This is a great place to start. We’re not talking about hand-stitched embroideries here. Commercial embroidery is definitely more hardcore, since we’re mass-producing embroidered logos and artwork on a large number of polo shirts, sweatshirts, and accessories on industrial-grade machines. The embroidery equipment we use is capable of turning out high volumes of embroidered pieces per hour, at very high speeds.
How fast are these machines? Instead of miles per hour, we measure embroidery machine speed by stitches per minute. A modern commercial embroidery machine can sew at speeds greater than 900 stitches per minute and maintain perfect quality.
A typical left-chest logo has about 6,000 stitches. That means most commercial embroidery machines with one head can complete that job in about 10 minutes and maintain perfect quality. Using a six-head machine, we can run six polo shirts at once and stitch six logos on those shirts in about 10 minutes. Each logo will be identical and look great.