January '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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78 || P R I N T W E A R J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 D espite being smaller than oth- er types of equipment, single- head embroidery machines are quite versatile. While ca- pable of small-run jobs and samples, single-head machines provide op- portunities for customization that are im- possible or uneconomical on larger pieces of embroidery equipment. THE GOOD There are plenty of perks to keeping a sin- gle-head embroidery machine in your shop setup. They are ideal for creating samples of your work, or completing smaller orders that aren't suitable for a multi-head ma- chine, and they're especially handy if any part of your business relies on one-off per- sonalization or customized garments. Alice Wolf, Madeira, says that single-head machines cut down on wasted product and allow for more individual tweaking than larger machines do. She adds that the latter is especially useful with customized prod- ucts, since it not only allows you to adjust the design to suit the garment as necessary, but also further modify the final product to your client's specific needs. Single-head embroidery machines allow you to create samples of your customiza- tion work, explains Wolf. She also touts the fast turnaround and easy setup time as per- fect for personalization and customization. In fact, Jennifer Cox, National Network of Embroidery Professionals (NNEP), says that she has yet to find a business that doesn't benefit from having at least one sin- gle-head embroidery machine in its shop setup. Erich Campbell, Black Duck, adds that single-head machines offer the ability to run one garment without tying up pro- duction space on a multi-head embroidery machine. He explains that with multiple single-head machines, operators can easily multitask and take on any level of personal- ization without losing production capacity on larger jobs. The smaller footprint can also be helpful. Campbell notes that single-head machines do not need a large, continuous space for installation like multi-head machines do. Plus, while small-room layouts aren't always best for production efficiency, single-heads can be placed in more configurations, such as around corners, away from support col- umns, or in other areas where a traditional multi-head machine cannot fit. SINGULAR SENSATION Customizing on Single-Head Embroidery Machines B Y S A N D R A S E P A N I A K One of the advantages of working with a single-head machine is that it can be used in conjunction with other piec- es of equipment for multitask- ing on personalization orders. (Image courtesy Infinity) SINGULAR

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