Bernina RSA Exhibiting Flagship Melco EMT16 Embroidery Machine at Sign Africa and FESPA Africa Expo


Bernina RSA will showcase the EMT16 embroidery system at the Sign Africa and FESPA Africa expo, taking place from 7-9 September at Gallagher Convention Centre.

Bernina’s Melco EMT16 embroidery system is technologically advanced in every facet of its design and manufacture. From the fully operational modular system that allows you to grow your production capacity as your sales increase, to the tensioning system that operates on a pre-feed basis, helping speed up your embroidering by up to 40 percent. The Melco EMT16 can embroider on pockets while they are still attached to garments. Bernina RSA, which has been operating in Southern Africa since 1947, provides the training and servicing of these machines.

Since 1972, Melco USA has been the brand of choice in the United States for entrepreneurs looking to invest in embroidery machines. Today, with more than 40 years of experience in developing, engineering and manufacturing equipment for the apparel industry Melco has one of the most technologically advanced commercial embroidery machines available in the international market.

The unique design as well as the groundbreaking technology these commercial and industrial embroidery machines offer made such a big impression on top Swiss Sewing Machine manufacturer, Bernina International, that they bought the company known as Melco USA.

The EMT16 brings an improved performance through a modular system that optimises production efficiency up to 40%.
• The patented digital tension system known as Acti-Feed allows the user to set a positive feeding flow of thread according to each different type of fabric and thickness with enhanced consistency, giving unparalleled quality production day in and out.
• The high speed pantograph gives users the ability to comfortably run between 1100-1300 stitches per minute (SPM), with a top speed of 1500SPM.
• It boasts the smallest cylindrical lower arm, allowing the operator to get into hard-to-reach places, like embroidering on pockets without having to dismantle and reattach it back onto the garment.
• Being a modular system, the user can upgrade a single machine into a multi-head system by adding a new machine to the existing system as the need arises. It is capable of being upgraded to up to 12 heads on a single operating system, which has an immense advantage by decreasing setup downtime with increased production output.
• An easy to learn operating system which can be taught within less than an hour.

Full training is given in intensive one-on-one training sessions to get new owners up to speed with their new investment, helping them build a strong foundation for a successful embroidery business.

Entrance to the expo is free. For more information or to pre-register online, please visit or

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