Buying a used embroidery machine
Buying a used embroidery machine does not need to be a daunting task. With a some tips and advice, we might be able to take the edge off.
How about embroidery quality?
Embroidery Quality over time has not changed much if at all. Some may argue that with today's ease of accessing illegal digitizing software, that quality in embroidery has gone DOWN with time, due to decline in digitizing skills from today's average digitizer. Digitizing is a very important part of embroidery and, it is a skill that is developed over time and passed down to others.
Think about this. What quality of embroidery were you wearing in the early 1990s? 1995? 2005? 2018? Machines over the years might have changed over time. However, embroidery is still done and still looks the same as it has since the first electronic commercial embroidery machine has been sold. The basic concept has not changed and most all of machines made today, still model the same basic mechanics and engineering used for machines from the 1980's. Today's machines may run faster but, yesterdays machine will produce the same stitch.
Will a used machine fall apart on me?
Perhaps. However, commercial embroidery machines are rather basic machines. If you learn the very basics about your machine mechanics such as needle depth, hook timing, trimming adjustments, etc. then you will probably be able to get yourself out of most all situations that might pop up. In fact, a good operator should know the very basics of keeping the machine in tune because even brand new machines need to be fine tuned every now and then. If you take good care of your used machine and know the very basics about operation mechanics, then you should have a good investment that will make its money many times over.
Buying used will get you a very good machine, at a fraction of the cost. Use YouTube as your friend to learn the general mechanics about the machine you are buying. Make sure you have plenty of spare parts on hand in case parts become obsolete. A used machine is a great investment, if you do your homework.