Originally Posted by Dandelion
Not to be rude... but you really pay for what you get with an embroidery machine. No, you don't have to go drop $5,000 on a machine.... but if you're going to use one, and actually use it for a business.... invest about $1,000. That is investing enough to get a decent machine that you won't outgrow too soon.
I recommenced you look for a machine that at least has an automatic thread cutter and a USB port.
Go to a dealer and test them out and see what you like!
This is very good advice. If you want versatility, I agree that you have to spend at least $1,000. Most people who start smaller than that soon finding themselves wishing they had invested a few hundred more for a machine with more than one hoop, font variety, etc.
I'd recommend saving up for one if you have to.