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Old January 21st, 2015, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We have been in business for seven years and added embroidery around 4 years ago. We are both retired and hoping to take part of our business on the road. We have a 15 needle single head machine that we love, but are thinking about adding a compact machine that will fit through the door of our 5th wheel so we can do some work while traveling.

We would love to hear from others who have compact machines and how they have worked out for them. Also if you travel and embroider we would love to hear about your experiences.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 07:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wish you luck in your venture, although I will offer one piece of advice:

Either insist on only embroidering your own items for sale, or make sure your insurance will cover any problems.

To give you an example of a nightmare scenario, I was in charge of a stand in the exhibition tent at the British Open Golf (many years ago!) and we had the very first Barudan Profit 2 head monogram machine in the UK. I returned from my break to pandemonium!

Apparently, while I'd been gone Mrs. Jack Nicklaus (yes, THAT Jack Nicklaus!) had brought over a number of new cashmere sweaters, just acquired from Lyle & Scott at heaven knows how much, to have his initials added (no, I couldn't figure that one either, but I presume it was the novelty).

Fortunately, Mrs. Nicklaus had left to do other things and was returning to collect them later. The machinist had programmed the 'JN' and set them going, but she had forgotten to change the density from the default. As anyone who ever had one of these machines will tell you, for a reason best know to the Japanese, the default setting of '1' put endless stitches into a letter was and competely unusable. The outcome for these pullovers was inevitable...snapped thread, snapped needle, and a hole!

I had to spend the next 30 minutes carefully unpicking and removing any trace of thread. I then had to invisibly mend the garments and sew correctly programmed initials over the repair. Fortunately, cashmere is great in this regard, so there wasn't a sign of any damage, but it was the most nerve-wracking half an hour of my life!

So, if someone hands you a garment that belongs to them, be very, very careful!
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Old January 25th, 2015, 11:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Aardvark7, that's quite a story! I've never gone on the road but I second the idea of making sure you have enough insurance coverage.
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Old January 28th, 2015, 01:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I second, or is it third? aardvark7's comments. Having your own product makes it much easier to handle the murphy law mistakes that will happen. (although NOTHING in your post suggests you will be sewing on client provided items) still. We messed up a 5 foot wide embroidery once because we misunderstood the directions and sewed the design upside down on the duvet! hey some want it facing the foot of the bed on top and others upside down so when they turn the bed down the design is right side up... seriously! $1300 dollars later we corrected the problem! (duvet retail was close to $5000) Leather is another one.. a jacket can be $200 or $7000.. or more!
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