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26th November 2012

Embroidery Machine Maintenance

It’s the holiday season and many businesses have embroidery machines that are stitching away at a fierce pace.   I’ve also heard of several businesses that have a backlog of orders and need their machines to keep running at top speed until the holiday rush is over.   In all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it’s easy to forget that your machines need to be maintained,  but you shouldn’t neglect this important task.   A well maintained machine is one that keeps running and a machine that’s running is one that’s earning money for your business.   Of course,  any complicated maintenance or repairs might best be left to a professional,  but here are some small things you can do to keep your machine performing at its peak this holiday season.

Small thing #1Keep your machine lint and dust free – Dust and lint can cause problems with your power supply and with how the machine runs.  Make sure you keep a can of Clean Jet near your machine.   Lint brushes are also handy to have and useful for cleaning out the small crevices.

Small thing #2 – Keep your machine oiled – Proper lubrication will help ensure your machine runs smoothly.    White sewing machine oil can be used for lubricating large moving parts.   A zoom spout oiler, which also contains white sewing machine oil,  is useful for smaller or hard to reach areas.

Small thing #3 – The H Test – The H test will help ensure that your tensions are set correctly.   To perform this test,  set your machine to sew out the letter H.  When you look at the back of your sew out,  you should see 2/3 embroidery thread and 1/3 bobbin thread.  If you see a different ratio,  then your tensions are most likely off.

Small thing #4 – Clean your bobbin case –  This step is a simple thing but can make a big difference in how well your machine holds tensions.   Lint and dust can accumulate under the tension spring and should be removed.  Used the edge of playing card or a business card to clean away the debris.   Do not use anything metal as that could cause damage to the bobbin case.

 

 

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21st November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

EnMart wishes all our customers, fans, and friends a happy Thanksgiving.

On the list of things for which we are thankful,  you all rank at the top!

We will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Normal business operations will resume Monday, November 26.

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16th November 2012

The Friday Blog Round – Up 11/16/12

First up today we have a post from All Things Embroidery about copyrights, and how to handle them.  The rule of thumb is usually this,  if you didn’t create a design,  and you don’t have the rights to use it if someone else created it,  than don’t use it.    A lot of us who write about this industry have covered this subject at one time or another,  but a reminder never hurts.  Copyright is a big issue both for anyone who creates,  whether they’re the original creator,  or the person using the design or post or whatever to create something else.

Second on the list is a post from Erich Campbell advising all of us creative people to cut ourselves some slack!   His recommends that all of us who do creative work remember not to be so hard on ourselves and not to expect perfection right out of the gate.    It is,  he says,  about giving ourselves the space to follow blind alleys and attempt things that don’t work,  trusting that we’ll finally find the right path.  It’s a good reminder for all of us,  certainly for me.   Being creative is tough enough without adding the burden of our own expectations to the mix.

Third at bat is a contest from Urban Threads.    This contest only goes until lunchtime on Monday so you’d better enter fast.   It’s pretty simple,  just select the Urban Threads design pack you’d like to win and pin it to your Pinterest account.  Make sure you use the required hashtag and that you only pin one pack.  Multiple entries with the hashtag will not be counted.  Contest ends at noon central time on Monday.   If you’ve been waiting to buy a specific Urban Threads design pack,  this contest is a great chance to get that pack for free!

Fourth on the docket is the news that Pinterest has created business pages.  I love this and have already converted the EnMart account over to a business page,  but thought some of the rest of you may need instructions to do the same.  Luckily, Hubspot has provided a tutorial on converting your current profile into a business account as well as some information on how to promote your account once you’ve created it.  Pinterest can be a great marketing tool for decoration companies,  so be sure to check this out.

Fifth in the round-up is a post from Chris Reimer from Rizzo Tees.   He has a great sense of humor and I love what he does with the fact that some people will take any current event or common experience and build a blog post around it.  His post, distinctly tongue in cheek,  tells us what proctology exams can teach us about social media and it’s both funny and insightful.  If nothing else,  it spotlights the absurdity pegging a post on the last big thing that happened rather than creating original, thoughtful content.

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9th November 2012

The Friday Blog Round-Up 11/9/12

Wow,  I’ve been kind of a slow blog updater lately, haven’t I?  Sorry about that.  I am going to try and get my posting schedule back in gear.  First, however,  we’ll have a post where I mostly link to what other people have written.  Hey,  this is good content I’m spotlighting, and you’ve got to start somewhere, right?

First on the list today we have a post from Joyce Jagger.  Marketing can be tough for any small business owner,  so Joyce helps out with some tips on creating a basic marketing piece.    I especially like her advice about creating a solid description of who you are and what you do and making that the core of all the marketing you do.   Sending out the same message time after time helps that message stick with those who hear it.   There’s a lot of good advice in this post,  so I hope those who have marketing questions will take some time to read it.

Second at bat is a post from Stahl’s about the history of campaign t-shirts.    The t-shirt for Nixon would definitely get you noticed!  I think it’s interesting that campaign t-shirts have been around for longer than people might think.    It’s crazy to think of all the bumper stickers, campaign buttons and t-shirts that were made for political races in years past.    It’s also crazy to think how much some of those shirts would be worth now.  In any case,  this post is a fun little trip into a bit of political campaign history.

Third on the docket we have a great post from Retail Minded about setting your business’ holiday return policy.   Hopefully holiday sales will be big for everyone,  but with larger sales figures you also have a greater chance of having things returned.   This post gives a very comprehensive outline of things you should consider when formulating your return policy,  and also when you’re enforcing it and communicating it to your customers.   Reading this post could save you a lot of holiday return grief this year.

Fourth in the line up today is some amazing work by an artist named Cayce Zavaglia.  I first saw her work courtesy of a post on the Urban Threads blog,  and her stuff is stunning.  She does hand embroidered portraits which are amazingly realistic.   There is also a video about the artist and her process, which is quite fascinating,  included in the post.  I can’t imagine the time and painstaking work it must take to create something like this.   I am constantly amazed by what people can do with thread and needles.

The fifth post today is from John Morgan.   This post deals with 12 reasons why entrepreneurs fail.   Now, no one likes to think about failure,  and certainly no one wants to think their business will fail,   but we all know that the reality is that businesses do fail.   John’s post outlines some of the reasons that a business could fail and gives you some tips on how to avoid those traps with your business.

Finally, to wrap up today’s post,  we have a post from Redhead Writing  about how your brand should reflect your personality.  Too often people try to fit themselves into molds because they think that’s how business “should” be,  or how a business owner “should” act.   The reality is that the most successful businesses tend to take on the personalities of their owners and that’s not a bad thing.  Being true to yourself and making your business a reflection of that will be more comfortable for you and for your customers as well.   It’s an interesting message.

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