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Industrial, Commercial or Home Embroidery Machines

Jason Starkey - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What are Industrial, Commercial or Home version embroidery machines?  The Commercial or Industrial embroidery machine has been built for production and continual use.  By continual we mean it is ran for long periods of time, day after day. In the current embroidery industry commercial or industrial embroidery machines are most commonly multi-needle machines.  These needles are used to change between colors quickly and easily to increase production and decrease the time it takes to embroider product. The commercial or industrial machines differ from home embroidery machines in mainly there construction, at one time they were most commonly single needle but the industry is seeing more multi-needle home machines as technology develops.  Most home or hobby based machines are made up of plastic components which will not stand up to the heat and demand of production long term. Generally home embroidery machines also have a limited embroidery area and are limited to few accessories compared to industrial machines.  Problems and breakdowns may also be catastrophic and make no sense to repair on home model machines.  However, home machines are very inexpensive compared to commercial machines and can be purchased from most small sewing machine distributors or even shopping centers. Some examples of Home Embroidery machines are brands like Janome, Brother and Bernina.  SWF offers a crossover model between home and commercial deemed the MA-series which includes the MA-6 and the MAN-12.  Examples of industrial and commercial embroidery machines would be SWF, Tajima, Barudan and ZSK.   

Embroidery Machines from SWF

Jason Starkey - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Never before have customers had so many embroidery machine choices.  With choices ranging from home machines, crossover models to commercial grade computerized embroidery machines.  It is really confusing to type embroidery machine in the search bar and wait to see what pops up.  Here at SWF/Stitch It International, as of June we are the only current SWF distributor in the United States, which is also confusing looking at all the searches on line? We offer embroidery machines starting with the crossover model's in our MA series.  The home version embroidery machine hasn't fit our business model yet but our Stitch It International division does come up with some nice values on  home embroidery machines that have been traded in on industrial model machines as embroidery businesses grow.  There are a lot of home model machines in the market and they have there place for the novice embroider.  We at SWF start with the crossover MA-6 and the MAN-12 which are middle ground between the home version machines and our industrial models.  The SWF MA series machines come from SWF/Stitch It International with Stand, Quick Change Cap attachment, LCD monitor which includes preloaded fonts and lettering. The MA models are perfect for the embroider who is transitioning from hobby to business or the individual who want's to take their hobby to a new level and be the envy of their embroidery buddies.  Along with our crossover model embroidery machines SWF carries the most complete line of industrial embroidery machines in the industry.  We start with the best compact machine available, the SWF/E-T1501C, this machine will fit in your corner of your home, your garage, basement or anywhere in your embroidery shop. The SWF compact is a proven workhorse in the industry.  SWF doesn't stop there, they also offer the full size single head SWF/E-T1501 and our hardy bridge type single head SWF/E-U1501.  Our multi-head commercial embroidery machines begin with our Dual 1x1 or SWF/B-T1202D which is also a great starter machine for embroidery businesses.  The 1X1 offers the ability to run the machines as two single heads or a two head machine.  Next SWF offers the K Series 2 head embroidery machine, SWF/K-UK1502-45, the 4 head embroidery machines, SWF/K-UH1504-45,SWF/K-UK1504-45 and 2x2 Dual SWF/K-UH1504D-45, 6 head embroidery machines, SWF/K-UH1506-45, SWF/K-UK1506-45 and the 3x3 Dual Function SWF/K-UH1506D-45, 8 head embroidery machines, SWF/K-UH1508-45 and the 4x4 Dual SWF/UH1508D-45.  SWF/Stitch It International has the most options for the consumer and is dedicated to providing parts and support for our customers.  Please view our SWF embroidery machines at or look for more information at 


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