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Old April 24th, 2006, 03:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. I just got a used 1 head commercial embroidery machine (ZSK) last month or so and I'm a complete newbie when it comes to embroidery. I got the machine for cheap because the owner was moving to another country and needed the extra cash

The machine came complete with manuals, software, hoops, stabilizers, threads, embroidery designs, and other misc. stuff. The previous owner trained me for three weeks after the sale for an extra fee so I can do basic stuff and have some understanding of the process. She's gone now to Australia, but before leaving she said I was okay now to take orders, but I'm not too sure. I think she was just saying that to get off the hook

Do you guys think my three week training is enough for me to start accepting orders? I'm pretty good at marketing my services and actually have people waiting for me to do some orders

Thanks!
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Old April 25th, 2006, 07:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. I just got a used 1 head commercial embroidery machine (ZSK) last month or so and I'm a complete newbie when it comes to embroidery. I got the machine for cheap because the owner was moving to another country and needed the extra cash

The machine came complete with manuals, software, hoops, stabilizers, threads, embroidery designs, and other misc. stuff. The previous owner trained me for three weeks after the sale for an extra fee so I can do basic stuff and have some understanding of the process. She's gone now to Australia, but before leaving she said I was okay now to take orders, but I'm not too sure. I think she was just saying that to get off the hook

Do you guys think my three week training is enough for me to start accepting orders? I'm pretty good at marketing my services and actually have people waiting for me to do some orders

Thanks!
Hi there newbee....A word to the wise....be careful not to get in over your head. I have been running industrial embroidery machines for approx. 10 years now and I am still learning new stuff. Please feel free to email me at any time with any question you might have, I have a lot of knowledge I would be more than happy to share with you. I speak from experience when I say the worst thing you can do to a new business is to take a job that you can not complete. So drop me a line and Ill lend you a hand. Hope to hear from you really soon.
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Old April 25th, 2006, 08:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep, dstitcherywick is right. You don't want to get into a situation where customers end up unhappy with your services. You can guarantee they'll tell others about their bad experience with your business every chance they get, trust me I know . When I was just starting out I would practice a lot! I would also embroider low cost stuff and give them away to my friends and relatives then I would ask them for HONEST feedback. I would tell them to tell me the TRUTH!!! Okay, I demanded they tell me the truth LOL. Practice, practice, practice is all I can say. Oh, and ask lots of questions. We'll try to help .

One more thing, welcome to the world of embroidery. You'll love it first, then you'll hate it, then you'll love it again, and the cycle will continue until you finally start making money then it's all love - for me that's how it is anyway hehehe...
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I also purchased a new comercial machine last April. Practice does make perfect and follow Candy's advice and give lots away. Mine came with only 4 days training and CD tutorials. Be prepared to make a few mistakes and be ready to eat the costs.
Do lots of embroidery for yourself and wear them, provided they are PERFECT! Your best advertisement are the garments your company produce for sale. Take your time and double check everything before hitting the start button. Don't be afraid to keep checking in here for other embroiders with questions or solutions for problems.
It also helps to find a niche in the market. Mine happens to be Wild life scenes on Jacket backs! I love the big stitch counts$$$$$$$$
Best of luck.
Jim
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