Since our parent company, Ensign Emblem, has been in business for over 30 years, we have a lot of experience with buying embroidery machines. For some people, this may be the most challenging part of owning a machine embroidery business. A good embroidery machine is a vital and necessary part of the making the business a success, but it is often hard to tell which machine will be right for you.
An embroidery machine is a significant investment, and one that should not be made lightly. The first thing you need to do is figure out to what use you will be putting your machine. If you know you want to run a business and sell embroidered goods to others, your best bet is a commercial embroidery machine. You can find some great tips on deciding which type of machine to buy at Artistic Threadworks.
If you already have a machine and are looking to trade up or sell your machine, here are a few sites you should investigate. Please note that we have simply discovered these sites, and have not used them personally. We are providing these links only in hopes that they will be of assistance to our customers.
Digitsmith.com – This is a forum where people discuss embroidery and screen printing. There is also a section where you can sell or buy used machines and other supplies. If you are looking to sell or buy a machine, this may be a place to start.
The Embroidery WareHouse - This company buys and sells used machines. They also offer accessories and software.
Finally, I need to mention one company we can recommend with full confidence, as we’ve bought embroidery machines from them over the years. That company is Barudan Refurbishing. If you are in the market for a refurbished machine, this company is a great place to start. They will also help you sell your current machine. Our parent company, Ensign Emblem, has been doing business with Barudan Refurbishing for years. We wouldn’t keep buying machines from them if they weren’t doing something right.