Melco Embroidery Systems, a Denver-based company, recently donated a $34,000 industrial embroidery system to the department of design, merchandising and consumer sciences at Colorado State University.
The gift will allow students studying apparel design and production to create logos and intricate embellishments on their projects. Use of the embroidery system will help students understand industry embroidery standards and the role embroidery plays in the production process.
Melco’s gift, part of the expansion of industrial technology in the department’s academic curriculum, included embroidery machinery, a Pentium computer, software and training for two instructors.
Eulanda Sanders, a professor in the department, will be one of the instructors receiving two weeks of training from Melco. "This means we can simulate actual industry processes," Sanders said. "Having hands-on experience is an additional tool in helping students get jobs. It is an unusual opportunity for undergraduate students to have access to this type of technology. This semester 20 students will have the chance to produce a variety of embroidered soft goods."
For more information, call LaVon Blaesi in the department of design, merchandising and consumer sciences at (970) 491-1194.