One of the most significant investments you’ll make for your business is purchasing a commercial embroidery machine. The right machine will help you produce top-quality embroidery designs, increase efficiency, and ultimately, grow your business. At The Embroidery Warehouse, we know how important it is to make an informed decision before buying an embroidery machine, so here are some essential factors to consider before making your purchase.

Production Needs

The first and most crucial consideration when choosing a commercial embroidery machine is your production needs. Are you looking to produce designs for your family and friends, or do you plan to start or scale-up an apparel company? If it’s the latter, you’ll need a machine that can handle your current volume and grow with your business. In that case, you may want to consider a larger multi-head machine, several single-head machines, or a combination of both. However, if you’re only just starting out, a single-head embroidery machine should suffice.

Space Requirements

Before buying a commercial embroidery machine, it’s vital to ensure you have adequate space to store and run your machine. You need to consider if your workspace has the right power outlets, as some larger machines require 3-phase 220v sockets, which are less common than the standard single-phase 110v. Also, make sure you have enough space to store your supplies, tools, and other exposure-sensitive items.


Your budget is an important consideration when buying a commercial embroidery machine. While it may be tempting to purchase an affordable used machine when starting out, older machines generally have a steeper learning curve than new machines. Before buying a used machine, make sure you have a strong understanding of the machine you’re purchasing and how the machine has been maintained. At The Embroidery Warehouse, we offer expertly refurbished used machines backed up by a 1-year warranty, with post-warranty support options to ensure that your used machine runs at peak condition.

If it’s within budget, however, there are a lot of benefits to buying a new machine. Longer warranty terms, ease-of-use, reliability, and up-to-date technology can each make a huge impact in your day-to-day operations. If you’re looking for a new machine at a great price, it’s worth looking into Butterfly and TEWH embroidery machines.


Embroidery machines come with different features, and you need to consider the type of work you’ll be using your machine for. Do you need a 270-degree cap driver for large cap orders? What about on-machine monogramming for uniforms? If you’re near a school or university, you may benefit from having a Chenille head for letterman jackets. Understanding your community and potential customer base will help you decide which features will make the biggest difference in your production.


Finally, it’s essential to ensure that you have access to technicians and embroidery experts should your machine need servicing. The Embroidery Warehouse backs all of our used machines with a 1-year warranty, and new Butterfly machines with a 5-year warranty. This gives you access to a real technician no matter what you need help with. Our team can travel all over the continental US to ensure that your machine runs smoothly, minimizing downtime in the event of a breakdown. Even in the event your machine needs assistance post-warranty, we offer several support options to help keep your machine running when it matters most.

By considering these essential factors, you’ll be able to make an informed decision when buying a commercial embroidery machine. At The Embroidery Warehouse, we offer a wide range of new and used machines to meet your business needs. Our experts are always available to answer any questions you may have and help you choose the best machine for your business.