There are several different kinds of Embroidery machines available in the market for example, the Standard and Automatic Tool Change or ATC machines. Both this ATC machine and the standard machine have different heights of embroidery which is 80-165 cm and are also equipped with cutting devices. In some cases these embroidery machines might not have cutting devices and might have different lengths.
Standard machines are often equipped with “Manual Tool Change (MTC)”, Standard and ATC machines are both helpful to save lots of time and wont to increase the chances of pattern making. Of course, the various machine types also require a special way of punching. There are two different kinds of embroidery machines one is Saurer and the other is Plauen. The Saurer is left-handed machines while the Plauen is a right handed machine.
For each system needles and shuttles are specially made and cannot be used with the opposite system.
On machines with Saurer system, also referred to as left-hand machines (LH), the yarn passes the attention of the needle from right to left. The shuttles move from the highest left corner to rock bottom right corner. You can also choose to buy used Saurer Schiffli Embroidery machine if you do not want to go for a new machine.
Standard Machines with MTC (Manual Tool Change)
MTC stands for Manual Tool Change, which may be a special feature of Lasser (one of the main Schiffli embroidery machine manufacturers). This suggests that needles and borers can remain on the machine because they will be switched on and off by a switch situated next to every thread watcher which ends up in saving tons of your time and work. Spools and shuttles need to be removed manually.
ATC Machines (Automatic Tool Change) or Pentamant
This means needles, borers; thread rollers and shuttles are often switched on and off automatically by setting the specified repeat within the punching. Each needle features a separate thread roller which allows putting all the yarns right from the beginning without removing it after changing a repeat. This makes it possible to make designs with various repeats and colors without time-intensive needle, borer and yarn changing.
Machines equipped with Plauen system are referred to as right-hand machines (RH). The yarn passes the attention of the needle from left to right. The shuttles move from the highest right corner to rock bottom left corner.
Standard Schiffli Embroidery Machines
When changing the repeat on a typical embroidery machine, needles, borers, and shuttles need to be changed manually. All the specified needles, borers and shuttles need to be set or removed consistent with the working repeat. Needles are often removed or set by opening or tightening a screw, and borers, by opening or closing a hook.
The standard machines have s single thread roller which feeds the needle. Do not forget to get rid of the corresponding spool when changing the repeat. If the shuttles remain within the machine although not in use, the shuttle yarn is going to be tangled and it will be impossible to continue stitching afterward.