Here are 9 Tips To Increase Your Embroidery Production that will help to save you time and increase your profit!
* Organize each one of your work areas to save steps. Have all of the tools used in that area or during that process stored in that area. You may have duplicate tools, this is OK. I have scissors in my area that I cut backing, in my area where I trim off the backing and on my machine. You do not want to leave that area to get a tool!
* Keep each area as neat and orderly as possible. Sometimes this is hard, but it takes time to move stuff out of the way so that you can work. * Keep all of your threads stored and marked by color. This saves time looking for a thread color. * Order your backing in cut sizes and store it on a shelf close to your hooping area. You will need several sizes for this to work. If you order by the large rolls, cut enough ahead in the different sizes for many jobs. Cutting it up with each job is a huge waste of time.
* Keep your thread colors for a design on the closest needles to each color on the machine to save color change time. Example: If you are using 4 colors in a design, put those 4 colors on needles 1,2,3 and 4. This would give you the shortest travel distance for the movement of the machine, saving color change time.
* Store the thread for each machine as close to the machine as possible. If you have several machines you must have your thread in a central location but as close to the machines as possible.
* Keep track of where your needles are in your embroidery machine. Having a system in place is very important for keeping track of your needle changes. I have a form called a needle replacement sheet. It is designed for a 15 needle machine for this purpose. If you have a single head you only need one sheet. If you have a multi-head embroidery machine you will need one for each head. Each time you change a needle, note it on your sheet, the size, type, date and reason for changing. Store the sheets in a binder under the machine.
* Before starting production each morning, brush out and blow out your Rotary hook and Knife area in your embroidery machine. Place 1 drop of oil on the rail of the hook just outside the bobbin case.
* Stop production early on Friday afternoon to do all of your weekly maintenance. This pays off huge dividends the following week and helps to start Monday morning off knowing that all of your machines are in tip top condition and ready to begin production immediately without the fear that the embroidery machine will break down during production!