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The Right Size | Machine for Embroidery Options

What is the Best Sized Machine for Embroidery for ME?

There are a lot of different sizes and configurations for machines for embroidery, if getting into the embroidery business is your goal.

And even with all the new custom t-shirt printing technology on the market, embroidery it is STILL one of the best ways to decorate apparel. Because it looks amazing, professional and can last a lifetime.

You will just have to choose the right sized machine for YOUR business! Whether you’re a hobbyist looking to work on small, personal projects or a serious business owner aiming to meet customer demands, understanding the different machine sizes and what that means for production and applications is key.

In this article, we’ll explore various machines for embroidery, guiding you toward the perfect fit for your unique needs.

Understanding Different Sizes – Machines

Embroidery machines come in a range of sizes. Each size has advantages and disadvantages depending on what you want your business to look like.

Let’s dig deeper into four of our most popular embroidery machines to help you weigh your decision:

Machines for Home Business Use

If you’re just getting your business started or are an embroidery enthusiast working from the comfort of your home, a single-head embroidery machine might be the perfect fit.

These modern-day embroidery machines are designed for hobbyists turning pro and small business owners that put a premium on space and initial investment.

Single #1: SWF MAS-12

The SWF MAS-12 is an ideal option for home-based and small shop embroiderers.

With its single head design featuring 12 needles, it’s compact and easy to manage. It has the power to create amazing custom products but still runs quietly. And running quietly is a key feature if you’re using space in your home to do production.

Don’t let its compact size fool you! It’s an industrial quality machine with tons of advanced features that will appeal to new users and embroidery pros alike.

Key features include:

  • 10.4” Colour Touch Screen
  • Free hand stitch features
  • Auto Stitch Pattern Digitizing
  • Quick change cap frame (it’s great for hats)
  • LAN & WiFi enabled

And its embroidery field size of 360mm x 230mm gives this machine one of the largest stitching areas compared to other compact models. This means you can easily experiment with different designs on unique applications like home décor, travel accessories, or small banners.

Check that embroidery field size vs your home embroidery machine and you’ll be impressed.

All this makes the SWF-MAS12 from YES Group a great choice!

Single #2: Ricoma RCM-2001TC-8S

There are several things that separate the Ricoma RCM-2001TC-8S from the competition.

First, it is a 20-needle machine.

Have you ever manually changed colors during an embroidery machine sew out? Imagine doing that for a 4 color design… on an order of 36 shirts!

20 needles means that you can keep 20 different colors on your machine at all times. That makes it easier and more efficient to handle both new jobs and repeat customers.

Next, this Ricoma machine for embroidery has a huge embroidery workspace. Measuring 560mm by 360mm, upgradable to 1,200mm by 360mm, this makes it possible to embroidery everything from table runners to horse blankets to Christmas Tree skirts and more..

Embroidery Machines for Small Businesses

Either of the machines above would be perfect for a small home-based business or a embroidery kiosk or shop.

But if you plan on taking large orders, mixed outputs or going after bigger accounts you should consider these next two industrial embroidery machines as well.


2 Head: SWF ES-T1202D

SWF makes these very unique and incredibly USEFUL “dual function” machines.

Dual function means that each separate “head” or set of heads of the machine can work either together on the same design – OR INDEPENDENTLY.

The ideal example might be when an order comes in for a matching set of left chest logos and embroidered caps.

With the SWF ES-T1202D, a 2 head machine, you could have one side set up for caps and the other for flats, allowing you to produce one SET at a time.

2 more things:

1. With a speed of 1200 stitches per minute, this machine for embroidery gives users up to 25% more production than any traditional 2-head machine.

2. Multi head machines like this one save you money on your initial investment as they are less expensive than buying multiple sing head machines


This machine is a YES Group favorite for many reasons, but “everything” is the term used to describe it most.

Everything starts with FIFTEEN needles, a huge embroidery field and one of the biggest touch screen panels on the market.

All those you can see with the naked eye.

What you CAN’T see is what really makes this machine stand out:

Best commercial embroidery machine

Key Considerations for Choosing the Right Embroidery Machine Size

Now you have useful info on top-selling, dependable embroidery machines in the UK.

Next you’ll just need to pick the right one for your business.

How busy will you be?

In other words:

How many orders are you projecting to get on a weekly or monthly basis?

Will you be offering more single item sales or more mixed? [embroidering 36 polos vs. 18 polos + 18 caps]

What kind of delivery time will you offer? In other words, will you have time to do large orders on a single head?

Determine the scale of your embroidery projects.

For personal use and small projects, a single-head machine is sufficient. For businesses with increasing demand, multi-head machines are more suitable.

Do you have space for a larger machine for embroidery?

Evaluate the space where you plan to set up your machine.

A single head, desktop machine can fit just about anywhere, plus it can travel with you easily.

Multi head machines need designated space AND usually have special power requirements. Ensure the machine you are choosing can comfortably fit in your space.

How much is an industrial embroidery machine?

Your budget plays a crucial role in the type of machine you can afford. Consider your budget constraints and choose a machine that balances cost and features.

If you are just testing the waters, keeping more money in your pocket upfront can be key to staying afloat. 


If you are looking to make your mark in the embroidery industry, the right-sized machine can make all the difference. Whether you’re a hobbyist or business owner, understanding the options available and their suitability to your needs is essential.

By considering factors like your business scale, available space, budget, and the complexity of your designs, you can start your embroidery adventure today with the perfect machine for you.