The Machines in Embroidery

As time goes by, the world of embroidery also evolved. The variety of garments, clothing or ornaments where embroidery is used keeps growing. Decades ago, embroidery is just used for church ornaments but now it is widely used to make more something more beautiful. Decades ago, embroidery can only be seen on clothes of royal families but now anyone can upgrade their clothing using embroidery it can be a shoe or a bag.

With the evolution of embroidery, it gave birth of the embroidery machine. We all know that hand sewn embroidery is very unique and takes a lot of effort and time to finish, that’s why the embroidery machines was invented. Machine embroidery helped the art of embroidery a new meaning. Because of this invention many companies especially clothing company that uses embroidery on their designs helped these company to make more and produce more in a short amount of time.

Let’s look back at the evolution of the machines that make embroidery industry rise.


Hand-embroidery Machine

Before the embroidery machine was created it was Josué Heilmann in who invented the hand-embroidery machine in 1829. Heilmann’s hand-embroidery machine used a pantograph system to transfer the stitches. Each stitch is drawn out on a large-scale design and then its position traced by an operator using a point on one arm of the pantograph. A series of needles responds to the movement of the pantograph arm. Each needle has an eye in the middle for the thread, and two sharp ends. The needle is passed backwards and forwards through the ground cloth using a pincer system (double-sided pincer wagons), so imitating the action and appearance of hand embroidery.

Most of the hand-embroidery machine were used in homes. But the hand-embroidery machine has its drawbacks one of them is the machine cannot operate on its own and the threading must be done by hands.

The invention of the hand-embroidery machine gave companies from France, Germany and Switzerland had an idea and developed in to now we know embroidery machine.


Shiffli Machine

Another invention before the embroidery machine was the schiffli machine. Because of the problems of the stitching speed and thread capacity of the hand-embroidery machine gave birth to this another invention.

Schiffli machine was invented by Isaak Grobli in 1863.  His machine was based on the principles introduced by the newly invented sewing machines, which used two sets of threads, one on the obverse and one on the reverse side of the cloth. Gröbli 's machine, however, used the combination of a continuously threaded needle on the obverse and, more significantly, a shuttle containing a bobbin of thread underneath.

The shuttle itself looks like the hull of a sailboat, hence its nickname, Schiffli, meaning ‘little boat’ in Swiss German (the term is still in use at the beginning of the twenty-first century).

The products where schiffli machines were use was often mistaken that it was hand sewn because of its quality.


Multi-head Embroidery Sewing Machine

The first multi head embroidery machine was first invented by the Singer Sewing company in 1911.

A multi head embroidery machine has more than one head. Generally, it contains 2, 4, 6 or more head. It is more expensive than single head machine. It also takes large space to install. It can output many embroidery stitches on garments in a short period of time. Multi head embroidery machines are made for production able to run non-stop through long time and deliver consistently high-quality embroidery stitches.


Computerized Embroidery machines

Computerized embroidery machine are specialized machines that can create embroidery from computerized designs. Such machines exist for the home market, for the small independent professional and for mass production. Many home sewing machines can be turned into an embroidery machine by adding a hardware module.

With the invention of the computerized embroidery machines helps to produce more complex and complicated designs.


With these innovations the embroidery world was now available anytime, anywhere. These machines help us explore the wide things that we can do with the use of embroidery. Designs became more complex. In just one click and poof!! You already have a beautiful and unique embroidered clothing.