Types and uses of Embroidery Machines
The field of embroidery is quite diversified. While there are craftsmen who do this art using their hands, however, in this technologically apt world of today, people have moved on to the machines to take care of the process, making the entire exercise faster, cheaper and expedient. Still, the used for embroidery machines differ widely in themselves, some automated, most often used for commercial and industrial purposes, while other more for home based embroidery projects.
Free-Motion, Basic Sewing/Embroidery Machines
Let’s start with the most basic type of embroidery machines; these are of course the free motion machines, widely available at reasonable prices to more steep, dependent on the functionality. As the name suggests, these are free motion, meaning nothing automated, all the motions and movements have to be controlled by the person using the machine. The fabric is hooped as tightly as possible and is moved manually, under the needle, for the embroidery to be sewn onto the garment. The designs created from such machines are basic mostly and can only work with a limited set of stitches type, still dependent on the quality of the machine and if it provides the function.
The designs created takes a lot longer than industrial machines as there is only one needle and has to be threaded manually each time. Moreover, each design may not be as consistent as the other methods because of the non-automated aspect.
Automated, Home-Based Sewing/Embroidery Machines
Free-motion machines were still time-consuming and not as efficient as the industrial mechanized counterparts, this led to the development of the automated, home based sewing and embroidery machines. Unlike the commercial, heavy duty machines, these are still more user-friendly, easier for the user to program and work through the digitizing process, with the extra function of a free motion machine as well. Faster than the free motion and easier to understand than the commercial machines, still it is limited in the design’s width and although some come with built in basic digital embroidery designs and capability to connect to computer and load and execute design files but the problem about specific design files becomes the issue.
Commercial Digital Embroidery Machines
Also known as the marvel of modern technology within the embroidery field, these commercial digital industry machines transformed the entire process of embroidery. It took the manual aspect of actually sewing the embroidery onto the garment away but kept the creative process of actually designing the embroidery design still manually. Creating the machine embroidery design is known as the digitizing, a complex yet integral part of the digital embroidery process. Though it is very scientific in its approach and everything has to be calculated whilst designing the garment, the machine embroidering process itself is where this sort of machines’ real efficiency becomes apparent. The turnaround time is considerably faster than any other method, quality is consistent and above all, the cost of the entire process is significantly lower than any other possible means.
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