Sunday, June 16, 2019Embroidery's Voice and Vision

- Embroidery Business Success Tips

Chris

Join Joyce Jagger, The Embroidery Coach, as she simplifies the business of embroidery into easy-to-understand lessons for the new embroiderer. Her passion is to help get new embroiderers off to a quick start and help existing embroiderers improve their skills so that they can provide higher quality embroidery and increase their profits! Find more information about Joyce at www.TheEmbroideryCoach.com or connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheEmbroideryCoach.

Streamlining Embroidery Production Starts With the Sewout

If you want to run a profitable embroidery business, you have to get the best production possible out of every single day. You can actually prevent many issues in production runs through proper planning and by paying close attention to detail.


Watch your machine closely as it sews out your design to pinpoint any small issues. You can’t just walk away and expect to see the issues; instead, you should be examining each stitch to determine if there are any mistakes. You can even slow the machine down to help you pinpoint problem areas. As the machine runs, ask yourself the following questions:


• Is there something you can do to shorten the run time?


• Are there any thread breaks? If so, find out why. Maybe the design was too dense, or the thread was bad, or the tension was too tight.


• Is the thread locking as it starts and stops? If it doesn’t lock at the beginning, the thread can come out of the needle, causing a real production nightmare. If there’s no lock at the end, the design can unravel.


• Is the design trimming where it’s supposed to?


• Do you see any threads between letters? If you do, the letters are not close enough to each other.


• If you change the running order of text, will it sew out more quickly? Try having the first line run left to right, the second sew from right to left, the third go left to right, etc.


• Are the colors all correct and running in the right order?


• Does the design look too thick or thin? Your letters may be pushing out because either the density or the pull comp is too heavy. If the design looks too thin, your pull comp needs to be increased.


• Are any jump stitches too long? This can cause the thread to get caught and your needle to break.


• Are my starts and stops in the correct location? If not, your machine has to move too far to start the next sequence, wasting production time.


• Is your sew sequence in the right order? You don’t want travel stitches showing; plus, an improperly sequenced design could have too many trims to be production-friendly.


• Can any of my color changes be combined? This depends on how the design was created and what it will be sewn on. You can sometimes combine color changes on designs sewn onto flat garments, but trying to apply the combination to caps could cause registration problems. Before you try this step, double check your registration.


Sometimes it seems like a waste of time, sitting and watching a design sew out, stitch by stitch, but it never is. I have been digitizing for many years and planning out production for many more, but I will never send out a design to be run unless I have sewn it out three times to make sure it has no issues, and yes, I watch it sew! Trust me, there is nothing more frustrating than having constant thread breaks or knowing you could have saved time by making a few tweaks to your design at the start.


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