How to know when it’s time to upgrade your machine

Stitch It International
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

5 common scenarios that indicate your business is ready for new equipment

When your embroidery machine is no longer functioning, it’s easy to know it’s time to replace it. But there are other red flags that can indicate your machine is costing you more than it’s worth. If any of these sound familiar to you, it may be time to assess your options:

Your equipment is breaking down frequently.

Even if you’ve been able to make repairs each time, you’re losing revenue from lost productivity while your machine is down on top of the cost of fixing it. Plus, there are solid benefits to replacing a worn-out machine before it completely goes out and leaves you stranded with no way to hit project deadlines.

Your business has grown.

Growing pains are a common part of the embroidery industry; gaining too much business too quickly can create a cycle of cashflow and productivity challenges unless you have the equipment and resources in place to handle the volume influx. A new machine can help keep you on track as your business grows, and innovations like SWF’s dual function technology – which allows users to run two different jobs simultaneously on the same machine – can help you meet quotas faster than ever.

You’d like to expand your business.

If your business seems stuck in one place and you’re hoping for growth, the right machine can put you on the path to success. New models, like the KS-Series, have features that can open up additional product opportunities (like an adjustable presser foot that makes 3D puff design easier than ever) and also improve your efficiency to allow capacity for new business.

You’re hiring new employees.

Replacing team members or adding new employees often comes with a steep learning curve that impacts productivity, at least in the short-term. If you’re already planning to upgrade your embroidery machine, timing that transition with the hiring of employees can decrease your lost time and product waste, because newer machines like the KS-Series have a significantly shorter learning curve than other models.

Your workflow isn’t efficient.

If you’re consistently struggling with productivity or waste, upgrading to a new embroidery machine can help curb both with features designed to make your business more efficient than ever. SWF’s KS-Series, for example, features higher speed operation at 1,200 stitches per minute, alongside superior memory and the patented quick change cap system, which lets you go from flats to hats faster than ever to reduce downtime between jobs. Plus, it’s the first series to feature Wifi networking, allowing users to connect up to 200 embroidery machines to one computer.


If any of these situations sound like your business, it’s time to start exploring options for upgrading your machine. Stitch It International can help:

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