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Every single one of the hundreds of thousands (if not millions!) of logo’d garments Portlantis has produced since we started our business in 2005 has been stitched on a Tajima embroidery machine. Headquarted in Japan and now a global company, Tajima manufactured the first multi head automatic embroidery machine in 1964. 
This revolutionised what was essentially a manual process up to this point – and meant embroidered logos and designs became accessible for everyday use. In 1980 the first computerised embroidery machine was introduced, which led to greater benefits in production – benefitting both the garment decorator (us!) and also the customers (you!). Each machine has 15 needles - which means we can stitch up to 15 colours per design! At 1200 stitched per minute. 
This is just one of our Tajimas in action this morning: 
Multi-head embroidery machines (which stitch the same design on multiple garments at the same time) peaked in popularity in the 1990s and recent years have seen a trend towards single-head machines which offer maximum flexibility: all the Portlantis machines are single head machines which we believe means we can offer a quicker service to our customers.  
Tajima are renowned for their reliability –in fact we are still running the first machine we bought back in 2005.  
We experience very few problems and Tajima have a great team of engineers in the UK should we need to call on them. Most customers who actually visit Portlantis are fascinated to witness industrial embroidery at first hand, but if you can’t get here in person do check out what these fantastic machines can do by clicking the link! 
Please contact us if you would like to come by the studio and see our Tajima's in all their glory - 01769 550 856 
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