Embroidery Talk Has Moved!

Why EnMart has a Clearance Bin

21st January 2013

Why EnMart has a Clearance Bin

clearance-binThose of you who know EnMart know we sell sublimation and embroidery supplies.    You probably also know we have a parent company which has six locations across the United States,  four of these locations also being EnMart locations.    What this means in practical terms  is that we have a lot of stuff,  supplies we use,  supplies we sell, things people return for one reason or another and items that someone asked us to try or that we bought on sale to see what would happen.    Most of these products are sold as regular inventory on the EnMart website, but we occasionally have something that doesn’t fit in with our regular inventory,  or which we don’t feel we can sell at full price for one reason or another.  It’s for items like these that the EnMart Clearance Bin was created.

The Clearance Bin is the place where all the discontinued,  overstock or one of a kind merchandise will be sold.   Prices of products in the bin, as the name implies,  will be at clearance levels.   The goal is to move some merchandise that is otherwise taking up space while giving our customers a deal.

Things you might find in the Clearance Bin include:

The “Why Did We Buy This” Products – The Nigiri thread clips,  which we think are Japanese,  but may not be,  are in this category.   We don’t know when or why they were purchased,  but they showed up on our shelves one day and languished there until we decided to create the Clearance Bin.  They’re not something we’d normally order or sell,  but they’re here all the same.

The “We Don’t Need This Anymore”  Products – The fabric that was just added last Friday is a good example of this type of product.  Once upon a time it was used for samples,  but is no longer needed.   The branch manager for our Michigan location would love it if we could sell this fabric and get it off her shelves.

The “It’s Not in Pristine Condition”  Products –  Occasionally we get a pack of backing that’s been smooshed,  or have thread that was once used as display thread for a show.   Those items can’t be sold as new,  so we offer them to you at a discount.

The “They Just Didn’t Sell At Full Price” Products – Some products have a pricepoint that works for them,  which might be below the regular price.   Sometimes we buy something we think will be a big seller and it just isn’t.   These types of products end up in the Clearance Bin as well.

While we think the whole of the EnMart website offers pricing that is reasonable and easy on almost any budget,  the Clearance Bin is the place where you can really find deals.   We update the bin as new items become available so make sure to bookmark our site and check back often.

posted in About EnMart | Comments Off

18th January 2013

The Friday Blog Round-Up 1/18/13

roundupThe first Friday Blog Round-Up of 2013 and, if we’re keeping track, the start of the 6th year I’ve been writing for this blog.

First up today we have a blog post from Eileen at Designs in Machine Embroidery.  She’s talking about the embroidery machine features that everyone needs.  From what I can tell, it appears that she’s discussing home embroidery machines and not commercial embroidery machines,  so I’d love to hear what you commercial embroiderers think are the must have features for the machines that you have.   Is the list roughly the same?

Second at bat is a post from Joyce Jagger on her Stitches Magazine blog.    This time,  she’s talking about financial pitfalls that could greatly impact your embroidery business.   When you’re just starting out,  or once you get comfortable with how your business is running,  it’s easy to forget the basic, simple things that can keep your business in the black.  Joyce points out three areas which you should be watching.

Third on the docket we have Bonnie Landsberger’s latest post from My Two Stitches.   For those who don’t know,  Bonnie hurt her leg a while back and one thing I’ve found inspiring is how she’s found the good in something that really sounds like it’s mostly been painful and not a lot of fun.  This post is no exception.   As someone who doesn’t like crutches,  I can identify with the story about being in one part of the house and realizing that your crutches are somewhere else entirely.  I just like how the post emphasizes the good and the interesting in what must mostly be an annoying experience.  That’s the attitude we should all take when life throws a problem our way.

Fourth on the list we have some upcycling tutorials from Urban Threads.      With these tutorials you can turn a sweater into a skirt,  two t-shirts into a cardigan,  t-shirts into purses and a lot more.   I love the idea of transforming old clothes in new ways and reducing waste.   Plus,  as a woman who has changed clothing sizes a time or two,  I know how expensive clothes can be.  Taking clothes that are too big or too small and upcycling them seems like a much better option.

Finally,  I have to mention a blog post from Black Duck Inc. about sublimation and what it can do for your business.   I mention this post for two reasons.  One is that it does outline very well what benefits sublimation can offer your business and your customers.  The second is because EnMart played a small part in helping Black Duck on their sublimation journey and I’m so excited to watch that journey continue.   Anyone who has seen Erich Campbell’s work at Black Duck knows he’s immensely talented and I can’t wait to see what he and Black Duck do with sublimation.

posted in Around the Blogosphere | 1 Comment

14th January 2013

Multi-Media Embroidery

thread and inkI have to confess,  our parent company, Ensign Emblem, is a production embroidery shop.  We do a lot of great embroidery and have stitched some awesome looking designs in our time,  but Ensign Emblem,  aptly enough,  mostly embroiders emblems,  and so there isn’t a lot of call for mixed media or multi-media embroidery.    Still embroidery effects are fun and can add a bit of flash to your embroidered goods,  so knowing about the latest multi-media techniques could be good for your skill level and for your business.    Since I can’t speak from personal or corporate experience on this,  I thought I’d share some links to other blogs posts or sites that deal with the topic of multi-media embroidery,  and we can all learn together.

First up,  embroidery over direct to garment printing.  Granted,  this is an advertisement used to sell DTG printing to embroiderers,  but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty cool.   I love how the embroidery makes certain elements stand out from the printed picture.  In a weird way it almost looks like a comic book.

Second,  we have a post from Ann the Gran  featuring some little touches that can add a bit of pop to your embroidery.   I love the idea of embroidering a design and adding something other than embroidery in the appropriate place.  In the example given,  the extra element is a button,  but it gives a bit of dimensionality.  I also like the silk flowers on the lampshade idea.  Again,  adding something three dimensional to the embroidery adds more visual interest.

Third, we have patches  that  are sublimated and embroidered which,  I have to admit,  I’m kind of wanting to try here.    It looks like basically the same theory as the embroidered DTG print,  you simply print your image and then embroider certain parts of it.   Of course,  patches do tend to be smaller, so size might be an issue here,  and I imagine it would be easier if you did a sheet of images,  embroidered them all, and then cut and merrowed them to form emblems.   Still,  it’s a cool idea,  and one I would love to see our parent company try.

Fourth,  we have embroidering on vinyl.   Now this is more the sort of vinyl used for dining room chairs or boat seats,  but it’s still interesting.    I also know embroiderers out there who have been asked to embroider on boat or car seats.

Sadly,  I didn’t find a good example of sublimation and machine embroidery,  but that is something I’ve been pushing our sublimation gurus to try here.   Hopefully we’ll get the time to experiment a bit this year.    Hopefully, you all will get the time to experiment as well.  If you do create some multi-media embroidery,  particularly if you use EnMart products to do it,  please do share with us.  We love to see what you create.

posted in Machine Embroidery Tips | Comments Off

3rd January 2013

Why You Should Buy From EnMart – 2013 Edition

whyOne of the first posts I ever wrote for this blog was called Why You Should Buy Your Supplies from EnMart.   I was looking back through the archives and saw the post and, as I read it two things struck me.  One was that the original two reasons, experience and quality,  still remained true.   The other was that there are now a host of additional reasons that you should buy from EnMart,  so maybe it was time the post had an update.   So, without further ado,  here are three additional reasons why you should purchase your embroidery and sublimation supplies from EnMart.

Reason 1:  We added sublimation supplies – In 2007, when I wrote the original post,  our parent company was doing sublimation,  but we were not yet selling the supplies and equipment.  Today EnMart sells sublimation printerssublimation ink and sublimation packages,  as well as sharing our experience and knowledge with both beginning and advanced sublimators.    If you are just starting out with sublimation and need support,  or if you’ve been sublimating for a while and are looking for a supplier who will ship you goods quickly and sell them at a fair price,  EnMart is here to help.

Reason 2:  Knowledgeable staff – We don’t just get a one hour seminar on the products we sell,  we use them every day.  Chances are if you encounter a problem,  we’ve encountered it in the past.    Anyone who has spoken with Tom Chambers at one of the trade shows knows he’s a sublimation guru,  and our sublimation tech, Bill, is very knowledgeable as well.   We also have years of machine embroidery experience under our roof,  so we can answer a wide variety of machine embroidery questions.

Reason 3:  Our product lines keep expanding –  We started out with poly and rayon thread.  Then we added gold and silver metallic, and after that colored metallic.  Variegated thread came along soon after and we added glow in the dark and solar activated thread in 2012.  We’ve also added new types of backing,  and even introduced an entirely new type of topping, Q-104,  to the industry in 2012.

It’s true,  there are bigger companies out there,  and there are probably companies that sell the same supplies we sell but for a cheaper price.   Still, I’d be willing to bet that there isn’t a company out there are few, if any,  companies out there that are as knowledgeable about sublimation and machine embroidery as we are,  or who are as willing to share that knowledge.    If you’re looking for a company to sell you something,  then you can make your purchase anywhere.   If you’re looking for a company that will not only sell you a product,  but provide support and education as well,  then take a look at EnMart.

posted in About EnMart | Comments Off

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

  • Blogroll