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Old February 19th, 2007, 07:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My name is Todd Curtis. You've probably seen posts like this a thousand times, but I'd really appreciate your input on starting an embroidering business.
I've been an engineer for 20 + years and am at a point where I'm sick of both, the daily grind and living under the constant threat of layoff. I'd like to try my hand at something where I can use my computer background and creativity.
From what I've seen so far, embroidery machines are largely much controlled by a PC. I think I'll be able to pick this part up quickly.

I'm not looking to get rich, but I do want to make a living without spending 24/7 at this. Judging by the number of companies doing this work in my area (yellow pages search) there must be money to be made. I have some ideas on a target market.

How did most of you get your start. A basic machine like a Brother 600 and word of mouth advertising, or did you take a bigger plunge and buy a more expensive machine. Start-up money is (of course) a concern. At the same time I don't want to buy a machine that isn't capable enough to do the jobs that most customers would want.

I want to have a list of questions before I start contacting machine manufacturers. I suspect I'll be getting a sales pitch rather than an interest in my business success.

It seems from what I've read so far that the ability to digitize will give you a leg up. Accurate statement? Does this mean a basic machine like a Brother won't be enough initially?

How many of you have a website.

How does someone new find garments at wholesale prices. It appears to me that this is where you make your money (garment markup).

thanks for your input,

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Old February 19th, 2007, 09:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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One of the first things I would do is go to an SGIA or similar organizations show and see all the equipment. You can also talk to wholesalers there as well. This is a good place to start. It will give you an idea of what you need to know before you start. The other good thing about shows, is they offer show specials. You can usually get discounts on equipment and supplies through the show. This does not mean that you have to buy at the show. If you call up a manufacturer and tell them that you were turned onto themn at the show, they usually extend whatever special to you anyway. I've even gotten discounts from shows I never attended because the sales rep needed to make a sale.

We hear expanded our screenprint shop to add embroidery. I spent a couple of days driving to show roms and seeing machines as well as checking them out at my local show. I spent a bunch of money and bought the Melco Amaya machine. It is a commercial machine that is very easy to use. I like it and am about to add 2 more heads to it. I don't work for them and don't want you to feel as though I am trying to sell you one but if you want to know more you can call me or pm me or email me and I'll give you the skinny on it.

Hope this helps some.
Matt McNeill

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