If you are looking to start embroidering items such as caps, hats, t-shirts, shirts, bags or any other type of materials, you will need to acquire an embroidery machine. Depending on your skill level and production needs, you can either acquire a single-head or multi-head embroidery machine.
Single-needle Embroidery Machine
This type of single-head embroidery machine only takes one needle at a time. This means that you can only embroider one color design on a cloth at a time. If you are embroidering a multi-colored design, you have to constantly keep changing the thread on the needle.
This type of machine is inexpensive compared to a multi-needle machine and it is ideal for small and uncomplicated embroidery tasks. If you a beginner into embroidering or embroider things for fun, this type of single-head embroidery machine would be an ideal acquisition.
Multi-needle Embroidery Machine
This type of single-head embroidery machine can take multiple threads all at once. This means that you can embroider a design with multiple colors all at once without having to change the threads on the machine. Because of its versatility, this machine usually offers the user more productivity.
This type of machine is more expensive compared to the single-needle machine and it can handle more complex embroidery work. This machine is an ideal acquisition for embroidery enthusiasts who are looking to handle more complex embroidering tasks.
Single Head Embroidery Machine vs Multi Head Embroidery Machines
There are several key differences between single-head and multi-head embroidery machines. They include:
- Single-head machines can only embroider one item at a time while multi-head machines can patch multiple items with the same design at the same time
- Single-head machines operate independently while the overall function of all the heads on a multi-head embroidery machines is connected. If there is a malfunction on one head in a multi-head machine, the function of all the other heads will be affected
- Multi-head embroidery machines can only embroider one type of item at a time but you can easily change the item that you are embroidering if you are using a single-head machine
- A single-head machine will take up less space while to install a multi-head machine you will have to have a lot of space
- Single-head machines typically come cheaper while multi-head machines are pricier
- Multi-head embroidery machines can complete a lot of tasks quicker while embroidery on single-head machines is slower
- A multi-head machine can only embroider a single design at a time but with a single-head multi-needle machine, you can craft different designs on an item all at once