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Working with Metallic Thread

8th November 2007

Working with Metallic Thread

EnMart is proud to offer Iris UltraBrite Metallic thread in gold and silver.  Metallic thread can add sparkle to your designs, and, if you follow a few simple steps, is quite easy to use.  Today’s blog post will give you a few tips that will help make working with metallic thread easy and fun.

Tip #1:  Slow Down.  Metallic thread sews best at a slower speed.  Allowing the machine to sew at a slower rate may also help eliminate snags and breaks.

Tip #2: Use the right needle.  There are needles made especially for metallic thread.  The eye of the needle has a different shape and is designed to allow metallic thread to flow more smoothly.  If you use metallic thread frequently, metallic thread needles are a wise investment.

Tip 3: Adjust the tension.  Looser needle tension can help prevent metallic thread from breaking.  To determine which tension setting is right for your machine, sew a small test design.  If the thread breaks after a few stitches, stop sewing and adjust the needle tension downward.  Keep loosening the tension until the thread stops breaking.

Tip 4:  Change your needle often.  Dull needles can cause a great many problems, both with your design and with the thread.  Make sure you change your needle often (every 8 to 10 hours is recommended).

 Tip 5:  Examine design density.  Metallic thread works best with designs that aren’t too dense.   Some designs may not be suitable for metallic thread, even if you reduce the density.  For those who may not know, density describes the distance between two stitches.   Low density designs have more distance between stitches.

 Metallic thread can be a great way to accent your designs, particularly around the holiday season.  If you purchase quality metallic thread, like that available from EnMart, and follow the tips given above, embroidering with metallic thread should be simple and tension free.

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7th November 2007

Selecting the Right Needle

The needle that you use can have a large impact on the success or failure of your embroidery project.  Because we know that,  we wanted to provide you with some tips that will help you make the right needle choice.

 The first thing you need to know is that most commercial embroidery machines use round shank needles.  Most home sewing and embroidery machines use flat shank needles.  The shank is the upper end of the needle that is held by the set screw or needle bar. 

 When beginning a new embroidery project it is always good to start with a new needle.  A needle that is dull can cause puckers or snags in the fabric, which could ruin the appearance of your embroidery.  If you experience stitching problems like puckering or snagging, the easiest solution may be simply to change to a fresh needle.   It is recommended that needles be changed about every 8 hours. 

The following factors should be taken into account when selecting a needle:

  1. Fabric Type:  Is the fabric knit or woven?  Is it a dense or loose fabric?
  2. Fabric Weight: A heavier fabric will probably require a larger and heavier needle.
  3. Thread size: There is a simple test to ensure the needle is the right size for the thread you are using.  Cut a piece of thread about 12 inches long and thread it through the needle.  Hold the thread taut and vertically.  From the top of the thread, spin the needle.  The needle should spin down the thread.  If it doesn’t, you need a bigger needle.

The most common needle sizes in machine embroidery are 65/9, 70/10, 75/11, and 80/12.  Machine embroidery needles differ from regular embroidery needles in that they usually have a larger eye and a groove in the shank.  This design protects embroidery threads, which are generally polyester or rayon, from breaking.

EnMart has a wide selection of machine embroidery needles for sale in our online store.  If you have any questions regarding needles, or any of our products, please contact our knowledgeable customer service staff, who will be happy to assist you with your request.

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6th November 2007

What Machine Embroidery Magazines Do You Read?

We’re in the process of collecting media kits from the various magazines that deal with machine embroidery.  Some of these magazines, like Stitches and Impressions we are already familiar with and read.  Other magazines, like Creative Machine Embroidery and Designs in Machine Embroidery, are less familiar and we are still learning about them. 

One of the reasons we are collecting media kits and visiting the magazine websites is that we are in the process of planning an advertising campaign.  One of the things any business needs to do to get customers is to advertise.  Like any other business, we need to tell you who we are and what we sell, and we need to do it in such a way that you’ll want to come and investigate our wares and hopefully make a purchase. 

For those of you who may not have put together an advertising campaign, the challenge is figuring out where your customers are.  You need to figure out what magazines they read, what websites they visit, and in some cases, what television and radio shows they like.  The idea is to put your message where your potential customers will be.  The trick is in figuring out exactly where those places are.

The best people to help me figure out where our ideal advertising venues are is those of you who read this blog.  If you have a moment, please leave a comment and let us know what magazines you read or websites you visit.  It may only take a minute to leave a comment,  and it would be of great help to us. 

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1st November 2007

The Shelves are Stocked

On October 10th I wrote a post about how we were stocking the shelves of our Internet store.   I couple of weeks later, I wrote an update detailing our progress up to that point.    As I said then, stocking a store, whether it is a brick and mortar store or an Internet store, like ours, is always a work in progress.  Today, I am glad to say, that process is almost done. 

As of today, all the product information and prices are loaded into the store.   There are still some pictures and descriptions which need to be added, but the vast majority of the information is there.   Since all the products are now loaded into the store, I thought today would be a good day to give everyone a bit of a tour, and point out some products in which you may be interested. 

 Our first stop is polyester thread, which comes in 5500 yd. cones or 1100 yd. spools.   EnMart carries 300 colors of thread, so you’re sure to find a color that meets your needs. We also offer thread displays and racks, so you can easily store your thread.  EnMart also offers a selection of bobbins and bobbin cases

Another popular product is backing.  EnMart offers both black and white backing, in a variety of styles.   We also offer emblem blanks, which are perfect for creating badges and patches for clubs or groups.   If the club or group wants a screenprinted logo, you should also take a look at our Ntrans Screenprinted Transfers.   The method we use to create these transfers was developed at EnMart and is exclusive to us.  We’re confident you won’t find another screenprint transfer like it in the industry.

 EnMart also offers embroidery machine accessories and equipment.  If you’re looking for scissors, seam rippers, tweezers or a lint brush, we most likely have it in stock.  We also offer an assortment of needles,  which will fit a wide variety of machines. 

As always, if there is something you need that we don’t have in stock, please let us know.  We have sources for a large number of products, and most likely can find whatever it is you need.   If you are looking for a product, and haven’t been able to locate what you need, please feel free to contact us.   We’ll be happy to help.

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