September '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 5 S E P T E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 55 as many embroidery machines are home-based with dogs and cats frequently near the machines. Another source of trouble for your shop is smoke. If you smoke near the embroidery machine and your garments, the smoke resi- due will create a film that can affect its performance. In addition, the film and smell from the smoke will become embedded into any nearby garments. With the popularity of 3D foam and appliqué, many companies use a spray adhesive to aid in the process. Great care is taken as to where the spray is targeted but very little thought is placed into what happens to the excess residue that does not hit the material being sprayed. As a rule, do not spray any adhesive within 10 feet of your embroidery machine and never spray anything that is on the machine itself. Maintaining a cleaning schedule for the machine is the easiest way to keep it running. Every few days, wipe the surface of your embroidery machine off with a damp rag. Then take a light pres- sure of air from a can or compressor and gently blow the air into the various openings in your machine. The key here is to use a very gentle air and nothing hard. Also, gently spray all cones of thread to blow any dust off the cones. One of the best ways to keep dust and dirt out of your embroidery machine is to keep it covered as much as possible when not in use. This is more important if you go for extended periods of time without using the machine. Don't forget to remove your needle plate during cleaning as well. One of the biggest culprits of debris collection is the space above the hook. This area captures bits and pieces of every cut thread and over time builds up a tremendous amount of nastiness. Bird nests, the large sections of thread pulled below the needle plate, can also occur as a result of excessive grime under the needle plate. If you have never removed your needle plate before, you will be amazed as to what is lurking underneath it. Not keeping that area This is an example of a well cleaned needle plate.

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