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29th September 2009

Thanks Ft. Worth! It Was Fun!

fort-worth-convention-centerI’m back in the office today, and I’m missing the fun of the Ft. Worth ISS Show.  It was so great to meet all the wonderful people who were at the show, to see some online customers face to face, and to get to tell so many people about the terrific products and service EnMart offers.   We had a great time.

One of the best things was being able to spend time with our manufacturer partners.  Randy from QST, Frank from Hilos Iris and Chris and Mike from Sawgrass were in our booth at various times and all shared their knowledge and experience with our customers.  EnMart selects the products we carry very carefully and we select the companies with whom we work equally carefully. The EnMart team, which includes our manufacturer partners, is dedicated to working together to bring you the best products at the best prices possible.  It was great to see that in action at the show.

It was also great fun and very gratifying to hear so many variations of this sentence “I just love your products”.  Sometimes the person who made the statement was talking about the thread, other times it was our blank patches or the backing we sell.  Some people particularly mentioned our metallic thread.  We know that our products are quality products because we use them ourselves, but it is always nice to hear that others enjoy using the products we sell as well.  Thank you to everyone who took a moment to stop by our booth and tell us how much they like using our merchandise.

The final ISS show of the year was a great one for us, and we look forward to seeing you at a wide variety of trade shows in 2010.  We’ll be at ISS Long Beach and ISS Atlantic City.   EnMart will be at the DAX Shows.  We’ll also be at the NNEP Shows.   If you’re planning to be at any of those shows, please stop by and see us.

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23rd September 2009

Come See Us at ISS Ft. Worth

fw_dtTomorrow at this time I will be in the air winging my way toward Ft. Worth and the ISS show which is being held there this weekend.  I’m really excited to be going to Texas and to have the opportunity to meet some of the people who read this blog and who are loyal EnMart customers.   All of us who are going to be manning the booth are really looking forward to it.

If you are going to be at ISS Ft. Worth, please do stop by booth 550 and say hello.  We will also be offering some great show specials which you won’t want to miss.  Our Best 24 Polyester Kits will be on sale for $40.   Iris Best 24 Rayon Kits will be on sale for $48.   If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to try out Iris thread, these kits are the best and contain our 24 most popular colors.

EnMart will also be offering a sublimation and ChromaBlast special at the ISS Fort Worth Show.   We will be offering 10% off our “create your own” sublimation kits.    As we explain on our website:

At Enmart, we believe that you should be able to have it your way.  That is why we don’t pre-configure a bunch of different sublimation system packages, although it really is a great way to get rid of excess inventory or slow moving accessories. We don’t stock slow movers though, so that could cause us a bit of a problem.  Besides, your business is most likely a little different from the person down the street and you may want something that business doesn’t have.

Therefore, we have taken the “Build Your Own System” approach. If you purchase ANY items from at least 4 of the 5 Sublimation categories, we will manually apply a  DISCOUNT to ALL the sublimation or Chromablast related items, supplies, and accessories on your ENTIRE order.  So, the more you buy, the more money you save.

We’re looking forward to a great show in Ft. Worth and we hope to see as many of you as possible while we’re there.  If you’re going to be attending the show, stop by Booth 550 and see us.  You’ll be glad you did.

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18th September 2009

Shh! Our Secret Sale is a Secret!

new-1 We’ve been talking about it and Tweeting about it and writing about it on Facebook and now it’s finally here.   EnMart’s secret sale is this Monday, September 21, 2009.

For one day only all of EnMart’s 5500 yard Iris thread cones are on sale.  Our 5500 yd Polyester Cones are on sale for $4.95, a savings of 22% off the regular price.  Our 5500 yd Rayon Cones are on sale for $5.50, a 35% savings off the regular price. Prices will be reflected at checkout.

If you’ve been thinking about stocking up on Iris thread, or trying it for the first time, Monday is a great day to make your thoughts reality.  The price can’t be beat, and we also make it easy to convert from your current thread to Iris thread.  Our online thread conversion engine is fast, easy to use and convenient.

If you’re already on our mailing list, then you know about the sale.  If not, you should really contact us and ask to be added to our list. You can also keep up to date on what’s happening at EnMart by following us on Twitter or Facebook.

Remember, this sale lasts one day only.   After Monday, September 21, our  thread will return to the standard prices.

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15th September 2009

Getting the Best Results From Sublimation

sublimation-blanksSublimation can be a great profit center for almost any garment decoration or souvenir or gift shop business, but there are things you need to know in order to get the best results from your sublimation products.  Getting your printer and your inks and all your sublimatable blanks is only half the task.  Once you’ve got them, you need to know how to use these products to their fullest advantage.  Today, I wanted to share a few tips to help you do just that.

Tip 1: Remove the protective film carefully – Most sublimatable blanks are covered with a plastic film which keeps the surface from being marred or scratched.   Do not pick at the plastic covering with a fingernail or sharp object in a effort to remove it.   The best way to remove the film and reduce the risk of damage to the unprinted substrate is to use something like tape with a sticky side to pull the adhesive from the blank.  If you don’t have any tape, use the pad of your thumb or forefinger to peel back the edge of the plastic.   Do not use anything sharp as this could nick or leave gouges in the substrate.

Tip 2: Add a “bleed” to your artwork – Enlarge your artwork so it is 1/16″ to 1/8″ larger than the blank you will be sublimating.  Align your blank by placing it face down over the transfer.  When you can see an even amount of ink on all sides of the transfers, then the blank is properly aligned.   Hold the transfer in position by folding two sides of the transfer over the back of the sublimatable blank and securing it with heat resistant tape.

Tip 3:  Avoid “blowouts” – “Blowout” is a reference to an image that has colors which have “blown out” of the borders of the design and appear smudged.  Blowouts are generally caused by uneven heating, excessive pressure or overheating.  To avoid this issue, use a Teflon pad to cover your transfer and lessen the variations in temperature.

Tip 4:  How to store finished product – Do not place sublimated products in direct contact with each other or with any other synthetic product.  The inks will migrate from the substrate to the synthetic material as time passes.  There is also the risk of scratching the substrate.  It is recommended that you store sublimated items with a piece of paper inserted between each item.  This will help eliminate ink migration and the reduce the potential for scratches.

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14th September 2009

Eco-Friendly EnMart

earthWe all know that environmental friendliness is a big issue these days.  Your customers want garments and embellishments created with products that are not harmful to the environment.  You want to please your customers without spending a ton of money on supplies or being limited in your choice of products.  I’m happy to say that EnMart can help you meet your goals and your customers wishes.

If you’re looking for thread that is manufactured in an environmentally friendly manner, you should really learn about Iris Thread.   This thread is manufactured by Hilos Iris, a company which is dedicated to environmentally friendly manufacturing practices.   From the dye stuffs used to color the thread to the waste water that is created in the manufacturing process, Iris does everything possible to be environmentally friendly.  You can read about Hilos Iris and their commitment to the environment in the About Us section of their web site.

EnMart also offers environmentally friendly inks for those who are decorating garments or other items through sublimation.   The Sublijet Inks available from Sawgrass Technologies are considered “green ink” because they are water based, and as such are demonstrably less harmful to the environment than solvent based inks.    When these inks are paired with recycled, recyclable, natural or biodegradable substrates, you get a finished product that  is certifiably green.   To learn more about “Green Ink Technology” you can download Sawgrass’ paper on the subject.

Another environmentally friendly product category that EnMart is currently investigating is backing.   One product we are looking into is the Hydro Stick Backing from QST.   This hoopless stabilizer has a moisture activated adhesive, which eliminates the need for traditional adhesive backing, which creates waste paper or spray adhesives, which often come in aerosol form.   The adhesive on this backing is also designed not to gum up the needles on your embroidery machines.

Environmentally friendly embroidery and sublimation products don’t have to be hard to find or hard on your wallet.  EnMart’s inventory of environmentally friendly products is expanding, so keep checking back to see what has been added.  If you known of a eco-friendly product that is not currently in our product inventory, please let us know in the comment section of this post.   As we’ve mentioned in the past, when you speak, we listen.

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1st September 2009

EnMart September Specials

halloween-thread-graphicSeptember is the month for some spooky, and secret, savings at EnMart.

First up, EnMart has created a special, limited edition Halloween thread palette for all those embroiderers out there who are getting ready to do some scary stitching. Whether you’re embroidering ghoulish ghosts, wicked witches, or plump pumpkins, our Halloween thread palette will supply you with all the colors you need. This thread palette will also save you over 17% off buying each cone of thread individually.

Next, we continue our HI-10 Style L Bobbin special. Our HI-10 bobbins have proven to be so popular that we couldn’t resist continuing our August sale for another month. If you’re looking for a great value and a smooth running, long lasting bobbin, you need look no further than the HI-10 Style L Bobbin from Hilos Iris. EnMart also offers quantity breaks on our Style L bobbins, so the more you buy, the more you save.

Finally, we’re having a sale, but shhh! it’s a secret.

EnMart will designate one day in September as our sale day. During that day, all king cones of polyester thread will be on sale. Those people on our mailing list will be notified a few days before the sale, so they can take advantage of the terrific savings. If you are not currently on our mailing list, please contact us to be added, or keep an eye on the web site so you don’t miss this great sale.

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