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86 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 Embroidery FACT BOX Estimated cost of entry: Depending on the kind of embroidery machine you get, getting started can cost anywhere from $10,000–$20,000. Basic equipment needs: Embroidery machine, threads, stabilizers, shears, nip- pers, computer, basic embroidery editing/ digitizing software. Shop space required: You can make it work in a very small space, such as a kiosk in a mall or even a bedroom closet. However, it is easier when you have more room so you can set up workspace, coun- ter space, and space for your equipment and supplies. Time needed to become proficient: The basic skills to producing quality embroi- dery can often be learned in less than a month. After that point, you are develop- ing your skills and knowledge on how to stabilize and hoop a wider variety of prod- ucts, placements, and materials. Digitizing is an entirely different skill than running the embroidery machine, and it takes much longer to become a proficient digi- tizer, no matter what software you use.

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