An efficient sewing room is a productive sewing room. A productive sewing room is a successful sewing room. We at AE Sewing Machines care about our customers' efficiency and success. We are always looking for ways to help our customers improve efficiency in their sewing rooms. In this article, we are going to share our ideas with you on how to improve efficiency in your workplace and, in the long run, profit immensely from doing so.
1 - De-skill the Operation
It's no secret that experienced machinists are becoming increasingly more difficult to find. Right now in the U.K., there is a massive shortage of skilled operators, which has the potential to hurt the textiles industry in the years to come. Our solution to this problem? Take the skill out of the operation. Let's say, for example, you're a manufacturer of curtains. You have a small team of experienced machinists, but the demand for your product is slowly creeping up. This is great, but you know that you're going to have to bring some fresh faces in to keep up with the demand. The downside to this is that it's going to be very difficult to get someone up to speed in a short space of time. Fortunately for you, we have the tools to make your operation far more simple...
Our bespoke conveyorised sewing machines are tailored specifically for sewing long products that are difficult to handle, such as curtains, flags and soft signage. By using an automated machine such as this, not only are you increasing the overall speed of your operation, but you're also reducing the amount of skill involved. Anyone can be trained on these machines, regardless of their level of experience, within a few hours. Sure, these machines don't come cheap, but they will eventually pay for themselves and then some with the amount of product that they can yield.
2 - Bring in the Right Equipment
Improving efficiency isn't all about buying expensive, sophisticated machinery. Even bringing slightly higher quality equipment into your workplace makes a massive difference. For example, upgrading even simple machines like basic single needle lockstitches can increase efficiency. Purchasing a single needle lockstitch with automatic foot lift, thread trimmer and back tack will save your machinists a lot of time and effort and make them far more productive. Cutting out the use of scissors and the need to manually operate the foot lift will mean that they can spend more time sewing your products. Speaking from experience, we know that most machinists who go from using a basic machine to using a machine with these automatic features never want to go back afterwards. Convenient, time-saving solutions like this not only improve efficiency, but they keep your workers happy, too.
3 - Keep your Equipment Well-Maintained
This may seem like an obvious point to make, but we cannot stress how important this is. When a machine is down, it can disrupt your entire production line. Most machines break down due to misuse or lack of maintenance. You may benefit from encouraging your machinists to treat their machines as if they were their own. We're not trying to say that machinists aren't capable of looking after their machines, but we understand that during a busy workday, preventative maintenance is probably the last thing on their minds. However, regular cleaning and oiling of the machines can pay huge dividends in the long run. Your machines will have less downtime and you will spend far less money on call-outs for mechanics if the machines are well looked after.
There you have it! Three very different, but very effective ways to increase efficiency in your sewing room. If you haven't got the room in your budget for the first two tips, you can always start with the simpler solution of keeping your machines well-maintained and work your way up from there.