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HappyJapan HCS3: The Key Improvements From the HCS2

Published on 3rd December, 2021

HappyJapan HCS3 Single Head Machine

We understand how difficult it can be to decide what embroidery machine is needed to expand your production. We’re the UK’s largest supplier of compact, commercial, and industrial embroidery machines so rest assured, we know how to guide you in the right direction.

Do you need the latest technology? Whether you’re looking to invest in your first single-head embroidery machine or you’re wanting to upgrade your existing machine, it’s important to do your research before taking the next step.

It’s only right we help you decide by comparing the HappyJapan HCS2 and the NEW HappyJapan HCS3. With all HappyJapan machines from Midwest, you can be completely confident that any machine you decide on will be of industry-leading quality.

In this blog, we’ll highlight the strong characteristics that have been carried forward. We’ll share the improvements that have been made. And we’ll explain why single-head embroidery machines from HappyJapan are THE perfect investment. 

We’ll Cover:

HappyJapan – The HCS2 Series

Firstly, let’s start with a brief overview of the HCS2 Series. This machine is perfect for startup businesses. It’s a favourite amongst small t-shirt embroidery shops, sole traders and businesses that want to focus on cap and hat embroidery. 

The HCS2 has many pros including the extensive pattern choice, a total of 15 colours to choose from and a quick turnaround time of 1500 stitches per minute (SPM).


Another attractive feature of this HCS2 Series is the price bracket – for smaller businesses that don’t have the same spending power as larger firms, the HCS2 is a perfect choice. This machine is affordable and in comparison to others on the market, it won’t break the bank.

Of course, with all HappyJapan machines, they’re completely wireless and have a colour LCD touch screen control panel. They also include an ordinary cap frame and a wide cap frame. The power consumption is 200W and they have two network ports as standard. Wow, that’s a lot to take in but we must include THE best points.


Although the HCS2 has many incredible features and can provide you with flexibility and scope for business growth, it does have a few limitations. These limitations may be restricted to individuals who are looking for more accuracy and a more compact machine.

We want to be honest and highlight these potential limitations to ensure you know the difference between the two machines and how the upgrades could be beneficial to you and your production process – transparency is key here!


If portability isn’t an issue for you, then the HCS2 weighs just 99kg. This is a heavier single-thread machine in comparison to the HCS3. If you intend on moving a machine around the workspace, this could prove difficult. 

The good thing is, it’s still compact and sturdy but it just weighs a little bit more than the average. While it’s compact and small, it’s certainly mighty. With single-head embroidery machines, the last thing you should do is underestimate their power and production capacity – they’ll indefinitely prove you wrong. 

No Laser Guide

Although this machine can produce a lot of stitches and create many patterns, this machine does not include a laser guide as standard, unlike the HCS3. Laser guides can help with accuracy and they can be a real time-saver when producing intricate designs. 

Rest assured, the embroidery will still be neat but with the added laser guide, the designs will be a cut above the rest. So, if you’re a perfectionist… This might be an important feature to consider.

HappyJapan – The HCS3 Series

Upgrade time! The HCS3 from Happy Japan is an upgrade from the HCS2 Series – it’s taken the ordinary single-head machine that step UP from the norm. Yes, as if that was possible. The advantage of this machine is how compact and efficient it is. It’s the IDEAL machine for beginners, keen embroiders and for people short on production space. 

You don’t have to worry about losing any key features, these have been added from the HCS2 too! Including wireless connectivity, colour LCD touch screen control panel, an ordinary cap frame and a wide cap frame, 200W power consumption and two network ports as standard.

But how could it be improved? The existing functionalities have been developed and taken up a notch to improve durability and efficiency. It doesn’t just stop there, although it’s extremely high-tech it’s easy to use and safe. But let’s dive in and see how these improvements can benefit your workflow.

Compact Features

The HCS3 is the MOST compact machine from the HappyJapan collection. Although it is compact, it doesn’t lack functionality. It’s powerful, it’s efficient and it’s lightweight. This machine is almost half the weight of the HCS2 so it’s portable and perfect for moving around a production space. As well as being compact, it’s not a messy machine either so it can work its magic without any additional space needed for excess fabric and trimmings.

NEW Laser Guide 

The HCS3 machine now includes a high-tech feature – the direct down laser guide as standard. This built-in device helps with accuracy by creating a laser beam just in front of the needle. The needle can then use this as a guide across the pattern. No unnecessary markings will be made and your embroidery is guaranteed to be accurate with the additional assistance of the laser beam.

Single-Head Embroidery Machines: The Perfect Choice

A single-head embroidery machine can help you expand your existing product line or enhance your key skills as an embroider. They make things easier, they are time-saving and they’re not as large as your industrial embroidery machines. So, if you’re based from home or own a small workspace, they’re faultless.

Single-head machines can help you achieve a lot of embroidery tasks but it’s important to note that these are for more streamlined workflows and work on one piece of embroidery at a time. So if your product turnover isn’t as fast – you’ve found your match!

Also, think about the items you want to embroider daily. If you’re thinking sleeves, caps, bags or pre-assembled fabrics and garments – then you’re in the right place to help make manufacturing that little bit more efficient! If you’re thinking what else can they do? They’re also ideal for mixed media and multimedia style decoration. The creativity and options are limitless.

If tech is what usually holds you back because you find it confusing… Then the HappyJapan single-head machines are easy to use and with a click of a button, they’ll be working hard. You don’t need to be skilled or have previous experience – they do the hard work for you. They take the stress away so you can channel your energy to the things that matter – being creative, customer satisfaction and business growth.

Choose the Correct HappyJapan Machine for Your Business

Important question – are you wowed by the new improvements that have been made? If you are, then secure your machine today, get in touch. Also, if you have any more questions that need answering, a member of our expert team is always on-hand to help.

If you’re keen to learn more about the machines we offer here at Midwest. Grab yourself a copy of our FREE Ebook and understand which machine will be perfect for your business.