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Tajima is a manufacturer of single and multi-head embroidery machines. Tajima is based out of Japan. TAJIMA embroidery machines are supplied to the market by the TAJIMA Group which is made up of three companies: Tokai Industrial Sewing Machine Co. Ltd. which handles manufacturing, Tokai Technical Center which is involved in product design and development, and Tajima Industries Ltd. which handles the sales of embroidery machines for the domestic and overseas market. Tajima is one of the most well-known brands in the embroidery machine industry.

Tajima Embroidery Machines (China) Co., Ltd. was established in 2001 in Jieyang, Guangdong, China, to manufacture machines in China.

Tajima has produced embroidery machines with 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 24 heads. In The United States most Tajima models are 1, 2, 4, 6 and 12 head. Most the 8 head machines and machines larger than 12 heads were more common in other countries. Very few 8 heads can be found in the United States but are much more common in Asian countries. Tajima has produced machines with 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12 and 15 needles. Machines with 6 needles are common in the very early 1990s. 9 needle machines became popular during the mid 1990s. Late 1990s to around 2010 most machines were 12 needles. 15 needle machines are standard now. Tajima machines with less than 6 needles are generally specialty machines.

History, origin and sales

The Tajima brand rose to popularity in the United States between the very late 1980s and the very early 1990s. The early model Tajimas produced till around 1996 had a greenish color scheme. Around 1996, Tajima machines changed from the light green color scheme (with dark green logo) to their more common white color scheme with a green, pink and blue logo (see above). Tajima, along with Barudan of Japan, became a top two embroidery machine maker in the USA. Both Barudan and Tajima continue to be the two leading makers of embroidery machines for the United States market.

Tajima continues to lead sales in most of the west and south of the USA whereas Barudan leads sales in the north and east. Most of the rest of the United States is evenly divided among the two major embroidery machines (Tajima and Barudan). Tajimas are more commonly seen around Mexico and most of Central America whereas Barudan tends to lead sales in countries such as Colombia, Peru, Venezuela. Countries such as Argentina, Canada, Brazil, and Chile are divided among both Tajima and Barudan for popularity rights.

Tajima machines originally ran off paper punch cards from the 1970s till the 1980s when they were replaced by paper tape. Paper tape was soon replaced by floppy disk drives. Most all Tajima machines today are now run off USB drives.

Other Equipment

In addition to Tajima producing single and multi-head embroidery machines, Tajima also produces chenille machines (TMCE), and machines with sequin devices.

The also make Lock Stitch machines (TMLG) and Laser Cut machines (TLFD)

Software Extensions

The .dst file format is the most common software extension for Tajima software and machines. Tajima popularized the .dst file format to such an extent that the file format has become something of a universal standard for embroidery design files. Even so, Tajima embroidery machines use several other embroidery software formats.

Embroidery Machines

Tajima has been manufacturing embroidery machines for decades. Some of the models include:

Tajima TMM Series

The Tajima TMM series were a Melco and Tajima joint collaboration machine.

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Tajima TMEF Series

Tajima TMEF-H620 6 head flat machine
Tajima TMEF-H620 6 head flat machine

The Tajima TMEF were flat machines besides a few exception models.

TMEF came in several different models such as the TMEF-HCG, TMEF-S, etc.

TMEF machines are bridge type embroidery machines.

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Tajima TME-HC Series

The Tajima TME-HC models came in 6 and 9 needles.

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Tajima TMEX & Tajima TMFX Series

Tajima TMEX-C1501 15 needle single head
Tajima TMEX-C1501 15 needle single head

The Tajima TMEX & Tajima TMFX are probably the most popular Tajimas available. These models have been produced since 1990 till around 2000. See video of the Tajima TMEX C1501.

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

The Tajima TMEX & Tajima TMFX are smaller commercial embroidery machines ideal for shops needing 8 heads and under.

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

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Tajima TME-DC Series

The Tajima TME-DC is an upgrade from the TME-HC workhorse .

The Tajima TME-DC series is an Arm Type (not Bridge Type) embroidery machine.

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Tajima TMFD Series

The Tajima TMFD machine was a very popular machine known for its high output. The TMFD machines can be found in very large embroidery factories.

The Tajima TMFD are Bridge Type (not Arm Type) embroidery machine.

The TMFD machine was the Bridge Type equivalent to the Tajima TME-DC

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Tajima TEHX Series

The Tajima TEHX

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Tajima NEO (TEJT-C) Series

Tajima NEO
Tajima NEO

The Tajima NEO is the only table-top, compact machine ever made by Tajima. The NEO is an entry-level machine in the Tajima lineup of embroidery machines. The first Tajima NEO was manufactured in 2002.

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Tajima TFHX-IIC Series

The Tajima TFHX-IIC

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Tajima TFMX-C Series

The Tajima TFMX-C

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Tajima TEMX-C (NEO Plus) Series

The Tajima TEMX-C or, Neo Plus Series was introduced in early 2008. It is an addition to the NEO machine.

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Some information on the electronics of the Tajima Embroidery Equipment can be found at the Tajima Electronics page.

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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