sportswear manufacturers

Sportswear Manufacturers – Your Embroidery Machine Guide

For sportswear manufacturers, choosing the right equipment is pivotal to the level of growth and success you experience. But how? Well, think about it, if you’re trying to operate efficiently and productively but your equipment can’t keep up with demand, there’s going to be a breakdown in your framework, isn’t there?

It’s vitally important that your equipment can keep up with the wider business – otherwise, you may end up driving business away and towards your competitors. Not only should it be able to cope with demand, but it should also be scalable and account for periods of exponential growth.

In this short blog, we look at the equipment and machinery you’ll need to achieve your objectives at each stage of that business lifecycle – whether that’s managing capacity, scaling your business, controlling costs or innovating with state of the art technology.

 

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The Key Stages of Business Development

Throughout your time as sportswear manufacturers, there are three distinct stages of development your business will go through:

Startup – you’re a new or emerging manufacturer. Perhaps you only produce one product to a select number of customers. Your production line isn’t as complicated because you don’t run multiple ranges and your capacity isn’t full. Yet. Don’t worry, it will be.

Established – you’re an established sportswear manufacturing business – you’ve carved out a healthy chunk of the marketplace for yourself, but you’re not quite a market leader. You have a good selection of clients buying your garments – and you’re producing from a lot of different designs. Maybe you have that one client that is asking to increase capacity, and it’s starting to become an issue.

Enterprise – As a market leader and an enterprise business, you’re working with lots of large retailers and merchandisers, who all demand state of the art products, at constantly shortening lead times. Not only that – they want to be highly cost-effective and efficient with the money they spend. You’ve got to stay ahead of the curve on technology, training and machinery to remain top dogs and outpace your competition.

 

Startup Businesses

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Objectives: Work within a small budget, start on a solid foundation, start creating a simple production line.

Machines: As startup sportswear manufacturers, you need to start on a solid foundation of modern, market-leading equipment that is future proof and of a higher standard than competitors. Having a production system built on machines that are easily transportable and simple to scale is also a must. Especially as a startup – saving you money in the long run. 

A great start to that could be the Happy HCH-701P – it’s a solid, future proof and affordable starting machine. A great first rung on the ladder. It’s designed specifically for beginners who are just learning the ropes of industrial embroidery, so any new and emerging sportswear business would be wise to invest in one of these.

Another fantastic option would be the Happy HCU Series – this one is a little bit more expensive than the HCH, but you’re investing in the newest machine on the single-head block. It’s a heavy-duty, high speed industrial single-head machine that utilises artificial intelligence to produce garments at a maximum speed of 1500 RPM – that’s industry-leading speed at an affordable price with state of the art tech included. 

 

 

Established Businesses

Objectives: Scaling capacity, becoming more efficient, managing more complex production lines.

Machines: Now you’ve grown and started to establish yourself in the sportswear market, you might decide to start diversifying your garment ranges or pushing for more customers, so being able to efficiently scale the business and grow revenue is both a key objective and big challenge. You’ll have to keep in control of costs, but also know when to invest for growth. The difficulty of getting this balance right is why so many businesses get to this stage and never advance any further. 

 

established sports business

 

The main variable for expanding into machines with more output potential is how many needle heads does your business require. A good option for an entry into multi-head machines is the Happy HCR3-1504E – a 4 head machine with a 10.4-inch colour LCD touch screen control panel, allowing your operators to interface with the machine live during a job. Not only that – if your range is increasing, the 1504E can hold up to 40,000,000 Stitches in its memory; and up to 250 design can be saved and controlled via Windows software. Seems like a great piece of equipment for growing, established sportswear manufacturers.

For the bigger businesses that want to push forward and scale quickly, the Happy HCR3-1508E is a state of the art example of pure production power. This machine has all the features of the 1504E, but it doubles the needle heads to 8, which in effect doubles its capacity and output potential. The multi-head machine simplifies your production line and streamlines your manufacturing ability, while remaining affordable but still miles ahead of the competition models, like inferior Tajima multi-head machines.

 

Enterprise Businesses

enterprise business in sportswear

 

Objectives: Lots of deadlines, complex processes, large capacity for designs.

Machines: You’re a market leader now, so your customers have unprecedented buyer power – as they will only work with manufacturers that can prove themselves and constantly push standards higher and higher. Your work for these customers is critical to the success of their own business – so you’ll be working on strict deadlines and high output levels, along with serious consequences if things go awry. 

With those types of pressures, there are only a few machines in the market that can step up to the plate and hold their own. The one we would recommend is the Happy HCR3-1512.  This beast is a high-speed, 12-head with built-in servo motors to really maximise efficiency in pressure situations. This machine is the top of the range for Happy Japan and easily outworks the competition, with state of the art features that no other brand in the market possesses – like Windows software and a machine memory of up to 40,000,000 Stitches. That’s a lot of garments. 

 

Sportswear Manufacturers – Want to Research More?

So, there you have it! Now that you’ve seen the importance of having the right equipment at each stage of your business development, it’s time to take the next step and put the wheels in motion. This is a big decision – so, it’s not one that you should take lightly.

Get it wrong at this stage and it may prove very costly in the long run – whether that’s having to invest in further machinery, losing customers or gaining an unwanted opinion. Don’t worry if you’re still not sure on the right choice for your business – we’ve got you covered.

We’ve created a free guide full of detailed specifications of several machines that are perfect for sportswear manufacturers such as you – no matter if you’re a startup, established business or enterprise business! Grab your copy today!

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Manufacturing Systems: Building An Efficient Process

In the world of manufacturing, there are a variety of systems to choose from, each with its perfect use case and set of advantages and disadvantages. Having the ideal manufacturing systems for your product range can yield a large list of benefits, such as maintaining the high quality of your goods, being more efficient in your production processes and saving money across the board.

The right system can also help you produce higher volumes and maximise capacity, thereby meeting your production volume targets and getting the most out of your current equipment.

For a sports business, the manufacturing systems resource is material; more specifically, garment material for your products. The efficiency and productivity of your supply chains depend on having products available on time at a cost that works for both you, as the manufacturer and your customers.

With that in mind, your business needs to assess all of the options when it comes to operational systems. You’re looking for a process that meshes well with your production line but also suits your staff of operators.

 

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Custom Manufacturing Systems

Custom manufacturing is by far the oldest and most popular type of manufacturing system in the sector. It also happens to be associated with both the highest-quality products and the lowest-volume efficiency – so it makes sense that businesses would use it, right?

In custom manufacturing systems, each item is produced by a single operator, who works solely by hand or with the aid of a machine. When machines are used during the process, they tend to be highly specialised to each task; so they can’t produce more than one item at a time.

 

custom manufacturing

 

One drawback of this system is it will usually have the highest unit cost for the product manufactured. As a result, products that are custom manufactured are of the highest quality but they also tend to be on the pricier end of the market. 

In addition, scaling out of custom manufacturing systems into larger production lines is difficult to accomplish without significant investment from the business in new equipment, as the machines used are only good at producing one thing in a certain time frame.

 

Intermittent Manufacturing Systems

Employing intermittent manufacturing systems allows companies to make different types of goods while using the same production line. Therefore, the manufacturing warehouse is designed to handle different product sizes and requirements. Generally, the goods are processed in large scales to fulfil wholesale orders and varying (intermittent) output capacity.

This system is commonly referred to as a “job shop” due to its popularity in countries with cost-effective labour, making products for more developed countries across the world. The goods made using this manufacturing method are produced in batches to vary depending on the output required from the production line. In turn, this speeds up production and makes operations easier.

 

intermittent manufacturing systems

 

Product customisation isn’t usually done in the manufacturing stage with the intermittent system – what tends to occur is the product is made and then shipped to design studios, who will then customise it to their needs. 

This type of system is designed for production runs that happen intermittently (hence the name) or products that don’t require a high amount of custom labour. It uses general-purpose machines and requires highly skilled operators to run smoothly. 

 

Continuous Manufacturing Systems

The continuous manufacturing system is designed to enable the mass production of a single, uncomplicated product. The product goes through an assembly line with different stations, where parts are added or worked on in increments. This method first arose during the Industrial Revolution and was innovated by the Ford Company, which employed the system to produce Model Ts in the 1920s.

This type of production system is ideal when a business has to produce large quantities of the same product. It scales very well and is cost-effective, as the materials generally stay the same throughout. It does, however, require a massive investment at startup due to the budget required for equipment and the amount of staff needed to operate such a big operation.

 

Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Flexible manufacturing is the most modern manufacturing system covered here – and it has become very popular in the manufacturing sector recently. It involves a significant investment in machinery, although it reduces labour costs by implementing artificial intelligence, making the need for human operators redundant. These machines can easily be reprogrammed to manufacture a variety of products in different quantities, and the whole process is automatic, so there are no overheads for the business to cover in the forms of staff wages. 

 

flexible manufacturing systems

 

Flexible manufacturing relies on what’s called ‘group technology’ in order to achieve the manufacturing goals of the business. Dedicated machinery is often employed in manufacturing when cost savings are important, although these machines lack the flexibility that a more expensive, manually operated tool might have. By using this system, manufacturing can be done in smaller batches with the simplicity and efficiency of mass production.

This method is called flexible manufacturing due to the flexibility it has with capacity and varying output, plus the vast range of goods it can produce. Of course, due to the entire system being automated, the only time people need to step in is at the quality control stage to ensure that everything has worked as it should and the product is of satisfactory quality. 

 

Which System is Right For Your Sportswear Business?

You’ve now got the business case for each manufacturing system – so which one works for your business? Consider what your products look like, how they’re made and the degree of variability there is in output. The answers to these questions will determine your system choice.

The process you go with will also influence your equipment and machinery requirements – for our guidance as to the industrial machine you need, check out our free guide! It includes everything you need to know about single-head and multi-head embroidery machines. Grab your copy today!

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Building a Sport Fashion Brand: 7 Step Guide

Are you looking into starting your own sport fashion brand? Do you have some great new design ideas or an innovative new apparel concept? The time could be now for you to form that brand you’ve always dreamed of. But where do you start? How do you go about making it all happen?

If you want to set up your own activewear brand, then this article is for you. We’ll give you an overview of the steps involved in starting your own business, and what you have to consider when going through the process of creating your own sport fashion revolution!

Step 1 – Identify Your Niche

To create a successful and profitable business, you must first identify where you see yourself fitting into the sportswear marketplace. To do that, firstly conduct some market research; talk to people who you envision to be ideal customers for your hypothetical products. See what their goals, needs, problems and challenges are, especially when it comes to competitor products and businesses. Then set about trying to create a business that solves those problems and satisfies those needs. 

 

niche sport fashion market

 

Here are some of the key things you can do to identify needs or problems in specific niches:

  • Have one-on-one conversations or mind-mapping sessions with your target market. Make sure to find or create a framework for asking questions that helps you uncover goals, challenges and pain points.
  • Surf forums. Search Quora, or find forums related to your niche, then take a look at the discussions that are taking place. What questions are people asking? What problems do they have?
  • Keyword Research. Explore different keyword terms on Google Trends and Google Ads’ keyword planner. This can help you uncover opportunities related to pain points in the sportswear sector.

By doing this, you’re developing a business proposition that has a unique selling point – a purpose and mission that no other sportswear company can match or has thought of yet. That gives you a niche in the marketplace to exploit and hopefully gain customers from.

If you can make that niche something you are passionate about in sport fashion and want to provide a solution for – even better. Business isn’t easy, and at some point it’ll test you. If you’re working in an area that you don’t care about, your odds of falling at the first few hurdles will greatly increase – especially as a first-time business owner.

 

Step 2 – Create Your Business Plan

Having a business plan is essential if you want to bring other people on board into your business, e.g. investors or partners. But primarily, the business plan is there for you to follow. It forces you to ask yourself the tough questions and look at your business venture from different angles during the startup process.

It’s important to consider that the business plan is a living document that will change and evolve over time. Usually things don’t go exactly according to the initial picture in your head once you get into the nuts and bolts of business.

Writing a business plan may seem like a laborious task, but it doesn’t have to be. By this point, you’ll know your sports business – you’ll be the expert on it. For that reason alone, writing a business plan and then capitalising on your plan for growth won’t be nearly as challenging as you think.

 

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With your plan, set out the following:

  • Executive Summary. Introduce your sport fashion business. Talk about what you’re planning to achieve and how you plan to do it.  Cover the key highlights of your business, but keep it short and sweet.
  • Company Overview. Give an overview of your company, your team and why they are the best fit for their roles and responsibilities. 
  • Funding Required. If you’re writing a business plan to get a bank loan or because you’re applying for investment funding, you must include the details of what you need to get off the ground.
  • Milestones and Objectives. State your objectives for the business and explain the milestones to achieve to get there.
  • Market Research and Analysis. If you’re going to do a market analysis, start with some research. First, identify your market segments and determine how big each segment is, then show the potential of each segment for revenue and profit.
  • Implementation. Show how you’re going to implement your plan. Create a timeline and responsibilities for your team, along with KPI’s and accountabilities.
  • The Future. Discuss your plans for the future – what comes after you’ve accomplished your objectives? Talk about how you plan to capitalise on your success.

 

Step 3 – Work on Your Branding and Message

You need to put a lot of time and thought into your brand identity. There are many brands out there in the sport fashion world so you need to make yours stand out from the crowd. Create brand awareness and loyalty that connects your customers to your label. It’s important that your brand ties together with your actual products to create consistency of message through your business to your merchandise.

There are four things you should ask yourself when defining a brand purpose:

  • Why do you exist?
  • What differentiates you?
  • What problem do you solve?
  • Why should people care?

You’ll use the answers to these questions to develop the foundation of your branding, through a tagline, slogans, voice, messaging, stories, visuals and more.

 

Step 4 – Product Development

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It’s incredibly important, once you’ve determined the direction of travel for your sport fashion business to turn your focus to the product. This is the tangible thing that your company will be built around – so it’s critical that you spend time ideating, testing and streamlining your range.

Firstly, take the market research you did earlier in the process and start to develop several quick and inexpensive prototype garments based on data and observations taken from your ideal customers. What do they want to see? What problems have they got that nobody else has solved?

Next, test those prototypes on those ideal customers and gauge feedback. You should keep track of how many customers like the products, but also take note of people who don’t like them. Ask them why and what could be done to improve them in their eyes. The objective of this step is to learn and collect data that can help you to evaluate and improve your products later in the process.

Lastly, finalise your first product range and determine a system to scale manufacturing so that you can produce them at varying quantities in the future depending on demand. This will help you to work out material choices and configure supply chains.

 

Step 5 – Get Your Equipment

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Once you’ve created a scalable manufacturing system, it’s time to purchase equipment. This is a key part of the startup process as you don’t want to buy too much or too little. Establish a good foundation on which to build upon by purchasing machines that future proof the manufacturing arm of your business – so that when you gain traction and start to grow, there’s much less risk involved when increasing capacity. 

Depending on the scale of your investment, it may be worth working with an external consultant who can ensure you make the most of your purchase by helping you assess your business’ needs.

Initially, you’ll be looking at important factors, such as employee usage and current resources. The most common practice is to do a cost-benefit analysis, which helps you justify your purchase and determine the pros and cons.

The main driver of productivity growth in fashion manufacturing is the ability to predict and prevent downtime, and to optimise equipment effectiveness and maintenance. This requires equipment that is digitally run and easily monitored – so starting the equipment sourcing process by modernising is the best decision in the long-run.

 

Step 6 – Assemble Your Team

For many sport fashion business owners, the main goal when it comes to recruiting is simple: find enough people capable of filling the gaps in the rota as quickly as possible, then get back to work.

While this makes absolute sense on paper – after all, the more time you spend recruiting, the less you spend generating leads and converting them into customers – this approach can create all kinds of headaches for your business further down the line.

So, like you did before, focus on needs and problems. What are the minimum skills your business needs to function? What problems do staff need to solve? What can we afford to spend on overheads? All crucial questions to answer before even writing a job description. 

Make sure that you know what you want. Maybe consider having an ideal candidate in mind for each role, as this will give you a starting point.

This could save you a lot of time and money that you can’t afford to lose otherwise. You might also have the additional benefit of previously knowing the candidate. Either way, make sure to set professional standards and boundaries for your business and enforce them from the very start.

 

Step 7 – Marketing

Marketing is crucial to every business, and it has the power to literally make or break a company. For new startup businesses, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start when it comes to marketing, and where to direct your efforts for the best return.

Obviously, the first objective for any startup is to create brand awareness. Because you’re new to the market, customers don’t know you or have any trust in your brand. As you’ve already created a fantastic brand (if you’ve followed our guide so far) then all you have to do is set a budget for activity like a website design, paid ads and content marketing.

 

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It goes without saying that every sport fashion brand requires a modern, interactive website for the face of the business. Again, it’s important to start strong in order to scale, so don’t skimp on quality here. 

Content marketing can be low cost, time and resource efficient, and can have an immeasurable impact on your customer loyalty, your brand image, and the reach of your business’s presence overall. Be sure to create content for your site; for example a blog, and participate on social platforms to really amplify your start up business.

 

Choose the Right Equipment For Your Sport Fashion Brand

As we’ve mentioned, choosing the right equipment for your sport fashion brand is key. Otherwise, you’re going to fail to meet the needs of your customers. As a result of that, it means that you’re likely to lose custom and they’ll likely head elsewhere to avoid your long order wait times. So, choosing equipment that can cope is vital.

Industrial embroidery machines are crucial to the success of sport fashion brands. But you must choose the right one. luckily for you, we’ve created a free guide that explains everything you need to know about making the right decision. Grab your copy today and make the first step towards nailing your equipment inventory – and your wider business operations too!

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What Fabric is Best for Sportswear – A Simple Guide

In modern times, the sportswear market is saturated with a vast range of clothing items for every type of sports activity and environment. It can therefore be natural to get overwhelmed when trying to choose what fabric is best for sportswear embroidery projects.

While choosing custom sports clothing, the type of material should be one of the most important factors to consider – as the look and feel of the product can produce wildly different results.

So, what are we looking for in high performance sports apparel? Take a look at some of the biggest considerations:

  • Design – When choosing material to use for embroidery, its ability to hold the embroidered stitching is a key factor. As without that, certain designs cannot be achieved. In addition, sportswear doubles as a fashion statement, especially in this age of sports branding – so what can be achieved in looks and aesthetic with a material is a huge consideration.
  • Comfort – when you’re exercising, the last thing you want is your clothing to feel uncomfortable. It distracts you and takes you out of the zone. You want something soft but also malleable and stretch resistant so you have full mobility when taking part in strenuous activity.
  • Weight and Durability – functional clothing has to be hard-wearing as the material is put under significant stress during exercise and sporting activities. The weight of the clothing is also extremely important as in many sports every ounce you unnecessarily wear robs you of energy and worsens performance and results. 
  • Moisture Regulation – Functional sportswear must be breathable to transport moisture like sweat from the body to the outside of the material without issue. If the clothing doesn’t do this, anyone wearing it will quickly become too hot or too cold, which can cause injury like muscle strain and cramps.
  • Protection against the Elements – This has become a much more important feature as materials have become available that are waterproof and wind resistant. In some climates, this must be close to the top of the list as the conditions are hazardous without protection.
  • Price – Of course, the price of the material is always going to be paramount. If something costs much more than its rivals it has to perform much better or have a unique selling point that makes it more attractive to create sportswear with. Especially in today’s buyers economy where consumers have all the power and profits are constantly being squeezed.

So, What Fabric is Best for Sportswear?

So, how does each material measure up to these industry standards? Let’s see.

Cotton

cotton fabric for sportswear

 

In the past, the general consensus among industry experts was that cotton is a material that doesn’t absorb sweat, so it wasn’t a good option for active wear. However, of late, cotton sportswear is experiencing a revival, as it has better odor management compared to other materials. It’s breathable and doesn’t hold on to the byproducts of activity like foul smells and odours. 

However, when it comes to rapid sweat absorbing, cotton still lags behind when compared to its more modern and technologically advanced competitors.   

Calico

calico sportswear

 

Calico is a sub-material of cotton. It’s an unprocessed version of cotton – essentially meaning that it’s made using exactly the same process, but the production is stopped before the cotton is fully processed. 

This material is highly absorbent, which makes it a good choice for active wear clothing. Also, by using calico, you’ll be doing your bit towards the environment as it’s a great green alternative. Calico is also generally very cheap due to it’s unfinished nature, and the fact that it remains un-dyed and raw. The drawback of that is in the aesthetic aspects – as you’ll need to introduce colour into the material at a later stage in the process.

Spandex

spandex clothing for sports

 

Spandex is another one of the most common types of materials used in sports and gym wear. This is due to its high stretchability, which makes the clothes agile and comfortable for strenuous movements. In fact, this material is known to stretch 100 times more than its original size, making it a favourite material for sportswear manufacturers all around the world. 

This material is also known to absorb sweat, breathe and dry quickly – so overall it’s a great choice for cheap, feature-rich, malleable material. The only drawback is that it’s difficult to embroider on as the material does not hold stitch designs well

Polyester

polyester fabric for sports wear

 

Polyester is another common type of material used in sportswear. It’s essentially cloth made out of plastic fibers – making it light-weight, wrinkle-free, long lasting and breathable. It’s non-absorbent in nature, which means that your sweat isn’t absorbed by this cloth but left to dry on the exterior of the material on its own. 

Another of the top reasons why polyester is a popular choice for top sportswear manufacturers is due to the high strength and durability it displays. High-strength polyester fibers can withstand the strong, repetitive movements made by athletes and last for longer than competitors, while remaining relatively cheap on the scale of comparable materials.

Polyester also has amazing insulating properties, making it a great choice for environments that can get a mix of hot and cold weather.

Microfiber

microfiber fabric in sports wear

 

Microfiber, as the name implies, is a material made of fine tiny thread fibers with a linear density of a maximum of one denier. This means that microfiber has threads that are 100 times finer than a human hair. It’s a fully man-made material, produced using a blend of Polyester and Polyamide. 

This blending process makes it an expensive material to use on a large scale – so any resulting products tend to be on the pricier side. 

You will most likely see microfibre used in the production of gymwear, towels and tracksuits, as the material is highly absorbent and non-abrasive in nature.

Synthetic

 

Synthetic sportswear was originally conceived as a replacement for sports people that were sick of rubber and plastic sportswear that caused them to overheat.

Synthetic material can be used not only for clothing but other sporting equipment too,  such as knee and elbow bands. This material is breathable and also quickly absorbs sweat to keep you cool during exercise. 

The drawback of synthetic sportswear is mostly tied to how it’s made. It’s produced using chemical synthesis, which creates non-renewable byproducts, which is not good for the environment. 

Bamboo Fiber

bamboo fiber used in sports

 

If you want super soft yet moisture-wicking activewear, turn to bamboo. Bamboo pulp yields a natural fabric that’s light and has an anti-static nature. Bamboo fiber is also moisture wicking, making it a completely odorless sportswear. It also provides amazing protection from UV rays, so wearing it out in the sun for extended periods won’t pose any problems.

In general, bamboo fibre can be used for practically every application in which cotton is used. Some manufacturers may even prefer this type of fabric to cotton due to its notable attributes that benefit production and manufacturing processes.

For example, bamboo fabric is highly breathable, and it’s also stretchier than cotton. It’s easy to weave this fabric into other fabrics with high thread counts, and the resulting garments are often thinner than their cotton counterparts while remaining similar or greater in malleability.

Nylon

nylon clothing in sports

 

The first commercially viable synthetic fiber was famously used to make women’s stockings. But it’s now used widely across sportswear manufacturing to make windrunners, tracksuits, and gymwear of all kinds.

Nylon is stretchy, quick-drying, and mildew resistant. It’s also incredibly breathable. The fabric allows cool air to reach the skin and also wicks sweat from your skin to the fabric’s surface, where it can evaporate safely – leaving you comfortable and temperature controlled.

Gore-Tex

gore tex shoes in sports

 

When you’re running, biking, or hiking, you need protection from the worst of the elements. In those scenarios, gore-tex is your best friend. While not really being a fabric on its own, this synthetic membrane coats regular fabrics, making it waterproof and windproof –  yet allowing the skin to breathe and insulate during strenuous activities.

Gore-Tex is a hybrid material that is used to make sportswear clothing; such as jackets, cagools and gloves, but also running shoes. It’s great for garments that are required to be durable but incredibly resistant to harsh conditions.

Regardless of these qualities, it’s still a breathable material that is a good choice for high-intensity sports. Basically, it keeps wind and water outside but allows sweat to evaporate. 

So, there’s a lot of options?

In short, yes. 

The first thing to remember when considering what fabric is best for sportswear is the needs of the consumer. Different sporting activities require a specific type of clothing. For instance, sports like football and basketball require apparel that is loose and comfortable. On the other hand, activities such as biking or running can be dangerous if you wear loose clothing, because baggy pants could easily get tangled up in the bike pedals. Winter sports such as skiing, require material that properly insulates the body from the elements.

So, what are your sports consumers’ needs? If you answer that question, then you are much closer to the material you should source than you were before.

If you need any help or guidance on what fabrics might be best suited to your business and output, or need any advice on embroidery and embroidery machines, get in touch with Midwest.

Embroidered Sportswear What Machine Type Should You Use

Embroidered Sportswear: What Machine Type Should You Use?

Embroidered sportswear is massively important to sports clubs. Not only is it the most common way that they differentiate themselves from other teams, but it’s also a chance for them to show off their proud history and heritage too. Personalised sportswear has many benefits for sports teams – both professional and grassroots levels. 

But it has to be done properly. The last thing teams want is to appear unprofessional and unestablished – which is what poor embroidered sportswear connotes. Think of the successful teams around the world, they’re represented by immaculate strips with perfect embroidery application, aren’t they? 

Granted, not all sports teams will have the same budget – but perfect embroidered sportswear isn’t inaccessible for even the smallest of teams. Sportswear comes in all different shapes, garment sizes and materials so sports clothing businesses must be prepared for this. 

To achieve perfect results, you must have the right equipment in place. So, this post will outline the different types of industrial embroidery machines that sportswear manufacturers should use. 

 

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Single-Head Industrial Embroidery Machines

Single-head industrial embroidery machines are the perfect entry-level machine for sportswear embroiderers. Are you just starting out? Or, are you looking to branch out into new areas of embroidery? Rather than taking the plunge and investing in a machine that’s far too advanced for your currently small needs, they’re a cost-effective way to enter the market.

They’re the cheapest price point on the market – but that doesn’t mean that they’re not powerful or capable of producing amazing results. They’re small and compact, but they can produce embroidery that rivals industry-leading multi-head machines. They’re a force to be reckoned with, so you mustn’t underestimate their power and capabilities. 

 

embroidered sportswear single head machines

 

As with their size, they’re also portable – which is a great option to have. That way, you can carry out your embroidery wherever and whenever you like. That way, if you need to take your machine elsewhere for a little inspiration or to get the creative juices flowing, you’re not limited to a single place.  

Some single-head embroidery machines are incredibly technologically advanced. For example, some machines and model types have now started using artificial intelligence (AI) technology which allows them to preset jobs and run all on their own. That way, you don’t have to stand over them and operate them throughout the job. You can leave them to run, knowingly guaranteeing a top-quality product will be created. 

Whilst they’re capable of producing amazing results, you may be a little limited as to how big your product range can be with a single-head embroidery machine. Embroidered sportswear isn’t just playing strips and simple training t-shirts, it can be anything that a club wants to put their badge and crest on. Therefore, if you’re trying to embroider a large stadium jacket on a small embroidery machine, you’re not going to produce the level of quality that clubs are vying for. 

 

Multi-Head Industrial Embroidery Machines

Whilst single-head industrial embroidery machines are perfect for startup businesses, that’s, unfortunately, what they’re limited to. As businesses start to grow and scale, they need the equipment to match and cope with customer demands. Businesses can quickly outgrow their single-head machines, which is when they’ll need to upgrade to a multi-head embroidery machine. 

As you grow, you’ll be receiving a higher volume of more advanced orders. If you try and keep up with the demands by using a machine that’s not suitable, you’ll quickly fail and your clients  will take their custom elsewhere. People aren’t prepared to wait around for long order times, they want their embroidered sportswear as quickly as possible – without any compromise on quality. 

 

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Multi-head embroidery machines allow you to do just that. They’re designed to be run all day, which means they’ll have no issue in churning out top-quality sportswear over a prolonged period. Plus, they’re suitable for a wide range of materials and products, therefore, you’re not just limited to creating the basics or to one sport. 

When dealing with a wide range of sports, the garments that you have to create are all vastly different. On one order you could be working on football shirts and the next netball skirts, so you need to have a multi-head embroidery machine in place that allows you to freely work on different materials and item sizes. 

With multi-head machines, you’re automatically increasing your capacity. Think about it, the more heads your machine has, the more power and production output you have. So, if you’re receiving a high volume of orders, adding another head to your equipment is a simple fix to keep up with demands. 

That way, you can keep your customers happy and turn around orders quicker than ever before. Remember, customers are after quality too, not just turnaround speed. So, by using a multi-head embroidery machine, not only are you guaranteeing quick order creation but high-quality products too. 

 

Wide-Area Industrial Embroidery Machines

Large hoodies, stadium jackets and holdall bags – all of these products are vital parts of embroidered sportswear but they’re not easy to embroider using normal-sized machines. That’s where wide-area machines step in – the larger working area allows these products to be handled more easily. 

So that the products can be embroidered properly, they need to be positioned on the machine correctly. Otherwise, you run the risk of inconsistencies and poor quality embroidery – with both of these there is likely to come disgruntled customers too. This is far from ideal and it may lead to your customer base looking elsewhere to source their embroidery. 

 

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Teams and clubs use embroidered sportswear to show off their proud history and heritage. Therefore, the last thing they want is poor quality embroidery. This connotes an unestablished and poorly organised team. Pristine quality is a MUST for sports teams and it’s unlikely that they’ll settle for anything less. 

If a team shows up to their match looking unprofessional and untidy, it may reflect the style of play that they adopt. This may lead to their opponents underestimating them before they’ve even set foot on the field of play. Whilst complacency from the other team may work in their favour, it’s not the desired look that teams striving to be the best aim to pull off. 

Not only are wide-area embroidery machines capable of producing amazing results, but they’re ultra-reliable too. They’re built to last and have no issues in being run for lengthy periods. So, you can be sure that you’re best positioned to meet high volumes of orders and produce the highest standard of embroidered sportswear possible. 

 

Choose the Correct Embroidery Machine Type For Your Business

So, you’ve just read which machine type is best suited for different embroidered sportswear businesses – it’s now time to get the ball rolling and choose the perfect model for your company. Industrial embroidery machines can bring a wide range of benefits to businesses, but you need to make sure that you choose the right one to suit your individual needs.

What works for your competitors isn’t necessarily going to be successful for yours. So, this isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. You need to consider your budget, businesses size, growth plans and other factors too. 

If you’re unsure where to start, we’ve got you covered. We’ve created a free guide that outlines everything you need to know about finding the perfect embroidery machine for your business. From machine recommendations to factors you must consider, it’s all in there to help you take the first step towards becoming a more efficient embroidered sportswear company. 

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4 Instantly Recognisable Sportswear Logos

4 Instantly Recognisable Sportswear Logos

Sportswear logos are what set different brands apart. After all, if nothing was branded, how would you know which items belonged to which brand? Quite simply, you wouldn’t. There’s only so much that businesses can do to differentiate a pair of black sports leggings or basic gym t-shirts, isn’t there? 

That’s why, as a sports clothing business, you need to ensure that your sportswear logos are eye-catching, striking and well designed. You don’t want to be known as the business with the shoddy branding, do you? You want to be known as the company who produces the best sportswear, that’s not only renowned for quality but distinctive branding that people want to be associated with.

This post will explore four of the most instantly recognisable sportswear logos in the world and will break down exactly what it is that makes them so good. So, if you want to be the best, take inspiration from industry big players and think about how you can implement similar styles yourself. 

 

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Adidas

When you hear Adidas being mentioned, you can’t help but think of their ultra-famous three-striped garments, can you? From the unmistakable Adidas Predator football boot range donned by no other than Golden Balls himself, David Beckham or their well-known three-stripe shell suits, Adidas’ branding is second to none.

 

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When it comes to their logos, Adidas isn’t shy of using a couple of variants. However, one thing that is consistent within each type is the inclusion of their well-renowned three stripes. For instance, on their playing strips, training wear and sporting accessories, you’ll find the traditional three-stripe logo with the brand name accompanying underneath. 

Whereas, throughout their fashion and heritage range, they use the trefoil logo with the famous three stripes cutting through the middle of the leaf emblem. The brand name is used again underneath the logo, that way, whichever variant of the logo is used, there’s no mistaking that the garments are made by Adidas. 

Both logos are iconic and well-renowned globally. Simplicity is key with both designs – nothing detracts attention from the quality of the brand. Both logos are said to represent leadership too, which is backed up by the brand’s leading position and portfolio of high-class sporting professionals spanning a wide range of sports. For example, Lionel Messi, Dustin Johnson and Paul Pogba. 

 

Nike

Just like Adidas, Nike isn’t afraid to use a variation of logos on their sportswear garments. In fact, Nike takes it to a whole new level and even has specific logos for some of their most iconic celebrity endorsements. However, hold that thought. Let’s firstly talk about arguably the most iconic sportswear logo of them all, the Nike swoosh. 

 

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Throughout various sporting industries, you’ll find clothing and equipment marked with the Nike swoosh dominating the market. From football and basketball to athletics and golf, Nike has their products in a lot of different sporting pools. The classic Nike swoosh stands alone, without the need for the brand name to accompany it – everyone knows and recognises it, right? 

The brand is so widely recognised that we bet every time you step out of the house, whether it’s for work or a leisurely stroll at the weekend, you’ll see somebody wearing the iconic logo. We know that’s a bold statement, but believe us, that’s just how big they are. The Nike swoosh is an emblem that’s held in high regard and connotes quality, athleticism and fashion-leading clothing. 

Michael Jordan, Cristiano Ronaldo and Serena Williams – what do all of these Nike athletes have in common? As we mentioned earlier, some of Nike’s highest calibre of professional athletes have their own sportswear logos and clothing range. Air Jordan, CR7 and the SW range all feature emblems that are tied in with their respective sports and boast strong messages of professionalism, strength and incredible achievement.

 

Puma

As sportswear logos go, Puma’s logo has to be up there, right? Quite simply, the logo is a puma animal performing a great leap. Pumas are a part of the big cat family and surely, any sportsman or woman wants to feel like a puma when on the football pitch, tennis court or golf course. They’re agile, ultra-fast and dominant, so if you can replicate this in your performance, you’ll definitely be onto a winner. 

 

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What makes this sportswear logo so great? After all, it’s just an emblem of a big cat, right? Well, that’s exactly what has made it such a global success for many years. It’s simple, unmistakable and instantly recognisable. These three factors are just what you should aspire your sportswear logo to be – if you can nail that down, you’ll be well on your way to making your mark in your industry. 

The simple puma logo is used on playing kits, training wear and also a fashion range too. In fact, it features on all of the brand’s products. You’ll notice a slight variant of the logo on their footwear, however, the main logo features on the tongue of the shoe. That way, there’s no denying that the product is Puma. 

 

New Balance

Despite being in the industry for over a century, New Balance may seem like a junior competitor to the three aforementioned examples. However, we can assure you that to underestimate them like that would be a total disservice. The Boston-based sports manufacturer is one of the world’s leading sportswear businesses. 

 

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And it definitely reflects that within its classy logo. Simple, yet effective – like all top brand logos should be. Similar to the Adidas logos, New Balance reinforces their brand name under their “NB” emblem. That way, there’s no mistaking the brand look and everyone in the sporting industry knows what a product is about upon viewing the logo. 

It’s clean, crisp and consistent. Throughout their sporting and fashion range, they use the same logo that’s instantly recognisable when seeing a clothing garment or footwear product. Plus, in recent years they’ve started creating professional playing strips – none more famous than the newly crowned 2019/2020 Premier League, Liverpool. 

It’s not just football that they’ve started dominating either. A lot of international cricket teams are utilising New Balance playing strips and equipment. From the shirts they wear to the bats they use, New Balance has quickly become one of the most popular brands within the sport. 

 

Logo Embroidery is Crucial to Your Brand’s Success 

As we’ve mentioned, having an effective sportswear logo design has been crucial to the success of the above-mentioned industry giants. But that doesn’t just apply to them, it applies to all businesses too. If your logo isn’t attention-grabbing or is too complicated, it’s likely to get lost in the vast sea of other brands out there. 

Therefore, you need to ensure that you nail your logo design. Not only this, but its application onto your products too. After all, you don’t want to be recognised as the brand that’s well known for producing shoddy garments do you? You could have the coolest logo in the world, but if your application is poor, it’ll ruin your whole product range and you’ll gain an undesirable brand image. 

So, to make sure you master the application, you need to have the right equipment in place. Industrial embroidery machines are perfect for churning out orders quickly and to the highest standard possible. So, for more information on how they can benefit your business and help you fly high with the big players in your industry, download our free guide today.

It includes everything you need to know – from machine recommendations to the various benefits that they can bring, it’s all in there!

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Custom Sportswear: Why is it So Popular?

Custom sportswear has been a main feature for sports clubs for many years. But why is it so popular? Well, competitive sports often involve different teams playing against each other. So custom sportswear helps the players and supporters differentiate the sides, therefore, enhancing performance. 

And that’s just at a very top level too. There are various reasons and benefits for professional and amateur teams utilising custom sportswear. This post will outline the key benefits and motives for teams having their own uniforms and branding – from being proud about their rich history and heritage to bringing a certain level of flair and style to their game. 

 

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What is Custom Sportswear?

From football and netball to rugby and basketball, you’ll notice that teams of all abilities around the world use custom sportswear. For example, if we mentioned global giant teams like Manchester United, Los Angeles Lakers and New Zealand All Blacks, we bet you’d instantly have a picture of their playing strips or at least their famous colours in your head. 

Custom sportswear isn’t just playing strips and kits either. The training, pre and post-match wear and any accessory that’s branded with a club crest are included in a team’s sportswear. Ensuring that everything is in line with a club’s branding creates a professional image for clubs and shows that they’re well-established and connotes success. 

Sports clubs have a rich history and heritage and custom sportswear is the perfect way to show this off. Team members should be honoured to wear the shirt and portray the badge – it’s not just another shirt that they slip-on. Personalised sportswear helps emphasise this prestige and is a constant reminder to players who they’re representing. 

 

Why is Custom Sportswear So Popular?

As we’ve briefly mentioned, there are various positives for businesses choosing to implement custom sportswear. One of the main reasons custom sportswear is so popular is to differentiate teams from their rivals and help them stand out on and off the pitch. Think about it, successful teams don’t want to be considered in the same picture as inferior clubs, do they?

Plus, if you’re playing against an opposing side and each player is in the same or similar coloured strips, how will you know who’s on your side? This will result in a poor standard throughout the respective sports and would be incredibly confusing. Nobody wants to sit down and watch a sport where the ball is constantly being given away and the players are always confused. 

Sports teams are proud of their history and where they’ve evolved from. Custom sportswear allows them to always be tied back to the founding eras of their club. They may have enjoyed long periods of success in the past, so clubs don’t want to move away from this and want the current side to still be thought about in the same way as their successors are.  

 

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Although sports teams have been known to change their strips from time to time, they’re never usually wholesale changes and will still convey the usual colours you’d associate with the team in the first place. Changing a team’s long-standing colours or crest never usually works out well. 

For example, in 2012, Cardiff City Football Club made the switch from their recognisable blue, white and yellow shirts to a more dominant red. They also changed the crest to try and appeal to international markets. These huge changes didn’t sit well with the fans who protested and were incredibly disgruntled. 

After underperforming in the new brand colours, the fans got their way and the club reverted to its traditional colours from thereon. This just shows the importance and popularity that custom sportswear has for sports clubs – not just professional ones either.  

 

The Main Benefits of Teams Using Custom Sportswear

Sense of Unity

When teams arrive, perform and leave games all in the same gear, it creates a true sense of unity within the team. What good is a team full of individuals? Teams should be made up of a select amount of people all working together towards the same goal, not individuals pulling in different directions and only looking out for themselves. 

Custom sportswear reinforces that mentality. Team members can simply look down at their shirt and be reminded who they’re playing for and why they’ve been trusted to wear those colours with pride. When full teams are wearing club-branded clothing, it shows that they’re all equal and nobody is superior. 

It’s reassuring to know that on the field you have other team members who are working hard to achieve the same things as you are. They have your back and you have theirs. This strong partnership and bond that’s formed with the wider team is imperative if you’re going to be successful – and something as little as personalised team clothing can be a big step in forming the trusting relationship. 

 

Instant Recognition

The last thing teams want is to go under the radar – especially successful ones. You want somebody to take one look at your playing kit and instantly recognise your team, the way you play and have your core values at the forefront of their minds. Without custom sportswear, how would this be possible?

 

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All people would see is a group of players in different coloured shirts and it’d look very untidy and unprofessional. That being said, you need to make sure that your custom sportswear is designed and created to a high standard. Poor standard design connotes a similar playing style. You could be the greatest team in the world but if you look cheap, you’ll be remembered for all the wrong reasons. 

 

Improved Team Morale and Empowerment

Arriving, training and playing all wearing the same uniform creates a level playing field for team members. That way, each player is just as important as the next and nobody is looked at as a weak link or a spare part. This is huge for teams. If people believe that they’re holding the team back, it’ll start to reflect in their performance. 

This can cause a ripple effect throughout the team and create poor team morale. Strong morale is one of the main pillars of success that great teams are built upon. Tight bonds between players are influential in creating amazing results on and off the field. Teams are made up of individuals, but if they gel as a unit, they become a lot more forceful and effective than if operating with their own best interests at heart. 

Custom sportswear is a constant reminder to players that they’re part of the team and everything that they do should be to better the wider team. This sense of togetherness brings teams closer together and unites them in ways that can’t be achieved on ability alone. 

 

A Sense of Style

Although sports teams are there to compete, not do the catwalk, a lot of clubs like to introduce custom sportswear as it promotes a sense of style to their game. The kit you wear when playing will reflect the methodology behind what you’re trying to achieve on the pitch. If you rock up to the game in rags, it connotes a poor style of play before you’ve even started. 

 

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Custom sportswear doesn’t end at the playing kits either – as we’ve mentioned. Your style runs through the heart of the club, from your training wear to even any merchandise that you sell. You want to be remembered for your results on the pitch, not having the worst gear in the league and becoming a laughing stock. 

 

Create Custom Sportswear With the Right Equipment

So, as you’ve just read, there are many reasons why custom sportswear has been popular for many years – and it won’t be going anywhere fast too. So, sports clothing businesses will always have a market, as long as there is sport being played professionally and at grassroots levels too. 

But you can’t expect to produce any customised sportswear and get away with it. It needs to be the best standard possible to impress clubs and keep them coming back for more. A lot of businesses specialise in various sports, to widen their target market. To do this, you need to have the right equipment in place to produce quality time and time again on a multitude of garment types and materials.

Industrial embroidery machines are key to producing high-standard products. For more information on how they can help drive your business forward, download our free guide and see which ones are most suitable for your business today.

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The Most Popular Industrial Embroidery Machine Manufacturers: A Comparison

When it comes to choosing the perfect industrial embroidery machine for your business, there are various options for you to choose from by many global brands. A lot of businesses tend to base their decisions on the brand name and the price of industrial embroidery machines, but is that a smart way to justify your investment? We think not. 

There are many factors that you must consider when choosing the right industrial embroidery machine. All businesses are different and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach that you can take when it comes to investing in the right machine. You need to find one that meets all your individual needs and requirements. Plus, allows room for growth as your business becomes more established. 

To help you with your decision, in this post we’ll compare three of the industry’s main players. Happy Japan, Tajima and Brother dominate the industrial embroidery machine market – and it’s easy to see why. We’ll explore some of the main benefits that embroidery machines can bring to your business and the most popular products from the three brands. 

 

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Happy Japan

At Midwest, we’re the UK’s sole distributors of Happy Japan machines. We believe that they’re the best brand in the industry – and you’ll see for yourself that we’re not being biased. They’re experts at manufacturing robust and durable machines that are proven to deliver incredible results. From single-head and multi-head machines to wide-area and high-speed machines, their product range has something for all businesses. 

If you need a machine that can be relied upon to run all day, look no further than Happy Japan. We realise that as a sports or fashion embroidery business, you need to be able to rely on your machine to produce amazing results in large quantities and turn orders around efficiently. That way, you can keep your clients happy and always fulfil their individual requests. 

Happy Japan machines accommodate businesses of all sizes and have many options for startups, small to medium-sized business and global enterprises too. So, as you evolve as a business, you can be sure that you have the right equipment readily available to grow with you. 

 

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When your business starts growing, you’ll start facing demands that you’ve never come across before. So, you need to make sure that you have everything in place to succeed. From the right amount of team members, the size of your premises and the equipment that you have in place. Customers won’t be prepared to wait longer times for their orders, they’ll expect the tip-top service that you’ve supplied from day one. 

Not only are they reliable but Happy Japan’s latest range features advanced technology. For example, the single-head HCU Series is equipped with artificial intelligence (AI). This allows you to run your machine all day on programmed jobs that’ve been memorised by the machine from previous work. Allowing your staff members to focus their interests elsewhere. 

 

Tajima

Tajima is one of the leading brands within the industrial embroidery machine industry. They have been supplying hard-wearing machines into the industry for many years and have a large product range to suit many businesses. However, are there products as well made as other brands within the industry? We’d have to disagree. 

Tajima machines aren’t as user friendly as other options. For instance, they don’t include an easily navigable touch-screen for your team to operate on. Touch screens can offer visual cues and live performance updates to the operator, so should anything go wrong with the embroidery process, they can instantly spot and rectify the mistake. 

Plus, they’re confusing and hard to use when programming. Unlike Happy Japan machines, Tajima products aren’t made with one-touch operations. Happy Japan’s one-touch operations feature allows you to perform everything with the press of one button. Whereas, Tajima machines take a lot longer and can be harder to pick up when learning how to operate. 

 

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Live reporting is a feature that you should look for when sourcing an industrial embroidery machine. Is your machine performing at the optimum output? Are you getting the most you possibly can out of it? Or, do you not know? Well, without live reporting analysis, you’ll be basing this off guesswork. By estimating, you run the risk of running your machine too hard and causing it to break. 

From there, you’ll then have to deal with the consequential downtime and the added costs to fix the machine. These extra costs are far from ideal for businesses, especially when they’ve shelled out a large investment for an efficient piece of equipment. 

Tajima’s TMCR-VF Series is their flagship model. Whilst impressive in size and durability, we, unfortunately, can’t see past its trickiness to operate. Businesses should ensure that all team members can easily use the machine, so should somebody be on annual leave, production doesn’t stop. If machines are hard to use, businesses won’t take the time to train everybody up and others may be less comfortable when operating. 

Brother

When we think of Brother embroidery machines, we automatically lean towards sewing machines. It’s often thought that the two are related, however, sewing machines and embroidery machines are completely different and can’t carry out the functionality of one another. 

Whilst sewing machines weave threads together, embroidery machines create a smooth and professional finish that’s perfect for personalised sportswear, school uniforms and work uniforms. So, if you’re thinking that a Brother sewing machine is the perfect entry-level machine, think again immediately. 

One major flaw in Brother’s product range is that they don’t supply machines that are over a single-head machine. So, you’re instantly limited into how far the machine will take your business. If you grow rapidly, you’re going to need an upgrade pretty quickly, so you’d get very little use out of an expensive investment. 

 

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When looking at investing in an embroidery machine, you should always consider growth. Otherwise, you’re immediately limiting yourself. Reach for the skies and ensure that you have the equipment in place to help get you there, right? We’re not saying that you need a 12-head embroidery machine off the bat, but something that allows progression and growth is a necessity. 

For example, Brother’s PR670 model is a powerful single-head machine, however, it’s only suitable as an entry-level machine. Once your startup starts to grow significantly, you’re not going to be able to cope with your customer’s demands on that machine. Whilst you can easily buy another machine, that’s not an effective way of operating. 

That way, you’d have to do everything twice – which when setting up and programming the machine can be pretty time-consuming. A multi-head embroidery machine would be a far better choice at this stage. 

 

Our Verdict

Whilst it may be obvious which brand we prefer, we feel that it’s only right to present an honest opinion – and that’s exactly what we’ve done. For us, Happy Japan machines win hands down. From the ease of use, advanced technology and the results achieved, they’re the premium options in the market in our eyes. 

Plus, they’re readily available for when your business grows. So, you can rest assured that you’ll have everything in place for your embroidery business to be a roaring success. If you want a machine that’s proven to run all day time and time again, then look no further. Created from quality Japanese engineering, there’s no way that these machines will let you down. 

As we mentioned, we’re the UK’s leading stockists of Happy Japan machines, so to check out our full range of stock that can benefit your business, click here

 

Industrial Embroidery Machine Manufacturers: A Further Comparison

As you’ve just read, we believe that Happy Japan always comes out on top of the battle of the industrial embroidery machine manufacturers. But if you need further convincing and want to see similar machines paired side by side, download our free further comparison guide today. 

We’ve paired up Happy Japan and Tajima machine features and compared their performance. So, if you need that extra clarity on which brand would be the most intelligent investment, please don’t hesitate to grab your copy today.

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How Much Do Industrial Embroidery Machines Cost?

When choosing an industrial embroidery machine, cost is a main factor that businesses consider. However, it shouldn’t be the only consideration. Companies need to bear in mind their output requirements, technical specifications and their premises before investing – to name a few. 

As businesses are always on the lookout to keep costs as low as possible, they naturally put more importance on the price of a machine. Which is all well and good, but sometimes a cheap price point may result in a cheap, low-quality product. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the higher-priced machines are automatically the best – it’s all about finding the right one for your business

In this post, we’re going to outline the typical prices of high-performance industrial embroidery machines. That way, you can be sure that you’re choosing the perfect one to fit within your budgetary requirements. 

 

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Single-Head Industrial Embroidery Machines

Single-head industrial embroidery machines are very popular with smaller and startup businesses – and it’s easy to see why. Not only are they built for purpose and proven to produce high-quality results but they’re also the cheapest price point of machines on the market. So, they’re a win-win for startup businesses who are finding their business feet. 

After all, businesses are always looking at ways to keep prices as low as possible, especially when starting out, aren’t they? They’re a worthy investment for companies to start producing amazing results while getting their name out there. A larger, more powerful machine would simply be wasted at this level and would drag your cost efficiency levels down. 

Plus, a lot of startup businesses are formed at home or on smaller premises. Single-heads are the smallest machine on the market but don’t let that deceive you from the results that you can achieve with them. They may be small but they’re mighty. All good things come in small packages, right? 

 

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Order volumes will be minimal when starting out, so businesses don’t need to shell out on a machine that’s capable of churning out global demand-level orders. Whilst purchasing a machine with scope for growth in mind is advised, that might take it a stretch too far and cause unnecessary financial strain. 

Single-head industrial machines are usually priced between £4000 – £11000. The higher price point ones include a large level of advanced functionalities, whereas, the lower end is the basic capabilities needed to produce groundbreaking results. For example, Happy Japan HCU Series includes AI (artificial intelligence) technology that can help take your production output to a whole new level. 

 

Multi-Head Industrial Embroidery Machines

As businesses start to grow, they’ll be receiving a higher volume of orders. So, to be able to keep up with increasing demands, they need to equip their business properly to survive. Customers will still want their high-quality embroidery products as quickly as possible and won’t be prepared to wait lengthy periods. 

Multi-head embroidery machines are the perfect addition to any growing business. Think about the power and output capacity generated from just a single-head machine, then multiply it by 2, 3 or even 12 and imagine the results you can achieve. Obviously, the more heads, the more power generated and the higher price point the machine is. 

 

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How many heads you add to your machine is completely up to you! But is there any point in splashing out on more than you need? The flexibility of being able to add extra heads onto your machine is perfect for businesses that are forecasting rapid growth. Plus, adding extra heads guarantees that you’ll produce the same level of quality even when your output is maximised. 

Multi-head embroidery machines allow you to ensure that your team members and equipment aren’t being worked to their absolute maximum. Your equipment is designed to run all day, but not leaving any room for mistakes is a cardinal sin. Plus, working your staff to their maximum can prove to be counterproductive rather than effective. 

As mentioned, the more heads, the more you’ll pay. Multi-head industrial embroidery machine prices usually range from £6000 – £30000. Whilst they may seem like they’re an expensive investment for your business, they can make your life a whole lot easier and a lot more lucrative too. 

 

Wide-Area Industrial Embroidery Machines

Businesses such as fashion and personalised sportswear embroiderers often work with a variety of different materials and products. Therefore, they need machines that are capable of producing amazing results on a wide range of items. For example, sportswear embroidery can range from large stadium coats to playing kit socks, so you need a machine that can accommodate different products. 

Wide-area industrial embroidery machines allow you to create your whole product range on one machine. That way, you’re not needing to spend a lot of money on having multiple machines and you can streamline your processes. All while keeping the quality of your embroidery consistently high. 

 

Wide Area Industrial Embroidery Machine Prices

 

Businesses should take pride in every embroidered item that they create. Period. Whether it’s embroidering a sports team’s playing socks or a high-end clothing line, customers will want consistency throughout all of their products. If you can’t achieve that, they’ll likely look elsewhere and it could well harm your reputation. 

These industrial embroidery machines are proven to get the job done and can help businesses throughout a wide range of industries. They’re a vital asset to any business that’s looking to stock a wide range of products. They usually cost around £10,000 – £15,000 and are a small price to pay for long-continued success and growth. 

 

Used Industrial Embroidery Machines

Like single-heads, used industrial embroidery machines are a perfect entry-level choice for businesses starting out. But why? Well, not only are they cheaper than buying a brand new machine but they’re also tried, tested and proven to deliver impressive results. A lot of people are of the impression that used machines are past their best, however, they’re wrong. 

Providing you buy from the right supplier, a used embroidery machine can be like new when bought. The supplier should regularly service them and ensure that they’re in full working order before making the sale. At Midwest, we ensure that we only stock the highest quality used machines in the best condition. After all, we care about your business and don’t want to see you having to make the purchase twice for the price of a brand new one.

 

used industrial embroidery machines prices

 

The price of used embroidery machines is completely dependent on the condition and age of the machine. If something seems too good to be true, then the likelihood is that it probably is. As we said, don’t be fooled by the cost of machines. Just because something is cheap, doesn’t mean that it’s a great deal. 

When bought correctly from a good supplier, used machines are an amazing starting point for new businesses or companies who are looking to upgrade their current machine. To see our full range of used embroidery machines, click here.

 

Pay the Right Price For Your Industrial Embroidery Machine

So often we see businesses getting ripped off with high prices for mediocre industrial embroidery machines. At Midwest, we make sure that our industrial embroidery machine prices are always fair and a true reflection of the product in question. 

We’re the UK’s leading stockist of Happy Japan machines – this is something that we’re immensely proud of. The Japanese machines are the best quality pieces of equipment in the industry and are built to be run all day. 

So, make sure that you pay the right price for your industrial embroidery machine and choose Midwest. Not only are you making a smart equipment investment but you’re also choosing a fantastic support package in our expert team. 

For more information on the machine that’s perfect for your business, check out our free guide on the best machines for startups. It includes everything you need to know about some of our most popular machines and how they can benefit your whole organisation. 

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3 Best Industrial Embroidery Machines Perfect For Businesses of All Sizes

Embroidery machines are arguably a business’ most valuable asset. Without them, they have no products to market – and with no products, we’d wager a lot of money on your business not going very far. So, you need to choose the best industrial embroidery machine that is perfect for your business. 

And we’re not just talking about the one that creates the best products. It needs to meet a business’ holistic needs, including fitting within their budget, coping with customer and order demands and possessing the right capabilities for various jobs – to mention a few. 

If you’re not sure about where to start when choosing the ideal machine for your business, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This post will outline the three best industrial embroidery machines that are perfect for businesses of all sizes. 

 

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Startup Businesses

When starting out, you’re likely to be just finding your feet within the market. So, as a small business, it wouldn’t be wise to go out and splash a small fortune on a top of the range piece of equipment, would it? Plus, you’re not likely to have the capital (just yet) to be able to justify such a powerful piece of equipment. 

That doesn’t mean you’re stuck for choice though. There are plenty of options that’ll suit your business. In fact, you’re spoilt for options when it comes to embroidery machines that are best for startup businesses. 

Your first piece of equipment will likely be a single-head embroidery machine. But why? Well, they’re small in size and come at a cheaper price point than larger industrial powerhouses. Although inferior in size and price, they still pack quite the punch! They’re incredibly powerful and are designed to produce amazing results, every time. 

Businesses aren’t always in a position where they can buy brand new machines. Although it’s best advised, there are many benefits that used embroidery machines can bring to a startup business. For starters, they’re cheaper, so there’s an instant attraction for businesses to lean towards opting for second-hand equipment. 

People are often quick to assume that used embroidery machines are past their best years – but they’d be wrong. They’re a great opportunity for businesses starting out and pose an accessible opportunity to top-quality equipment that can help drive your business forwards. 

 

We recommend…

Happy HCS2-1201

 

best industrial embroidery machine single head

 

Compact and super user-friendly, this powerful machine is an ideal starting point for your business. It’s portable too, which means that you can run your embroidery business from a multitude of locations – well, anywhere the machine will fit, really.

Some of its main features are: 

  • Colour LCD touch screen control panel
  • Single head 12 colours
  • Maximum speed 1000 RPM
  • Tubular Embroidery Area: 285 x 290mm
  • Low-profile cap frame (optional): 67 x 180mm
  • Wide cap frame (optional): 67 x 290mm
  • Free PC connection software
  • USB memory stick port
  • Built-in 100 small designs 
  • Built-in fonts and user guides 

 

Small to Medium-Sized Businesses

Once businesses reach this size, they often start branching out into different areas of embroidery specialisms. For example, personalised sportswear is an ever-prominent market but small to medium-sized businesses will start to produce garments from different sports to widen their appeal.

Or, maybe you’re a fashion and clothing embroiderer and need to produce different items for your new seasonal lines. You’re going to need a piece of equipment that works on a variety of different materials and is capable of working hard to meet tight deadlines for launching. 

So, upgrading to a multi-head embroidery machine is the natural progression from your startup machine. The beauty of multi-heads is that even just with the addition of another head, you’re ramping up your potential output and productivity levels. Ultimately, this allows you to take on more jobs than before and increase your revenue too. 

At this point in your business journey, you’re likely to be experiencing a consistent number of orders that keep your workforce busy all day. A multi-head embroidery machine gives you the breathing space that you need so that your workforce isn’t working at full capacity all of the time. 

Mistakes are unfortunately unavoidable, so should something go wrong, you need a bit of leeway so that you can rectify your mistakes and still meet your deadlines. Plus, working teams to their absolute maximum isn’t good for morale or culture within your company. After all, happy workers are hard workers. 

 

We recommend…

Happy Japan HCR3-1506

best industrial embroidery machine 6 headed multi head

 

As your business starts to move into different fields and markets, you need to be able to rely upon it to deliver more than ever. This Happy Japan embroidery machine can be depended upon every time. They’ll run for long periods without question and it’s easy to see why they’re popular with small to medium-sized businesses of different industries. 

It’s key features are: 

  • Number of heads: 6
  • Maximum speed: 1200 RPM
  • Maximum Flat Embroidery size 450mm x 500mm 
  • Tubular Embroidery Area : 420mm x 440mm
  • Free PC connection software
  • Machine memory 40 million stitches – up to 250 design can be saved
  • USB and LAN network port

 

Enterprise Businesses

Enterprise businesses are huge organisations. So, it’s only right that they have the equipment to back them up, right? An enterprise school uniform embroidery wholesaler wouldn’t stand a chance if they were trying to run their operations on a single-head embroidery machine. 

You’re going to be experiencing the largest volume of orders you’ve ever seen at this point, so your machines need to be able to run when required without any faults in quality or speed. Again, you need to be able to put trust in your embroidery machines to deliver time and time again. 

Not only will you be receiving the most orders you ever have but they’ll also be the most varied too. Shoppers don’t want to waste their time having to browse various stores to complete their order, do they? They want to be able to shop on the same site and place things in their basket with minimal hassle. 

That means your product range will be varied and large, so you need an embroidery machine to help deliver this effectively. Otherwise, you’ll be renowned for long delivery times and ultimately poor service, which isn’t a favourable review when up against competitors, is it? 

 

We recommend…

Happy Japan HCR3-1512

best industrial embroidery machine 12 head multi head

 

12-headed machines are the ultimate embroidery machine – and there’s no machine more perfectly suited to enterprise businesses. Enough said.

It’s key features are: 

  • Number of heads: 12
  • Maximum speed: 1200 RPM
  • Maximum Flat Embroidery size 450mm x 500mm (360mm)
  • Tubular Embroidery Area : 420mm x 440mm
  • Machine memory: 40 million stitches – Up to 250 design can be saved
  • USB and LAN network port
  • Automatic thread trimmer
  • Automatic colour change

 

Choose the Best Industrial Embroidery Machine For Your Business

As we’ve mentioned, getting the best industrial embroidery machine for your business is crucial to your success. Get it wrong and you could find yourself spending more money than you needed to in the first place. Plus, you won’t be able to cope with customer demands and may find that there’s a lapse in quality whilst doing so. 

When faced with the task of choosing the right industrial embroidery machine for your business, it can be quite daunting at first – especially for startups. Luckily for you, we’ve created a free guide that outlines the best type of embroidery machine for your company and the benefits that they can bring. 

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