Schiffli Embroidery machines are available on the market as Standard and ATC (Automatic Tool Change) machines
Embroidery machines are available on the market as Standard and ATC (Automatic Tool Change) machines. Both Standard and ATC machines exist in different variations, have different embroidery heights (80-165 cm), are equipped with cutting device or without cutting device and may have different lengths (2.5 - 32Yards). Standard machines can be equipped with "Manual Tool Change (MTC)", Standard and ATC machines are both helpful to save time and useful to increase the possibilities of pattern making. Of course, the different machine types also require a different way of punching.
There are two different embroidery systems - Saurer (left hand machine) and Plauen (right hand machine).
For each system needles and shuttles are specially made and cannot be used with the other system.
Standard Machines with MTC (Manual Tool Change)
ATC Machines (Automatic Tool Change) or Pentamant
When changing the repeat on a standard embroidery machine, needles, borers and shuttles have to be changed manually. All the required needles, borers and shuttles have to be set or removed according to the working repeat. Needles can be removed or set by opening or tightening a screw, and borers, by opening or closing a hook.
Standard machines have one single thread roller that feeds the needle. Do not forget to remove the corresponding spool when changing the repeat.
If the shuttles remain in the machine although not in use, the shuttle yarn will be tangled and it will be impossible to continue stitching afterwards.