Mighty Hoops from ETC Supplies
Nicola Bone Glendinning, joint owner
Tell us a bit about your business
Uniform Shop is a family-run business based in Northamptonshire offering an online ordering system and a retail outlet for parents to be able to bring their children in to try the uniforms on for size.
What is the latest item of embroidery equipment you’ve purchased, and why did you buy it?
We have recently changed the way we purchase garments and have looked at a slicker way to provide our parents with embroidered items as quickly as possible. We used to get the items delivered in with the logo already on them, but found we had no control on the time it would take for the orders to arrive and had no ability to do urgent orders for new starters etc. We initially purchased one Brother PR670e embroidery machine in May this year, but found that the hoops supplied with the machine were slow [to use] so we looked at alternative options. After doing some research and getting advice from other embroiders, we contacted ETC Supplies and ordered the HoopMaster Mighty Hoops system and an additional hoop.
How much did it cost?
Although the initial purchase of the system and one extra hoop cost £900, the amount of time it saves in hooping the garments soon pays for itself. I cannot imagine using anything else – I can hoop a garment in seconds.
What‘s it like to use?
The freestyle arm is perfect for bookbags and small items while the main HoopMaster is ideal for polo shirts and sweatshirts. We have since purchased two further machines (one in June and another in August) and get two hoops for every machine.
Nicola uses Mighty Hoops on her Brother embroidery machines
My advice would be to not hesitate to spend the money on the Mighty Hoops. They are strong enough for garments and bags (including big backpacks) and because of the time it takes to hoop an item you will soon get your money back in increased production.