I want to buy my own monogramming machine to use for making personalized gifts. What machine do you suggest that I use? Also, I do not have an experience sewing or embroidering. Will it be hard for someone who do not have any experience in sewing to operate the machine?
Embroidery machines are not hard to use or operate. Begin with simple projects to acquaint you with the machine and the different techniques you can do with it.
The Brother se400 that you can buy at Walmart, priced at less than $500, is a sewing/embroidery combo that is easy on the budget and is one of the inexpensive sewing/embroidery combo machines sold in the market.
There are some built in designs and fonts in the machine that you can use for monogramming.
There will be several designs and fonts for monogramming built into the embroidery machine. If you want more designs you can download as many as you can from the internet and transfer it into the machine via USB connectivity. Meaning, unlike any other machines, you do not have to buy an additional software to transfer your desired design into the machine. You can use the cable provided to connect your PC to the machine. Take note that the embroidery programs are Windows compatible.
To use the designs that you downloaded, create a new folder on your PC and save all the designs that you want into that folder. Just make sure that the file format is .pes and within embroidery machine’s hoop size. Almost all of the downloads are in zipped folders so you need to extract the files first before your machine can read it.
Now, to send the designs to the embroidery machine, connect the cable to the machine and the PC. A notification that a new drive is detected will appear. Click on the designs from the folder you made and send it to the new drive. By doing that, you are now allowed to access the designs from the machine. After that, you no longer need the PC-machine connectivity.