Why Upgrade to a Multi Head Embroidery Machine?
For commercial & professional embroidery businesses
When you start an embroidery business you dream up the idea, make up the plan and start scrounging around for the capital cash to invest in equipment, the last thing you’re probably setting aside money for is a multe-head.
After all, multi head embroidery machines are MUCH bigger, heavier, more expensive and let’s face it – SCARIER – than single heads.
Just to be clear; when we talk about a multi head machine what we’re actually describing is how a commercial unit is constructed. A single head machine, for example, usually has 15 needles loaded into one section with a single table underneath the needles. There’s a control panel, and usually a stand with wheels. These single head units are designed to be small, semi-portable and fit into a home-office style or retail environment. You’ve probably seen one in a mall kiosk sewing on custom caps. A multi head has 4 or more of the 150 needle heads sections mounted onto a large frame all hooked into one single control panel.
It’s like the difference between a home lawn mower and one of those tractors you see pulling multiple blades out in a field.
On the left is a picture of a single head machine your might buy to start your business. It runs between $10K and $16K depending on the brand and the supplies and software that you order with it.
Most of these units are about the same size, under 3′ x 3′, and come with some kind of a stand on wheels.
They’re great machines and will last a long, long time.. as long as you get a commercial embroidery machine and NOT a fancy consumer model
The one on the right is a small scale picture of a 4 head. This one is an Avance 1504, 15 needle, commercial 4 head machine. As you can see there’s only one “head” on the SWF example and 4 of them on this one. Keep in mind that this is NOT to scale. This machine is actually about 10′ long and weighs more than 1400lbs.
So what do you get with this big machine vs. the single head?
FOUR times the capability! Most new businesses notice right away the embroidering a hat or a polo, even at 1000 stitches per minute, take a while. By awhile, I mean that the logo in the video below takes 16 minutes to sew out.
So, if you have your 1501C machine and get an order for 100 polos with that Coldesi logo on it that will be 1600 minutes, or almost 27 hours of embroidering – and that doesn’t include swapping out the hoops in between.
With the 4 head machine, you load the design up ONCE, then hit Run and make 4 logos in the same amount of time. That means you get the same job done in under 7 hours. Same job – 1 work day vs. over 3!
You can find more information here: http://www.avance-emb.com/multi-head-options
So How Much does a Multi Head Machine Cost?
The Avancé Single head machine sells for about $11K, the 1504 that’s pictured is about $29K (but they always have some kind of deal going) So it’s less than 3x the price, but you get 4x the performance.
There’s even a 6 head called the 1506C that sells for a little under $35K and yep, the math works the same way: that job that was going to take you 27 hours to do would be down to about 4.5 hours.
So obviously if you have the cash, can get the financing and plan on doing some volume business you should definitely be looking into multi head embroidery machines!
Here’s a good video showing off how one of these multi head machines works: