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September 1, 2012

Don't be misled by the term "commercial machine"

Shopping for sewing or embroidery machines can be a daunting task. It is bad enough when people are selling a great used machine online but fail to show a photo of it, but add insult to injury when they use the words "commercial machine" for advertising a home model and you have out right misled the reader.

I came across a home embroidery machine for sale on Craigslist just today. It was advertised as a commercial embroidery machine. The price was $600 so I took a look at the ad. It was a table top Brother that actually retails for around $600. I was expecting at least a real commercial size machine.

For those of you who are unaware of what a commercial embroidery machine versus home machine can do:

  • Commercial machine can run stitches at a high speed
  • Home machines are much slower than commercial machines
  • Commercial machines automatically change colors of threads
  • Home machines, the operator has to manually change each thread color
  • Commercial machines can have more than one head
  • Home machines ONLY have one head
Also here are a few photos of commercial embroidery machines



The following are NOT commercial embroidery machines, but home machines for personal use (although they can and are used for small production runs).


You can plainly see the difference. Please don't be misled by ads online or else where with the use of the words "commercial" or "industrial."  The word "industrial" opens up another can of worm with me when talking about regular sewing machines. But that is a subject for a future post.


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