Press Release: V2002062

Patrina MAK
Marketing Manager

3 May 2002

The 1st Asian learns Embroidery in Europe

My name is Patrina. I was born in Hong Kong, China and moved to Singapore in 2001. I’m the first Asian student in the Punching School of The Embroidery Connection (“EC”). Currently, I’m staying in Europe to learn the Splendid Embroidery organized by “EC”. I chose to learn embroidery in Europe because embroidery was invented in Europe.
Since I joined EC in March 2001, I found embroidery is an interesting industry. I have participated in the ITMA 2001 which was held in Singapore with “EC”. The EC group wants to improve staff quality in order to provide better service to customers. The management has therefore decided to train its overseas staff in Europe to achieve the full knowledge about embroidery.

With this opportunity, I have met two other overseas colleagues, Adriana Duarte from Bogotá, Columbia and Angela Urrego from Altach, Austria. The training is divided into 4 sessions: Embroidery Knowledge, Traditional & Modern Punching Skills, Machines & Mechanics, and Embroidery Designing & Punching with the ProArt & ProLace systems.

The 1st part of the training is a half-day sight seeing tour to the embroidery museum and to a customer’s factory to see the differences between traditional & modern embroidery machines, including digitizer based punching machines, card cutters & readers, Card simulators etc. As a beginner, I am amazed by the information about embroidery an by learning its history and its progress. This is the easiest part of my training as I get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the snowed areas of Austria & Switzerland at the same time.

The 2nd part of the training involves learning of traditional & modern punching theory and the skills involved. I have to experience the difference between a traditional digitizer based punching system and our high tech software ProLace. The punching skills are very difficult to learn. I have to learn how to look at a design and how to start punching from the top to the bottom according certain rules. My trainer, Mr. Günter Heinzle, has taught me to mind every single stitch that I have punched, as there are hundreds of needles involved stitching on the fabric at the same time. If I make a mistake in punching, many needles will break in the production process.

In the 3rd part of the training, I learn to use an embroidery machine. It involves learning the mechanical theories, including movement of the frame, gear, drive and motor. I learn how to change the thread, fill shuttles and put the fabric onto the machine. To understand the mechanics is not easy, as there are many factors that can influence the speed of machines and the quality of the embroidery.

My trainer, Mr. Andy Medik, has installed a servo system onto our embroidery machine. From him I have learned how to upgrade old embroidery machines to increase its speed, quality and reliability. This is the most difficult part of the training for me, as I have never learned anything about machines and mechanics before.

The 4th part of the training involves both Mr. Dieter Müller & Mr. Günter Heinzle. Here I learn to design my own graphic by ProArt and punching by ProLace. After punching the design, I convert the design into Plauen format and then bring it to the embroidery machine. Finally I got the embroidery on the fabric. The result is fascinating and fabulous!

After that, I also made a design from the Heinzle embroidery library. The designs of the library include also the stitch data, thus saving me a lot of time on punching. Just a few clicks to retrieve the data, save them on a floppy disk, to run them on the embroidery machine and to view the result coming out of the machine.
The training period does not consist of work only. We also had much fun during the recreation breaks involving Ice-Skating, Toboggan & Skiing. I have enjoyed the time with my trainers & colleagues.

I would like to take this opportunity to give my sincerest thanks to the Embroidery Connection in giving me this unforgettable experience. In the future, the EC will organize a punching school to teach students in the skills and techniques of Embroidery Punching.
Article written by Patrina Mak