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The Friday Blog Round-Up 11/29/13

29th November 2013

The Friday Blog Round-Up 11/29/13

roundupI hope everyone in the U.S. had a lovely Thanksgiving,  and everyone in other parts of the world had a lovely Thursday.   It seemed like a good idea to finish out the week with a Friday Blog Round-Up,  since I hadn’t done one in a while.

First up we have a post about customer supplied garments.    This subject is a bone of contention and a point of discussion for many who decorate garments for a living.    Some embroiderers flatly will not take work with anything customer supplied.  Others do,  but have a waste policy and make customers sign a waiver regarding damaged garments.   The decision you make on this subject will be unique to your business,  but this post can give you some advice and food for thought while you’re making that decision.

Second on the list was have a post from Erich Campbell about the main reason you’re not starting new projects.  A lot of times people will say it’s because they don’t have the time,  or the space,  or the money, or the materials,  but generally the real reason for hesitation is fear.  We’re all a bit afraid of trying something new,  and certainly many of us are afraid of failure.  This post examines that fear and helps you move past it.    If you want more ideas on how to get around your fear,  you can also listen to this discussion Erich and I had on the 2 Regular Guys podcast.

Third at bat,  we have a great post from Retail Minded on how to capitalize on Small Business Saturday,  which is November 30 this year.  Some of these tips will apply only to brick and mortar shops,  but others can be used for online shops as well.   Remember also,  to practice what you preach when encouraging people to shop small business.  Make sure you support small businesses in your community and online as well.

Fourth on the docket is a post from Sadia’s Blog,  about adding a bit of zen to your embroidery.   I like this idea very much.    The end result is very pretty and it’s a fun technique.   She also gives you design files in the post so you can try the technique yourself.

Fifth in the queue  is a post from Urban Threads.  I’m not a fan of Black Friday sales,  and don’t generally do a lot about them,  but Urban Threads has put their entire store on sale.   Since I’m a fan of their designs and their company,  how could I not share that?  Everything is on sale until Sunday, December 8,  so stock up now!

Since I’ve already mentioned one podcast this week (listen to the 2 Regular Guys podcast every Friday, people,  it’s good!),  I don’t feel weird about recommending a second one as well.    Scott Stratten from UnMarketing recently started doing a weekly podcast.  I have to confess,  I haven’t had the time to listen to many of these yet,  but what I’ve heard is good and definitely helpful.   If you have some time,  check these out.

Last on the list we have a post I just love about how to be married to an entrepreneur.    Many who read this blog have their own business or are working toward taking their art to the next level or doing something that may not involve a normal 9 to 5 and a steady paycheck.  This post is a great read for the spouses,  family and friends of such people.   Lots of good advice!

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27th November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

h7780_thumb2 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 28  in honor of the Thanksgiving         holiday.

Normal business operations will resume Friday, November 29.

(Note, I loved this design from the Embroidery Library so much,  I swiped a picture of it to use in this post.    If you click on the picture, it will take you to their site so you can download this file. )

 

 

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26th November 2013

Uses for a Heat Press

Collage_SwingEven though it might not seem like it at first glance,  a heat press is a very versatile piece of equipment.  While it’s true that all a heat press can do is heat up and press things,  the variety of  techniques for which it can be used may well make it one of the most valuable instruments in your shop.    Adding a heat press to your set-up can open up a whole host of opportunities for new markets and new sales.    If you’ve never considered adding a heat press to your shop before,  here are some uses for a heat press that may make you think again.

Use 1:  Sublimation – Dye sublimation is a process by which a special ink is printed on a special paper and then the transfer is heat pressed on a polyester garment or a poly coated substrate.  Sublimation offers you the ability to do more complicated designs on garments,  as well as widening the number of items you can offer to your customers.  If you’ve ever wanted to offer mousepads or coffee mugs or jewelry boxes,  then sublimation is the discipline for you.

Use 2:  Screenprint or plastisol transfers – Screenprint is a very popular decorating technique,  but it does have a learning curve,  and setting up a shop can be expensive.    Plastisol transfers allow you to offer screenprinted garments and items to your customers without having to do the screenprinting yourself.  All you need is a transfer,  an item to embellish,  and a heat press and you’re in business.

Use 3:  Vinyl –  This is another popular decoration technique that can be used on garments and other items.  Vinyl is often popular for the names and numbers on sports jerseys and team uniforms.   If you have a lot of school or sports league business available in your area,  vinyl may well be a great addition to your product offerings.

Use 4:  Rhinestones –  If bling is your thing,  then you’ll love rhinestone transfers.   A heat applied rhinestone transfer allows you to add sparkle to garments and other items without having to deal with the hassle of buying rhinestones and placing them yourself.

Use 5:  Decorated patches –  A blank patch,  embroidered or screenprinted by you,  can be heat sealed onto a garment,  backpack or other item.   Sublimated patches are a terrific way to make complicated designs with many colors simple.     If you have a design that won’t translate well into embroidery or screenprint,  put it on a sublimated patch and then heat seal it to the item to be decorated.    Your complicated design is now decorating the item of your choice with one easy press.

Finally,  if all else fails,  and you’re having a busy day at the shop,  you can always make a quick snack on your press.  Now,  we don’t recommend this option,  but it can be done and apparently,  the grilled cheese sandwich turns out quite tasty.

Clearly,  a heat press has many uses,  but some of you may still feel that a heat press isn’t right for your business.   Since it is the season of giving,  and since we are thankful for our customers and those who take an interest in EnMart,   we don’t want you to leave without a little something.    Use this coupon to take 5% off your order of $50 or more.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

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19th November 2013

EnMart Shipping Notification Glitch

we apologizeSome of you who have placed and received orders in the last few months may have received a shipping notification for those orders today.  There was a glitch in the EnMart system,  and the status of some orders was changed from shipped to backordered.  When we corrected that problem,  the system generated new shipping notifications for all the orders previously shipped.

This was an error.

No new orders were shipped and no new charges were assessed.

We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

The EnMart Team

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12th November 2013

Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread

iris-ultra-cotton-quilting-thread-LYesterday,  on the SubliStuff blog,  I talked about FabricMaker,  our fabric printing system which can be used to create personalized and unique fabric for quilts and other sewn items.    Since I started talking about products that could be used with quilts on that blog,  it seemed only logical to continue the conversation on this blog by introducing our Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread.

As many of you already know,  EnMart is the exclusive commercial distributor in the United States for Iris UltraBrite Polyester Machine Embroidery Thread.   We also offer a variety of specialty threads,  like our popular metallic thread,  or our fabulous solar active thread.    We have always been proud to carry Iris thread,  a brand known for quality and colorfulness,  so we were excited when Hilos Iris told us they were bringing out a line of cotton quilting thread.

Iris Ultra Cotton Quilting Thread is a very high quality 100% long staple Egyptian cotton quilting thread.  It is currently available in 19 solid colors and 9 variegated colors.    The solids are sold in 3,000 yd and 500 yd cones.   The variegated colors are sold in 2,500 and 400 yd cones.    We introduced this thread at the 2013 Quilt Market in Houston and the initial response has been very positive.    We were told that the thread was comparable to King Tut thread,  but that our price point was much better.

This is a high quality thread,  perfect for any type of quilting, including long arm quilting.   It is double mercerized and gassed,  very low lint,  and made from long staple Egyptian cotton.    The thread is smooth and lustrous  and offers a durable color that will keep your heirloom quality quilts looking their best wash after wash.

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