As a small embroidery shop owner, have you been in the situation of needing to train a embroidery production employee to help you but really did not know where to start? This can be very frustrating for the small embroidery shop owner that has always worked alone and has never had to teach anyone how to be a helper to them.

In this article, I will start with the very first employee that a small embroidery shop owner should start training for the embroidery production floor.

Train An Embroidery Production Employee To Start At The End Process!

If you have hired a new employee to start on the production floor, the best place to start is at the end of the process, regardless of what you have hired them for. Start them trimming, folding and packing. This helps them to see how the process is finished and helps to get them excited to learn more. If a new employee cannot trim, they need to be dismissed. This is a very basic function but takes a lot of dexterity and attention to detail. Many people feel that this part of the process is for low paying individuals that cannot do anything else. This could not be farther from the truth. A trimming mistake can ruin the entire process if close attention is not paid to detail. They need to have a positive attitude and their attitude will really show up during this process.

How To Start Training A Production Helper

They can then be moved into a helper’s position. A helper is someone that can help tie new threads onto the machine, load and unload the machine, carry work from the hooping area to the machine and carry the finished work from the machine to the trimmers. The training of this helper is very important. They must be shown everything that they are supposed to do and be thoroughly tested on these skills. This sounds like it is so simple that anyone should be able to do it, but they need to be taught exactly how each step is done.

Step One – Show them where the threads are stored and how you put them onto the machine. Teach them how to do the Weavers knot so that the threads will go right through the needles. Make sure that they understand exactly what is meant each step of the process. Have them do it over and over until they have it mastered. Do not let them go to step two until step one is mastered.

Here is a video showing you how to tie the Embroidery Threads so that they will go right through the needles! It works 99% of the time. Huge time-saver!


Proper training is extremely important when you hire a new employee for your embroidery operation. Without the proper training this new employee can end up creating a lot of mistakes and this leads to lost production. This is just as important for the small embroidery shop owner that is hiring their first employee as it is to the multi-head shop that has many employees. Learning the right process to train an embroidery production employee is very important.  It is going to mean the difference between a well-run shop and one that is only mediocre.  You want to make sure when you train an embroidery production employee that everyone is on the same page, so to speak!