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How To Do Machine Embroidery | What You’ll Need To Start An Embroidery Business

Once you’ve seen the crisp, professional designs that can be done with machine embroidery you were hooked, right?

And the idea that you can make money doing it, from home, is a real thing.

But you may have a few questions, like “Is it hard?” or “What do I need to get started?”  The good news is modern embroidery machines have made it easy for beginners to start an embroidery business.

Plus, machines like the Avancé 1501C and the Avancé 1201C, are powerful, but compact. This makes them perfect for home and retail use.  They come with rolling stands. Fit in a closet or corner when not in use. But still are specifically designed for business.

The Avancé Embroidery Machines also have some fun new features that make embroidery easier and more efficient, but we will go through that later.  So, to answer all your questions about creating custom embroidery, we’ve created this guide to talk through what you’ll need to get started.

Embroidery Supplies & Equipment

One of my favorite things about embroidery business startups is that it has a low overhead and startup cost.

You don’t need tons of supplies to get up and running. And the supplies you’ll need to buy as your business grows are super affordable.

Computerized Embroidery Machine | The Avancé

As we mentioned earlier, first and foremost you’ll need a computerized embroidery machine. There are some different options here, depending on what you want out of your business.

At stores like Walmart and Target you can find hobby sewing machines like the well-known Brother line. But these sewing machines don’t have the same power as commercial embroidery machines.

You’ll notice a few differences right away. Commercial embroidery machines are multi-needle AND have a much bigger sewing field. Because more colors and more stitches mean bigger designs and more money!

Here at ColDesi we have two options: Avancé 1501C & 1201C. Both these machines have exciting features like:

The Avancé 1201C was developed in response to customer desire for a smaller more compact machine. So, we created a version of the Avancé 1501C that is just as powerful, yet more portable, with less needles, and more affordable.

Accessories | Thread, Hoops & Needles

To successfully sew patterns and designs onto garments you will need couple accessories like hoops, thread and needles.


Hoops are what you use to secure your garment into the embroidery machine. The Avancé Embroidery machines comes with a great set of hoops of different sizes. This selection is perfect to get your business up and running.

We also love the Allied Gridlock Hoops. These hoops feature premium, high-grade plastic, a metal tension knob, and gridlines that help you line up your embroidery.


The Avancé Embroidery Machine comes to your door set up to sew. This means that it is already equipped with needles.

The needles that come standard are the GrozBeckert Sharp Point 75/11. On colmanandcompany.com you can find a variety of different needle sizes and styles. Groz-Beckert Needles have been designed for high-speed embroidery machines. The DBxK5 needle has a larger eye opening and helps reduce thread breaks.

The Groz-Beckert chrome needle is an excellent all-purpose workhorse. Available in both light ballpoint and sharp point styles with a round shaft.


Polyester thread is the best for embroidery because it is strong and it’s color last longer and doesn’t fade.

Royal thread is our house brand of thread and comes with the Avancé machines. We highly recommend it for its value, quality, and color selection.