Tajima TMEX & Tajima TMFX

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Tajima TMEX-C1501 15 needle single head

The Tajima TMFX model has been one of the longest produced models of the Tajima embroidery machine series. The single head machine is the workhorse TFMX-C1501. The TFMX-C series is Tajima’s only bridge-type single-head model, and when it was released was considered the most powerful and feature-rich single-head embroidery machine available.

Tajima claims the TMEX-C machine was built with cap embroidery in mind. Tajima hailed it as "The World First with Wide Cap Frame." "The WORLD FIRST! The wide cap frame drastically expands your embroidery repertoire to include everything from designs on the front of the cap to designs that extends to the wide panels. It opens up unlimited possibilities for creative cap embroidery and for significant improvements in added value."

Tajima TMEX & Tajima TMFX

For the Tajima TMFX user manual see Tajima TMFX User Manual

The Tajima TMEX & Tajima TMFX Series are Bridge Type (not Arm Type) embroidery machine.

The Tajima TMEX & Tajima TMFX machines have been a very popular model in the United States and much of the rest of the world. The machines are compact versions of multiheads and idea for most all applications. Their small footprint also allows the machine to fit in homes, garages, malls and small shops. However the model is heavily used in large scale production embroidery shops.

Floppy Upgrade

Tajima TMEX-C / TMFX Control Panel with optional FloppyToUSB installed
Tajima TMEX-C / TMFX Control Panel with optional FloppyToUSB installed

A very small percentage (less than 5%) of the TMFX and TMEX machines used narrow height floppy disk drives. Production of the narrow-height floppy disk drive has long been discontinued by Tajima. Drive upgrades or replacements on these machines must now use only standard-sized floppy drives and FloppyToUSB-type drives. This means a small number of the TMFX control panels must be slightly enlarged at the floppy drive port to accommodate these drives.

The Tajima TMFX and TMEX share very similar, almost identical, control panels.


The TMFX machine came in 1, 2, 4, and 6 heads with 9, 12 and 15 needles.


In 1990 Tajima released the TMFX series embroidery machine. The TMFX models came in both single head and multi-head versions. The first TMFX model was the TMFX-C901 model which was a nine needle single head embroidery machine. The machine had automatic color change and automatic trimmers. The single head and dual head models both had removable bases.


In 1995 Tajima released the TMEX-C embroidery machine. The TMEX-C was designed to replace the single head TMFX model.

Tajima only used the TMFX model as a single head for a very short period. The single head was then commonly known as the TMEX-C machine which was basically a one head version of the TMFX.

Popular Models

Some of the more popular Tajima TMEX and TMFX models are:

  • TMEX-C1201 - Single head 12 needle. Found a lot in malls.
  • TMEX-C1501 - Same as the 1201 version but 15 needles
  • TMFX-C1204 - 4 head machine ideal for small shops
  • TMFX-C1206 - Like the 4 head model. Found in small and large shops.
  • TMFXC-II1506

TMEX-C / TMFX Specifications

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Tajima TMEX-C1201 12 needle single head
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Tajima TMEX-C1501 15 needle single head
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Tajima TMFX-C902 9 needle 2 head
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Tajima TMEX-C1502 15 needle 2 head
Model Heads Needles EMB Space / Head Max SPM Pwr Cons. Years Color
TMEX-C901 1 9 280 x 500mm 1200 400W 1995-1996 Green
TMEX-C1201 1 12 280 x 500mm 1200 1996-1999 White
TMEX-C1501 1 15 280 x 500mm 1200 1999-2007 White
TMFX-C901 1 9 1990-1992 Green
TMFX-C902 2 9 1990-1994 Green
TMFX-C904 4 9 1990-1992 Green
TMFX-C906 6 9 1990-1994 Green
TMFX-C902 2 9 1995-1997 White
TMFX-C904 4 9 1995-1997 White
TMFX-C906 6 9 1995-1997 White
TMFXC-1202 2 12 1996-2001 White
TMFXC-1204 4 12 1996-2001 White
TMFXC-1206 6 12 1996-2001 White
TMFXC-1502 2 15 2002-2010 White
TMFXC-1504 4 15 2002-2010 White
TMFXC-1506 6 15 2002-2010 White

Tajima Legend

Tajima used several codes in their models that described basic features of the machines. The letters in the model number usually

Machines with TME in their model without any other letters (numbers only) is a very late 1970s - 1990 flat only machine.
Predecessor to the TME, a Tajima machine with a C in it represents Cylinder (tubular) embroidery. Therefore machines with the letter C in their model, have removable tables.
Models with H in their model have the H model control panels. A TME-HC is an Arm Type machine with removable tables and the H model control panel. A TMEF-H machine is a flat machine with the H model control panel.
Machines with the F code are Bridge Machine (not arm type). If there are not more letter codes then this machine is a flat only machine (does not to tubular or caps).
TMM machines were collaboration Melco and Tajima machines. These machines have a Melco control panel/keyboard.

Tajima Years, Date or Age

The year of the Tajima machine can usually be found on a sticker behind the machines control panel or power boxes. These years are usually the year that the machines electronics were Quality Control checked at the Japan factory. The months listed on these stickers will probably be different. It usually took about 3 months from production to delivery to the original customers location. Later models had the production year stamped on the data plate.

If the machine is old and does not have a sticker, then the machine is probably older than 1990.


Tajima embroidery machines are probably one of the best machines on the market. They are more expensive that most all competing models but, they are very solidly built and have a good resell market. There are a lot of embroidery machine technicians available world wide and parts are pretty easy to find even for older models.


TheEmbroideryWarehouse buys and sells most every make and model of Tajima embroidery machines located within the continental USA. They also purchase parts, parts machines, salvage machines and most everything else related to embroidery equipment.


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