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Single-Head Embroidery Machines - The Machine Guide

SINGLE-HEAD EMBROIDERY MACHINES

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Elite XLII-BEVT-S901CAII

 

Barudan America Inc., Solon,
    OH; (800) 627-4776;
    www.barudanamerica.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This is a compact, single-head, nine-needle embroidery machine that's network-ready and has a 250mm by 400mm sewing field. It's portable at 154 lbs.

What's new:    

     
  • SmartHead sewing head for higher performance, easier maintenance and increased durability
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  • Servo Motors for increased production, more power and accurate stitching
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  • Open frame design for bags and heavy items
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  • Improved access to lubrication points.

Key features: 1,200 spm on flats and 1,000 spm on caps

Buyer's note: This machine is a good choice for sewing samples before production or small-quantity runs. It works for a variety of company sizes, from home-based businesses to large shops, with multiple single-head machines in a networked order-entry system.

Entrepreneur Pro PR1000E

 

Brother International Corp.
    (asi/12600), Bridgewater, NJ;
    (800) 4-A-BROTHER;
    www.bro thersews.com

Cost: $14,499.95; optional software kit upgrade, $449.95.

What it is: This is a 10-needle home embroidery machine with a large embroidery area of 14" by 8".

What's new:

     
  • InnovaChrome LED thread color system: LEDs under spools indicate closest thread color and correlate to colors on LCD touchscreen
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  • Advanced Super View HD LCD touchscreen display by Sharp with 16.7 million colors and enhanced viewing angle of 176 degrees
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  • Optional software upgrade includes a scanning feature to find the optimal design placement in the hoop, a color-shuffling function to change the design color palette and an onscreen auto-density adjustment to automatically recalculate stitch count when designs are resized.

Key features:

     
  • InnovEye technology, Snowman embroidery positioning marker and eyelet threading system
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  • Built-in automatic needle threading system
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  • Three USB ports to import designs, use peripherals and download updates from brother.com
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  • Oversized worktable for larger projects.

Buyer's note: The ideal user is an experienced embroiderer looking to work on larger projects and output multiple items quickly.

Avancé 1501C

 

ColDesi Inc., Tampa, FL; (877) 793-3278;
    www.avance-emb.com;
    www.coldesi.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: The result of more than three years of development, the brand-new Avancé 1501C is a single-head, 15-needle commercial embroidery machine with a new 19.7" x 13.8" sewing field and a maximum speed of 1,200 spm. It's compact enough to fit in a home office, but also capable of powering an embroidery business.

What's new:

     
  • More than 4,400 free embroidery designs
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  • Comes with two cap frames and full complement of hoops
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  • Network-ready for expansion.

Buyer's note: With a low entry price, free training and support, and the opportunity to upgrade after two years, this machine works well for small or startup embroidery businesses. Customers can trade up to a four- or six-head unit after two years or add on additional single-head machines and network them together. The machine comes with free training, technical support and a five-year warranty.

TUMX-C1501 Hybrid

 

Hirsch International Hauppauge, NY;
    (800) 394-4426; www.hic.us

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: With a large tubular embroidery space at 14" by 19.5", this single-head machine with an LCD color monitor will accommodate apparel and promotional merchandise that doesn't fit under a traditional compact embroidery machine.

What's new:

     
  • Unrestricted sides for larger products
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  • Built-in LED lamp and position marker
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  • Precision notched needle plate to avoid bending or twisting stitches on caps.

Buyer's note: The hybrid machine is designed for decorators who want the ability to embroider on larger products but prefer a compact frame.

User review: "We had a bottleneck," says Beth Canedy, owner of custom embroidery shop Ragtime in Cottonwood, AZ, on her decision to invest in the TUMX-C1501 Hybrid single-head. "We had a six-head, and when we had smaller jobs, we got stuck." Canedy says her single-head from Hirsch made the process more streamlined and reduced turnaround time by half in many cases. "We love it so much that we got a second one," she says. "And Hirsch is great to work with. If you have a question, they respond within 24 hours."

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EMT16 Modular

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Melco International; Denver;
    (800) 799-8313;
    www.melcousa.com

Cost: Contact distributor for price.

What it is: This is a network-based 16-needle modular embroidery machine with a large 15.7" by 16.1" sew field, meant to accommodate jacket backs, bags, blankets and other large products.

What's new:

     
  • Embroidery production times reduced by 20% compared to previous Melco machines
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  • Combines Melco's patented Acti-Feed system with a simplified user interface for easier operation and training
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  • Stand designed for mobility, strength and functionality; includes large open space under the pantograph, allowing bulky items to move with the machine
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  • Sturdy wheels and optional removable tabletop.

Key features:

     
  • EMT16s operate independently of each other on the same network
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  • Small cylindrical lower arm
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  • Operating and embroidery software included.

Buyer's note: This commercial embroidery system is designed for efficient production, low operation costs and maximum sew speeds. Buyers are typically startups or large enterprises.

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Highland HM/D-1501C

 

MESA Distributors Inc. (asi/16004),
    Fort Worth, TX; (800) 330-3867;
    www.mesamachines.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This single-head, 15-needle commercial embroidery machine with a 500mm by 360mm sewing field and a maximum speed of 1,200 spm comes with a five-year warranty. It also has a quick-change cap and hooping system and built-in noise reduction technology.

What's new:

     
  • Control panel with 7" touchscreen color LCD display
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  • Built-in 16 million-stitch/400-design memory
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  • Machine can shift between tasks like design input, preparation for the next design and changing design parameters while working.

Key features:

     
  • Automatic thread trimmer, color change and thread break detection
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  • Laser light and one-touch design tracing
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  • Stitch filtering.

Buyer's note: This machine works for startups or established businesses looking to add another embroidery head.

GS1501

 

Pantograms Mfg. Co. Inc.,
    Tampa, FL; (800) 872-1555;
    www.pantograms.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This is a single-head, 15-needle commercial embroidery machine with a 22" by 14" sewing field. The networkable machine with a maximum speed of 1,200 spm includes a five-year warranty.

What's new:

     
  • Extended table-top border frame expands the sewing field to 48" by 14"
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  • True Trace traces design's outline
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  • Color LCD control panel display.

Key features:

     
  • 270-degree quick-change cap driver for sewing a 14" by 2.9" field; changes from flats to caps in less than two minutes
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  • Integrated power supply and heavy-duty workstation with lockable wheels.

User review: Bill Dichtl, graphic arts instructor at the Pioneer Career & Tech Center in Shelby, OH, recently purchased two Pantograms single-heads for the school. "Employers are looking for prospective employees with a basic knowledge of embroidery," Dichtl says. "All students wear embroidered T-shirts, so we thought having them do the work would teach them new skills and ease the school's textile budget." After the machines arrived, students worked with them immediately. "They began sewing out simple and complex designs, and were able to troubleshoot any problems," he says. "They've sewn out close to 500 shirts so far. They really enjoy operating the machines and they've been a real draw to the program."

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RiCOMA 1501TC-7S

 

RiCOMA International Corp.
    (asi/18200), Miami; (888) 292-6282;
    www.ricoma.us

Cost: Contact manufacturer for pricing.

What it is: This is a new 7" HD touchscreen commercial embroidery machine with an expandable sewing area up to 48" by 14". The machine with a speed of 1,200 spm has a new 20 million-stitch/200-design memory and a standard sewing area of 22" by 14", expandable up to 48" by 14".

What's new:

     
  • Pre-set hoops, cap frames and special hoops
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  • Machine won't start if design is bigger than selected frame
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  • Auto-centering of designs
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  • One-step tracing
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  • Reads multiple design formats
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  • Universal power supply, 110-240V self-adaptable worldwide.

Key features:

     
  • On-board lettering with multiple font options
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  • 270-degree wide cap system
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  • Auto color change and trimming
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  • External 100-degree button and trimming button.

User review: Aaron Stillwater, owner of Sharky Tees in Pensacola, FL, says he runs his RiCOMA 1501TC-7S 14 hours a day for embroidery clients all over the world. "The ease of use is second to none," he says. "The touchscreen makes it easy for my operators to train on it, and the sturdy construction means it's going to last a while." RiCOMA's customer service has gone "over and above" for Stillwater on more than one occasion. "I'd recommend this machine to anyone at any time," he says.

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HAPPY HCD2-1501

 

Texmac Inc., Charlotte, NC;
    (877) 335-5206;
    www.happyemb.com

Cost: Contact vendor for price.

What is it: This single-head, 15-needle embroidery machine weighs in at 233 pounds and features a cast-steel frame and 7" touchscreen control panel with onboard help and auto-error correction. It has a 520mm by 400mm sewing field and a 40 million-stitch/250-design memory.

What's new:

     
  • Faster operating speeds compared to 2013-2014 model
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  • Onboard program improves design management
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  • Machine-generated production and error reports.

Key features:

     
  • 3" by 14" cap sewing field allows for sewing of front and sides of cap in single hooping
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  • Built-in networking and USB connections for PC
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  • Dual set of hoops included with each unit, including cap sewing system
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  • Production and error reporting functions display histories of production and error codes
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  • Networks with all Happy machine models listed in this guide, allowing operators to manage multiple machines from one PC
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  • Training and support included.

Buyer's note: This machine is ideal for small shops that want maximum production and a sewing field from a single-head machine; embroiderers looking for large production capability with the flexibility of networked single-heads; and large shops that need a single-head sample machine and/or wide-field embroidery machine.

HAPPY HCH-701 Journey

 

Texmac Inc., Charlotte, NC;
    (877) 335-5206;
    www.happyemb.com

Cost: Contact vendor for price.
  What is it: This is a single-head, seven-needle embroidery machine with a cast-steel frame, a vertically mounted laser pointer and a 290mm by 290mm sewing field. It has a 40 million-stitch/250-design memory and sews up to 1,000 spm.

What's new:

     
  • White sewing head instead of last year's painted blue head
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  • Onboard program with more settings for design management
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  • Fine-tuning to improve performance and reliability.

Key features:

     
  • Compact dimensions: 88 pounds, 11" by 17" base
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  • 7" touchscreen control panel with onboard help and auto-error correction
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  • 2.7" by 11.5" cap sewing field allows for sewing on front and sides in one hooping
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  • Built-in networking and USB connections for PC
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  • Networks with current and previous generation HAPPY machine models, allowing operators to manage multiple machines from one PC
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  • Open area around sewing arm allows direct sewing on large objects
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  • Built-in bobbin winder
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  • Training and support included.

Buyer's note: This machine is a good choice for startups looking for an affordable multi-needle machine, or home hobbyists and sewers taking the next step to a multi-needle machine.

HAPPY HCS2-1201 Voyager2

 

Texmac Inc., Charlotte, NC;
    (877) 335-5206;
    www.happyemb.com

Cost: Contact vendor for price.

What is it: This is a single-head 12-needle embroidery machine with a 7" touchscreen control panel that features onboard help and auto-error correction. The cast-steel frame machine has a 320mm by 290mm sewing field and a 40 million-stitch/250-design memory. Training and support are included with your purchase of this machine.

What's new:

     
  • Improved, independently driven cutting system similar to larger HAPPY models
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  • Onboard program with more settings for design management.

Key features:

     
  • Compact dimensions: 88 pounds, 11" by 17" base
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  • 2.7" by 11.5" cap sewing field allows sewing on front and sides in one hooping
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  • Built-in networking and USB connections for PC
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  • Open area around sewing arm allows direct sewing on large objects
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  • Built-in bobbin winder.

Buyer's note: This machine is ideal for home embroiderers who want production capability and faster speeds, but not a large machine. It's also a good investment for embroiderers looking for a starter production machine or a more compact, quieter production machine.

Sprint 6

 

ZSK USA Inc., Franklin, NH;
    (800) 525-2366;
    www.zsk.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This low-noise 12-color single-head is compact and all-purpose, with an embroidery field of up to 18.1" and a maximum speed of 1,200 spm. It has an adjustable presser foot, automatic reverse embroidering function and a memory of 80 million stitches.

What's new:

     
  • Smallest industrial tubular arm without picker at the front
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  • Main shaft brake
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  • Designed thread stand
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  • Optional quick-change system for all frames
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  • Designed shoe frame with wide embroidery field
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  • ZigZag EP3 cording device
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  • Software version for advanced network functionality.

Key features:

     
  • Operation modes: tubular, cap and border frame
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  • Error analysis
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  • T8-2 control terminal
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  • Network functionality
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  • Barcode capability.

User review: Jay Meyer, co-owner and founder of Blue Dolphin Screen Print & Embroidery (asi/522731) in Somersworth, NH, has eight ZSK machines, and has also welcomed the company's Germany-based president for two site visits. "Customer service at ZSK definitely starts at the top," Meyer says. "We've always been treated fairly and professionally." Meyer appreciates ZSK's knowledgeable tech service, including in-house training, live phone support and a YouTube channel. "They help solve issues quickly, and they continue to offer innovative solutions. The new Sprint 6 will be our next machine."

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