Machines

These are some of the machines that I use or have used for embroidery.

Brother SE400 - This machine does both sewing an embroidery. Max stitch speed is 350 stitches per minute and it can do designs up to 4" by 4". Costs about $350.

Brother 6800PRW - This machine does both sewing an embroidery. Max stitch speed is 350 stitches per minute and it can do designs up to 4" by 4". Costs about $350.  Same machine as Brother SE400 besides some stickers.  The 6800PRW also comes with a cary cart with wheels.

Brother PE770 - This machine is embroidery only, it can't do regular sewing. Max stitch speed is 700 stitches per minute and it can do designs up to 5" by 7". It still sews 90% of stitches at 350 stitches per minute, only really close stitches are at 700. Costs about $700.

Brother ULT2001 - This machine can do both sewing an embroidery. Max stitch speed is 1000 stitches per minute and it can do designs up to 10" by 6". It sews 90% of stitches at 650 stitches per minute, only really close stitches are at 1000. I usually run it at 600 max so that the design comes out better. Costs about $3000

Butterfly 1501B/T - This machine can do embroidery only, and has 15 needles instead of just 1. This means you don't have to change colors in the middle of the design, it will auto-switch colors. Max stitch speed is 1100 stitches per minute and it can do designs up to 12" by 18". It sews 99% of stitches at 1100 stitches per minute, only really far stitches (over a half inch) are under 1100. I usually run it at 750 max because it will shake my entire house at full speed.  Cost is about $10k when all said and done.

Machines I used to have:
Singer CE-250 Cost $625 (crap machine)
Singer XL-550 Cost $1k (crap machine)
Singer XL-400 Cost $800 (crap machine. I'm seeing a pattern)
Janome 9700 cost $2k (good machine but expensive)
Husqvarna Topaz 50 Cost $3.1k (good machine but expensive)