Technologically Advanced Embroidery Machines: HappyJapan vs Our Competitors

Nothing is more frustrating than a piece of equipment that’s outdated. It’s behind the times. It’s not working as well as it should be. Older machines that are part of a modern production line only serve to slow down output, decrease efficiency and as a result, lose you revenue.

Not only that, your business could be losing out to competitors that have less downtime or more air-tight production lines. Customers in the modern business environment aren’t oblivious to these things. They notice when deadlines aren’t met or the quality of your products isn’t quite as good as before.  Not having the foresight to constantly be future-proofing yourself and your machinery will hit your business reputation and customer perception hard. 

So, what can you do to rectify this situation? Well, it’s pretty simple. Invest! More specifically, invest in technology. We cannot stress highly enough how crucial it is for businesses, especially embroidery businesses, to focus on looking to the future and budgeting for equipment that is cutting edge. 

But if you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. In this blog we’ll compare the main features and technological capabilities of HappyJapan and our competitors’ embroidery machines. No prizes for guessing who’ll come out on top!

The Machines

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We see so many amazing embroiderers go under because they weren’t willing to invest in the area of their business that is most important; machinery

As with all our comparison series, let’s firstly analyse what makes an embroidery machine ‘technologically advanced’ – as we realise it’s an abstract term that’s difficult to define. 

When we talk about machines that are on the cutting edge of tech, we firstly have to discuss their features. Is the machine wireless? This is a must for modern production lines as the system has to be adaptable and moveable if necessary. And this is especially important in a growing business, as space has to be made for additions and subtractions to the manufacturing process based on capacity requirements. 

Another key feature of a tech-conscious machine is its accessibility options. The modern generation of embroidery machines are (mostly) equipped with LCD touchscreen panels and one-touch systems; all to aid operators, making training easier and daily operations a lot simpler.  

Thirdly, a key question you have to ask your embroidery machine supplier is “What operating system is the machine running on?” –  this is important when dealing with tight deadlines and more complex projects, as your machine has to seamlessly interface with third party software to realise unique product requirements. The only system worth mentioning for this purpose is Windows. Anything else is inferior software and will only lead to errors and conflicts with any third party products.

With that in mind, since you’re one of those forward-thinking businesses that invests, let’s look at the cream of the crop for technologically advanced machines you need to consider today.

HappyJapan – The HCR3-1512

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The HCR3-1512 is the top of the range for HappyJapan. It’s a machine that we would recommend only to businesses that have medium/large production lines and customers that have demanding lead time requirements. It’s a high-speed, 12-headed beast that has the highest level of production power available from the top embroidery machine brand in the industry. It’s completely wireless and can fit into a variety of environments and production lines – it’s compact, high-speed and designed to get the job done right, every time!

It has a maximum speed of 1000 SPM with all 12 heads active, and high-speed servo motors built in, to add that extra efficiency for jobs that need to be completed in rapid succession. This is all controlled via a 10.4 inch colour LCD touch screen control panel – one of the largest operational interfaces on the market. This easy accessibility is necessary for machines like the HCR3-1512, as operators have the responsibility for many embroidery jobs at once. So a panel that gives an overview of the process – including speed and design progress – is critical.

The machine’s memory can hold up to 40 million stitches. Again, this is something that makes the HCR3-1512 the best choice  for big projects. Couple that with automatic thread break protection, an automatic thread trimmer and a flat embroidery space size of 450 x 360mm, and you’re looking at a model that is at the forefront of embroidery technology.

Of course, all HappyJapan machine models come with Windows-licensed software built in and PC connection software through the use of Wilcom, which comes as standard. This means the operator can introduce third party software into production with no problems; but also save time by using barcode scanning on a PC to load designs automatically.

Tajima – The TMCP-VF Series

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The best comparison model from Tajima is the TMCP-VF Series. It’s a high speed, top of the range model, armed with servo motors and custom switches – a feature designed to aid operators when working with large and complex projects. This model can go all the way up to 15 heads.

The TMCP-VF can expand to an embroidery space of 800 x 400mm. It comes with an LCD touch screen panel (which isn’t fully touch screen, we might add), which is a shame for the purposes of comparison. 

Tajima also states that this model has improved motor performance and is much more energy efficient. However, the machine doesn’t run on Windows-licensed software, which will create problems for embroiderers that rely on additional input software or barcoding to upload designs. 

Let’s Compare

To be brutally honest, the TMCP-VF Series doesn’t come close to HappyJapan’s HCR3 1512. Firstly, let’s take its size. The Tajima model is absolutely huge, meaning that it’s not flexible to fit into different working scenarios. The last thing you want when upgrading your embroidery machine is to have to look for a new premises too, isn’t it? Talk about rising costs! What you want is a compact, high-performance, reliable machine that packs a punch – if only we knew one? 

The HCR3 1512 is an energy-efficient machine too. When running your machine all day, you’re going to be using a lot of power. Which is why you need the most efficient machine possible to keep a cap on your spending, right? If you opted for the Tajima machine, you can expect much higher energy costs than the HappyJapan. Lower running costs and unparalleled quality, is that not your winer right there?

The HappyJapan machine will have no problem running faster over prolonged periods of time and is more consistent than the alternative. Also, it has a far superior colour change – meaning that you can have ultra-flexibility when it comes to embroidery design colours and overall quality. There’s only one winner for us and that’s the compact, durable and utterly impressive HappyJapan HCR3 1512.

Decide For Yourself

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The ultimate deciding factor you need to consider is the operating system issue. The vast majority of third-party software requires integration with Windows-licensed systems, and only the HappyJapan model can deliver that. If you’re an enterprise business with a multi-layered production line, this is a crucial requirement.

For this reason, and the ones above, we can’t recommend the Tajima model over the HappyJapan. We simply can’t lumber you with all those software conflicts when there’s an alternative at a similar price point, that is faster and more accessible. 

Now that we’ve settled that, the question might occur to you “What size of machine do I need for my capacity and output requirements?” Well, we have just the piece of educational content for you. To the right of this blog, our Ebook will talk you through every level of our embroidery machine range and give you advice as to what is best for you. Whether you’re a startup or a national business!

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HappyJapan HFR-W1502-120: A Closer Look

Some of the most profitable and impressive designs achievable in embroidery tend to be the larger, much more detailed products. This can include rugs, banners, ponchos, throws and duvets. These are specialised products that require a more complex production process and equipment that is designed specifically for embroidering onto them.

So, if you’re a manufacturing or embroidery business that already works with these types of products and wants to upgrade or expand your range, you’ll require the correct machine to do so.

And if you’re working with specialised products, the key to an industry leading and efficient solution for your projects is technology and machinery. This means constantly future-proofing yourself and your processes by investing in the latest tech and machines with the right capabilities for your output.

For those of you who are interested in this type of embroidery, we have the perfect solution for you. 

 

The HappyJapan HFR-W1502-120

 

HFR-W1502-120

 

This wide area embroidery machine is perfect for production projects that require a much larger embroidery area for the stitch heads to work on – and is perfect for businesses that manufacture more intricate products with complex embroidery designs. 

The HFR-W1502-120 also has a flat bed embroidery area which is much larger than standard multi-head machines. The embroidery area stretches from one side of the stitch heads to the other – giving the machine freedom to move the embroidered product around and accommodate large designs with millions of stitches.

 

The Key Features

1. LCD Touch Screen Panel

 

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The HFR-W1502-120 has a 10.4inch colour LCD touch screen control panel built into the embroidery area, conveniently placed so that operators have easy access to operations reports and live feeds of job progress. This includes current stitch speed, colourations of the design and status updates of any issues within the job or software.

 

How This Impacts Your Business:

The touch screen panel comes standard with all HappyJapan machines – something that competitor ranges can’t boast – and gives your staff the peace of mind to do their job safely and efficiently. It also provides useful reports of operations to managers of capacity levels, design details and information regarding maintenance requirements. These types of data are crucial for a production line that’s complex and specialised, as your operators can’t be at every machine all the time. So, having a quick method to analyse how things are running is invaluable.

 

2. Maximum Speed of 1000 RPM

Want speed and efficiency with your wide area embroidery process? The HFR-W1502-120 has got you covered. It’s speed of 1000 RPM is impressive compared to its competitor counterpart, the Tajima TFMX-C1501. As with all wide area machines, the expanded embroidery area forces you to sacrifice some speed – but for specialist jobs that require a unique amount of stitch space, there is really no other choice.

 

How This Impacts Your Business:

The quicker your stitch speed is, the lower the lead time on projects – plain and simple. No other wide-area machine with such a large flat bed area can achieve the speed this machine can. Is it a niche machine when compared to its other multi-head compatriots? Yes. But it’s ability to reach 1000 RPM while covering unmatched levels of embroidery area is a huge benefit to any business that produces embroidery on items like duvets, towels, rugs or banners.

 

3. Try Before You Buy

All HappyJapan machines, including the HFR-W1502-120 are available for you to try for a limited time before you make a purchase, so you can be 100% certain you’re satisfied with the quality of work produced. That’s how sure we are that you’ll be happy! 

This is something no other embroidery machine manufacturer offers. Need we say more?

 

How This Impacts Your Business:

This one is self-explanatory really – embroidery machines are a big investment, even for a larger company; so being sure that you’re getting a quality piece of equipment for your money is crucial. This is much easier to test if you choose to try a HappyJapan machine before you buy it.

This is especially true for businesses that require wide area machines specifically; as the products tend to be more specialised and expensive per unit, so getting a quality job every time is incredibly important.

 

4. One Touch Operations

 

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Every feature of the machine is one touch of the screen away. This provides an unparalleled level of accessibility for your operators. Got a complex production line that needs to minimise machine complications? This is the machine for you.

 

How This Impacts Your Business:

One touch operations save time and money on training. The easier the machine is to use, the easier it is to pick up and create products. Resulting in decreased lead times with less time spent training new operators – especially on larger production runs that might require more staff. Plus, having machines that are easily picked up by new operators creates a frictionless onboard when increasing your machine capacity with newer models.

 

So, What Size of Business Should Buy It?

As the HFR-W1502-120 is a flat-bed wide-area embroidery machine, it’s perfect for businesses that require a more specialised type of embroidery. If you have a gap in your production line for projects that require a very large embroidery area, like duvets or banners, then we would recommend this type of machine over a similar standard multi-head machine.

The HFR-W1502-120 is a two head, 15-needle machine, so naturally it can complete 2 designs at a time. So if you’re looking to produce products en masse, you’ll be struggling to find a wide area machine that can perform the tasks you’re after. This machine is perfect at producing highly detailed, large projects, so the jobs tend to be unique or to order.

 

We Need a Wide Area Machine – How Do I Enquire?

 

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The best way to get in touch with Midwest regarding the HFR-W1502-120 is to contact us via the specific machine page. That way, we know exactly which machine you’re interested in. Our embroidery machine experts will then get back to you as soon as possible to set up a more technical demonstration.

If you’re desperate for more details on the larger range of HappyJapan embroidery machines, our Ebook will guide you through the process of determining which level of machine is right for your business – so have a look to the right of this page for more!

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HappyJapan HCR3-1508: A Comprehensive Review

What’s the biggest priority for manufacturers in the modern manufacturing industry? Efficiency. This is especially important for fast-growing businesses that want to stay ahead of the competition and push forward with bigger and more lucrative projects from more prestigious companies. 

Companies who are one step ahead of the game always focus on producing quality products in the most efficient timeframe. But to do this in embroidery manufacturing, you need the most technologically advanced equipment and machinery. Otherwise, you’ll be dragging your heels behind competitors that are willing to invest in future proofing their production lines.

Having a production system that’s built on a solid foundation of the latest tech, the most efficient machinery and air tight processes is crucial. That way, when those inevitable maintenance downtime periods do happen, you’ll have the correct measures in place to mitigate and minimise issues. So, it’ll have little to no effect on your lead times for those all-important customers.

And speaking of efficiency and technology, let’s take a look at a machine that’s become an industry measuring stick – one that we recommend to any manufacturing company looking to expand and grow quickly.

 

The HappyJapan HCR3-1508

 

HCR3 1508

 

This multi-head embroidery machine is perfect for a production line that’s expanding and looking to diversify in what it can embroider, without compromising on the quality of the products. It’s an 8-head machine, so it can work on 8 different products at the same time; a big jump, especially for a business that may be running with a single-head machine.

The HCR3 is a high-speed model designed for larger and more complex production jobs. It’s a powerhouse with servo motors, taking it a step above the standard multi-head machines you may see from competitors in the industry.

 

The Key Features

1. LCD Touch Screen Panel

 

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We start off with the HappyJapan touch screen panel, built into the machine as standard. This is a 10.4 inch Colour LCD screen, designed to interface with the operator to show job progress in real time and give updates on any potential hiccups with the equipment. It also has a live feed of stitch speed, ensuring uniform efficiency at all times during the production process.

 

How This Impacts Your Business:

It’s simple really; your operators’ lives are made easier and you can rest assured that every part of your production line is managed and maintained for optimum efficiency. It also keeps track of machine safety, as the machine will automatically flag up any setup mistakes or errors with stitching. This minimises the likelihood of faulty products by drawing attention to any non-uniformity, so that operators can fix it immediately. 

 

2. Maximum Speed of 1200 RPM

 

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The HCR3 has a maximum speed of 1200RPM – making it faster than similar models from competitors like Tajima and inferior commercial machines made by Brother. This high speed and efficiency make it a perfect fit for businesses with tight deadlines and a need for quick project turnaround. 

 

How This Impacts Your Business:

HappyJapan knows what the most desired trait of a multi-head machine is at this level of embroidery – speed. That’s why the HCR3 was designed with that in mind. Installation of servo motors to further increase job efficiency has really taken this machine into the elite tier when it comes to production power. This speed, coupled with the ability to embroider with all 8 heads at once, will super-charge your production line, giving you the ability to deliver bigger orders and vary capacity depending on project requirements. 

 

3. Live Management Reports 

Want to ensure maximum efficiency while your operator works with the machines? The HCR3 records all machine input in real time and commands entered into the dashboard can produce operational reports to measure work levels at all times. This can be managed via Windows software that is built into ALL HappyJapan machines.

 

How This Impacts Your Business:

Not only are live reports of operations a great way to ensure that the proper levels of work are being upheld; they also help your team manage their performance and the performance of the machine they’re operating. This gives your staff a level of control that competitor models just can’t measure up to.

 

4. Design Memory of 40 Million Stitches

That’s a lot of stitches. A stitch memory this large means your designs can be complex, detailed and of a size that you would expect from a top of the range multi-head embroidery machine. 

250 designs can also be saved – although this doesn’t take into account the huge variation that can be achieved using the Windows software the machine operates with. This allows designs to be uploaded on the fly using barcoding technology – making it really simple and easy to vary designs job to job.

 

How This Impacts Your Business:

You can create embroidery projects that are varied; incorporating a multitude of colours and patterns. Something that is expected when you’re dealing with high-prestige wholesalers, retailers and workwear specialists.

 

So, What Size of Business Should Buy It?

 

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We’re glad you asked. The HCR3-1508 is built for established businesses that are ready to expand their production capabilities – so we wouldn’t recommend a startup embroiderer for this model. A great example of a candidate for this machine would be a manufacturer that already has several single-head machines, like the HCU Series or HCH-701P, but is looking to either grow beyond single-heads or add additional capacity.

Another example case for buying the HCR3-1508 is a business that is behind when it comes to technology. Perhaps they purchased a competitor’s machine and they’re now lagging behind their own competition when it comes to efficiency or speed – causing them to lose projects or spend money on extended maintenance and downtime periods.

Therefore, if you’re an established business that’s looking to grow or future proof your production line, the HCR3-1508 is a great choice to achieve your business objectives.

 

The HCR3-1508 is the Right for My Business – How Do I Enquire?

The best way to get in touch with Midwest regarding the HCR3-1508 is to contact us via the specific machine page. That way, we know exactly which machine you’re interested in. Our embroidery machine experts will then get back to you as soon as possible to set up a more technical demonstration.

If you’re desperate for more details on single head or multi-head embroidery machines, including the HCR3-1508, our Ebook will guide you through the process of determining which level of machine is right for your business – so have a look to the right of this page for more!

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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.

 

We’ll cover:

 

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.

 

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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. 

 

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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!

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. 

 

We’ll cover:

 

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. 

 

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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. 

 

embroidered sportswear wide area machine

 

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. 

Grab your copy today!

Which Machines Work Best for Fashion Embroidery

There’s no denying that the global fashion industry is huge. So, on the surface, it can seem difficult for fashion businesses to stand out and get noticed within a saturated market. However, many brands opt to use fashion embroidery as a method of putting their unique stamp on things – and it’s easy to see why. 

Fashion embroidery as a method has been around for years. It’s stood the test of time and remains to be used by many fashion brands around the world due to its durability and professional appearance. Plus, fashion embroidery is super versatile and can be used on many different garment styles.  

To be able to cope with customer needs and demands, you need to have the right machines in place to be able to operate as efficiently as possible. So, this post will outline three fashion embroidery machines that are perfect for established businesses who may need to upgrade their current machines. 

 

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Multi-Head Embroidery Machines

As an established business, you’ll be facing a lot more orders than startup businesses. So, you need to equip your business with the correct measures to put yourself in the position to succeed and be able to turn these orders around in a reasonable time. One way you can increase your output levels is by upgrading your current embroidery machine to a more powerful multi-head option. 

Think about it, the more heads that an embroidery machine has, the higher your output level can be. So, if you’re currently operating with a single-head embroidery machine, you can boost your output level by up to 12 times more with a powerful multi-head machine. 

NOTE: Obviously, the jump from a single-head machine to a 12-head isn’t what we’d suggest but we’re just showcasing the scale you can increase your power by.

 

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Increasing your output levels means that your productivity levels will be increased too. With this, it means that you’ll be able to turn orders around quicker than ever before and keep your customers delighted with the service that they’re receiving. If they’re receiving high-quality products and an amazing customer experience, the reputation of your brand is quickly going to skyrocket. 

In turn, if your reputation improves, the likelihood is that you’ll start to receive orders. Word will get round of the quality service you’re providing and you can thank your new multi-head embroidery machine for this efficiency. 

If you don’t upgrade your machine in response to business growth, you run the risk of letting customers down and increasing turnaround times. If you continue to do this, they’ll soon get sick of waiting and will opt to go with competitor businesses that can provide their orders quicker. Plus, your machine will be working overcapacity, which means that it’s more susceptible to breaking down and lapses in quality.  

 

High-Speed Embroidery Machines

As you become more established and gain more custom, you’re going to need a machine that you can rely on to run at high speeds all day. If your business isn’t working at maximum efficiency rate then you’re losing out on potential revenue and overall profit. So, you want your machine to be running as quickly as possible so you can maximise capacity. 

As we mentioned, quick turnaround times are a big winner with customers. This’ll often be one of the main things that they require, so a high-speed machine has no problem in churning out orders as quickly as possible. As well as turning orders around quickly, there is no drop in quality. Each product is made consistently and the quality of each garment is always high with a commercial embroidery machine. 

 

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Customers aren’t satisfied with just receiving their orders fast – as they shouldn’t be. If the service is super quick but the products are rushed and looked cheap, then you may as well not have bothered. This is why a high-speed machine is a necessity as businesses establish themselves as they’re designed to be run all day, they’re durable and create quality results every time.

As a business, it’s not healthy to be operating at maximum output levels – but why? Well, should anything go wrong, you then have no leeway to fall back on and run the risk of delaying deadlines that you’ve promised to your clients. Nobody likes being let down after being promised a date. So, ease the strain of some of your workload by investing in a machine that’s designed to be run at optimal speed for long periods. 

Maximum output not only puts stresses on your machine but it can also affect your workforce too. Without a moment’s rest or working to increasingly pressured deadlines all day long, tensions are bound to be high. This can massively affect team morale and could lead to people not wanting to come to work. From there, this’ll have a knock-on effect on productivity and could lead to employees being unhappy at work – which is far from ideal. 

 

Wide Area Embroidery Machines

Fashion embroidery isn’t limited to similar-sized garments. Orders can range from t-shirt embroidery to curtains and if you’re not well equipped to produce a full range of products, your competitors will likely be benefiting from your downfall. Wide area embroidery machines give you enough space and surface area to be able to produce a wide range of products. 

Fashion necessities such as coats and bulky cardigans, will need to be produced on a machine that has different requirements to ones that t-shirts and polo shirts can be produced on. So, if you’re offering a large product range and want to ensure that the quality is kept consistent throughout, you need to be sure that your machine has the right capabilities to be able to do so. 

 

 

If you don’t offer a full range of fashion embroidery goods, you’re making things a lot harder for yourself. By offering a wide range of products, you’re appealing more to a wide net of potential customers. If you just offer the very basics, you’re creating a niche for yourself and restricting the amount of people that’ll be interested in your brand. 

It’s unlikely that people are going to want to order separate items from various businesses. Customers love convenience – and if they can find all the products they want in one place, happy days. Nobody wants to have to browse around various shops and wait for different deliveries, do they? 

 

Choose the Right Machine For Your Fashion Embroidery

Your embroidery machine is the most valuable commodity of your fashion embroidery business. Without it, you have no product line. And without a product line, you’re going to struggle. So, you need to be sure that you’re choosing the right machine for your business. 

We understand it can be hard to move away from the trusty single-head machine that’s served you well since you were a startup. But trust us, upgrading your machine means that you’re upgrading your business. 

If you’re still not convinced, we’ve put together a free guide that compares single-head machines and multi-head machines and which businesses they’re most suited to. Grab your copy today and take the first step to driving your business forward.

The 3 Best T-Shirt Embroidery Machines From Midwest

T-shirt embroidery is a popular route for a lot of businesses. Whether they’re startups or branching out into the t-shirt embroidery industry, these businesses need a t-shirt embroidery machine to maximise their potential. But choosing the right one can prove to be tricky. 

When looking at which t-shirt embroidery machine is right for your business, you need to think carefully. There are various factors that you must consider soyou pick the right one for your needs. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach; what works for one business may not work for yours, so you mustn’t rush into this decision. 

To help you, this blog post will run through the different considerations that businesses of various sizes and levels should consider when looking for their equipment. It’ll also include the benefits that a t-shirt embroidery machine can have on your wider company and overall growth.  

 

We’ll cover options for: 

 

Startup Businesses

T-shirt embroidery is a great starting point for a business. It’s accessible, requires little training and there’s always a demand for it. From fashion clothing businesses to school uniforms, t-shirt embroidery is used throughout a vast range of industries due to its durability and longevity – and there are no signs of it slowing down or declining in popularity. 

When starting up, it’s likely that your customer base isn’t going to be huge. So, you won’t need a super-expensive and huge piece of equipment. You’ll be able to benefit from a single-head machine that has the right level of output to meet your customers demands and needs. Plus, it’s unlikely that startup businesses have the budget to be splashing out on top of the range, multi-head machines. 

 

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Not only do the above-mentioned factors need considering but you also have to consider the technicality of your designs too. If you’re only going to be producing basic lettering and simple designs, you won’t need added software and extras that allow you to nail down those intricate and finicky patterns.  

Think of your overall goals too – are you looking to branch out into areas further than t-shirts? Are you expected to grow within the next few years dramatically? If so, you should invest in a machine that has a lot of scope for your expansion. Rather than wasting money on a machine that you’re going to grow out of quickly, by factoring in your growth you can actually save money in the long run. 

 

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Single head tshirt embroidery machine

 

This machine is perfect for startup businesses. Not only is it small and compact but it’s also portable and has plenty of scope for growth. It’s increasingly popular with smaller t-shirt embroidery shops and sole traders. 

The various features allow businesses to keep t-shirt embroidery as simple as possible. However, the results it can produce are far from simple! Pair the results with the high-speed performance and you’ll find that you have a great machine on your hands. A top t-shirt embroidery machine.

It’s key features are: 

  • Number of heads: 1
  • Maximum speed: 1000 revs per minute (RPM)
  • Needles: 12
  • Tubular embroidery area: 285mm x 290mm
  • Low-profile cap frame (optional): 67mm x 180mm
  • Colour LCD touch screen control panel

 

Established Businesses

Businesses may already have a clothing line or a niche that they’ve been focusing on but want to expand into new markets. T-shirt embroidery is a good industry to move into, although it is competitive. T-shirts will never go out of fashion, so it’s a safe bet for businesses to branch into. 

If you’re adding another product line to your range, your output will need to increase to cope with demands. So, you’re going to need a machine that can reflect this growth. That way, you’re not putting too much stress on your current equipment, reducing their life-span and potentially delaying orders. 

Delayed orders and low-quality products due to machines being overworked is one way to harm your reputation. You want to be known for producing the best t-shirts possible, not forgetting orders wrong and producing cheap stock. Reputation and first impressions are hard to overturn and put straight – so, get a machine that can keep up with demand and uphold a high-quality standard too. 

Depending on how established you are, machines may be well-used and have therefore slowed down. For your business to be working at maximum efficiency levels, you need to be churning out orders as quickly as you can – whilst still keeping that quality high. A new machine will be a lot faster and will have a lot more functionalities, so you can keep business efficiency and productivity levels high and reduce any downtime. 

 

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As your business grows into new markets, one thing you should be able to predict is the reliability of your equipment. You don’t want to be treading into unknown territory without knowing that you have the best possible chance of success behind you, do you? 

This machine is the perfect option to ensure that efficiency levels are always at a maximum. It has no problem running all day and churning out those orders one after one. There’s a reason why it’s one of the bestsellers.

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

If you’re dominating the t-shirt embroidery industry on a national or global stage, you’ll  be getting thousands of orders a day. Customers want their orders in a reasonable time too, they won’t sit around and wait for you to complete everyone else’s orders before releasing theirs. So, you need to be able to ramp up that turnaround time. 

 

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Therefore, you need a machine that’ll be able to perform quickly, efficiently and is low maintenance to look after too. Maintenance is necessary to keep your machine efficient and able to work hard but you don’t want to be constantly forking out for it due to your machine being overworked – the costs will soon rack up and it’ll massively eat into your profits. 

Enterprise businesses never stop. So, you need machines that are easy to use and quick to grasp for the operator. Plus, you should make sure that all of your employees are capable of using the machine that you choose. The last thing that you want is for a team to be out of the office for a day and it massively impacts the number of orders that you can produce. This will increase backlog and downtime and have a knock-on effect on the service you’re able to provide. 

Larger businesses tend to have a wider product range than smaller, less-established companies. So, they need to invest in a machine that’s able to create a plethora of different designs and is compatible with a range of different fabrics too. Otherwise, customers will choose competitor businesses simply because they can offer them a more bespoke and tailored service. 

 

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12 head tshirt embroidery machine

 

When your business reaches this size, production levels and customer demand increases dramatically. So, durability and reliability in your machine become all the more important. HappyJapan machines are well-known for their longevity and are built to run all day, so you can forget about the worries of declining production levels. 

This 12-headed machine can turnaround large orders in minimal time, which is perfect for increasing orders and keeping customers happy. Sashing through orders and keeping the quality at a high standard is a solid foundation for leading claims within the t-shirt embroidery industry. 

It’s key qualities 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 Right T-Shirt Embroidery Machine For Your Business

As we’ve mentioned, choosing the right t-shirt embroidery machine is vital. So, you shouldn’t take this decision lightly. Having the right machine in place can be the difference from being a great success or a massive flop. And we know which one we’d rather be! 

So, do you need a single-head or multi-head machine for your business? Well, it’s dependent on a number of factors. If you’re not sure, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. We’ve created a free guide for you that compares both options and showcases what they can both offer your business. Download your copy today and make the first move towards running a successful t-shirt embroidery business. 

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Top 4 Fashion Startups Set To Grow in 2020

The fashion industry is arguably more competitive than ever. The continuous growth of the market can largely be blamed on a great number of fashion startups cropping up in the last few years, along with the mainstay of the typical brands you’d expect to see at the top of the game. 

Fashion startups don’t just have to be new and emerging businesses either. A brand could’ve been established for years and still operate with the mindset and structure of a startup. As with many things in business, how they operate is based completely on preference, growth and affordability – amongst other factors too. 

So, in this post, we’ve outlined four fashion startups that you should look out for in 2020. Not only will you see them growing through the market but you may be able to implement some of their business tactics and processes yourself.  

 

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Depop

Depop was founded by the co-founder of PIG magazine in 2011. Originally, the app started out as a social network where readers could purchase the clothes and outfits that were featured in PIG. However, after an underwhelming performance and not hitting their targets, the fashion startup soon realised that they needed to adapt and change their priorities quickly. 

So, to keep up with the fast-paced industry, they realised that they needed to add a selling platform within the app. This addition then sparked the change of their business dynamic, which resulted in them shifting to a global marketplace. It became a place where you can see what your friends and like-minded individuals are buying, selling and inspired by. 

 

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Since making the shift, Depop has gone from strength to strength and has improved each year. The app is a big hit with the younger audience due to how user-friendly it is and how easily accessible it is too. The app is also ever-popular with small influencers and independent businesses as they can appeal to a segmented audience all in one place. 

Although they’re worth a staggering £203 million, Depop can still be considered a startup business. Due to the fast-paced nature of the fashion industry, they have to be quick on their feet when making decisions, which they’ve previously shown they’re capable of doing. Plus, behind the scenes, they obtain a fantastic team culture where every employee matters – even though they have sites all over the world. 

Look out for Depop continuing to emerge through the market in 2020 – and why not try to mimic their amazing team culture within your business? Empowering your employees will lead to increased motivation, which will boost overall productivity and business output too.

 

Lyst

Established in Shoreditch, London in 2010, Lyst started as a way for people to find the fashion styles that they’ve always dreamt of. Now worth £131 million, they’re considered as one of the largest global fashion platforms, bringing together over five million products from over 12,000 brands and retailers all in one place. 

Last year over 70 million shoppers started their search on Lyst and we predict that to grow in 2020. Convenience for shoppers is Lyst’s selling point. Rather than trawling through various sites, everything they need is all in one place. The customer is at the centre of everything that they do, from ease and convenience to the service that’s provided by their great team. 

 

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Fashion startups must put the customer at the centre of everything. After all, your customers are the ones who are going to be lining your pockets, so you’re going to want to make them feel like they can’t resist buying from you. Nothing is too much effort for the customers of Lyst, they’re brilliant at providing that customer-centric approach that shoppers long for. 

Lyst shows that it pays off to keep your customers at the forefront of everything that you do. If you start to shape your business without your customers in mind, the chances are that you’re going to lose sight of what you’re doing and your efforts won’t be effective.

 

Thread 

Personal shoppers are for the rich and famous, right? WRONG. With thread, you have your personal shopper in your pocket at all times at the touch of an app. Get fashion advice from real stylists based on your style, size and budget. Plus, you get all this information for free and can access it whenever you like. 

The service uses artificial intelligence (AI) and real-life  behind the scenes stylists to base the latest fashion tips on. Users enter their preferences and the app does the rest of the work for them, segmenting the different results to suit individual shoppers. Customers receive a tailored experience, making them feel valued rather than part of a large organisation. 

 

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Tailored shopping experiences are important for fashion startups. Shoppers want to feel like their custom is valued and that the brand cares about them. So, by taking the time out to select certain styles based on their likes and preferences, you’re showing that you care about their demands and needs. 

If a shopper feels like they’re valued, their chances of returning will be much higher. Plus, they’re also more likely to recommend you to their family and friends too. Thread is currently worth around £72 million, a lot of which will be generated by loyal brand advocates. This company shows no signs of slowing down, putting a huge onus on tailored customer experiences. 

 

Trouva 

Trouva is a great company that supports the growth and success of independent boutique-style fashion businesses. Often it’s easy to choose the larger retailers for convenience, but boutiques are where fashion brands trends to express themselves the most. Plus, without an online presence, boutique businesses may struggle to get noticed as they rely purely on footfall. 

Trouva focuses mainly on home fashion, which is different from the other businesses mentioned in this post. We know how seriously people take their interior design to put a unique stamp on their home, which is why Trouva is a perfect app in our eyes. Plus, with more people renovating their homes independently than ever before, we can expect to see huge growth from this company. 

 

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This fashion startup is again an example of putting customers at the forefront of their plans. Normally, boutiques rely on in-store sales, so if you’re not near the boutique itself, the chances are you don’t even know it exists. Trouva allows you the opportunity to browse these boutiques to create the home of your dreams – they won’t let you settle for anything less!

Customers love to see businesses caring about their needs. But Trouva also cares about local businesses and our economy too. They prioritise smaller, independent businesses and give homeowners stylish options that they won’t find in the leading retail stores. Prioritising both parties interests creates a business that can be admired by everyone, right? 

There’s no wonder it’s currently worth around £32 million – with incredibly promising signs of growth too. 

 

Grow Your Fashion Startup The Right Way

So, you’re looking to emerge in a new or existing market but does your fashion business have everything in place? Whether it’s finding your niche, perfecting your branding or even having the right equipment, you need to make sure that you have every factor locked down so you can grow as much as possible. 

Equipment is a huge part of fashion businesses, especially embroidery machines. But which one is right for your business? They’re a big investment, so you must think carefully before you decide on which one to buy. Luckily for you, we’ve created a comparison that covers every factor to consider before making your investment. 

Download your free copy today. 

7 Fashion Business Ideas To Inspire You In 2020

The modern fashion industry is ultra-competitive. Businesses around the world are all competing with one another to boast the best designs and make their stance on the fashion world. Competition doesn’t always have to be bad news though. Sure, some businesses see them as a threat but with plenty of ideas out there it leaves you room for tons of inspiration. 

So with that in mind, this post will explore seven fashion business ideas that your company could look to adopt when looking to grow and expand. 

 

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Open a Clothing Boutique

A clothing boutique is much more than just a store to sell your amazing products. First of all, they’re a lot smaller and each has their unique style and twist. Which is why they’re perfect for testing the water with your products and stock range. Show off your personal fashion taste through your products and see whether the public like your range too. 

Boutiques are a great fashion business idea as they allow you to express your brand and run with it. Not sticking to common themes and putting yourself out there is how you’ll get noticed but are your designs up to the mark? Plus, it’s easy to create a buzz on social media to improve audience reach. Giveaways and competitions are top ways of getting your brand name out there. 

 

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You don’t need any qualified skills to branch out into boutiques either. You’ll be dealing with customers face to face, so you’ll need strong interpersonal skills, a strong product and industry knowledge and a smile that will live long in the memory. With these traits, plus a sound idea of running a fashion business, you should be good to go. 

 

Start Your Own Clothing Line

Starting a clothing line is a bold fashion business idea. But if you’re prepared to put the grind in, it’s a choice that can reap the rewards for your business. When you think of clothing lines, it’s normal to automatically think of the giant brands in the industry. However, clothing lines and brands come in all shapes and sizes – so, don’t let that put you off. 

Depending on how big you want to grow the business, you can start off small with a relatively cheap budget. As long as you can afford the materials, the right industrial embroidery machine and the necessary marketing efforts, you’re in a good place to start your own clothing manufacturing business and range. 

 

Specialise in Leather Goods

If you’re looking to move your business into a flexible and fun new market, why not take a look at specialising in leather goods? After all, leather is never going to go out of fashion. With bags, jackets, pants, belts and much more continue to dominate throughout the industry. So, you’re never going to be short of demand for your products. 

 

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And it doesn’t have to stop at producing leather products too. A lot of businesses find success for repairing leather goods and reselling them. Plus, what better way to show off your creative flair than taking something damaged and turning it into a quality piece that you’re proud to put your brand name to. 

 

Start Your Own Clothing Line

Although the fashion industry is constantly evolving, one thing that can’t be ignored is the staple techniques that help prolong it to where it is now. Embroidery has been popular within the fashion industry for years and it’s easy to see why. Not only is it a durable technique that is proven to last but embroidery gives a nice, professional touch to each garment. 

Brands like Gucci, Ralph Lauren and Lacoste are all huge advocates of embroidery techniques on their garments. No one can mistake the little crocodile or the polo player emblems of their respective brands – and a lot of that is thanks to them being embroidered on the majority of their products. Although they brand their clothes in different ways, embroidery is by far the most iconic and memorable. 

An embroidered emblem or logo is a favoured approach for a lot of brands. If you want your brand to be portrayed as a regal, classy organisation, then embroidery is the way to go. Other methods, such as screen printing, can cheapen the brand if you’re trying to give off a certain image – and people won’t be drawn into buying products that look cheap.

The machine will be the most expensive part of expanding into the embroidery market. The cost will depend on the demand that you need to meet and how quickly you need to turn orders around. Although a premium price point, industrial embroidery machines are a worthy long-term investment that’ll likely produce great returns for your company. 

 

Start an Online T-Shirt Store From Anywhere

Branching out into different markets doesn’t have to be difficult, nor does it have to incur heavy costs either. Starting an online t-shirt store is another way that you can expand your brand and is perhaps the easiest way too!

 

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You can literally do anything with a t-shirt, anything. It’s a flexible idea too, so, should the trends move quickly and away from your original ideas, it won’t take too much repositioning for you to get back on track and cash in on the latest fashion trends. Plus, the demand is always there for customised or nicely designed t-shirts, therefore, you needn’t worry about a lack of custom or an audience to target. 

Online t-shirt businesses have very little overheads, especially with so many on-demand printing services on the modern market. Plus, if you’re successful, you don’t have to just keep it online, you can eventually move into retail and look to expand even further. 

 

Cash In On the Plus-Size Clothing Boom

Plus-size clothes are booming in the modern market, with more people openly wearing them than ever before. Businesses like Jacamo and ASOS have made it easier for plus-size shoppers to find the brands and clothing that they want to wear. So, would it work for your brand? 

It’s a market that’s expanding at all times and isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. Plus, you won’t have to change much to your original clothing manufacturing plan. All you’ll need is extra materials, a little bit more time and the correct marketing channels, which proves that it’s an easy way to help grow your business. 

 

Expand into Shoes, Trainers and Boots 

Increasing your producing range to feature shoes, trainers and boots doesn’t mean that you need the specific skills to be able to create these from scratch. Securing a contract with a reliable and cost-efficient supplier and modifying the trainers with your own personal touch is a more affordable and business-savvy way of selling these products. 

 

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After all, everybody needs something to wear on their feet. Don’t they? And people like to express their fashion taste and style with what footwear they choose to wear. Whether you’re branding up trainers with your own cool logo or a unique design, there’s no limit to what you can produce on your footwear range. 

Again, this won’t require too much of a change to your normal process. You’ll need to buy more materials, which are the shoes themselves, and you may need to invest in a machine that allows you to work on different shape materials. Other than that, your talented workforce should be all set to help your business grow effectively. 

 

Choose the Right Embroidery Machine For Your Fashion Business

Expanding your fashion business is a big step for the company – but to do it right you need to make sure that you have everything in place to maximise the chances of success. One of the main things you need to consider is your equipment. Do you have the right equipment in place to move into new markets? And is there scope for growth for when your business grows in size? 

If your fashion business actively embroiders garments, you need to make sure that you have the right kind of embroidery machine in place. It’s a big decision, so you mustn’t take it likely. But what are the differences between all the machines and which businesses are they more suited to?

Luckily for you, we’ve put together a free guide that compares single-head and multi-head embroidery machines. Grab your copy today.

5 Important Features of a Multi-Needle Embroidery Machine

When looking for a multi-needle embroidery machine, you need to make sure that it has all the key features to cope with your individual customer demands, as well as the scope for growth too. But what features are key? Well, this is completely dependent on your product range and the results you want to achieve from your multi-needle embroidery machine.  

This post will feature the five main features of an embroidery machine and will outline why they’re so important.

 

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LCD Touchscreen

Ultimately, embroidery machines with LCD touchscreens are much easier to use. This means that more of your employees will be able to operate your machines successfully. Therefore, there’ll be less downtime should an operator be on annual leave and your business can operate at higher profitability. 

Not only do LCD touchscreens make machines easier to use, but they also make them safer too. Increasing the safety of your workplace in any way that you can is imperative. Not only will staff start to work more productively because they know that they’re protected from various hazards but it’ll streamline the whole of your process too. 

 

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If there’s a problem or an urgent message that needs sending to the operator, it’ll pop up on the screen in real-time. So, they’re no longer left guessing at what the issue is and can get on to sorting it straight away. This saves time, which can then be redistributed into giving different areas of the business attention that need it the most.

If there is a simple way of improving your productivity and your overall efficiency, then you’re going to struggle to find businesses that’ll turn this offer down. Although adding an embroidery machine with an LCD touchscreen is a small factor in this overall plan, each element works together and wouldn’t be complete if all the different ones weren’t in play. 

 

One-Touch Operations

One-touch operations mean that using multi-needle embroidery machines is easier than ever before. With HappyJapan, you’re never more than one click away from the different functionalities and jobs. As we said earlier, easier to use machines mean that more people can effectively use them, which means a better service can be provided. 

With simpler machines, it allows for quicker turnaround time on orders without a lapse in quality. This can only mean good things for your business. Customers will love the fact that turnaround time is quicker than your competitors, yet you’re still providing a top-level product. This can also be an effective method of attracting new customers through reputation and increased brand awareness.

 

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Not only will one-touch operations improve your reputation, but it’ll also save you money too. HappyJapan machines are incredibly user-friendly, which means you won’t have to spend money sending your employees on training courses for them to be able to operate the machine correctly. Saving money in any way possible is a priority for a lot of businesses and one-touch operations on your embroidery machine can contribute towards great savings. 

 

Management Live Reports

Live reports can help your business improve its efficiency levels. You’ll be able to see how close to capacity the machine is working, whether it can be worked more and how efficient your workforce is overall. If your machine operators know that real-time live reports will be sent to management, they’re less likely to idle and work slowly as they know that you’ll be monitoring their work. 

Live reports can help you make smarter business decisions. For example, if you notice that your machines aren’t working at full capacity and have the capability to produce more output, you know that you can afford to take on more custom. If you’re not working at full capacity, you could potentially be losing out on maximum profit levels. So, by having a screen that monitors this information, you’ll always be in the know. 

 

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If you’re wondering whether it’s time for a machine upgrade, your management live reports will be able to tell you whether you need to go through with the investment or not. If you’re working at full capacity and you have other jobs in the pipeline, it might be time to think about upgrading to a more powerful multi-needle embroidery machine so that you can keep up with incoming business. 

 

Windows Software

As HappyJapan machines use the latest up to date windows software, you can be confident that your machine is unlikely to crash, have software issues, throw up errors or waste capacity. All of these are important to streamline your operations process. If you can rule out the above-mentioned factors, then your business will likely be operating at its most effective. 

Having access to the latest software removes the need for any unnecessary overheads. You’ve got the most up to date and advanced software at your fingertips, so why do you need to look elsewhere? Windows is one of the leading software programs in the world for a reason, millions of people and businesses put their outright trust in it every day – and it rarely fails to deliver. 

 

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Having the latest software opens up a world of possibilities for your business. Run for longer, uninterrupted periods and churn out those orders like you never have before. Paired with the latest software, HappyJapan machines are durable and are designed to be worked hard. Therefore, your business can be sure to work at full productivity and efficiency at all times. 

 

Wireless Connection

Wireless connection allows you to put the machines wherever you want – as long as they fit in the space, of course. You won’t have to worry about wiring, as the machines don’t require a port to connect for their power source. This is great flexibility for the business, as if you need to move premises to cope with demands, you won’t be restricted to what type of building you have to choose. 

 

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Not only are wireless connections a lot more flexible, but they’re also a lot safer too. Wires are a tripping and electrical hazard and accidents can, unfortunately,happen at any time, if you’re reducing the risk you’re also keeping your workforce safe too. If your workforce is less exposed to hazards, they’re more likely to be productive and able to work harder. 

 

Choose the Right Multi-Needle Embroidery Machine

So, now you’ve seen the most important features of a multi-needle embroidery machine, it’s now time to think about which embroidery machine you need. They’re a large investment and you must ensure that you get the right one for your business so that you can maximise your business’ potential. 

But how do you know which machine you’ll need? Would you benefit from buying a used embroidery machine to start out with? Well, you should factor in your budget, your production output and the size of your premises – and that’s just the start of it. Luckily for you, we’ve created a free guide to help you decide which embroidery machine is the right one for your business. 

Don’t waste any time and grab your copy today.