Choosing the Right Single-Head Machine For Your Business

When it comes to choosing the right industrial embroidery machine for your business, we understand that you might have a lot of questions that need answering. But that’s why we’re here, to help you make the right decision.

single-head embroidery machine can have lots of advantages and they bring true value to your business. Whether you’re adding a machine to your shop or looking for the right equipment to expand your production, they can take your manufacturing to the NEXT LEVEL.

There’s a lot to cover, so, what are we waiting for? Let’s get to it! In this post, we’ll share what a single-head machine is, the importance of choosing the correct one, how you can choose the right one and the perfect single-head machines for your business. 

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What is a Single-Head Embroidery Machine?

If you’re a beginner or need a refresher, then we’ll explain a little more about single-head machines and their purpose in embroidery manufacturing. The easiest way to identify a single-head embroidery machine is by how many stitch heads it has. It’s simple – a single-head embroidery machine only has one embroidery head. The embroidery head stays stationary and the embroidery arm moves according to the digitised design.

A single-head embroidery machine works great if you’re a newbie. If you’re trying to find your feet in the industry and embroider material on an industrial scale – it’s perfect. Single-head machines are ideal for mixed media and multimedia style decoration. Let’s not forget, they’re flexible (7-15 stitching needles in total), they have a quick embroidery turnaround time (300 -1000 stitches per minute) and they can be compact and portable – great if you have limited space.

So, now we have covered the basics and you understand what a single-head machine is (we hope), let’s understand why choosing the correct single-head machine is important.


The Importance of Choosing the Correct Single-Head Machine

Choosing the right single-head machine is important for your budget, process, and production quality. It’s critical to choose a machine that can handle the demands of your business. It’s also important you choose the right machine according to your available space, your expertise and where you are in your business journey. 

If you choose the wrong machine, you could be wasting valuable money. If you’re a startup, small business or an SME, then single-head machines are perfect and you have come to the right place for your current needs.

Here are a few key factors to consider before choosing the right single-head machine for your business. 


Choose wisely – the machine you choose can affect the output and production levels of your business. So, you need to be certain that the machine you purchase can produce the demands you have. As we mentioned earlier, single-head embroidery machines are perfect for individuals who are new to the industry. They’re generally used by businesses that have a more streamlined and simple production line. 

Rather than focusing on churning out multiple embroidered products at once, the single-head machines are focused on one product at a time. So, if you’re not bound by tight deadlines for massive orders, it’s the perfect match made in heaven for your business! They’re versatile, they’re efficient and have an eye-catching attention to detail.


You need to make sure that your machine can cope with the scope and expansion of your business. Firstly, think about what capacity you want to produce. What garments you want to embroider and how easy you want to make things. Producing the desired capacity of your business will contribute to customer satisfaction and the overall expectations of your business – it’s an important factor.

Single-head machines are ideal for tubular embroidery, working on garments such as sleeves, caps, bags or pre-assembled fabrics and garments. Single-head machines can turn around orders quickly with pre-programmed designs and they can produce at a great capacity due to the fact they have a range of working speeds (faster than ANY OTHER machine!).

Customer Satisfaction

There are a lot of factors that contribute to the success (or failure) of a business and one that shouldn’t be ignored is… Customer satisfaction. Because after all, happy customers = more sales and more sales = more revenue. Not only is it important to track this throughout your business journey, but it should be the main focal point when purchasing the right single-head machine for your business.

Not convinced yet? Customer satisfaction helps you stand out from your competitors. It reduces customer churn, increases customer lifetime value and it’s a leading indicator of customer repurchase and loyalty. If you choose the right single-head embroidery machine, not only will you be able to meet the requests of your prospective customers but you will also generate more leads through positive word of mouth – it’s a no brainer!


How to Choose the Right Single-Head Machine


Pricing is the first factor to consider. You want to get the most value for your money and you want to ensure that the machine you choose will serve you happily for many years – it’s a big part of the decision. It would be such a shame and a waste of money if you invested in a machine and you outgrew it within a year.

We understand that budgets and startup costs can be significantly lower than a more established business. That’s why single-head machines are a great way to affordably expand your product line. You can be expecting to see costs start from £4,995 through to £13,995 plus VAT. Remember, embroidery machines are an investment for your business.


Are you looking for something straightforward to control? Well, a single-head machine that includes an LCD touchscreen might be the choice for you. Having a touchscreen at the end of your fingertips (literally) makes operating the machine so easy! We understand that your main priority is to meet customer needs – so the LCD saves vital time so you can channel your energy towards the things that matter.

Wireless connection is also an important factor to note down when on the hunt for a single-head machine. Not only are wires and cables hazards in the workplace but they’re a nightmare if you want to have a portable workspace. With our single-head embroidery machines, cables are a thing of the past. The machines operate from a completely wireless connection.


What are you expecting from the embroidery machine? Choosing a machine that will meet your needs and also perform to your specifications is essential. You don’t want to waste time or become frustrated. You need a machine that ticks the boxes and more importantly, satisfies your customer’s demands. Begin looking at machines that have multipurpose features so it meets all your specifications.

Get your checklist at the ready! Here are some performance specifications to consider: number of designs, total stitches per minute, start-up time, built-in thread-trimmer, thread break detection and built-in bobbin winder. To name a few!


The Perfect Single Head Machines For Your Business

Now we have covered everything you need to know about choosing the right single-head machine for your business. It’s now time to discover the PERFECT single-head machine for your business.

There’s a lot on the market. But we can promise you, the Happy Japan range at Midwest can improve business efficiency, keep up with customer demand and help you reach your consistent business goals. We promise a lot but what can we say – we stay ahead of the competition. 

HappyJapan – HCU Series

Want to know more about the fastest single-head embroidery machine on the market? Well, here we have The HCU series. The perfect companion for any startup business. It’s a great start point for a business to grow and learn from. The HCU single-head embroidery machine is THE MOST technologically advanced in the industry. 

Want to work on-the-go and be wire and cable-free? Don’t worry, all HappyJapan machines have a wireless connection and they’re the only ones in the industry that offer this. This is a great advantage for those who want to have a portable workspace.

A huge perk of this machine is the price point! It’s affordable and not as expensive as the others on the market. So, if this is your first embroidery machine investment, then it’s a more affordable and reliable choice. 

Here are some features we think you should know about and consider when deciding which model to purchase:

  • Colour LCD touch screen control panel.
  • Completely wireless connection – yes, we can’t believe it either!
  • Single head 15 colours.
  • Maximum speed 1500 SPM.
  • Tubular embroidery area: 400x600mm / 400 x 1200mm.
  • Low-profile cap frame (option): 67x180mm.
  • Wide cap frame (option) : 67x290mm.
  • Free PC connection software – on-the-go tech.
  • LAN and USB network port.
  • USB memory stick port.
  • Built-in 100 small designs.
  • Easy threading – winner! 
  • Take up-lever safety guard.
  • Automatic thread trimmer – time saver.
  • Automatic colour change.
  • Automatic thread break detection – game changer!
  • Built-in bobbin thread winder. 
  • Short stitch sweep function. 
  • Customisable icons’ locations.
  • Memory – 40,000,000 stitches or 999 patterns.
  • Weight – 99kg.

The HCU series contains many features and can produce an extensive range of patterns and a whopping 40,000,000 stitches. However, If you’re short on space and need something a little more compact, then the NEW HCS3 might be a perfect match for your SME workspace. So, let us tell you more.

HappyJapan – The NEW HCS3

The NEW HCS3 is an upgrade from HappyJapan’s legendary HCS2 model – it’s like no other embroidery machine in its class. This is still the perfect machine for a startup business or those wishing to add embroidery to their existing services. Now, it boasts more features than the previous series.

So, what are the upgrades? Well, this machine is more compact than any other machine from HappyJapan. So, although it produces 250 patterns and 40,000,000 stitches it’s almost half the weight of the HCU Series – no compromising, just making things a whole lot more portable. It’s the ULTIMATE if you have a smaller production space.

We can’t forget, it now also includes a direct down laser guide as standard and it’s equipped with an LCD touch screen monitor. Embroidery has never been so easy!

Want to know more? Well, here are some more features you should know about:

  • 1 head / 12 needle.
  • 1000 SPM – speedy!
  • USB, LAN & WiFi option.
  • Power consumption – 200W.
  • Tubular embroidery area – 285x290mm.
  • Advanced touchscreen.
  • Fast start-up time – time efficient!
  • Quiet operation.
  • Take up-lever safety guard.
  • Wide cap frame – 67x290mm.
  • Cap frame – Low-profile cap frame(option): 67x180mm.
  • Portable (42kg).
  • LCD touch screen – never been easier for beginners!
  • Automatic thread trimmer.
  • Automatic colour change.
  • Automatic thread break detection.
  • ULTIMATE compact machine – more compact than ANY other machine!
  • 2 million stitch memory.
  • Built-in bobbin winder.
  • Includes HAPPY LAN software.
  • Includes 6 popular frame sizes.
  • Memory – 40,000,000 stitches or 250 patterns.

Which one sounds more ideal? Are you thinking of a more compact machine or does that not make a difference to you? Well, whatever the decision, ensure you have weighed up your options and honed down on what it is you’re trying to achieve. 


The Choice is Yours!

We hope you’re equipped with the knowledge you need to take your business to the next stage. If we have missed something or you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts by simply going to our ‘Contact Us’ page here.

Also, if you want to solidify your decision you can check out our handy FREE Ebook. So… What are you waiting for? It’s time to get creative, expand your processes and grow your business. Go on, grab your copy today. 

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