When shopping for a great machine to do machine embroidery, one important question you’ll need to answer is whether you want a single-needle machine or a multi-needle machine.

Obviously, one of these machines stitches using only one needle, while the other uses more than one, but do you know the significance?

You can choose the right Janome embroidery machine, whether it’s a domestic model with embroidery capability or a dedicated model like the Janome MB-7 by understanding the basic difference in these models and what it means for your embroidery work.

You’ll be able to buy the machine that gives you what you actually need without overspending on features that you may never use.

The Ease and Affordability of A Single-Needle Embroidery Machine

A single needle embroidery machine is one that embroiders using - you guessed it - only one needle.

These are typically the models that resemble domestic sewing machines, many of which come with machine embroidery capabilities.

The main benefits of these models are affordable price in comparison to most multi-needle units and the ability to stitch thousands of smaller designs or monograms onto all your personal items with ease.

The biggest drawbacks of using a single-needle machine is a limited embroidery area in comparison to that of some industrial multi-needle models as well as having to manually change the thread each time your pattern calls for a different color.

Finishing a design can take longer, although for low-volume production this might be fine.

The Speed and Capabilities of A Multi-Needle Embroidery Machine

On the other hand, when you want to turn out a higher volume of products, larger projects, or detailed work with many colors and you want to do it faster and without having to manually change the thread, a multi-needle model might be more appropriate.

Multi-needle machines like the Janome MB-7 have more than one needle and hold multiple cones of thread so they can switch thread colors as required by the design being stitched.

Multi-needle machines are available with anywhere from 4 to 16 or more needles for designs that include many colors.

They’re extremely fast and can stitch up complex designs; however, they are also considerably more expensive than single-needle machines costing $10,000 or more for professional and industrial models can cost.

Which One Do You Need?

So, which embroidery machine is right for you?

That depends on what you want to do with it.

If you’re opening a machine embroidery business and will be producing multiple pieces with more detailed designs that include multiple colors, a smaller multi-needle machine like the Janome MB-7 may be perfect.

When you need the capability to handle a large number of pieces quickly or designs with many colors, a professional or industrial multi-needle machine with a higher needle count might be what you need.

Yet if you just want to embroider individual items to make gifts, personal items, and home decor in smaller numbers, a single-needle domestic model will probably be just fine.

Choose the one that fits your needs and at a price that makes sense for you!