Sewing machines that embroider to your specifications come in a variety of makes and models. Some of these machines connect directly to your computer, allowing you to design and upload your own personalised graphics and fonts so you can personalise your embroidery designs. These machines vary in their built-in features and capabilities.
Janome Memory Craft 200 E
The Janome Memory Craft 200E (MC200E) is an embroidery-only machine that comes with 73 built-in embroidery designs and 3 fonts; however, your options are limitless as you can connect this machine to your computer via its USB port and download your own designs and fonts directly to your machine with the press of a button. The MC200E embroiders at a rate of 650 stitches per minute and has the option to resize your project with a button-push sizing feature. You can also rotate your designs up to 45 degrees with the touch of a button. This machine comes with several embroidery CDs and has a built-in digitizer, allowing you to convert and picture to a format that can be quickly embroidered. Additionally, this machine comes with two hoops. This machine has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of £324 as of December 2010.
The Singer CE-350 Futura
The Singer CE 350 Futura is a combination sewing/embroidery machine that comes with 100 built-in stitches and a variety of built-in fonts. You can download your own designs quickly through the USB cable with a computer running Windows 2000, ME & XP. This machine is not Mac-compatible. Designs can be downloaded directly to your machine without any complicated formatting, making the transfer of designs quick and easy. This machine comes with two hoops, has six one-step buttonholes, and comes with several accessory presser feet. Additionally, it comes with a dedicated embroidery presser foot and an embroidery software CD. This machine has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of £649 as of December 2010.
Pfaff Creative Vision
The Pfaff Creative Vision embroidery and sewing machine allows you to sew your projects as well as embroider them. This machine is packed with features for the embroidery enthusiast. It has the largest embroidery area available on any home sewing machine, allowing you to create large designs. It comes with 500 built-in stitches, 200 embroidery designs and 4 built-in fonts. This machine has an advanced LCD screen that allows you to format your designs on the screen and change colours, size and other options with the touch of a button. It connects to your computer via the USB cable for quick and immediate download and conversion of any picture and TrueType font. This machine has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of £6,174.3 as of December 2010.