Tajima TMEX C1201

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The Tajima TMEX C1201 is one of the more popular models Tajima has produced. These models have been manufactured from about 1990 until around 2000 and are frequently seen in mall-type environments. The Tajima TMEX C1201 is a single head embroidery machine with 12 needles.

Tajima TMEX-C1201 12 needle single head
Tajima TMEX-C1201 single head, 12-needle embroidery machine is a common fixture in mall-type environments

The Tajima TMEX Series are Bridge Type (not Arm Type) embroidery machines. The adoption of a Bridge Type structure allows for a deeper embroidery space (450mm). A Tajima machine with a C in it represents Cylinder (tubular) embroidery. Therefore, machines with the letter C in their model, have removable tables.

Embroidery on the circumference of caps is possible up to 270 degrees. 2 types (adult or child) are available for wide cap frames.

Standard memory is two million stitches and a maximum of 200 designs.

Upgrade Options

The Tajima TMEX C1201 embroidery machines shipped with a floppy disk drive, but the legacy drive in these models is commonly upgraded to a Floppy To USB drive emulator.


TEHX-C Specifications

Model Heads Needles EMB Space / Head Max SPM Pwr Cons. Years
TMEX-C1201 1 12 19.4 IN x 14 IN SPM POWEW 1990 - 2000

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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