Schiffli Machine Embroideries

SIC 2397

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This category includes establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing Schiffli machine embroideries.

Most companies whose primary business is Schiffli embroidery are relatively small and privately owned. Schiffli lace is produced by a machine with several hundred needles placed horizontally one above the other. With fabric held in a frame covering the full width of the machine, the needles move back and forth through the material. The yarn used to embroider the fabric is supplied from individual spools.

Schiffli lace is a type of embroidery that once was made by hand with needles that were pointed at both ends. The lasting popularity of handmade lace led to the invention of lace-making equipment such as Schiffli machines. Many types of lace are machine made, frequently with geometrically shaped netting used as backgrounds. Although previously made only from cotton, Schiffli lace, like other laces, can be manufactured from manmade fibers.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 86 companies operated in this industry in 2007, 84 percent of which employed fewer than 20 workers. Value of shipments in this category equaled $90.2 million in 2007, compared to $123.0 million in 2004. According to Dun and Bradstreet's 2009 Industry Reports, New Jersey accounted for the highest percentage of sales in the industry, followed by California and Michigan. The two top states in terms of employment in this category were New Jersey and Missouri.

Following an almost continuous decline since 1988, employment in all of the fabricated textile industries increased in the mid-1990s. However, in 2001 a general decline in employment for all textile machinery operators began. The decline was caused primarily by the introduction of new machines and more efficient operating practices (which reduces the number of workers needed at textile factories), along with more relaxed international trade agreements, which placed U.S. companies and workers in greater competition with imported textiles. Employment in the Schiffli machine embroidery industry employment fell from 1,873 in 2000 to 1,313 in 2007, 77 percent of these employees were production workers. Employment in the textile and fabric finishing and fabric coating mills industry as a whole decreased from 123,500 workers in 1996 to 57,600 in 2006, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted further declines of about 3 percent annually through 2016.

In 1994 the United States, Mexico, and Canada implemented the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which removed tariffs and other trade restrictions from most goods made and sold in North America. As a result, U.S. textile exports to Mexico jumped from $1.1 billion to more than $3.0 billion between 1995 and 2002. However, between 1997 and 2002 cotton textiles and apparel imports from China, which reached $9.8 billion in 2002, had increased 17 percent. Imports from China continued to increase significantly, with the total for 2005 reaching $17.7 billion, up dramatically from $11.6 billion in 2004.

In 2005 the U.S. textile industry petitioned the U.S. government to invoke a World Trade Organization (WTO) safeguard mechanism intended to limit imports from overseas. The ensuing November 2005 agreement with China, the country most affected by the quota removal, limited imports for three years. When the agreement ended in 2008, the National Committee of Textile Organizations and other industry organizations lobbied Congress for a new import-monitoring program on Chinese products. Although officials held meetings on the issue in mid-2009, no agreement was reached.

One of the trends in the industry throughout the late twentieth and early twenty-first century involved manufacturers' investment in high-technology machinery such as computerized embroidery machines. As the textile industry continued to become increasingly automated, operators and setters were required to understand complex machinery and master related computer skills.

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