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The Friday Blog Round-Up 9/28/12

28th September 2012

The Friday Blog Round-Up 9/28/12

First on the list today is the advanced embroiderers bucket list from Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine.  I have to say, some of these suggestions look like they’d be tricky.    I would think that embroidering on a sheer ribbon and putting in a zipper with an embroidery machine would be especially tricky.   Why don’t those of you who are advanced embroiderers give these ideas a try and then let me know the level of difficulty involved.   Since I’m not even up to the rank of novice embroiderer at this point,  I doubt I’ll be trying any of these myself any time soon.

Second on the docket is a post from Fashion Incubator about the three rules of tradeshows.   Although the post is talking more about shows for designers who want to exhibit their apparel,  the advice and the rules also apply to embroiderers and suppliers who are purchasing space at shows like ISS or DAX or the NNEP shows.    I think the best advice is rule 1, know the show before you exhibit.   Walking a show and seeing what it’s like and who goes to it will save you a lot of wasted money and time.

Third at bat is a post from My Two Stitches.  It’s nominally about a walk in the woods,  but what I really think it’s about is the artistic eye.   I know a lot of artists and have several in my family,  and my experience has been that they tend to see patterns where others don’t.    I love Bonnie’s description of the weathered trees and the dead wood and the patterns and shapes she sees there.   The best thing about Bonnie’s posts, in my opinion,  is that they make you feel like you’re with her walking through the woods, and that she’s just leaning over to point out what she sees.    Since I don’t have the artistic eye myself,  I love it when others share their vision.

Fourth in line is the post that Erich Campbell wrote about his Trendsetter Award.    Those of you familiar with Erich know that he’s an incredibly talented guy who is always trying to push the boundaries of machine embroidery,  and that he’s also always willing to lend a hand or some advice to those who need it.   Being named as a Trendsetter couldn’t have happened to a nicer or more humble guy,  and this post is proof of that.

Fifth up is a post from Urban Threads featuring an awesome embroidered jacket that a customer made.  If you’ve read this blog or the EnMart Facebook page for any length of time,  you know I’m a big fan of Urban Threads and their designs.  This jacket is awesome and just goes to show what can be created if someone is willing to put in some time and effort.

Finally,  I wanted to mention a post from Peter Shankman about saying yes vs. saying no.   He makes the point in his post that it’s easier to say no and that saying no often seems safer,  but that saying yes is what can bring new and wonderful things into your life.   Posts like these always make me think, so I thought I’d share this one with you.

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26th September 2012

New Specialty Threads From EnMart

EnMart is proud to announce that we have added two new specialty threads to our website.   One of these is a thread that many customers have asked for over the last few years.   The other is a thread that we thought was fun and unique.

The first new thread is EnMart’s UltraGlow Glow in the Dark Thread.    This thread is 100% polyester and,  as the name implies,  glows in the dark.    It is available in six colors,  and does not,  as some threads do,  glow with the radioactive green glow that you often see in pictures of glow in the dark thread.  The glow of these threads echoes the color of the threads in their non glowing state.    To make the threads glow,  they must be exposed to sunlight or house light.   The glow can last for hours if the thread is put into complete darkness.    This is a fun thread for kids clothes, and certainly for Halloween decorations or costumes.    We know that a lot of people have been wanting us to add this thread to our product line,  so I’m happy to announce it is now available.

The second new thread is EnMart’s Sunsational  Solar Active Thread.  This thread is designed to change color when exposed to sunlight.   In the absence of sun,  the thread appears white or a relatively light color.   When exposed to sunlight,  the thread changes to a more vivid color.    The color change will last up to 6,000 times,  which is most likely the life of the garment.  Sunsational thread is available in 5 colors.

EnMart does add new products on a fairly frequent basis.  If you want to keep updated about what’s being added or what’s on the drawing board,  you can subscribe to this blog, like our page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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18th September 2012

Introducing Q-104 Water Soluble Topping

Those who follow EnMart on Facebook or who attended the NNEP Embroidery Mart in Nashville may already know about Q-104.  For those of you who don’t,  I thought it was time to do a blog post and let you all know about this revolutionary new topping and the great effects it can help you create.

First, let’s start with what Q-104 is and what it does.  Q-104 is a water-soluble felt topping for machine embroidery, perfect for creating vintage-styled, loose three-dimensional designs. Using Q-104 is simple, with most designs that feature fairly wide satin-stitch elements requiring very little alteration to achieve a three-dimensional effect.  Your imagination is the limit as to the textures you can create.  This topping dissolves easily in water leaving behind only the embroidery.

If you’re familiar with puffy foam,  Q-104 can help create a 3-d effect,  but is not exactly  the same sort of thing.  Designs do not need to be digitized specifically for Q-104,  nor does the excess topping need to be torn away once the embroidery is done.   Q-104 is water soluble,  so submersing your finished embroidery in water and agitating it will cause the topping to melt.  For best results,  running the embroidery through a cycle in your washing machine is recommended.

Creating a design for use with the Q-104 water soluble topping is relatively simple.  First, designate which portion of your design will be three-dimensional and execute it in a fairly wide satin stitch.  It’s easiest to always plan for the Q-104 to run last. If you have multiple 3-d elements in different colors, you can use the same piece of Q-104 for all 3-d color changes.  Because Q-104 washes away completely, you don’t have to worry about colored support material.  Just remember to stitch your two-dimensional elements first.

Q-104 can be used to create a wide variety of designs and effects.  Depending on the length and tightness of your stitches,  you can create small puffed letters,  or larger designs with a looser 3-d effect.   The only limit on what you can do with Q-104 is your imagination.  To request a sample,  contact us and we’ll be happy to send you one.   If you do create something awesome with Q-104,  send us a picture,  we’d love to see what you’ve made.

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6th September 2012

What Sort of Posts Do You Want to Read?

EnMart’s EmbroideryTalk Blog has been in existence since October 2007.   There are 500 + posts on the site and we’ve covered everything from business tips to embroidery tips,  to a bit of sublimation,  before we started the SubliStuff blog.  After almost five years of writing for this blog,  I have to admit I’m sometimes a little bit at a loss for new ideas or topics we haven’t covered.  I also realize that posts written 2 or 3 years ago may not have been seen by people who are reading now.

All this information is really leading up to the question in the title of this post,  what sort of posts do you want to read?   Would you like to resurrect Marketing Monday,  where I wrote a post about how to market your business every Monday?  Would you be more interested in seeing the return of Business Tips Wednesday,  where I talk about how to run a decoration business?  Do you want to see more posts that deal with the ins and outs of running and marketing a business?

Or, instead, would you prefer to see posts about how to use our products?   In 2008,  I did a series on machine embroidery needles.  I’ve done a couple different series of posts on embroidery stabilizer.   I believe there have also been a couple of posts about embroidering blank patches.    We could also discuss the uses of specialty threads,  how to sew with metallic thread and a wide variety of other product related subjects?   Is that the sort of thing you’d like to read.

Finally,  there are the posts about EnMart itself.   Why we charge sales tax and where.   Why we sell what we sell.   Little tidbits about our customer service philosophy and the daily life in our offices.  Do you enjoy reading the little glimpses into EnMart and how we operate?  Do those posts make you more inclined to trust us as a company?

I realize that ultimately it’s my job to pick subjects and create content for this blog,  but a little guidance from those who read the blog is always helpful.   If you have a suggestion for a post I should write,  or a series you would like to read,  please leave it in the comments.

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