Tips for purchasing a machine from your dealer.
A good sewing machine dealer will be happy to let you try different machines and will show you how they work. You should sit down and play with them until you have a good feel for the machine.
Be comfortable with your machine. The most important aspect of choosing your computerized embroidery sewing machine is how comfortable you feel about its controls and viewing screen. Do you feel confused by it, or does it seem to make sense? Is it easy to get it to do what you want it to do, or does it seem illogical to you? The buttons, layout and procedures of the machine are what you will be dealing with, so make sure they make sense to you.
You should not feel pressured to buy a more expensive model. A good dealer will never try to offer you a special sale price that you have to take immediately or miss out on - rather, they should offer you the opposite - an extension of a special price so you have time to make up your mind comfortably.
Try before you buy. You should visit your local sewing machine dealers and try a variety of different machines to see what you like. Bring your own thread and your own fabric (of types similar to that with which you plan to do your regular sewing) to try the machines with. Note that some dealers will offer to provide these items for you. You should try your own anyway, as they may provide thread and fabric which the machine handles well, but that you wouldn't actually want to use.
Ask about lessons and courses that the sewing center may offer. Some offer video tapes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask people who do machine embroidery.
Read the warranty before buying an electronic or computerized sewing machine to see how the manufacturer guarantees the electronics. Many manufacturers warrant the electronics for a shorter period of time than the mechanical parts of the machine.
Be familiar with the hardware requirements. If you want to connect your sewing machine to a computer for doing machine embroidery make sure that it can be connected to your type of computer. For example, some sewing machines do not connect to Macintosh computers, or your laptop may not have the correct port.
Most importantly, take into consideration the price of software needed.
Dealers will always want to sell you the latest software to go with your machine. While some brands require brand specific software and hardware, others can use just as well generic programs like Embird and the Ultimate Box. Do your research before you purchase your machine and it could save you money in the future.