Press Release: V2003021
27 February 2003
A Korean discovers the Secrets of Embroidery at the
EC Punching School
The 1st Korean student attended a fascinating embroidery class at the
EC Punching School in Switzerland. Mr. Lim learned, practiced and exported
his own production into a fabric with incredibly fast progress. He claimed:
“This was the perfect school for me to learn punching and gave
me an invaluable experience to live in Europe. I got more than I expected;
over 200% of my expectation.”
S. M. Lim, was the first Korean student of the punching school provided
by Heinzle embroidery AG, Switzerland (a member of the Embroidery Connection).
Lim obtained a Bachelor Degree with major in Engineering. He works in
Hana Lace Company, an embroidery business of Lim’s family, for
more than 2 years after his graduation. Hana Lace is an embroidery manufacturer
in South Korea with various machine ranges including the brands of Saurer,
Hiraoka, Pfaff and ZSK. Hana Lace has 30 workers managed by 3 team leaders,
including Lim and his father. Most workers are hired from other Asian
countries. For punching, Hana Lace actually out sources to a punching
Lim’s father is a very famous embroidery designer in Korea. In
Hana Lace, Lim is responsible for Human Resources and Customer Services.
As Lim is an engineer, he also takes care for the operation of the machinery
to ensure that the processes are running smoothly on track. The Embroidery
Connection was highly recommended to Hana Lace by their local agent.
Lim was chosen to study at the EC Punching School in Switzerland because
he is fluent in English and he is a fast learner.
Lim attended two punching classes: the Basic-class and the Advanced-class
in Switzerland, which was held in May & Jun 2002 respectively. In
the class, the Embroidery Connection provided a learning workflow for
its students including the embroidery history, design, manual punching,
digitizing, computer-aided punching with the ProLace Design & Punching
system, machinery control & operation. The students were also given
time for visiting fantastic attractions of Europe. Lim is a speedy learner.
He had no knowledge and experience in manual punching, nor in punching
with any other computer-aided punching systems. However, he managed
to produce his art craft from the processes of design, punching and
manufacturing on the fully equipped punching school within 3 days. Lim
has his own computer and he claims that some of advanced machines are
not available in Korea.
At the first day of the class, Mr. Günter Heinzle organized a local
tour for the students to visit the "Appenzeller Volkskunde Museum"
located at St. Gallen, Switzerland. The tour included the following
students: Lim from Korea, Mr. Hashimoto from Japan and Miss Sirichan
Sooksangkadis from Thailand. The purpose of this tour was to give the
students a brief idea of what embroidery is, the history of embroidery
and how embroidery is done manually etc. This gave the students some
knowledge and imagination on the development of embroidery during 18th
& 19th century.
In the punching class, Lim met friends from various countries, such
as Japan, Turkey, France, Thailand and Italy. Lim is not only a quick
learner but also a great helper in the class. He always gave help to
other students as he could understand and apply the processes very fast.
Due to his kindness, he has built very good friendships with other students
during the learning period.
The Embroidery Connection understands that the students can be frustrated
in the learning progress from many factors. Therefore beside the tuition
has given by Mr. Günter Heinzle, the students divided into small
groups, so that they could learn, practice and discuss with their partners
in order to improve their skills and tactics.
ProLace is the major punching software in the learning progress of the
school. At the beginning, Lim copied every single step from the tutor
because he wanted to follow Mr. Heinzle’s footsteps in punching.
After a short while, he was able to do the steps by himself and had
only to ask the tutor to correct his errors. During the 2 months learning
time, Lim went through more than 50 exercises with design and punching
processes. Lim is a workaholic. Everyday he started to work at 9 a.m.
and stayed till 9 p.m. He worked at least 12 hours per day, sometimes
extending past midnight. He wanted to stay late to concentrate on his
practice without interruption. He also wanted to discuss with the tutor
personally in order to pick up special techniques quickly.
Lim met a close classmate, Mr. Hashimoto, a famous designer from Japan.
Mr. Hashimoto has many years of experience in embroidery business. He
discussed with Lim about different embroidery systems that he knew.
Lim found that he is very lucky to know a good friend through the punching
school, especially since they both are Asian. At the end of the class,
Mr. Hashimoto invited Lim to visit his company in Japan.
Beside the Japanese classmate, Lim also met a lady from Turkey. As an
international student, Lim not only studied academic lesson but also
learned many languages from his classmates.
Lim was under much pressure during the class because besides learning,
language was also a problem for the students. As all the students came
from different countries, English was the common language for students.
However, there were still many opportunities that the students found
difficult to express themselves in English, and tended to use their
mother tongue instead. Many funny stories occurred among the group as
body languages were the only solution for them in some occasions.
To relieve the pressure, the Embroidery Connection organized many sight
seeing programs for students. Lim visited the “Rolls-Royce Museum”
the biggest museum of Rolls-Royce cars in the world. The three-storey
exhibition center occupies approximately 3,000 square meters and displays
Rolls-Royce cars built since 18th Century.
Beside studying in Switzerland, Lim also had the chance to visit Austria.
The Embroidery Connection organized several hiking tours for Lim and
the other students, e.g. to the Bödele and the Rappen & Alplochschlucht.
Many seasonal flowers grow on the mountain and many fabulous pictures
are captured in Lim’s memory. Lim also went to Schwarzenberg,
a small village in Vorarlberg of Austria over his weekend.
Lim demonstrated his leadership quality in the group of students. He
planned his free time during the weekend to travel around the European
countries with other classmates. He visited Bern, the capital of Switzerland,
Zürich, Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck Austria, Bregenz in Austria,
Lindau in Germany as well as Lake Constance which is surrounded by Germany,
Austria & Switzerland.
Lim found that Mr. Günter Heinzle is not only a tutor, but also
a good friend & brother. He claimed: “Mr. Heinzle looked after
me very well. He provided me with knowledge about lifestyle, European
culture, European cuisine and sight seeing while he was staying in Europe.”
After the punching class, the Embroidery Connection organized a farewell
party for Lim. More than 10 people from America, Mexico, Germany, Austria,
Philippines, and Thailand joined the party. Therefore, Lim called this
was a multi-national party. Before Lim went back to Korea, he also visited
Rome in Italy to fulfilled one of his dreams. Almost 3 months in Europe,
Lim learned many things and cherishes all the friendships he has built
through the Embroidery Connection.
WHAT HAPPENED TO LIM AFTER HIS TRAINING
IN THE PUNCHING SCHOOL?
When Lim went back to Korea, he suggested to his boss to use ProLace to
develop the own punching department of Hana Lace. At the beginning, his
boss rejected Lim’s suggestion as he thought ProLace might not match
with the other designing systems & machineries. Furthermore, was concerned
about the cost of ProLace. Lim demonstrated ProLace with some designs.
His boss started showing interest on this incredible system after the
demonstration. Now his boss wants to purchase ProLace and set up an own
punching department lead by Lim. Lim claimed: “This is a very good
chance for me to utilize what I have learned in Europe. However, I must
imply Korean designs into European punching skills as the culture and
the consumer behavior of Korean are totally different.”
NEXT STEP: SURF TO JAPAN!
has built many good friendships in Europe. Shortly after his return to
Korea, he grabbed the opportunity to go to Japan and visit the company
of his classmate, Mr. Hashimoto. During his stay in Japan, Mr. Hashimoto
invited Lim to work as a puncher in his company to operate the punching
system he had purchased from the Embroidery Connection.
Lim expressed: “This is an excellent chance for me to learn Japanese
culture, designs, and practice my punching skills. I never thought that
I would get a chance to learn and work overseas. I deeply thank the Embroidery
Connection for this!” At the same time, Mr. Dieter Müller performed
his routine visit for Mr. Hashimoto. Therefore, Lim also got another chance
to learn more about ProLace from Mr. Müller while he was working
Lim made the choice to learn at the Punching School provided by the Embroidery
Connection that gave him an opportunity to explore himself as an international
puncher. Now Lim encourages and wishes all potential students, “I
have successfully graduated from the Punching School and wish all of you
will have a brilliant future like I do!”
Due to large customer demand, the Embroidery
Connection will develop an Asian punching school in Thailand in 2003.
If you want to know more about Lim or the EC Punching School, please feel
free to contact Miss Patrina Mak. Tel: +65 90048386 or Email: email@example.com