I first got involved in the embroidery business in 1990. After spending a soggy Seattle winter in construction I landed an indoor job doing building maintenance in an embroidery house. Part of my job was maintaining/repairing four 12-head Tajima's, a Melco Star and a couple of industrial sewing machines. At the time I didn't even know such machines even existed , let alone how to fix them. After a year or so I had things pretty much figured out so I applied at the West coast distributor in Seattle (C.H. Holderby/Tajima West) as an embroidery tech. They distributed Tajima, Melco and Brother embroidery machines. I worked there for 13 years installing, training, maintaining and repairing many types of embroidery machines. I also trained people how to use Wilcom, Melco, Pulse and Tajima digitizing programs. C.H. Holderby/Tajima West lost their contract with Tajima late in 2004. In January 2005 I went to work for Hirsch International. At Hirsch I mainly worked on Tajima machines. In 2008 I started receiving training for MHM Automatic Screen Printing machines. In June 2009 there was a lay off due to the economic downturn in the market. There I was, a fully trained technician able to set up complete embroidery and screen printing production lines, train people how to use them as well as maintain and repair them as needed.