For those interested in more productive or requirement based stitching, you can opt for the following monogramming machines. Most of them are combined with sewing as well as embroidery machines which gives them a multipurpose function. So here’s a look at some of the best machines of 2020.
|1. Brother SE625 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4×4 Embroidery Machine
|2. SINGER Legacy SE300
|3. Janome Memory Craft 500E
|4. Brother PE535
|5. Brother SE1900
Our Best Monogramming Sewing Machine Reviews and Comparisons
1. Brother SE625 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4×4 Embroidery Machine
The Brother SE625 is a reliable, feature-rich addition to your craft room. Serving both as a computerized sewing machine and embroidery or monogramming machine, this machine delivers high-quality performance.
Rife with features and smooth functioning this machine is the dream for many users. For embroidering, you have so many designs to choose from to design fun new projects.
Brother’s computerized controls make the task smoother. You can control the foot pedal of the sewing manually. Simultaneously, use the buttons on the front of the machine instead – (i) start/stop, (ii) needle up/down, and (iii) reverse – together with an adjustable speed dial that makes it easy to sew foot-free. Although the computer can be programmed to automatically cut the upper and bobbin strings, this can also be achieved manually with the click of a button.
It has a 3.2′′ colored LCD on the front that offers flexibility. This process is important for the next concept selection process to take place. When choosing your usefulness or decorative stitch, the computer lets you adjust stitch length or width and show a glimpse of what the finished result would look like.
The computer also recommends utilizing the right presser foot to produce maximum performance. If you need a brief reminder about how to use the system aspect, 8 built-in tutorials can be accessed with the support key below the LCD screen. Settings such as the usual stop position of the needle, buzzer sounds, automatic thread cutting, and automatic reverse stitching can be changed by pressing the Settings key.
The 7 presser feet include spring action zigzag foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, overcasting foot, monogramming foot, zipper foot, and blind stitch foot. This enables you to sew zippers, buttons, decorative stitches, and invisible hems as well as overcast fabric edges.
This machine comes with 103 built-in stitches. The maximum length and width range from 5 mm x 7 mm. The types of stitches are Straight stitches and zigzag stitches with and without reinforcement stitch), elastic zigzag stitches and a triple stretch stitch, overcasting stitches, piecing and decorative quilting stitches, hemstitches, and blind hemstitches, blanket stitches, buttonhole stitches, darning stitches, satin stitches, and decorative satin stitches, plus various other decorative stitches, and cross-stitches.
In addition, there are plastic SA156, Class 15 bobbins that measure 7/16”. The manual, quick-start guide and LCD tutorials contain instructions. To install the bobbin open the bobbin case and load it from the top. This top-drop, quick-set bobbin will automatically draw up the bobbin thread yourself.
The automatic needle threader will pass the thread through the eye of the needle saving time. You can make 8 buttonhole stitches, by placing the button in the back of the buttonhole presser foot.
When sewing small, tubular objects like shirt sleeves or pants cuffs, wrap them around the free arm. You can access it by removing the flat-bed accessories storage compartment. The bright LED light illuminates the stitching workspace.
It has an enlarged throat space of 6.4″ x 4.1″ for bigger projects. It also has a spring action zigzag foot, coupled with the longer 7-point feed dogs, provides smoother fabric feeding. Furthermore, the feed dogs drop at the touch of a button to allow for free-motion quilting.
The most interesting is the embroidery features on the Brother SE625. It comes with 80 built-in embroidery designs and an additional 200 designs on an included CD for a total of 280 designs. Additionally, there are 6 built-in English embroidery fonts which include capital or lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Ther comes in small, medium, or large sizes. The large fonts are around 3-4 cm tall (depending on the letter), and you can fit about 3 of them in the 4″x 4″ hoop. So if you want to do more than a monogram, you will have to rehoop.
You can import more designs using the built-in USB port. The maximum embroidery area is 4″x 4,” and one 4″x 4″ hoop is included with the purchase. This is an adequate size for monogramming and doing most small t-shirt embroidery designs. To set up, attach the embroidery foot and embroidery unit to the Brother SE625 unit. The prepared fabric (with stabilizer) then goes into the embroidery hoop, which attaches to the embroidery unit.
The LCD screen and associated buttons can be used to choose a pattern. You can also adjust the pattern in the pattern editing frame. You can move the pattern around the area, change its size, and even change thread colors. These adjustments show up on the color LCD screen so you know what your changes look like.
If you’re planning to monogram or use letters, you can type in your letters and edit them as well. Once you’ve finalized your pattern, make sure to preview it in your area. Double-checking prevents you from having to painstakingly remove all those tiny, incorrect stitches later on. Colors can be selected one at a time. Once the first thread color is sewn, the machine will alert you of the next color to set up. Rethread with the automatic threader.
The Brother SE625 is compatible with .pes, .phc, and .dst embroidery data files. If you want decorative stitches, then you should use pmx, .pmv, and .pmu stitches data files can be used. Users are suggested to use the preferred stitch format, and the default for saving as .pmv.
This machine can reasonably handle thick materials such as denim jeans and canvas with ease. It can also embroider hats, towels, and other heavier fabrics. The Brother SE625 helps beginners to explore sewing, quilting, and embroidery, with troubleshooting error codes and compatible presser foot suggestions.
What We Like About Brother SE625 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4×4 Embroidery Machine
This is a very affordable machine given the features it is packed with such as sewing, quilting, and embroidering, all within one machine.
What We Don’t Like About Brother SE625 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4×4 Embroidery Machine
Since the speed is slow stitching intricate designs takes longer and you cannot stitch heavyweight materials.
- A great value
- Combination sewing and embroidery machine
- Import designs through a USB stick
- Edit and preview right on the touchscreen
- Automatic thread cutter and advanced needle threader
- Small hoop size
2. SINGER Legacy SE300
The SINGER Legacy is an excellent machine for all kinds of users. It comes with its signature features packed design. If you are one for larger projects or an advanced user then you will definitely find this machine your ideal choice.
This unit comes with an amazing 250 built-in stitches, giving sewers more options for any form of project they do. Of these, there are 10 simple OneTouch stitches, 8 basic stitches, and 7 stretch stitches that make it easy for beginners to learn and succeed in their craft. The stitches also include 14 fully automatic buttonholes, 23 elongation stitches, 30 heirloom stitches, 18 satin stitches, and 22 quilting stitches for those with more experience who wish to step out.
The SE300 sews normal stitches at 800 stitches per minute and embroiders at 700 stitches per minute to ensure that any job is done quickly and efficiently. Setting the computer to embroider or sew in the stitch of choice is simple and convenient with a generous touchscreen LCD. The Complimentary Program is free, updateable. But you should add more choices to it.
The extra-large embroidery and hoop area, measuring 10-1/4 “x 6” inches, is suitable for larger projects. Bobbin winding when embroidering stops you from stopping to rewind as the computer does it for you automatically. Easy thread features include automatically adjustable thread stress, a built-in threading needle, and a thread cutter. The upper thread sensor signals when the thread is going to be short.
The 200 embroidery patterns and 6 alphabet choices provide room for further exploration. It comes with a 3 LED lighting system for greater visibility. The most enticing aspect is the USB stick embroidery pattern switch, which helps you to save designs from your screen and switch them to your sewing machine. Snap embroidery hoops are 10-1/4 “x 6” for large scale and 4 “x 4” for small size.
It has ten snap-on presser legs, as well as a buttonhole foot with underplate, thread spool net, spool pin felt, screwdrivers, lint brush, quilting bar, thread spool caps, auxiliary spool pins, needles, and USB stick.
What We Like About SINGER Legacy SE300
This is technologically quite rounded and works automatically in terms of all functions. It will save you a lot of effort and time and give you great results.
What We Don’t Like About SINGER Legacy SE300
Some customers were confused by the initial set-up of the machine, which was only sorted once they read the manual thoroughly.
- Easy to set up
- Practical and functional
- Effective and efficient
- Quiet motor
- Stable and sturdy machine
- Extra space
- Not for beginners
3. Janome Memory Craft 500E
The Janome Memory Craft 500E has a large full-color touch screen, with the embroidery arm permanently mounted on the machine bed. Designed for efficiency it delivers each task with ease and finesse. It comes with a series of features and has a scratch-resistant surface, which often proves to be an advantage over other machines made with inferior, hard plastic materials.
The machine comes with 4 hoops of varying sizes. The largest hoop is 200x280mm. It also allows you to utilize the quilting patterns that come built into the machine. The other hoops range between 140x140mm, 140x200mm, and 200x200mm. The hoops are easy to use, and simple to snap in place. It also has a larger full-color touch screen, that is easy to navigate, and provides an abundant quantity of valid information.
The preloaded 160 great designs are present in the display and are also pictured in the back of the instruction manual. They cover boy and girl themed designs, decorative floral and geometric designs, some quilting designs, borders, and monograms alphabets, and more. The display shows all the thread sequences. There are 6 fonts and 2 and 3 letters for monogramming. You can always change your designs with the on-screen editing feature.
There are bright LED lights, a USB port, and a slot for insertion of floppy discs, enabling people who own the Janome Memory Craft 350E to continue to use the software they invested in to continue to use it on the updated 500E. The automatic features also include auto-return post thread break and automatic centering of the design. Some of the functions mentioned: enlarge/reduce, rotate, flip, drag and drop arc, combine, copy and paste, grouping, corner layout, single color sewing.
You can also dabble with zoom, 4-way mirror imaging, lockout key, edit on a computer and transfer to the machine via USB, advanced needle threader, advanced bobbin threader, programmable stitch skip feature, shift images by .5 degree increments, combine design and borders, enlarge or decrease image size by 20%, digitizer enabled, 2 position presser foot lift, automatically ties off and cuts thread before jumping to another part of the design, and convert any embroidery design from multi-color to single color
Besides having a very impressive color touch screen it is a simple, user-friendly threading system available on a sewing machine of any type. Thread the machine, put the bobbin into place, and select a stitch option from the menu button. The menu displays embroidery designs that are categorized by the hoop size. You can explore by combining designs, inserting borders, and customizing designs.
This machine sews fabrics like natural fibers (cotton, linen, wool), fine fabrics (silk-, satin, taffeta), velvet, knits, synthetic fabrics/blends (rayon, polyester), denim, upholstery, suede, etc. The standard accessories that come with this machine are a screwdriver, screwdriver key, 6 Spool caps (2 large, 2 medium, 2 small), oil dispenser, lint brush, scissors, extra spool pin, stylus, needles, bobbins, 4 embroidery hoops, 2 rectangles (7.9″ x 11″ and 5.5” x 7.9”), 2 squares (5.5” x 5.5” and 7.9” x 7.9”), USB cable, owner’s manual, instructional DVD, soft dust cover, extra wide extension table, anti-slip sticker, 8 clamps, etc.
What We Like About Janome Memory Craft 500E
The Janome Memory 550E gives you several options to alter, combine, and manipulate in other ways providing more range to your designs and projects for better results. The quality no doubt is excellent.
What We Don’t Like About Janome Memory Craft 500E
Some customers have found the choices very limited while others who are completely new to the sewing world have found this to be a bit complicated.
- Accessories are added
- Time-saving is a set- up
- Sizes might not be enough
- Not for beginners
4. Brother PE535
This is an ideal machine for beginners but is effective for advanced users as well. With several options in the embroidery area, built-in designs, patterns, etc. it is an easy and fun machine to use.
The Brother PE535 measures 16.5 x 7.5 x 12 inches and weighs 10.82 pounds. For this price range, it comes at a decently paced speed offering It has a stitch capability of 400 stitches per minute, which can hasten the completion of your projects quickly.
The large 3.2-inch color touchscreen LCD shows your designs before you stitch them. You can just swipe with your finger to change your designs. The most convenient feature is the built-in color palette from which you can choose or change the thread colors before sewing.
The PE535 features 80 built-in embroidery designs. Built into the machine’s memory it covers borders, florals, holiday designs, and designs for kids. There is also a decorative alphabet. There are numbers and symbols, and you can choose from upper or lowercase letters. It has 9 built-in fonts; 6 English and 3 Japanese lettering fonts which you can use to personalize your creations. These are all available in small, medium, and large sizes to suit your needs. You can edit the fonts to fit your project by aligning the text in curves or at an angle. It’s possible to place the text on multiple lines or increase and decrease the space between the letters.
It has a USB port that allows you to upload and store your embroidery designs to the PE535’s built-in memory. You can also import more design files via the machine’s USB port. The embroidery field is 4″ X 4″ and includes a hoop. An additional bonus is an access granted to iBroidery designs, some of which include Disney, Marvel, and Pixar designs. The machine has an automatic needle threader, which reduces strain in the eye.
A built-in alignment tool and a grid sheet help you put your design in the correct place on your fabric. You can also use this for freestanding lace designs and 3D projects. It can embroider on different fabrics, even denim. The PE535 has an embroidery hoop besides other tools. There is also an instructional DVD, user manual, and a 25-year limited warranty. You get technical online support for the life of the product.
What We Like About Brother PE535
The Brother PE 535 is specifically designed for embroidering and monogramming so it is ideal for similar projects. It is user friendly and easy to use for beginners.
What We Don’t Like About Brother PE535
The embroidery area is only 4 inches which limits the size. This might not suit some people’s requirements.
- Great for starters
- Easy to learn
- Quality stitches
- Great designs
- Limited embroidery designs size
5. Brother SE1900
The Brother SE1900 is one of the best monogramming machines in the market as it comes with a host of features that gives it versatility, unlike any other machines. It is the perfect machine for the experimentative sewist who wants to cover large projects.
This machine weighs 22.1 lbs and measures 13.4″ x 23.2″ x 11.5″ inches. It has 240 built-in stitches, including 10 automatic buttonhole stitches, 10 frames with 14 border options with 138 Built-in designs, and 11 embroidery fonts. The embroidery field size is 5″x7″ inches. It has an automatic needle threader and you can also sew automatic reverse or reinforcement stitches with the reverse button.
It has an automatic thread tension system and the bobbin is top load. Once the machine starts it automatically pulls the thread and when it is about to finish you get a reminder. With 7 sewing feet such as spring-action zigzag foot, overcasting foot, buttonhole foot, etc. Some of the 240 stitches include 4 straight stitches, patchwork join, patchwork double overlock, scallop, blind hem stretch, etc.
Other stitches like zigzag stitches, overcasting stitches, quilting, hemming, one-step buttonhole stitches, and more are described in great detail in the manual. The knee lifter elevates the presser foot while the built-in free arm enables the stitching of pants legs or shirt cuffs. Additionally, you have the foot pedal and a speed slider.
The embroidery accessories include an embroidery arm, embroidery foot, one spool embroidery bobbin thread weighing 60 gms. and 5″x7″ embroidery hoop. Other tools and accessories are 4 bobbins, 4 spool caps, extra spool pin contraption for twin needle sewing, spool net, scissors, 3 screwdrivers, cleaning brush, seam ripper, and eyelet punch.
The needle included is one twin needle (2/11 size), two 75/11 needles, two 90/14 needles, and two 90/14 ballpoint needles. Along with it you will find an instruction manual and warranty information.
The hoop size for embroidering is 5″x 7″. This single thread machine works only with one color at a time. To change you can refer to the touchscreen for guidance. 26 of the designs are floral letters. 7 of the 11 fonts are in English, 3 are Japanese, and 1 is Cyrillic. There are 10 frame shapes with 14 border designs ranging from a circle, square, oval, diamond, 2 rectangles 2 shield-like shapes, octagon, and heart. Patterns can be selected from the screen as well as edited with drag and drop editing by combining patterns, letters, and frames.
You can adjust the design size meaning which you can enlarge or shrink the design. You can additionally make a horizontal mirror image, rotate the pattern, change the thread colors or thread density, and add letters to an arc.
What We Like About Brother SE1900
This machine comes with several monogramming options in three languages. If you want to use various designs and keep them stored then you can do so in the memory and use it accordingly.
What We Don’t Like About Brother SE1900
The Brother SE1900 embroidery machine does not cut jump stitches and does not come with a dust cover.
- Packed with sewing and embroidery features
- Easy to use
- Import designs using USB
Of all the fantastic products mentioned here, the Brother SE625 stands out as an effective monogramming machine. You can just type in your letters and begin designing after selecting your color. Having stated that all the other machines are equally good and reliable.