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America's Embroidery Machine

Melco International is based in the United States, headquartered just North of Denver, Colorado. We are an American Company, Worldwide. Founded in 1972, we were one of the first to develop computerized embroidery technology. This system evolved into the modular, high-speed EMT16 PLUS commercial embroidery machine that we proudly sell today.
Melco is an embroidery technology and direct sales organization. Our customers buy industrial embroidery machines direct from our sales team and are trained and supported by us. Every Melco customer has a sales representative that acts as a consultant and direct point of contact for all-things-Melco. That is where the relationship begins. Each customer also has access to the Melco Support Network, consisting of Training, Customer Service, Technical Support, and Applications Support.
Customer relationship is the top priority at Melco. Here are some important things to understand about Melco as a whole:

  • WE create and develop embroidery technology.
  • WE design embroidery and digitizing software.
  • WE sell parts and accessories through our own online store,
  • WE market and sell EMT16 PLUS direct to you, our client.
  • WE support our EMT16 PLUS embroidery machines and software directly.
  • WE support our clients directly.
  • WE support the U.S. economy and our local community.


Melco embroidery machines can be found in companies large and small. Home-based businesses with an online store are using Melco embroidery machines in single and multi-head configurations to produce embroidery jobs on hats, bags, shirts, backpacks, pet accessories and more. Large enterprises such as New Balance, Disney, and NIKE have installed large modular multi-head networks of Melco embroidery machines to produce thousands of embroidered items in a factory setting. Here are a couple of other important reasons businesses choose to partner with Melco:

  • Melco embroidery technology is created, designed, tested, and used by embroidery professionals of all kinds.
  • Melco embroidery technology is built on a flexible, modular platform that is scalable to meet demand growth over time.


International Presence

While our corporate HQ is located in the United States, we are also an international organization. Melco has distribution and training centers in dozens of countries all over the world. 

We are an American Company, Worldwide.



Melco's History in Commercial Embroidery Machine Technology

Embroidery has been a part of history for thousands of years, from embroidery on Egyptian Pharoh’s robes to the Bayeux Tapestry—a record of the Norman Conquest of 1066 a.d. From garment decoration in cultures around the world to today’s multifaceted use, embroidery has been there. Now, with the advent of computer technology, embroidery has become a profitable decorative solution for any fabric product. Entering the embroidery industry is a good business choice, indeed! Over the last 20 years, the industry has grown steadily, and the growth continues. Machine embroidered goods are showing up practically everywhere, and their solid market appeal and durability guarantee their popularity for a long time to come. Embroidery has world-wide appeal, yet it has proven to be successful in even the smallest niche markets. On a global scale, multi-national corporations use embroidery to adorn garments they manufacture, or to convey their company image on promotional items. In the fashion world, embroidery adds beauty and value to men’s and women’s garments. On a local level, a bridal retailer may create one-of-a-kind keepsakes for a bride-to-be. Melco is proud to provide embroidery systems to businesses like these—whatever special niche they occupy.

Melco’s history
Melco was founded in 1972 as an engineering collaboration directed towards developing advanced electronic and computer graphic applications. Over the last 20+ years, Melco has established itself as a pioneer of technology in the embroidery industry. From our innovative Digitrac® system,the world’s first computerized digitizing system, to EDS III software designed for Microsoft® Windows, to our EMC 10/12 embroidery peripheral—Melco has remained a leader in the industry. In 1990, a majority share of Melco was purchased by Saurer Group-Holding Inc. of Arbon, Switzerland, a worldwide producer of textile machinery and other products. The merger of technologies has helped propel Melco into a multi-national market and further develop our proven quality. In 1989, Melco created Accessory Resource Corporation (ARC), a full-service company providing thread, equipment accessories, designs, and clothing for the embroidery industry.

In 2002, the AMAYA line of 16 needle modular embroidery machines was introduced. AMAYA was a game-changer. For the first time ever, embroiderers were able to create multi-head systems in modular configurations from 2–30 heads, all controlled by a single computer system running AMAYA OS. Each individual embroidery machine was connected to the network via cable, providing mobility and flexibility never before seen in this industry. In addition to modular flexibility, AMAYA embroidery machines are built with Acti-Feed™ technology. Acti-Feed™ automatically controls thread feed and tension using computer software (AMAYA OS). The computer senses and adjusts thread feed and tension on the fly, delivering the benefits of increased sew speeds, enhanced production efficiency, and a system that is easy to learn and use compared to conventional embroidery machines. Please click here for more information on how Melco's new EMT16 PLUS modular embroidery system was built on the foundation of AMAYA technology.

In 2010, Melco partnered with Madeira to provide embroidery machine customers with access to quality embroidery thread, embroidery supplies and accessories. In 2012, Melco was aquired by Mizar Holding Company. Located in Aurora, IL, Mizar Holding Company primarily operates in the Sewing Machines industry within the Wholesale Trade-Durable Goods sector. 

We know that good service goes beyond offering an extensive line of quality products. Because your success is the best indicator of our success, we back our embroidery machines with an unmatched training and service network. Melco wishes you every success in the world of embroidery!

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Latest Melco Updates

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:46

Melco is proud to participate and sponsor a team for the 2019 JDRF One Walk at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds near Denver, Colorado. JDRF was established to help fight Type 1 Diabetes, a disease that affects about 1.25 million Americans.

embroidery monogram font
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 13:23

Exciting news! Melco has released a new embroidery font pack (also called "alphabets"). 

Here are a few key details: