I am interested in buying an embroidery machine that is friendly for beginners to use but also durable to last for a long time. It is also good to have one that has USB connectivity. Can help me find a quality brand and model that is reasonably priced?
Most beginners find themselves buying Brother PE150 embroidery machines in Walmart.
It has no USB connectivity and the stitching area is limited to 4×4. A good upgrade from that is a Babylock with a port A and port B connectivity that also accommodates memory cards and a larger area for stitching.
Most beginners find it helpful to search tutorials in the internet. You can learn how to stabilize, hoop and embroider yourself.
These embroidery machines have basic built-in designs and fonts. If you want more designs to use, there are a lot of free and cheap resources from the internet.
You need Port A USB if you want to connect to a flash drive and are all compatible with Babylock.
Port B USB on the other hand is a cable that connects the embroidery machine to a PC (Unfortunately, MAC is not readily compatible to most machines and you need to buy an additional hardware/software). This cable is used to send designs from the USB to the machine.
The brand Brother is one of the leading manufacturers of embroidery machines together with Babylock, although Babylock is more expensive.
Brother PE770 is an ideal model to use for beginners it accommodates larger hoop and has Port A connectivity.
If you want to use your embroidery machine for sewing too, look for a combo. They cost a little more than those embroidery only machines.
Another great tip is for you to pay your sewing machine dealers a visit for some good old-fashioned demo. Remember to take notes and review those at home. You can buy from the dealers that you are comfortable with, you can shop for one online or you can simply visit Walmart and look at their embroidery machine selections.