Help choosing machine to monogram baseball hats?

woburNovember 9, 2006

I need to embroider a logo (Japanese calligraphy character) and 10 to 15 letters on baseball caps. I will not be doing more than 20 at a time and usually only 5 or 10. I need an embroidery machine that will allow me to use a custom transfer the drawing of the logo from my computer to the machine. I have never had an embroidery machine and don't know where to even start. I've spent hours on line trying to figure it out! I live in a small town and the only dealer close enuf to provide assistance if I decide to go that route is a Bernina dealer. I do have some sewing experience; clothing, home dec and quilting. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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You need a commercial embroidery machine because of the volume of work you are going to be doing and home embroidery machines have a stipulation in their warranties that the machines are not to be used for commercial use, commercial use voids the machine warranty.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2006 at 5:33AM
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Thanks, Stitch. Good point. Maybe I should buy a used machine in that case? I am only going to do a max of 50 all together so can't see buying a commercial machine for so few. Any suggestions on buying a used one and I won't worry about a warranty? Or a reasonably priced one and forgo the warranty?

    Bookmark   November 10, 2006 at 8:33AM
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I fyou're only ever going to do 50 then get someone else to do them. I can't understand why you would want to buy a machine for that.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2006 at 3:37AM
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Yes, well, good point islay. I have wanted an embroidery machine for a long time and this seemed like a good excuse.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2006 at 2:04PM
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I have a Bernina that I love and I have the cap attachment for it, but have never used it. You will need a software program for your computer in order to make the designs and put them in your machine for stitching. It's easy to do with the Bernina program that I have, but the machines and the software are quite expensive.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2006 at 1:23AM
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Well, if you're looking for a good reason to get one go for it! It's such fun and very addictive. I have a Janome 300E embroidery only machine. I use Embird software - all much cheaper than many options and it is wonderful.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2006 at 2:24AM
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