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The Tajima Neo is the only table-top, compact machine ever made by Tajima. The Neo is an entry-level embroidery machine in the Tajima lineup of embroidery machines. The first Tajima Neo was manufactured in 2002. In Tajima marketing materials, NEO stood for "Never Ending Opportunities" which was meant to emphasize the machine's ability to work with a wide variety of garments.
Around 2002 Tajima bought the Toyota Embroidery Machine rights.
The Tajima NEO borrowed a lot of the looks and electronics from Toyota. Tajima has since discontinued the Toyota line. The machine that replaced the Toyota line is called Expert and is also very identical to the NEO as both are produced by the same company with very small changes. The Tajima NEO is sometimes refereed to as a clone of the Toyota ESP 9000 (or vice-versa). The Tajima NEO 2 is very similar feature-wise to the Toyota ESP 9100.
Original Tajima NEO
This series started in 2002 with the ultra-compact TEJT-C1501 NEO. The original NEO was designed to take to retail kiosks, sporting venues, trade shows, and other events. It was a single-head machine. The TEMX-C1501 came with a full-color display with a real-time design view and a 640,000-stitch, 99-design memory. The Neo came with a 270 Cap System and also came with a floppy disk drive.
Tajima NEO 2 Series
In 2007, the original NEO was ramped up to become the Tajima TEJTII-C1501 2 Series, nicknamed the Tajima NEO 2. The NEO 2 was a single-head machine with a sewing field of 19.4 x 14 inches. The standard built in memory was 640,000 stitches. The Neo 2 also featured larger memory and incorporated USB and LAN ports, and had an optional networking system, using DG/ML by Pulse.
TEMX-C (Neo Plus) Series
The NEO PLUS was introduced in early 2008. The NEO2 and the NEO PLUS were almost identical, but there are two key differences: 1) The NEO PLUS had an LCD Color Control Monitor that utilized the Windows CE software to operate the machine (versus the NEO2 machine with the traditional “push button” LED controller, and NEO2 owners used their PC connection to the machine to do this) and 2) The power supply on the NEO PLUS is built into the frame of the machine vs. the NEO2 that has an external power supply box.
|Model||Heads||Needles||EMB Space / Head||Max SPM||Pwr Cons.||Years|
|TEJT-C||1||15||19.4 IN x 14 IN||1200||225W||2002 - 2008|
|TEJTII-C||1||15||19.4 IN x 14 IN||1200||225W||2007 - Present|
|TEMX-C||1||15||19.4 IN x 14 IN||1200||225W||2008 - Present|
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.
- TME-HC, TMEF-H, H
- 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.