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Pantograms GS-1501


GS1501 frontSmallWritten by Dennis November 2013

There is a new kid on the block. The Pantograms GS-1501 offers a new and refreshing balance of Cost verses Quality. In September of 2012, Pantograms introduced the GS-1501. This new machine is a single head, fifteen-needle Commercial Grade Embroidery Machine that Pantograms had designed and built specifically for them. The GS sews as good as any machines on the market and you can buy two of these machines for what you will pay for one tier 1 machine.

 GS1501 angleSmallChinese machines have developed a horrible reputation in the embroidery world. They are typically underpowered, fragile, and poorly made. When compared to the other standard commercial embroidery machines the stitch quality is poor and they just do not hold up. Is it possible for China to turn out a decent embroidery machine? The answer is YES. I understand that Tajima and other tier 1 brands have factories in China and parts are made for their machines there. So what is the difference in the “Chinese Machines” and their Japanese counter parts? QUALITY CONTROL.

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Neo-Chinese vs. Chinese Embroidery Machines


A History of Paperweights and Boat Anchors

Written by Dennis Wilson, November 1, 2013, Updated November 5, 2017.

I work on most brands of Embroidery Machines including the many variations of Chinese machines. Prior to about 2009 Chinese machines developed a horrible reputation in the embroidery world. They were typically underpowered, fragile, and poorly made. When compared to the other standard commercial embroidery machines the stitch quality is poor and they just do not hold up. I have seen two identical machines that have come in the same shipment, one sewed as well as a Tajima, Barudan, or a ZSK, while the other broke thread and needles continuously and had electrical problems. The biggest issue with Chinese machines was the lack of quality control and the various companies using just what it takes to turn out the product.

Around 2009 a new machine emerged from China. I call them the Neo-Chinese Machines to differentiate the two classes of Chinese machines.

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Types and Classes of Embroidery Machines

From time to time customers ask me what is the difference in this type of embroidery machine or that one. Which one is best for my particular goal. I am just going to be monogramming which machine is the best for me?

There are so many name brands and models that it is difficult to grasp the concept. Emboidery machines manufacturers do not follow strict guidelines in designing their machine and the attributes cross over from one type to the other.

You need to consider what you want to do with your machine and where you want to be in the future. If you are just going to stitch out a few designs for the grandkids for birthdays and Christmas you may not want to shell out $16,000 for a top of the line machine. If you are going to be turning out production of 50 to 100 shirts at a time you may want to look at something more than a table top to get the job done.

There are three basic types or classes of embroidery machines. Here is a general breakdown of the machines.

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Thinking of Buying a Used Machine?


Brother, SWF, and Barudan are good machines and these older machines that you are looking at were good in their day. There are a few things you probably want to consider if you are looking for a machine this old.

1. Parts - The companies that built these machines may or may not still make parts for these machines. You may want to call the company and ask if can still get parts. The PCB boards are becoming rare and you may end up having the boards repaired. You are looking at $600 to $1200 for a board replacement or repair. As an example... Toyota 850 and 860 have little or no new parts. You will end up getting parts for them from companies that are buying older machines and parting them out.

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False Thread Breaks on Meistergram

I have a meistergram 1500 compact pro that will not sew. Machine seems to be sensing a thread break on every color that does not exist.The machine beigins to sew normally and then quickly stops and indicates a thread break, when there is none. This seems to be happening on every color. Is there a sensor or setting that could be giving me this error?
AJST = Check your thread path. The thread should be traveling around the little hubcap looking thing-a-ma-jig at the top part of the head. You may have to wrap the thread around the hubcap so it does not skip.

The thread sensor is inside the head behind these wheels. Check to see that it is attached correctly and plugged in. You shouldn't have an issue with this unless the head has been taken off, but sometimes the sensor goes bad.

The last thing that you can try is setting the sensitivity setting in the software. You can find the setting under MC/Main Data Parameters/ Thread Break Sensitivity. This option may be different depending on your version of software. You can also adjust the number of stitches that the machine will wait until it gives you a thread break by using the Thread Break Detect option.

Hope this helps. Dennis

AJST - Cut in Place Applique'


This is a method for doing Cut-In-Place Applique'.

I have had a lot of customers that have asked me how to do applique'. This is a how to, or DIY method for sewing it out yourself. I will try to do a digitizing article for this later.

There are two main methods for making applique'. There is Pre-Cut Applique' and Cut-In-Place method for making applique'.

Here is one technique I use to make Cut-In-Place Applique'.

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Embroidery Placement Chart

Where do you place the design on your clothing and embroidery Items?

I copied this from


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Richpeace, Feyia, Richrui and other Chinese brands?

Does anybody here use chineese embroidery machines? I've got two multihead Tajima but need more productivity and don't have a lot of money to spend for another Tajima. Is the quality of chineese brands better than it used to be few years ago?

AJST = I work on a lot of the Chinese machines and the main issue with most of them is quality control. You can get two identical machines off the same shipment and one may sew like a champ. The other may never sew a lick.

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Embroidery Machine in NEED of repairs...

I have a 12 needle embroidery machine that powers up but that is about all, can't get the needles to advance.  You gave me advice on this back in April 2014, with no luck on getting it going again.  Last year was just a plain wash since we moved our business..but now I would like to get this going again.

Here is a run down of events

Replaced battery~didn't help

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Which is the best embroidery machine?

The majority of Commercial Embroidery Machines are made in China, Korea, and Japan. Just about, all of them share the same basic mechanical design. In fact, many of the parts are interchangeable. The main difference in the machines is the components and workmanship included in the machines.To make it a little simpler to understand consider the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra. Both share the same basic design and use the same parts. The difference is in the workmanship and cosmetics of the vehicle.

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Pop goes the needle!

I was wondering if you could offer any advise on to what causes needle breaks when switching to cap frames? My Toyota 9000 sews just fine on flats, as soon as switch over to cap frame and begin sewing, pop goes the needle.

Thanks, Eric.

AJST = Broken needles when doing caps can be cause, by a number of things. Here is a list of the things that I check when troubleshooting this issue.

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