Recent Factory Life

Photos from the 1990’s.

A view into the daily work life at Chicago Embroidery Company. We operated two factories with over 90 employees running three shifts. Our emblems were made using Swiss Schiffely looms with a few German made looms.

The Chicago Embroidery Company thanks Gloria P. Chavero-Steedman for taking and saving theses photos.


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Factory worker watching over the loom's needles as they stitch the patches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Factory worker maintaining the loom's mechanical parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Worker rethreading the needle when thread slipped out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Worker threading each needle with the next thread color used in the patch's design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Supervisor inspecting patches for quality after they come off the heat seal machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Worker as a watcher, making sure the needles are stitching properly and looking for thread breaks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Workers die cutting patches after the backing has been placed and inspected

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Die cutter uses different dies to cut out each patch. Note the selection of die shapes next to the cutter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Worker in the merrowing department. Each patch with a merrowed edge was merrowed by hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Worker using a merrow machine to add a border to each patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Worker counting and packing patches for shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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At the end of the day, a worker in the merrowing, finishing, and shipping department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Where orders start and end. Some of the office workers taking customer orders, starting the manufacturing process, and invoicing.