Today's embroidery machines don't just do embroidery. They can also be a combination sewing and embroidery machine although there are machines that just do embroidery.
Brother has a number of both. What makes these machines special is that they are computerized and have a digital screen that either have built in designs or the ability for you to download designs from your computer using designs you've made or you can download them from the internet.
According to Brother's website, beginners will see how easy it is to learn using their embroidery machines while seasoned sewers will feel empowered by their creative tools.
Prices vary for a good quality machine but you can pay as little as $300 up to several thousands.
Embroidery has been popular for hundreds of years. In the good old days it was considered part of a woman's training to be able to embroider. It was an art and girls started early with a sampler. Some of these samplers can be found in antique stores and depending on the age and condition can cost a good sum of money!
Today we have embroidery machines that make the job easier and because they can be programmed with digital images, they are more versatile. Some of the designs can be very intricate and complex. You just program the machine and sit back and watch it do its job!
The embroidery machine can be programmed to do everything from designs to lettering. Just enter the design in the machine, adjust it to fit the size of the material being used and the computer automatically transfers that design with thread to the material.