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Choosing the Right Embroidery Machine

Monday, September 23, 2019
commercial embroidery machine

Investing in a multi-head machine is a big decision. Purchasing the right technology can take your business to new heights and give you the stability to continue expanding your business. To help you get the most bang for your buck, we’re comparing conventional multi-head embroidery machines to the Melco Embroidery Network on a variety of factors.

Different Designs on Different Garments

Conventional multi-head embroidery machines are an option if you’re running a single design on one type of item. For example, if you’re planning to only stitch your local baseball team’s logo on a baseball cap, a conventional multi-head system will get the job done. However, if you anticipate a more diverse product offering, it might be wise to consider something beyond a conventional multi-head embroidery machine. The Melco Embroidery Network allows machines to work independently of one another, so you can produce those large, repetitive orders AND also knock out small orders and one-offs SIMULTANEOUSLY. With Melco, you have the flexibility to customize your setup to meet your needs. Multiple heads can produce the same design, or you can use each one to produce different orders at the same time. 

Completing Rush Jobs

A rush job can really throw a wrench into your production cycle with a traditional multi-head system. To start the new rush job, you have to stop every machine, and setup each machine for the rush job. This is especially inconvenient if you have to change from a flat to a hat! However, with the Melco Embroidery Network, you can pull a few heads to complete the rush job without stopping the rest. Since you control each machine from one computer, it’s easy to stop and start jobs on individual heads without affecting your entire production line.


If you’re just starting your embroidery business, eventually you’ll probably want to scale your production as your business grows. Although this can be challenging with traditional multi-head systems, many Melco customers start with just one embroidery machine and add additional heads as their business grows.

Sewing Speed

Sewing speed can hugely affect your bottom line. With one of the highest stitch speeds in the industry, each head on a Melco Embroidery Network can hit speeds up to a whopping 1,500 stitches-per-minute (SPM), compared to the industry average of 500-1000 SPM. But speed is determined by more than stitch-per-minute; bobbin changes can also increase production time. On a conventional system, you have to shut down your entire line to change a bobbin on a single head. However, if a machine on the Melco Embroidery Network needs a bobbin change, the rest of the line will continue working. This revolutionary technology can increase productivity by up to 50%.

Physical Arrangement

If you’re looking for some versatility in how you physically arrange your multi-head machines, the Melco Embroidery Network is the way to go. Since all the heads are controlled by a single computer, they can be placed in whatever pattern works best for your business. You can even put some machines in a different room!

The Bottom Line

For versatility and scalability, Melco wins across the board. The flexible, modular network grows with you as you expand your product offerings and gain more clients.