Start Here October '18

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S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 • Load and clear files • Change the starting position of the needle • Set running speed • Trace the extents of a design to check hoop clearance • Navigate through stitches in a design for missed stitch/ error repairs On the physical side, the operator should be able to: • Thread the machine • Load a bobbin correctly • Switch from flat hoops to the cap driver • Oil and grease the correct parts on an appropriate schedule, tracking upkeep Operating: Operators start slow, but the task of moni- toring a machine and preparing subsequent runs concur- rently speeds with practice. In the initial stages of learning, it is critical to carefully observe the machine running, particularly for future digitizers, as observation helps you understand interactions between thread, needle, garment, stabilizer, and design and how they produce a given result. Operating teaches you how embroidery physically works. To observe and analyze the way a design runs will help you learn to control the process. Every operator needs to learn the basic functioning of their machine's control panel, both for loading files and standard running and for getting feedback on machine operations. Not all hooping is straightforward; some tricks of the trade are best taught by those experienced in the process. Learning basics like hooping is critical to the best embroidery outcomes. Whether softening up a cap seam or dealing with marks left after hooping, finishing tools like this garment steamer are indispensible. Your brand is heavily influenced by the final state of the product you deliver. Make sure you understand materials; stabi- lizer manufacturers will help you select the best material for your needs; Not all stabiliz- ers, threads, and needles are right for every job. (Left) No matter the size of your machine, a full set of tools for each station should be within reach of the operator as they work on the machine. (Above) Technique is important but having accesso- ries to help you stay consistent in your process can sincerely speed up production and efficiency. The price is often worthwhile. 74

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