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5th December 2008

Thread Conversions Page

We recently did a small update to our web site.  One of the things that we added was a thread conversions page.   Now, instead of having to hunt through our site to find the various methods we have for doing thread conversions, you can find them all in one place.

Of course, the method of thread conversion we recommend most often is using our online thread converter.   This program allows you to convert from Madeira, Robison-Anton, Isacord or Gunold and also does conversions from Rayon to Polyester.  The online thread converter works with our EnMart store, so you can find your converted colors and make a purchase all in one trip.

If you would prefer to own your own software for thread conversions, EnMart offers that as well.   The MyThreadBox Full Edition is  software you can run on your personal computer.  It allows you to make conversions between any two brands of thread.

If you’re just looking for a quick and easy reference, you might prefer the PDF version of our thread conversion chart.  This chart is in Iris number order and makes it easy to cross reference most popular thread brands with Iris thread.

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4th December 2008

Making Money Through Recycling and Refreshing

In tough economic times businesses have to be innovative to survive.  Business owners also need to be able to spot trends and capitalize on them.  When times are tough a lot of people aren’t inclined to buy new clothes.  They are more apt to recycle or reuse their current wardrobe in new ways.   This can present an opportunity for the savvy embroidery shop owner.

One easy way to refresh an old garment is to add embroidery or other embellishments.   An old jacket or shirt could gain new life through embroidery or adding a creative patch.  Hand-me-down children’s clothes can be personalized through the use of a monogram.  Adding rhinestones or a screen print transfer can give color and sparkle to an otherwise boring garment.

Another potential source of business is taking old items and creating something new.  Old t-shirts could be cut down and made into embroidered hand towels.   Socks could be sewn together to create draft excluders or sock animals.  Old clothes could also be used to make braided rugs or even quilts.  With a little thought a lot of clothing items can be  used in the creation of unique gifts and keepsakes.

If you want to pursue this niche, you need to let people know that you’re interested.  Talk to your current customers and let them know that you’re willing to do small jobs that will help extend the life of their clothing.   Offer your services to a local thrift shop in exchange for being able to advertise to those people who buy at the store.  Contact the local newspaper or TV station and offer to write an article or do a demonstration about recycling clothing.  If you let people know you can do the work and show them ways that they can save money, they will come to your shop.

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3rd December 2008

A Contest Winner and Bulk Pricing

Today I have a few announcements to make.

First I want to congratulate Carolyn Rhodes of A Special Touch.  She won our November contest.   As the winner of our contest she will receive 2 Best 24 Kits in her choice of polyester or rayon.  EnMart will be holding new contests in the future, so if you didn’t win this time, there will be more chances.  Keep an eye on our website and this blog for further chances to win.

I also wanted to let our customers know that we now offer bulk pricing on certain items in our store.   You can now get bulk pricing on bobbinsneedles, and accessories like scissors and thread clips.  We also offer bulk pricing on our SprayWay products including Spray Adhesive and Silicone Spray.   If you’re looking to save money by purchasing items in larger quantities, you’d be smart to take advantage of our bulk pricing.

I should also remind everyone that we do have backing available at closeout prices.  If you’re looking to stock up on a particular kind of backing, check out our closeout items to see if any of them will meet your needs.    These closeout prices are in effect until our stock is cleared,  so if you’re interested in making a purchase, you would be wise to make it soon.

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