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Old August 14th, 2014, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How does one learn how to operate an embroidery machine, In my case If I by a used machine. Is their videos, books, etc. How did you learn?
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Generally, there is a period of training with an experienced operator, which will be in addition to being shown the specific operation of a new machine by the supplier. However, this isn't hard and fast and would depend upon your experience of machine sewing in general.

Many of the basic problems that you get with industrial embroidery relate to a basic understanding of sewing, in terms of tensions, needles, and the nature of stitch formation. If you have a good grounding in that then the rest almost falls into place.

Of course, whether you enter the field would depend upon how honest you are about your abilities. I happen to be extremely lucky in that I only need to be shown something once and will remember it, irrespective of the complexity. I'm also very capable of working out how things operate, so I found embroidery machines reltively easy and am pretty well self taught. That said, some of my career was spent with the largest embroidery company in the world (at the time, but not now).

Good luck!
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great info, Note.. I am looking at used and probably will not have any supplier provided training. I would love to hear from someone who has started with used equipment and zero experience.
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great info, Note.. I am looking at used and probably will not have any supplier provided training. I would love to hear from someone who has started with used equipment and zero experience.
I mentored someone local to me who did not have any experience and bought a used machine. What she did was pay the mfgs. Tech (Barudan) to come out and teach her the machine operation. I do not have Barudan machines so I could not teach her the operation of hers.

She then came and shadowed me for several weeks to learn the ins and outs of embroidering.

I would suggest doing something similar if possible. There is also Joyce Jagger, The Embroidery Coach. She has online instruction and also will come to your facility for a fee.

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not sure where you are located, but here in the US most Malls have an embroidery Kiosk... where they will sew hats or shirts or pillows, etc.... hang out there for a while, buy a hat watch what they do, etc. Most love to talk about what they are doing.

YouTube is another great source... look up any keywords you can think of.

Many of the machine sites themselves have tutorials or links to such.

If there is a local sewing center... join. Most are home sewing and embroidery machines, but many of the techniques and problems are the same.. hooping, thread and bobbin tensions, correcting mistakes, etc.

Attend a regional show.. ISS or tabletop, etc. You can watch machines in action and ask questions from different people... ask the same question at different booths and see if there are differences.. probably are.
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My wife and I started out with used machines and no experience. If you like punishing yourself then go for it. Myself, I think I'd rather just go ahead and slam my finger in a door jam and be done with it than go at it again. We watched countless You Tube videos and trainings and scoured the internet for articles. As helpful as they all were there are tricks to the trade that can only be learned by experience. I am technically minded so when someone says turn the knob to left and this will happen that is what I expect. Not so in our case. We followed all the advise, turned the knobs, greased the gears, and kicked the frame and a lot of the time it seemed like nothing changed. Is it digitizing, tensions, worn parts or a little bit of all. There are a lot of parts that can wear on a machine and trying to figure out why you can't get a good stitch with an older machine can be daunting. We are still trying to find solutions to problems that according to everyone we ask shouldn't be a problem. If you have someone that will mentor you then become his or her new best friend. Work for them for free, pay them, mow their lawn or whatever it takes. Their experience will save you a lot of tears.
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Basic steps to start embroidery - http://www.instructables.com/id/Embroidery-101/
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Basic steps to start embroidery - http://www.instructables.com/id/Embroidery-101/
This is hand embroidery not machine embroidery. IMO, has little to no reference to there question.
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This is hand embroidery not machine embroidery. IMO, has little to no reference to there question.
See I think of it differently... Learning hand embroidery has to help anyone using a machine to embroider... or to digitize for that matter. Hooping to not leave marks on the fabric, hooping straight, which stabilizer to use, attention to detail (a hallmark of any good machine operator!) color theory, How to map or path a design, when to slow the machine down because you realize this particular area needs more attention, etc. At the very least it Cannot hurt? Training a hand embroiderer to use a machine is SO much faster and easier than training someone with NO embroidery experience.

Just like I believe those who learned to digitize for papertape are probably better than those that only know computer digitizing.... we were there to learn how to take our time (edits did not exist... DO OVERS did) and place stitches only where needed... so we know how to change the parameters of the software settings to try to emulate those original papertape needs. without that history?

Hand embroidery is wealthy with hundreds of stitch types and techniques.. many still cannot be replicated with a machine, but it sure is fun trying.
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I stand corrected. I guess I was just thinking of the time involved in learning the hand methods and it taking away from the time one would be able to get their business off the ground.

In retrospect, if more newbies took this time to learn the manual methods, perhaps the quality of embroidery would rise overall.
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