Many embroiderers and home sewing machine owners struggle with the decision as to when it is time to move into more industrial embroidery machines. The issue of when to make the move from a home sewing machine or even a move from a commercial single-head embroidery machine to a more industrial multi-head embroidery machine is an important one! Here are three factors to help you determine when it is the best time to move your home sewing or home embroidery business to the next level.
1. Physical size of your jobs
- Size does matter when doing some embroidery work. Many users of home embroidery and home sewing machines have become very creative, as sewers are known to be, by using their home embroidery machine, (such as the Brother embroidery machine “PR 600”, a Bernina equivalent or machines like the Husquvarna, also known as Viking and of course the Singer Sewing/Embroidery machines) to do large field. For example, if you are trying to embroider a design that is outside the limits of the home machine’s hoop size, like a large sweatshirt embroidery or sewing a logo on a beach towel, you will be challenged to do this type of job in a timely manner. Not only beach towels and sweatshirts that need embellishing but also jackets, horse blankets etc. are all very difficult. So, In order to recognize one of the reasons to move from that home sewing/embroidery machine to a more industrial model, ask yourself “how much time am I spending on re-hooping or fiddling with alignment issues?” If it’s more time than you're actually embroidering you may consider taking a step up to a commercial single head embroidery machine.
2. Time is an issu
e - If you have already taken the step to an industrial, also referred to as a commercial computerized embroidery machine, and even if you’re an old pro with a shop full of embroidery machines, there is one tell-tale sign that doesn’t lie about the fact you need an embroidery machine that is larger, faster or both to run your business successfully – TIME. There are so many embroidery shops out there including home based businesses that operate with a head down mentality, meaning running their embroidery machines (head down) more than running their business heads up (what new business is out there to get?). If you are running out of hours in the day either with your home sewing machine, OR running a commercial shop, you need to upgrade or add new equipment to your business.
3. Types of Jobs - The variety and size of jobs you can take with a commercial embroidery machine can really make a difference in your income. For example, the SWF quick-change cap system allows you to quickly switch between embroidering on caps to flats, allowing you to maximize your time and income for this work. If you use a home sewing system, you may be turning away jobs to do very high volumes, or even low volume but heavy items like jacket backs, beach towels and more. This is a sure sign you need to upgrade!
If you’re running an existing shop, what’s the secret to being more productive? It is actually not that difficult; add additional embroidery capacity to your embroidery business so that you can spend less time embroidering and more time looking for additional business. Sure you may have to make some new embroidery designs for those new customers but that work will pay off when you are shipping more embroidered shirts and hats to these new found customers.
When does buying a new embroidery machine make sense?
If you are just starting in the embroidery business, IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to either buy a new embroidery machine, which will include all the things you will need such as training, support, start-up kits etc. Or if you decide to purchase a used embroidery machine make sure it’s from a company that can provides the same kind of start-up service. When you ask any embroidery business owner, they will tell you how important it that the machine works right out of the box and you get trained on how to use it!
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Now that we have discussed some of the pros and cons of buying new versus used embroidery equipment, let's highlight what is most important in this process.
If you decide that a used machine is for you, make sure it has some kind of warranty. If it is factory certified, that's even better and the warranty should reflect the company's willingness to support what they call used and what would be considered certified pre-owned. A certified pre-owned machine is updated within reason to the highest standards and run very similar to a new machine.
Used, would imply "as is" and the probability of a cash and carry type of sale (only buy this if you are confident in your technical skills). If you are new to the embroidery business or adding this to another business but have no prior embroidery experience, make sure the used machine you purchase can be sold with a "new" machine start-up package and support.
Lastly, consider the long term costs associated with a used machine that has either a limited or non-existent warranty as it may very well cost you much more than a new machine in the long-run.
Adding another embroidery machine to big shops
This last embroidery tip is for the avid apparel decorator who really wants the most out of their time and investment. Answer these questions about the kind of embroidery jobs that you are typically producing. Are they short runs with many different designs? Are they longer runs with high stitch counts? Do you know the next shirt customer to walk in the door? Have you lost work to offshore embroidery shops?
If you answered yes to two of these questions there are embroidery machine options that will really help your business. If you are doing short-run embroidery jobs with a lot of change in designs, then consider looking at buying 2 or more single head machines.
If you are losing work to offshore embroidery competition it is probably on higher stitch-count designs or large runs that are hard to beat from a cost perspective. The ultimate solution here is the all new K Series Machines ranging from 2-54 heads (The fastest Industrial Strength Embroidery Machines in the World). These machines will reduce your labor costs, increase production, decrease shop space requirements and allow your embroidery business to win back deals for the domestic market.
At the end of the day, there are many successful embroidery shops that have recognized when it was time to invest in additional or upgraded embroidery machines and when you meet one, ask them how they did it. Most are sure to answer you with a smile (embroiders are good like that).
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