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Monogram Machine: How to Get Started in the Monogram Embroidery Business

Monday, February 6, 2017
Monogram Embroidery Machine

There’s nothing more personal and thoughtful than a monogrammed tote bag, luggage, blanket, purse, towel, handkerchief, hat, pajama set...or anything else for that matter. All it takes are a few stitches to give an ordinary item an unforgettable touch.

Monogramming is one of the oldest and most popular kinds of embroidery, and it’s a skill that should be at the top of the arsenal for anyone looking to start their own embroidery business. But what does it take to become a monogramming professional? Here are a few things you may be wondering:

Do I need a special monogram machine?

If you have exceptional embroidery skills and boatloads of time, there’s nothing stopping you from embroidering by hand. But the vast majority of people will be much better off using a machine.

Monogramming is most commonly done using a commercial embroidery machine. This way, you get the reliability, efficiency, and quality that your business needs to thrive, as well as the flexibility to embroider many different designs, from a simple company logo, to more complex and colorful designs on larger items such as jacket backs. With a modular commercial embroidery system, you will also have the option to expand your products and services when the time is right.

Do I need special software?

No. Most commercial embroidery machines come with digitizing software that allows you to create monograms with ease—no extra programs necessary. The included fonts feature monogram alphabets that are specially designed for up to three-letter monograms. Or, you can enable “monogram mode” and create a monogram-looking design using a standard alphabet. Whichever suits your needs best!

What kinds of items can I monogram?

A commercial embroidery machine comes with a lot of bonuses, such as its various attachments, its massive sew field, and its practical design. So in addition to monogramming all the expected items, you can also decorate caps, get into those tight places (shirt pockets, golf club covers), and place initials on large, bulky items (backpacks, duffel bags, tote bags, etc.). The product range is only limited by your imagination!

Is monogramming profitable?

Yes! It’s one of the most commonly requested embroidery services, and will be for years to come. Monograms are stylish, classy, and timeless, and make great gifts for any person and any occasion.

This high demand, along with the fact that commercial embroidery machines are designed for high production and efficiency, make monogramming a sure-fire way to win business and send your profits soaring.

Is there monogram etiquette that needs to be followed?

Monograms are steeped in tradition, and even today we still use the 2-letter and 3-letter format that was so popular in the Victorian era. But it’s not as simple as taking the initials and arranging them in a beautiful way. Traditionally, the letter arrangement depends on the marital status, the gender, and the letter sizes within the monogram. Much has been written about proper monogram etiquette, but here’s a great article that breaks it down for you.

That said, there’s no reason to stick with tradition. If your customer is on board, why not break away, show off your artistic flair, and create a design that tells a unique story?

Monogramming is a great way to add a little luxury—and big profits—to your embroidery business. All you need is the right equipment, training, and support. With decades of experience in the embroidery industry, Melco can help you do just that. Learn more about our embroidery machines or contact us today.