December '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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28 || P R I N T W E A R D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 Ed Levy is the director of software products at Hirsch So- lutions Inc. and owner of Digitize4u, an embroidery and digitizing operation. A 23-year industry veteran, Levy has owned screen printing, embroidery, and digitizing business- es. In 2001, Levy began consulting and founded EmbForum, a professional Tajima DG/ML by Pulse software users group. THREAD ... ACCORDING TO ED B Y E D L E V Y T hread breaks are a very frustrating and costly part of the embroidery process. Thread manufacturers spend mil- lions of dollars researching ways to strengthen the fibers of embroidery thread while still maintaining its embroidery-friendly qualities, yet breaks are still inevitable. Frequent thread breaks will shred through all profitability of a job. Too often, thread breaks are considered a norm and the solution is to re-thread the needle rather than find a solution. Fortunately, with a little bit of detective work, we can often pinpoint the source of a thread break to help minimize stalled work. COMMUNICATION To examine methods that prevent thread breaks, it is important to know that they are occurring. Many times, an operator will simply re-thread the needle but will not notify management of the thread breaks, nor will they recognize specific patterns. One of the best methods for tracking thread breaks is to have the machine report this information automatically. Many software programs have the ability to communicate with the embroidery machine and report statistics back to a management console. This Separation Anxiety aka Thread Breaks

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