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Embroidery Production talking SHOP Training for the Large Shop In an embroidery shop designed for volume output, an established curriculum must adhere to certain principles and a schedule. By Deborah Jones, Contributing Writer Each operator should be fully trained in thread handling techniques, particularly thread tensioning. t he larger your embroidery operation, the more you need a defined training program. Having your newhires learn by "on-the-job osmosis" usually results in uneven job skills, an unpredictable time frame to develop trainees and no way to measure progress and retention. More importantly, it doesn't give your new employees their best chances to excel. I have managed large, multiple-shift embroidery shops and found that having an established training curriculum allowed me to identify where employees needed additional instruction. A good training program has a defined curriculum attached to a schedule. I like to tailor the program to fit my trial-period time frame, which usually is 90 days. At the end of this period, a qualified candidate should have successfully completed the program and be able to perform the skills identified later in this article. EXPERIENCE LEVELS It may be tempting to hire an experienced operator, and many state employment commissions now include a category for embroidery machine operators. Be sure to fully evaluate operators who have worked in other large shops. Why? Because some large shops train operators in very specific tasks and their overall knowledge may be limited. For example, I once hired an experienced operator from a shop that embroidered for Ocean Pacific (OP) Apparel Corp. However, when performing sewouts, I learned that she was unaware that you could move the starting position Make some short videos of operations in your shop and post them for either public or private viewing on YouTube. of the hoop. At her previous shop, jobs were repetitive and there was no need to train certain skills. Still, you can find some good talent that may have recently moved into your area or someone re-entering the workforce. For these reasons, check with your state employment commission. SELECTING A CANDIDATE While many managers look for candidates with sewing experience, keep in mind that commercial sewing machine operators are used to sitting while working. Embroidery operators must stand on their feet all day, actively moving around the work area. The candidate also must have good eyesight, be able to discern color and be reasonably fit. June/July 2014 | Impressions 57

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Impressions - June/July 2014