’ business. This type of embroidery can also be called as ‘free motion’. This demands a high level of refinement, elegance and spare time. There are certain machines available in market that can offer assistance to these sewers who prefer to make handmade embroidery items. These machines have additional features of subsets called ‘regulators’ that give a free hand to make stitches as when required.
Whatever style of embroidery one intends to choose, there are variety of machines to assist the sewers. The machines definitely lessen the toil taken by humans. More on that, the precision and orderliness provided by these machines is unmatchable.
Embroidery has always been a hobby for many people. Such people might want to find themselves some good equipment to help them in the process. To make embroider work easier, the hoop and the frame are something that can become helpful. Its not really essential but can make things easier. Lets see how the embroidery hoop and frame can help.
The embroidery hoop consists of two pieces; the first one is a hoop on which you fix the cloth material and the second one, also a hoop, which is placed on the top of the cloth material to ensure it is safe in place and doesn’t move. The second hoop has a small nut attached to it that is use to tighten the cloth to make sure it stays fixed in place. The hoops are available in different sizes ranging from small ones to large ones. The small ones are basically used for pieces of embroidery, which are supposed to be used with cards. The larger ones are helpful in big embroidery works like a wall hanging, cushion, bed sheet or covers. The hoops can be made of wood, plastic or metal. The price may vary among these materials. For the wooden hoops, the price is dependent on the quality of wood used for this purpose.
The main purpose of the hoops is that it is used to keep the fabric in place while you do the embroidery work on it. Smaller hoops are more feasible as they are easy to move around anywhere on the bigger projects. A large hoop is often difficult to control.
The embroidery frame consists of two round pieces of wood and two square or rectangle pieces of wood making a frame. The idea of the embroidery frame is to attach the fabric on the round pieces just like on the hoops and the square and rectangle square frames are used to wound up the piece until its tight. The fabric is sewed to the frame that helps it tighten up and then the round pieces are used just like the hoops for embroidery. The problem with using the frame is that you can only use the fabric of the exact size of the frame or reduced than the frame.
The embroidery frames come with its advantage of being a helpful embroidery tool where you can see the most of your fabric. The embroidery frame keeps your fabric still and tightened. You can use a stand with it as well. Stands are also available with the hoop but not much effective with them. The stands for the frames are available in a much broader range. Free stands for example can be attached to a table and some are even helpful to work on your lap.
To conclude, both of these tools have benefits in embroidery work. You have to choose which is more suitable for you according to the type of work.