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Recent project done

Discussion in 'Embroidery' started by DKgrafix, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. DKgrafix

    DKgrafix Very Active Member


    Here is the video and a few pics of the recent embroidery project we did.
    85000 stitches on the back of a Berne hooded jacket (Similar to Carhartt). It took 2.5 hours to do each jacket.

    Nothing too special about the design, but I kind off like the message. The company makes trench boxes that are put in the hole to prevent walls to collapse while the workers are in.

    Attached Files:

  2. jtinker

    jtinker Owner

    Mar 30, 2012
    very clean, love the details
  3. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

    Feb 14, 2007
  4. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

    May 23, 2008
    Amazing work :thumb:, but 2.5 hours, how do you charge for doing something like that?

    That's only 3 jackets in an 8 hour day!
  5. DKgrafix

    DKgrafix Very Active Member

    I said that it took 2.5 hours, I did not say that I worked on it 2.5 hours :smile:
    I did bunch of other stuff while machine ran. It does not need anything except a bobbin change every hour or so.
    In a meantime, I cleaned my shop a bit, did two sets of 100 small decals each, watched a bit of TV and had a dinner.

    With digitizing fee, I made about $180 on it. (That is after I paid someone to do my digitizing)
  6. Suz

    Suz Very Active Member

    Apr 9, 2010
    The Great Northwest

    Great Stuff! Thank you for posting. It does take a while for a jacket back to sew out, doesn't it? However, Yes you can get some other stuff done while it's sewing. As long as you have a machine that is running well and thread that doesn't give you grief.

    Nice work, great to watch the video. How many heads do you have on your machine(s)??

    We've got three single heads here. No multi heads. So I'm a loading fool when we have larger orders. For us, an average order is about 12-36 garments. So three heads work fine for us. I do my own digitizing. Gotta say though, there have been days that I don't love digitizing! Takes some time, but I enjoy it and I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so have not been able to hand that task over to anyone else as of yet, but perhaps some day.

    Anyhow, nicely done

  7. DKgrafix

    DKgrafix Very Active Member

    Thanks Suz.
    I have 2 single head machines. So far, it does the trick for me. I'm home based and anything bigger that a single head will not fit in my basement. Also, I am a firm believer that with 3 single heads you are likely to produce more that with one 4-head machine due to the loading one while other ones are sewing. And like you said, embroidery is not a busy work with bigger designs, you can do a lot of other things while the machines are sewing.

    I used to do my own digitizing, but now all I do myself is 3D. I send out everything else to be digitized but still can not find anyone who does 3D how I like it.
  8. Suz

    Suz Very Active Member

    Apr 9, 2010
    The Great Northwest

    Good for you! Yes, two heads working together is great. I usually two heads at a time with most jobs, when I have more than a few. Then I keep my other machine open for 1-offs, or weird stuff. Test sew outs, whatever. My two matching heads are SWF Compacts, the other is a Brother 12 needle, compact as well.

    Sometimes though, all 3 heads get run on the same job, if at all possible. Truthfully though, it is almost more than I can handle to load 3 machines and run them all together. I think most designs in our shop have about 6,000 to 12,000 stitches. So, they do sew out pretty quickly and by the time they do, you have re-hooped, run to the bathroom, filled up you drink glass, answered a phone call, whatever. LOL.

    I visited a friend's shop a couple weeks ago. He had about 6 employees doing everything from screenprinting to embroidery. He had 3 muti-head machines. About 6 or more heads permachine. Maybe more. Anynow, they were all TAJIMAS. I noticed he was running a fairly large job and only had two employees running one of the multi heads. Seems to me a lot of wasted floor space if that is how they usually do things. He did tell me the other machines did not get run as often. But he got a steal of a deal on the machines and fixed them up, he is good mechanically. Don't know what he plans to do with them. But watching how they were loading the machines, I noticed they had quite a bit of down time while re-loading. Yes, they ran more heads than I do when they ran them, but I began to wonder if I get just as much done as they did with the machines I have. I just keep 'um running. If I have a thread break, I'll wait to re-thread if I have another that is almost finished and I just have to load a new hooped garment in. Then I go back to the machine that needs to be re-threaded or perhaps a needle? Point is, if you can keep one of them running while you are working on another, do it. In the end, you are done a whole lot faster than you would have been if both machines stopped running for a few minutes over a period of a couple of hours, or an entire day.

    By the way, when you say "3D" do you mean puff? If so, yeah, that can be difficult to find somebody who can do it well. The one time I had contracted a Digitizing job out, I was not happy with the result and guess what? It was a Puff design! So, I paid for it, but went ahead and did it myself. Turned out much better, my file. It was just one letter, a big capital "T" in a Calligraphic style. The fill was puff and black. The outline was metallic, a wide satin stitch all around. Looked sharp, on a hat. One of the stiff hats/caps and to add to the difficulty, a seam smack down the middle. Yikes! That took some test sew outs, let me tell you! But I did get it right and just use the same file whenever they reorder.

    Playing with a Puff design for a family member is how I learned how to do it. Also, buying a puff design, following instructions and sewing it out. Then, trying to improve on the process for a better outcome.

    Keep the videos coming! :) Keep up the great work too!

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