Should you try embroidery? We share what you need to think about before you purchase an embroidery machine.
FIRST: How often do you really get embroidery orders? If 20 to 25% of customers are asking for embroidery, it’s worth the investment.
SECOND: What kind of equipment will you need? Will you need a large, medium, or small machine?
THIRD: How will embroidery work in your business? Will you do all of the embroidery, some of it, or none of it?
How much do embroidery machines cost?
Used embroidery machines cost around $15,000 for a 10-head machine. For around $2,000, you can get a great 1-or-2-head machine.
Things to consider before you take the leap:
- Embroidery has a steep learning curve. You have to learn the vocabulary. Reach out to manufacturers and suppliers to learn more.
- Can you contract out embroidery? If you’re already contracting out embroidery, ask to visit your local embroidery shop and see how they work.
- Embroidery has a different file type. Digitized files explain where each stitch needs to go. This can be very difficult to learn!