Embroidery

We do all of our embroidery in-house. If we accept the order, we will embroider it here.

We have embroidery machines with one, four or six sewing heads and can match your order to the appropriate machine. When we upgraded a few years ago, we kept some of our older, heavier equipment that is particularly suited to items like saddle pads, heavy jackets or some nylon luggage. Our newer equipment is lighter, faster, has many more automated functions such as trimmers and is used to embroider the majority of the orders.

The actual embroidery process is not difficult, the machines do the work, but there are some challenges with hooping or holding the item (ladies purses for example) to be embroidered in the machine. To deal with the variety of items we embroider each day, we have a selection of special purpose hoops or frames that seem to work for everything but golf bags.

We prefer to digitize (in essence write a computer program that describes the design to the embroidery machine) the designs we will embroider. While most of the designs we digitize are shapes and text (business logos), we have converted dogs, horses and goats from photos to embroidery with pleasing results.

Some of the Embroidery Equipment

Melco Four-Head Machines

The Melco Four Head machines were probably the means that many embroidery shops or home businesses used to enter the field. These machines were real workhorses and at approximately 25 years old still are if they have been maintained.

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Melco Four-Head Machines

The machine in the foreground is an older machine; the machine in the background in one of the earlier machines to have trimmers. One of the interesting features of these machines was the cable link to a computer from which designs were sent.

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SWF Six Head Machines

These are relatively new machines and when purchased, were probably state of the art. SWF apparently has a philosophy of continuous improvement and as a result a comparable machine today may have numeroue upgrades.

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Melco Single Head Machine

This is the oldest machine in the shop. It still works well and is in use just about every day. The availability of one or two single head machines allows an immediate response to an urgent need.

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